PITTSBURG, KS – The following actions were taken at the Pittsburg City Commission meeting held on Tuesday, May 10, 2022:
- Chaplain Jill Chambers said a prayer of invocation.
- Pittsburg State University President Dr. Steve Scott thanked the city commissioners for the city’s cooperation and partnership with the university, and encouraged the City to continue to work with PSU and new President Dr. Daniel Shipp to support the success of the region.
- Cathy Kincaid spoke under public input concerning code violations in her neighborhood, and suggested fines for properties in violation of city codes.
- The April 26, 2022, City Commission Meeting minutes.
- Staff recommendation to appoint John Bozich to fill an unexpired term as a member of the Farmers’ Market Advisory Board effective immediately and concluding on December 31, 2024.
- The Appropriation Ordinance for the period ending May 10, 2022, subject to the release of HUD expenditures when funds are received.
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING
- BLUE SPOON PROPERTIES, LLC – Commissioners voted to approve the recommendation of the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) to allocate $30,000 from the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to be used specifically for infrastructure improvements to support the Blue Spoon Properties, LLC renovation project located at 618 North Broadway.
- SECTION 8 PAYMENT STANDARDS INCREASE – Commissioners voted to increase Section 8 payment standards to reflect market conditions, which will make housing more affordable for eligible tenants in the city.
- VARIANCE – WAL-MART – Commissioners approved the recommendation of the Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals to approve a variance request submitted by Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust to allow for an expanded drive-up lane and awning at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at 1011 East Centennial.
- DISPOSITION OF BIDS – EAST QUINCY STREET RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT – Commissioners awarded the bid for the East Quincy Street Reconstruction Project (Joplin to Rouse) to the low bidder, Amino Brothers Co. Inc., of Kansas City, Kansas, based on their bid of $5,373,899.07. The East Quincy project is a 300 working day contract, anticipated to be completed in September 2023. Public Works & Utilities Director Matt Bacon informed the commissioners that another neighborhood meeting will take place before road construction begins.
- AWARD OF CONTRACT – INSPECTION SERVICES – EAST QUINCY STREET RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT – Commissioners voted to award the Inspection Service Contract for the East Quincy Street Reconstruction Project (Joplin to Rouse), to TranSystems.
NON-AGENDA REPORTS & REQUESTS:
- BI-MONTHLY BUDGET REVIEW – Director of Finance Larissa Bowman provided the bi-monthly budget review. Bowman says city finances are healthy and the local economy remains strong.
- Commissioners spoke with Cathy Kincaid regarding the code issues in her neighborhood and arranged a follow-up meeting.
- Mayor Brooks thanked the city manager and staff for helping arrange a tour for local elementary school students.
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. Members of the public are encouraged to attend. To learn more about the Pittsburg city government, city commissioners, or to view meeting agendas and minutes visit pittks.org/city-government/city-commission.
City commission meetings are broadcast live every second and fourth Tuesday on the City’s local government access channel (Cox channel 6) and on YouTube. To subscribe to the City’s YouTube channel, go to www.pittks.org/youtube.
The mission of the City of Pittsburg is to provide exceptional services, facilities and activities with integrity, professionalism, excellent customer service and a commitment to economic vitality.