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Pittsburg City Commission Meeting Recap – June 25, 2019

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June 27, 2019

PITTSBURG, KS – The following actions were taken at the Pittsburg City Commission held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

Jim Buche Day Proclamation:

City Commission President of the Board Dawn McNay gave a special proclamation declaring June 25, 2019, as “Jim Buche Day.” Jim Buche passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019, and was a dedicated community volunteer. Buche served for many years as a member of the Pittsburg Beautiful committee and spent countless hours working to promote the beautification of local parks, green spaces, homes and businesses in Pittsburg. Several Pittsburg Beautiful committee members were present at the commission meeting to honor Buche’s legacy, including his children and grandchildren.

Commissioners approved the following items under the consent agenda:

Resolution No. 1222, adopting the Kansas Homeland Security Region H Hazard Mitigation Plan. An adopted hazard mitigation plan is a requirement of FEMA’s pre- and post-disaster mitigation grant programs. Adoption of the plan legitimizes it and authorizes the City staff to carry out their responsibilities under the plan. The adopted resolution will be submitted to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM) and FEMA for final approval.

Aviation Agreement for Equipment and Associated Facilities between the Kansas Department of Transportation and the City of Pittsburg for an Airport Improvements Project to remove trees in the approach area of Runway 4-22 at the Atkinson Municipal Airport. Trees have begun to encroach both ends of the airport runway. The City received a 90/10 matching grant from KDOT Aviation Division to help resolve the issue by removing trees from the approaches. The estimated cost of the project is $20,000. KDOT will provide a maximum reimbursement of $18,000 to the City. The City’s portion of the cost will be approximately $2,000.

Aviation Agreement for Equipment and Associated Facilities between the Kansas Department of Transportation and the City of Pittsburg for an Airport Improvements Project to replace the AWOS (Automated Weather Observing System) ceilometer and main central data unit at the Atkinson Municipal Airport. The City received another 90/10 matching grant from KDOT’s Aviation Division to replace the AWOS ceilometer and main central data unit at the airport. The estimated cost of the project is $48,000, with KDOT’s portion being $43,200, and the City’s share coming to approximately $4,800. The City’s portion will come from the Airport Operating Budget.

Change Order No. 1 reflecting an increase of $8,256.00, making a new contract construction amount of $278,154.78, and final payment due the contractor Heck & Wicker, Inc., of Parsons, Kansas, in the amount of $28,091.26 for the North Walnut Street Extension Project. The North Walnut Extension Project extended North Walnut Street from 28th Street to 29th Street. The change order reflects an increase of $8,256, covering work not included in the original project scope. This additional work included the pouring of new driveway approaches for the property owner of the north parcel. The landowner paid their share of the cost for the driveways and the work was added to the project. 

Staff request to submit an application to the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program for a $200,000 grant to provide security deposit and utility deposit assistance to income-eligible households. This program, administrated by the City of Pittsburg Public Housing Authority, provides an estimated 250 eligible low-income households with security deposit and utility deposit assistance. The Pittsburg Public Housing Authority will help with security deposits equal to one month of rent, with a maximum grant amount of $700 to each household.

Special Presentation:

City Manager Daron Hall and Finance Director Jamie Clarkson gave a special presentation on the City’s annual Five-Year Financial Plan.


City Commission Meetings:

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