By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
Many projects have been started in the nearly four years since Joe
Denoyer was elected to the Liberal City Commission, and now, the
current mayor says he would like to see some of those projects finished.
Denoyer said if he is re-elected, one of his top priorities would be
to see the water park at 11th and Kansas come to fruition.
“With the project to be the best project possible open in plenty of
time for summer usage and to be as close to budget as possible,” he
said. “No one could predict what Water Park Experts were going to do.”
Denoyer said he believes the pool is a wonderful project in the works.
“I was glad to be a part of the process,” he said. “Staff did a great
job. The commissioners did a great job. We’ve got a great project
that’s the envy of other communities – Garden City, Dodge City.”
Denoyer would also like to bring credibility back to the City’s 1-
cent sales tax.
“Spending the money the way it was intended when it was originally
passed back in the early ‘90s and then re-passed again 10 years
later,” he said. “It will be up for renewal in 2011, so I think we
have to continue to do what people wanted with the money so that when
it comes up for a vote, it will be renewed again.”
Denoyer said the City has a lot of projects that would not be
possible without the 1-cent sales tax.
“Quality of life issues, streets, maintenance, beautification are
some of these projects the 1-cent sales tax has helped paid for,” he
Denoyer said he would like to see the sales tax become a main focus
for the City.
“When I was first elected four years ago, I heard a lot of concerns
from constituents that the 1-cent sales tax had become a slush fund
and that the city was just pulling out of it and using it for
whatever,” he said. “I believe that we as a commission and staff have
re-focused that. We do have a capital improvement project list of
things we would like to see done.”
Denoyer said another major project the City needs to deal with is the
wastewater treatment plant, which he said is outdated.
“It is actually five years past its life expectancy,” he said. “With
the community growing and National Beef growing as well, we’re going
to have to upgrade our wastewater treatment plant, and we’re also
going to have to devise a plan to pay for that as well.”
Denoyer said the treatment plant is still in good shape, but parts
are starting to wear out with the added usage from business residents
and commercial industries.
“By mandate of KDHE, we’re going to have to upgrade the facility, and
coming up with a way to pay for the $20 to $25 million plant will be
a major task for the new commission to devise,” he said.
Denoyer added among other things, the City likewise needs to continue
with its comprehensive park plan.
“Do some quality of life issues. Western Avenue is a high priority
also in the coming next year or two,” he said. “It just got in
terrible shape. We’ve already let the bids for the surveying of the
project. Now, we need to be diligent and see that project through
completion from 15th Street all the way down to 54 Highway.”