Pittsburg City Commission meeting recap – March 23, 2021
City Press Releases
March 24, 2021
PITTSBURG, KS – The following actions were taken during the Pittsburg City Commission meeting held on March 23, 2021:
- Public Input
- Father Jerome shared a prayer of invocation.
- Virginia Darling spoke about the need for storm shelters in Pittsburg.
Mayor Munsell expressed his gratitude for firefighters who fought the fire in downtown Pittsburg on Friday and his sorrow for those displaced. Commissioner McNay also expressed gratitude for the efforts of the Police Department for securing the scene. City Manager Daron Hall expressed appreciation for local organizations and businesses who provided needed assistance to the displaced residents.
Commissioners approved the following items under the consent agenda:
- The March 9, 2021, City Commission Meeting minutes.
- Staff recommendation to renew the City’s property and liability insurance policy with the EMC Insurance Company for the period April 1, 2021 to April 1, 2022.
- Staff recommendation to enter into a First Amended Farm Lease agreement with Kenneth Biancarelli to include the tillable land and grass land in Tracts 3, 4, 5, 5A, and 7, located at the Atkinson Municipal Airport for a term of nine months beginning April 1, 2021 and ending December 31, 2021, in the total amount of $11,055.00.
- Staff recommendation to revise the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Administration Plan.
- Staff recommendation to correct the legal name from Hometown Development Corporation to Hometown Development Group, LLC, in regard to the March 9th, 2021, recommendation of the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) to grant the request submitted by Hometown Development Group, LLC, to update their City loan paperwork, regarding the renovation of the property located at 1004 North Broadway, to reflect Labette Bank as the holder of the first mortgage.
- Ordinance No. S-1078, granting an ad valorem tax exemption to E & J Investments, LLC, pursuant to the City of Pittsburg’s Policy and Procedures adopted November 10, 1987, as authorized by Section 13, Article 11, of the Constitution of the State of Kansas.
- Appropriation Ordinance for the period ending March 23, 2021, subject to the release of HUD expenditures when funds are received.
Commissioners considered the following items on the agenda:
- FIRST AMENDMENT OF DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT – Commissioners voted to approve staff recommendation to amend the Original Development Agreement with Northgate Associates, LLC, HOK-Northgate, LLC, and GM-Northgate, LLC, regarding the project schedule.
- PARTIAL MORTGAGE RELEASES – SILVERBACK HOUSING DEVELOPMENT – Commissioners approved a partial mortgage releases for 1825 Silverback Way and 1903 Carnie Smith Court, located in the Silverback housing development, as Arvest Bank, the primary lender for the project, took first position on the loan, with the City securing a second position on the P & L property until the loan is repaid in December 2023.
- AIRPORT HANGAR SUB-LEASE – Commissioners voted to approve the request submitted by Mr. Ken Brock to allow the sub-lease of a hangar owned by Mr. Brock at the Atkinson Municipal Airport.
- KWPCRF LOAN AGREEMENT – WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT PROJECT – Commissioners approved the loan agreement for the financing of a wastewater treatment project through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Kansas Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (KWPCRF) in the amount of $5,136,830.00 with a Gross Loan Rate of 1.30% per annum, subject to review and approval for correctness and form by the City Attorney.
NON-AGENDA REPORTS & REQUESTS:
- Mayor Munsell asked whether it would be possible to reopen the drop box while people become familiar with the newly installed kiosk. Commissioner Fields also asked about the kiosk and payment options. City Manager Hall said that staff is considering options for payment, including reopening the drop box and City Hall if virus incidents remain low.
- Mayor Munsell expressed concern about people parking on sidewalks. City Manager Hall said that the police will be issuing warnings and that people can call City Hall if they have an issue.
City Commission Meetings:
The Pittsburg City Commission meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm, inside the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center courtroom.
City commission meetings are broadcast live on the City’s local government access channels (Cox channel 6 and Craw-Kan channel 406) and on YouTube. To subscribe to the City’s YouTube channel, go to www.pittks.org/youtube. To learn more about the Pittsburg city government, city commissioners, or to view meeting agendas and minutes, visit pittks.org/city-government/city-commission.
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