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The Rundown – Commission approves Sunday liquor sales

Post Date:05/15/2019 12:19 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. May 14, 2019, Newton City Commission meeting

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the City Commission adopted an ordinance allowing Sunday liquor sales in the city of Newton.

The ordinance will be published in the Newton Kansan on June 26 and July 3, and then a 60-day protest period will begin. If a protest petition is filed with signatures from at least 5% of voters in the last presidential election (375 signatures), an election will be required. The City has timed the publication so that this could occur in conjunction with the scheduled fall election. If a petition is not filed, the ordinance will become effective 61 days after the second publication.

The Commission also discussed the permitted hours of sale for cereal malt beverages (sold at grocery and convenience stores) and alcoholic liquor (available only at liquor stores). The Commission decided to keep the hours in line with state law, which is 6 a.m. to midnight for cereal malt beverages and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. for liquor.

The Commission also heard a request from Newton Rebels Baseball to allow the sale of cereal malt beverages at Klein-Scott Field in Centennial Park. Right now, alcohol sales are not permitted because it is a City park. Rebels board member Kevin Pouch said allowing fans to purchase beer with their other concessions would enhance the ballgame experience and potentially attract more fans to come out and support the Rebels, a Collegiate League team formed in 2000. The Commission directed City staff to bring back more information at a future meeting about the process for permitting beer sales at the stadium.

Rec Center gym floor

The Commission approved a settlement agreement with Eby Construction, Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture, and Dynamic Sports Construction over problems with the gym floor at the Newton Rec Center. The floor was installed in 2014 as part of a renovation project, and shortly after, staff began to see defects, including fastening screws not holding to the base and protruding up through the playing surface. Numerous repair attempts have been ineffective, and the floor will need to be replaced.

After mediation, the parties agreed to the following resolution:

  • Spangenberg Phillips Tice will pay the City $40,000 upon execution of the agreement. The City will pay Eby $34,200, and Eby will pay Dynamic $45,000 after the new floor is installed.
  • Eby will remove the current gym floor between July 22 and Aug. 12. Eby will retain Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture to approve the design of the new floor.
  • Dynamic will install a DynaForce 9mm + 2 seamless, self-leveling polyurethane floor by Sept. 2 and will issue a 5-year warranty on the new floor.

Community recognition

The Commission recognized Newton High School’s 2019 Career and Technical Education Scholars. Of the 39 scholars statewide, 12 are from Newton High.

The Commission also honored the NHS and Chisholm Middle School students who competed in the Jobs for America’s Graduates regional and state competitions.

In other action, the City Commission:

  1. Approved a contract with Wichita State University’s Public Policy and Management Center for $18,750 to conduct a comprehensive community survey to determine the community’s priorities for budgeting and to update the City’s comprehensive plan, ReNewton.
  2. Amended the animal control ordinance to update pet licensing fees and to more clearly specify what animals are allowed to be kept within city limits.
  3. Appointed Rene Fisher to the Newton Housing Authority; Rod Kreie to the Harvey County Economic Development Council; and Ryan Fitzgibbons to the Convention & Visitors Bureau Board.
  4. Proclaimed May 19-25 as Poppy Week in remembrance of those who served and died in war.
  5. Proclaimed May 19-25 as EMS Week.
  6. Approved the waiving of special event fees for the First Bank customer appreciation cookout on June 21.
  7. Approved a request to use the public parking lot at 121 E. Sixth St. for a farmers market.
  8. Amended the Planning Commission bylaws to set the meeting time for 6 p.m. on the first Monday of each month.
  9. Approved plans and specifications for upsizing the sewer line along Old Main from Southeast Eighth Street to Southeast 12th and set a bid date of 11 a.m. June 4.

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