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The Rundown – Nygaard selected as mayor for 2018

Post Date:01/09/2018 5:02 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. Jan. 8, 2017, Newton City Commission meeting

At Monday night’s meeting, the City Commission followed its traditional reorganization, selecting David A. Nygaard as mayor and Kathy Valentine as vice mayor for the ensuing year. Outgoing mayor Barth Hague said he had learned a lot during his mayoral term and thanked his fellow commissioners for their support.

Community recognition

The Commission honored Newton High School student Linda Moyo, who was one of 18 state qualifiers to attend the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) National Student Leadership Academy and is one of three state officers for the JAG-Kansas chapter.

The Commission also recognized Newton Presbyterian Manor and Executive Director Marc Kessinger for receiving a Top Performer designation by US News & World Report on their Best Nursing Homes List for 2017-18.

And finally, the Commission honored Newton Police Sgt. Jason Thompson for completion of the Law Enforcement Leadership Academy from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center and receipt of a Certified Public Manager certification from the University of Kansas.

In other action, the City Commission:

  1. Approved a final plat for property on East First Street just east of I-135. The proposed use for the property is listed as hotel and restaurants, and the zoning is general business.
  2. Formalized its decision that the dilapidated residence at 527 E. 11th St. be demolished. The property owner now has 30 days to obtain a demolition permit and an additional 30 days to complete the demolition.
  3. Designated the Newton Kansan as the City’s official newspaper for the ensuing year. The Kansan submitted a bid of $3.50 per column inch for publication of the City’s legal notices, and Newton Now submitted a bid of $4.25 per column inch.
  4. Approved a cereal malt beverage license for Gurty’s.
  5. Directed staff to proceed with agreements to dispose of two slivers of property along Sand Creek (adjacent to 901 N. Elm and 314 Glendale) that adjacent property owners would like to acquire.
  6. Reviewed a draft lease agreement with Harvey County for the fairgrounds property along West First Street, which the City owns. The Commission raised no concerns and directed staff to bring back a final agreement at the next meeting.
  7. Appointed Ron Henich and Lorne Reimer to the Mechanical Board.

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