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Tuesday, 22 September 2015 09:07

By ELLY GRIMM

• Leader & Times

 

The Liberal City Commission will be taking on some serious business items at its next meeting tonight at 6:30.

Up first for the commission will be discussion of Resolution No. 2219, which concerns authorizing the offering for sale of general obligation refunding bonds, Series 2015, of the City of Liberal. Staff will be recommending commission consideration of this resolution

“As our General Obligations (GO) Bond Series 2006 are eligible for refunding in the near future, we have been in contact with our financial advisor, John Hass of Ransom Financial Consultants, about the possibility of exploring more favorable interest rates on the remaining outstanding balance of this GO Bond Issue,” the agenda packet information said.

Up next for the commission will be a two-part discussion of the Omnibus Continuing Disclosure Undertaking. The first part of this discussion will be about a resolution which concerns providing for the adoption of an omnibus continuing disclosure undertaking relating to obligations issues and to be issued by the City of Liberal.

“As the City of Liberal has issued and anticipates future issuances of such obligations, which will be subject to the rule, we are required to adopt an Omnibus Continuing Disclosure Undertaking with respect to current and future bonds payable from the same source and enhance the efficiency of the administration of our prior and future disclosure undertakings under the rule,” the agenda packet information said.

The second part of this discussion will be the adoption of this omnibus continuing disclosure undertaking. Staff will be recommending commission consideration of both parts.

The city has also been contacted by Espy Services, who have submitted an auditing proposal of telecommunications services with the hopes of reducing costs and recovering refunds for excess charges. Their proposal, according to agenda packet information, is comprised of a 12-month agreement whereby 50 percent of any savings or refunds would be due to Espy Services during this agreement period. There is no initial cost associated with acceptance of this proposal, the agenda packet continued, and if no savings or refunds are available, then no amounts would be due to Espy Services. Staff will be recommending commission consideration for the Espy Services Telecommunications Audit proposal.

The Mid-America Air Museum will also be requesting the city authorize expenditure of donated funds of $13,457 to B&B to install 200 amp panel with breakers, transformer, electrical receptacles and six industrial LED light fixtures in the theater.

Also on the agenda for the commission will be discussion of the replacement of a truck. The truck has developed mechanical issues which would exceed the wholesale value of the truck, according to a memo in the agenda packet information. The Water Department budgeted $30,000 for vehicle replacement this year and will be requesting to replace it with a 2016 half-ton from Chrysler Corner at $19,900.

There will also be a property update given to the commission by the Building Department.

“This discussion will be about the agreement between the city and Mr. Abbott on cleaning up his properties and complying with a resolution on his property that was taken before the commission in March 2014,” a memo in the agenda packet said. “During a special meeting, an agreement between the city and Mr. Abbott came to a mutual agreement on what shall be done on a fence and cleaning.”

Knowing the importance of citizen collaboration in achieving the police department’s main goal, the department has developed an awards program to recognize citizens and organizations who have made a significant impact in reducing crime and the fear of crime in Liberal. The program will consist of the Citizen’s Appreciation Award, the Citizen’s Distinguished Service Award and the Citizen’s Award of Valor, according to agenda packet information.

“Depending on the award received, each person will be given a token of appreciation,” the agenda information continued. “The items range from a certificate, a department thank-you card with a department patch or a custom LPD key chain.”

A private donation of $705 has been given to the department by Cliff Abbott to fund the initial purchase of 100 key chains. The department will be requesting permission to accept the donation.

In Sept. 2014, the commission approved the hiring of Retail Strategies from Birmingham, Ala. to assist the city with its retail recruiting efforts. The one-year contract with the company began in Sept. 2014 and it is now time for renewal. The relationship between the city and Retail Strategies has gotten stronger as there has been more understanding of Liberal’s retail market and also how the company itself operates.

“I have been more than pleased with the work Retail Strategies has done on behalf of the city,” a memo from Jeff Parsons in the agenda packet information said. “Not only has Retail Strategies worked closely with us but they have also worked directly with a local investment group as well as with both local and regional developers to attract retailers to Liberal. To this point, everyone who has worked with them has given Retail Strategies glowing reviews.”

Staff will be recommending the commission approve the invoice for an additional year of services from Retail Strategies for $28,000.

After the regular agenda items, City Manager Mark Hall will give his report and then after commissioner comments and discussion of the vouchers, the meeting will be adjourned.

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