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Pittsburg City Commission Recap – Dec. 19

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December 21, 2023

PITTSBURG, KS – The following actions were taken at the special Pittsburg City Commission Meeting held on Tuesday, December 19, 2023:



  • Bishop Walter Simpson shared a prayer of invocation.


The following items were considered and approved under the consent agenda:

  • The November 28, 2023, City Commission Meeting minutes.
  • Applications submitted by several businesses to sell Cereal Malt Beverages in the city limits.
  • An Agricultural Land Lease between Kenneth Biancarelli, in which Mr. Biancarelli will lease 148.14 acres of tillable land and grass land located at the Atkinson Municipal Airport.
  • A Dance Hall License for McCarthy’s Pub, located at 221 East 3rd Street.
  • The Appropriation Ordinance for the period ending December 19, 2023.


Public Hearing:

  • 2023 Budget Amendment – The City Commission held a public hearing to answer questions and hear from residents regarding a proposed amended use of 2023 funds in the 2023 budget. Finance Director Allison Ramsey stated that the amendment was proposed due to liquor tax revenues coming in higher than original estimates, and an expansion of Section 8 Programs. No one spoke under the public hearing. The City Commission voted to approve the budget amendment.


The following items were considered under the main agenda:

  1. KANSAS BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (KBI)/PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY (PSU) PROJECT – Commissioners approved the recommendation of the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) to grant the request submitted by the KBI and PSU to allocate $84,000 to fund a scoping study for a new Regional Crime Center and Laboratory to be constructed in the City’s Research and Development Park.
  2. HARLAN’S VENUE, LLC PROJECT – The commissioners approved the EDAC’s recommendation to reimburse 10% of the total project cost associated with the renovation of the property located at 206 North Locust, the location of Harlan’s Venue, LLC. Funding is earmarked specifically for infrastructure improvements, not to exceed $40,000.
  3. ZONING CHANGE – 00000 SOUTH JOPLIN – The City Commission approved the recommendation of the Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals to change the zoning of 00000 South Joplin, (Southeast corner of Ford and Joplin) from R-lB (Single-Family Residential) to RP-4 (Planned Apartment House). The property is the future home of the new Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority house.
  4. DISPOSITION OF BIDS – EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT TOWING – The commissioners approved staff recommendation to award the bid for the Exclusive Contract Towing agreement for 2024-2025 to Bean’s Towing of Weir, KS.
  5. CONVERGEONE – The City Commission approved an agreement, in the amount of $81,000, with ConvergeOne for the purchase of a cloud-based telephone system to increase security and lower maintenance. With the new cloud-based solution, the city will have servers located in multiple data centers across the US.
  6. ARCTIC WOLF MDR/MR – Commissioners voted to enter into an agreement, in the amount of $114,009.35, with Arctic Wolf MDR/MR for software and hardware that will provide constant monitoring, detection and response to cyber threats. This contract will provide the city with state-of-the-art security monitoring, detection, and response in the event of a cyber incident.
  7. CAPITAL ASSET POLICY – The City Commission voted to adopt an updated Capital Asset Policy.
  8. RESOLUTION NO. 1274 – Commissioners approved Resolution 1274, declaring and describing the corporate limits and boundary lines of the City of Pittsburg. With this resolution, the city’s boundary lines now incorporate the Montee Industrial Park, the new site of the wastewater treatment plant, and Heritage Tractor.


Executive Session:

  • The City Commission recessed into executive session to discuss matters of non-elected personnel pursuant to K.S.A. 75-4319(b)(1), to discuss the City Manager’s 2023 annual evaluation. No action was taken and no votes were cast.


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.