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The Rundown – City approves new Centennial Park restrooms

Post Date:06/14/2017 4:59 PM

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. June 13, 2017, Newton City Commission meeting

At Tuesday’s meeting, the City Commission moved forward with a plan to add new restrooms at Centennial Park.

First, the Commission awarded a contract for sewer line extension and lift station to Dondlinger Construction for $187,474. The current restrooms at Centennial drain to underground tanks, which are failing and need to be replaced. The tanks must be pumped out weekly, which costs the City about $10,000 a year, and they must be completely replaced about every 15 years, at a cost of $15,000-$20,000. The City Commission had agreed earlier this year that extending sewer service was the better long-term solution.

Next, the Commission voted to move forward with design and construction of new restrooms at Centennial. The restroom/concession stand will be moved to a spot between Kenny Williams Field and Klein Scott Field. The building will also double as a base for a new press box, and the entrance gate to Klein Scott will be moved to the west to tie in with it. Design of the facility will cost $56,000, and construction is estimated at $260,000-$280,000.

The cost for the sewer improvements will be paid in cash from the sewer capital reserves. The restroom facility will initially be paid for by sales tax revenues designated for infrastructure and economic development, but the funds will be paid back to the City by the Public Building Commission in the following year. The sewer project is expected to be complete by the end of the year, and restroom construction will begin in 2018.

In other action, the City Commission:

  1. Took action on two Rural Housing Incentive District projects – Cottonwood Crossing and Prairie Fire housing additions – to convey the property from the developer to the City and then immediately back to the developer with a reversionary interest. This means that if the project should somehow not come to fruition, the City would have the option of taking title to the land.
  2. Approved a request to close North Kansas Avenue from the Centennial Park parking lot to the northern city limits on July 4 for the Headin’ for Home 5K & Fun Run.
  3. Appointed Sgt. Mike Yoder to the Substance Abuse Board; Willis Heck to the Newton Recreation Commission; and Gloria Arellano, Fabiola Flores, Shafiqu Hason and Aaron Austin to the Law Enforcement Advisory Panel.
  4. Approved a lease agreement with Midwest Aircraft Services for Hangar B at Newton City/County Airport. This formalizes the lease for the building where the company is currently located.

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