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The Rundown – City Commission seeks applicants to fill vacancy

Post Date:04/25/2018 10:11 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. April 24, 2018, Newton City Commission meeting

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the City Commission approved a procedure for filling the unexpired term of Commissioner David Nygaard, whose term expires in January 2020.

Those interested in serving must submit a letter of interest, including any background information they would like to be considered. The deadline for submission is 4 p.m. May 18. This may be mailed to P.O. Box 426 so that it is received by the deadline, or it may be hand-delivered to the Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 E. Sixth St.

Eligible individuals must be at least 18 years of age and must reside within the city limits of Newton.

At the City Commission meeting on May 22, the four sitting Commissioners will select the new Commissioner by written ballot. By law, the procedure for filling this vacancy is at the discretion of the sitting Commission and, thus, is subject to modification at any time by a majority vote.

The Commission also appointed Vice Mayor Kathy Valentine to serve as Mayor for the remainder of the year, and Commissioner Leroy Koehn to serve as Vice Mayor.

Water/sewer projects

The Commission also moved forward with two water and sewer improvement projects that will allow further infill development in the area of Washington Road and Southeast 14th Street. The Commission approved a contract with PEC for design engineering to upsize a sewer main along Old Main Street that is at capacity. Upsizing will allow for development of several vacant parcels in the area, as well as alleviating some maintenance challenges, as lines at full capacity are more labor-intensive to maintain. Total cost for the project is estimated at $450,000.

Commissioners also agreed to proceed with water and sewer extensions to serve the property on Washington Road between the Pizza Hut and Newton Discount Liquor stores. A contract is pending on the property for a new business to locate there. The property owner indicated through his real estate representatives that he would be willing to share about half of the estimated $104,000 project costs.

In other action, the City Commission:

  1. Approved a request to close Athletic Park Circle on June 16 for the Cookie Daze 5K.
  2. Proclaimed May 7-14 as National Music Week.
  3. Awarded a contract for Autumn Glen 4th Addition sewer improvements to Dondlinger Construction for $52,565.
  4. Appointed Deborah Kinsley and Geraldine Hendrix to the Newton Housing Authority; Carl Harris to the Economic Development Council; James Wiens to the Aviation Commission; Andrew Hermann to the Convention & Visitors Bureau Board; Carl Harris to the Planning Commission; and Todd Wedel to the Wholesale Water Supply District #17 Board.
  5. Authorized City staff to send letters to the Kansas congressional delegation opposing allowing larger trucks on local infrastructure.

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