Pittsburg City Commission Meeting Recap – March 22
City Press Releases
March 23, 2022
PITTSBURG, KS – The following actions were taken at the Pittsburg City Commission meeting held on Tuesday, March 22, 2022:
Patricia Johnson with the Salvation Army shared a prayer of invocation.
PROCLAMATIONS & SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Mayor Brooks gave a special proclamation recognizing the 51st anniversary of the Week of the Young Child (April 2-8, 2022)
Mayor Brooks proclaimed Wednesday, March 30, 2022 as Pittsburg Community Child Care Learning Center Day
FISCAL YEAR 2020 ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING AWARD
The City Commission recognized members of the City of Pittsburg Finance Department for receiving the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 25th straight year. City Manager Daron Hall acknowledged the finance team, along with former director Jamie Clarkson for his leadership and contribution to the department during his tenure.
Commissioners approved the following items under the consent agenda:
The March 8, 2022, City Commission Meeting minutes.
The purchase of one (1) 2022 Ford F-150 truck from Mike Carpino Ford for the Parks and Recreation Department utilizing the Sales Tax Capital Outlay Fund in the amount of $27,200.
The Appropriation Ordinance for the period ending March 22, 2022, subject to the release of HUD expenditures when funds are received.
THE FOLLOWING ITEM WAS REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION
Resolution No. 1251 – East Quincy Project – Commissioners voted to adopt Resolution No. 1251 authorizing the offering for sale of General Obligation Bonds, Series 2022-A, of the City of Pittsburg, Kansas. The bonds will help fund the city’s portion of the East Quincy Project, which is a cost-sharing initiative in partnership with KDOT.
STREET SALES TAX PROGRAM – Director of Public Works and Utilities Matt Bacon provided information regarding the Street Sales Tax Program. In his presentation, Bacon included a breakdown of the street sales tax collections, how those funds are used in street maintenance, along with strategies his team employs to address road improvements throughout the city. Bacon also updated the commissioners on future projects scheduled to be completed, and some that are in the planning phases.
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING
DISPOSITION OF BIDS – NORTH JOPLIN STREET WATER TOWER BLAST AND PAINT – Commissioners voted to approve the recommendation to award the bid for Blasting and Painting the North Joplin Street Water Tower to Utility Service Co. based on their low bid of $287,000. According to Public Works and Utilities Director Matt Bacon, the north tower has not been painted since 2003. The project is expected to take 60-90 days to complete, weather permitting
KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY AGREEMENT – Commissioners voted to enter into an agreement with the Kansas City Southern Railway Company to improve the railroad crossing for the East Quincy Street Improvement Project from Joplin to Rouse Street.
CITY HALL PLAZA – FRONT STEPS/RAMP PROJECT – Consider staff recommendation to award the bid for the City Hall Plaza front steps/ramp project to Sprouls Construction, Inc., of Lamar, Missouri, in the amount of $284,187.25. The project aims to improve the accessibility of City Hall and includes new ramps at the front entrance. Funding for the project comes from federal relief grants.
NON-AGENDA REPORTS & REQUESTS
Commissioners voted to approve a change order to the Pittsburg Aquatic Center sandblast and paint project. The request increased the project cost by $17,255.00, making the total amount $152,710.00. Additional funds will be used to remove and replace the sealant in the pool.
City Manager Daron Hall wished Jay Byers and Pete Earles a happy birthday.
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