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The Rundown – East First development making progress

Post Date:01/24/2018 1:47 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. 23, 2018, Newton City Commission meeting

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the City Commission approved petitions for water, sewer and streets for a commercial development 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. The developer, Philip Bundy of Wichita, is reportedly in negotiations with possible tenants.

The site improvements will be paid 100 percent by the property owner through special assessments. No financial incentives from the City were sought for the development.

Community recognition

The Commission honored Newton High School’s Advanced Placement teachers for being named to the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll. The award recognizes districts that increased enrollment in AP classes while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Newton is the only district in the state to have received this honor three times.

The Commission also recognized Slate Creek Elementary teacher Connie Neale for being named a 2018 Kansas Horizon Award recipient by the Kansas State Department of Education. The award recognizes first-year teachers for outstanding performance in the classroom.

In other action, the City Commission:

  1. Approved an engineering contract with PEC for enlargement of a sanitary sewer main under Sand Creek at West Eighth Street. The project will increase capacity in the sewer main and will allow undeveloped properties in that sewer basin to develop.
  2. Received an annual report on Historic Preservation Commission activities, including recognition of City Street Division employees for their work in restoring a brick street in the McKinley Historic District.
  3. Approved an engineering contract with PEC for repainting of two water towers, at 17th and Grandview and at Southeast Third and Spencer.
  4. Approved a Special Use Permit to allow a private parking lot at 410 Victoria Road, to be used by Tippin Dental employees.
  5. Added Oliver Road adjacent to Newton City/County Airport to the City’s snow and ice maintenance routes.
  6. Approved a special event permit and waived all fees for Blues, Brews & Barbecue, to be held Oct. 6 in Athletic Park.
  7. Approved a lease agreement with Harvey County for the fairgrounds property along West First Street, which the City owns.
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