Nancy Varela addresses the city commission after accepting the 2014 Alexander Hamilton Citizenship Acheivement Award during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting. She thanked the commission and community for their support. L&T photos/Elly Grimm
Commission approves zoning changes to allow single-family housing southwest of town
By ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times
The Liberal City Commission took on a light agenda at its most recent meeting Tuesday night.
The first item on the agenda was to recognize local Liberal High School student Nancy Varela for her receipt of the 2014 Alexander Hamilton Citizenship Acheivement Award for her accomplishments and community service work.
During her time at LHS, she has been involved with the school’s FCCLA chapter, swim team and is also involved in her church youth group and assists in catechism instruction. She plans on going to college and obtaining a biochemistry degree.
“As a daughter of immigrants, Nancy has faced may struggles,” Liberal Mayor Joe Denoyer read from a letter. “Despite her struggles, including living in a single-parent home after her father’s death, she has been inspired to surpass statistical expectations to attend college.”
This is the ninth year the award has been given out nationally by the Alexander Hamilton Friends Association. Winners of this award receive acceptance into the Hamilton Leaders Academy along with cash scholarships and commemorative certificates.
Varela received a round of applause after the letter was read and added a few words of appreciation herself to the commission.
“I’d just like to thank you guys for having me here today,” Varela said. “It’s an honor for the Liberal community to recognize me and not just for myself but for a lot of high school students.”
The next item up for discussion was to approve the final reading of Ordinance No. 4427, which concerns the re-zoning of ”C-2” general commercial land to “R-1” single family residences. The first reading was at the June 10 meeting and concerns commercial property located a mile and a half southwest of Liberal on Old Highway 54 to sell them as single family residential lots. The commission unanimously approved the final reading.
The next item on the agenda was the Liberal Fire Department seeking approval to purchase four sets of protective clothing from Weis Fire. The commission heeded the staff recommendation to approve the purchase of the new protective clothing, totaling $5,877.76.
“Our gear gets traded out so much as staff goes in and out,” Fire Chief Kelly Kirk said. “It’s important to keep them in the same brand of gear since it’s been so reliable.”
After his presentation of the new gear, Kirk went on to say the fire department is now officially fully staffed after some questioning from Denoyer.
After these two items was the report from City Manager Mark Hall and items from commissioners, during which they all praised the work of city staff, especially in recently excessive heat conditions.
After discussion of the vouchers the commission convened at 7 p.m. for an executive session for the purpose of consultation with an attorney which would be considered privileged in the attorney-client relationship. The commission reconvened at 7:20 p.m. and no action was taken as a result of the executive session.
At the conclusion of the executive session, the meeting was adjourned.