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City commission to consider several purchases, Pinnacle proposal PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 15:59


• Leader & Times

There will be many purchases and updates the Liberal City Commission will be hearing during its next meeting this evening beginning at 5:30. 

One of the first ordinances, Ordinance No. 4497 will see the commission discussing authorizing the issuance of Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs). City staff will be recommending the commission approve this ordinance. 

“The City was approached by Pinnacle Development, LLC in April 2017 with a request for IRB financing for a proposed hotel/conference center and restaurant project,” the agenda information noted. “Ordinance No. 4497 initiates the next step in the process of the IRB financing, the authorization and issuance of the bonds. These bonds, in an amount not to exceed $22,000,000, are in support of the Sales Tax Exemption Certificate that was issued in 2017 for this project. These Industrial Revenue Bonds will be held by Pinnacle Developments, LLC themselves and when the project has been completed, these IRBs will be collapsed into permanent bank financing.”

After discussing a resolution regarding several environmental abatements in the city, the commission will also hear an update from Adolescent Support Services about the Truancy and Teen Court programs. The commission will also hear a request for an electronic sign at Cooper-Clark Park in front of Liberal Memorial Library. Also up for discussion will be requests for the purchase of a roll-off dump truck for the Solid Waste Department, and a mini-excavator and trailer for the Water Department. 

The replacement of the NetMotion server for the City of Liberal I.T. Department will also be up for discussion. 

“Technology is considered by many as a series of evolutionary steps,” the agenda information noted. “The evolutionary circle of technology is typically comprised of two things, hardware and software, with one closely chasing the other.”

After hearing an update from the City of Liberal Housing Department, the commission will be discussing the crack seal bid award before moving on to discussion about the Liberal Airport regarding its 5-year FAA Capital Improvement Program. 

“The FAA is requesting we submit an updated list of airport projects eligible for federal funding of 95 percent federal and 5 percent local grant match funds,” the agenda information noted. “The first item, the perimeter fence was moved recently from the bottom of the list to FY2019 funding as a result of a coyote crossing the main runway during the January FAA annual inspection. The inspectors also witnessed many tumbleweeds on the runways and taxiways, which caused them concern, and they are recommending the fence be installed as soon as possible to prevent aircraft accidents from wildlife and debris. Local grant match monies have not been allocated for the fence project, which has traditionally been funded from the sales tax program.”

There will also be some board appointments for the commission to consider, including the Arkalon Board and the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board. The commission will also be discussing the Federal Funds Exchange supplementary agreement. 

“The City participates in the Federal Funds Exchange through our agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation,” the agenda information noted. “This program enables us to trade all or a portion of our federal fund allocations with KDOT in exchange for state transportation dollars on an annual basis for certain road maintenance and construction expenses.”

The commission will also be discussing the city sewer evaluation and a contract with Earles Engineering & Inspection. 




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