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The Rundown – City Commission approves priority initiatives

Post Date:04/12/2018 2:07 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. April 10, 2018, Newton City Commission meeting

At a work session before Tuesday night’s meeting, the City Commission approved an action plan presented by City Manager Bob Myers based on Commissioners’ identified priorities for 2018-19.

The list includes economic development initiatives, such as implementation of Harvey County Economic Development Council’s Garner Study and possible rebranding of the Kansas Logistics Plan. It includes determining the future of the Municipal Pool, appointing a new visioning task force for the Newton Public Library, and exploring the creation of a new Community Development Corporation.

Also included is a new strategic plan for addressing dilapidated properties, continued community discussion to address the child care shortage, and evaluation of needed infrastructure and amenities to support expanded Amtrak rail service.

The plan includes specific action steps and fairly aggressive target deadlines. City staff will update the Commission at least quarterly as to progress on the initiatives, and the Commission will use the plan as they begin work on the 2019 budget.

Community recognition

The Commission recognized teacher Chelle Coffee and students from Chisholm Middle School for being named “Kansas Green School of the Year” by the Kansas Association of Conservation and Environmental Education.

In other action, the City Commission:

  1. Proclaimed April 24 as Arbor Day.
  2. Proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
  3. Approved a special event request for the Headin’ for Home 5K on July 4 at Centennial Park.
  4. Approved a special event request for the Kansas Junior Rodeo Association rodeo on May 12-13 at the Rodeo Grounds.
  5. Approved a special event permit for Bark in the Park on April 21 at Centennial Dog Park.
  6. Approved a special alcohol permit for a beer garden at the Newton Downtown Car Show on May 5.
  7. Authorized the City Manager, in partnership with library leadership, to appoint a visioning task force for Newton Public Library.
  8. Approved settlement of a lawsuit filed by the City over flooding at Centennial Park. The adjacent property owner will allow the City to remove fencing, trees, brush and debris that has impeded the flow of stormwater in exchange for dismissal of the suit. The City agreed to take on that cost and responsibility to expedite the cleanup and make sure it is done properly.
  9. Awarded a contract for Newton City/County Airport Taxiway C improvements to Cornejo & Sons for $140,158, subject to FAA approval, and authorized staff to sign all necessary documents. The required funding match will be $24,036, to be shared equally by the City and Harvey County.
  10. Approved the sale of two small parcels of City-owned land adjacent to 901 N. Elm and to 314 Glendale Ave.
  11. Approved the issuance of Industrial Revenue Bonds by the City of Wichita for Presbyterian Manor. At its Newton facility, Presbyterian Manor plans some interior renovations, including in the dining area.

For more information, please contact Director of Communications Erin McDaniel at 284-6055 or emcdaniel@newtonkansas.com.

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