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The Rundown – City adopts development buffer along creeks

Post Date:05/10/2017 11:47 AM

The Rundown is prepared by the City of Newton Public Information Office to summarize the City Commission meeting and does not represent official Commission minutes.

7 p.m. May 10, 2017, Newton City Commission meeting

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the City Commission adopted a stream buffer ordinance to regulate development along creeks. The ordinance will restrict development within 100 feet of Sand Creek and 75 feet of Slate Creek and Mud Creek.

The regulations are required by State as part of the City’s stormwater management program. The purpose of the stream buffer is to preserve habitat for plants and animals, protect water quality and minimize erosion of the stream banks and possible property damage.

The new restrictions will not affect any existing development but will be applied to all future construction.

Community recognition

The Commission recognized several Newton student groups for recent achievements:

  1. Members of the Newton High School automotive competition team for their success at the Pratt Community College Academic Olympics Automotive Contests, placing first, second and fifth place overall.
  2. Newton High School Career and Technical Education students who were named 2017 Kansas Career and Technical Education Scholars by the Kansas Department of Education. Of the 44 CTE Scholars named in Kansas, nine are from the Newton CTE program, the most of any school in the state.
  3. Newton Bible Christian School students who medaled in the Mid-American Association of Christian Schools regional Fine Arts Competition.
  4. Chisholm Middle School students who are members of the Girls on the Run team who will end their school year by competing in a 5K event in Wichita on May 13.

In other action, the City Commission:

  1. Approved a request by First Bank to use Military Park on June 23 for the annual Customer Appreciation Cookout.
  2. Approved a request to close East Fifth Street from Main to Sixth and Oak on Dec. 2 for a socially responsible marketplace event.
  3. Approved a request to close Main Street on June 15 for Main Street Mania.
  4. Approved a request for snow fencing around Washington Park on June 30-July 2 for the Mexican-American Fast Pitch Tournament.
  5. Reappointed Ann Adrian to the Library Board.
  6. Proclaimed May as National Bike Month and May 19 as Bike to Work Day.
  7. Proclaimed May 21-27 as Poppy Week.
  8. Proclaimed May 21-27 as National Public Works Week.
  9. Heard a report from the Substance Abuse Board.

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