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January 19th, 2021

city of liberal logoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


After reorganizing itself, the Liberal City Commission will be taking on a variety of city business at its first meeting of 2021 this evening starting at 5:30 at City Hall. 

To begin the agenda’s new business, the commission will be discussing the Southgate Mall Community Improvement District. 

“At the Dec. 22, 2020 meeting, Resolution No. 2346 was adopted by the Liberal City Commission based on a petition submitted by the owners of Southgate Mall at 910 S. Kansas Avenue in the city to create a Community Improvement District (CID) and the proposed levy of a CID Sales Tax within such district,” the agenda information noted. “The Resolution was directed to be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the official city newspaper, and the city clerk was directed to give the required notices. The public hearing notices appeared Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 giving notice of the public hearing on the advisability of creating the District, approving the project set forth in the petition, and imposing the CID Sales Tax in the amount of 1 percent, with such public hearing to take place at this evening’s meeting. The general nature of the project consists of the redevelopment of the Southgate Mall and will include planning, design, construction, maintenance, and procurement of certain improvements within the District, including but not limited to: all infrastructure-related items, façade replacement, sidewalks, parking lot and drives, parking lot lighting, mechanical systems, fire sprinklers, tenant signage, marquee signage, roofing, landscaping, marketing and more.”

crazy house article july, the commission will then be discussing the purchase of new heaters for the Mid-America Air Museum. 

“The hangar area of the museum is equipped with 42 I/R natural gas heaters,” a memo from MAAM Director Bob Immell in the agenda information noted. “At the time I became director in October 2018, I believe there were less than half of them working, and we finished my first winter up with about 12 working by the spring of 2019. At that time, I knew we would have to replace the heaters and in my 2020 budget, there were funds enough included for this. Earles Engineering has evaluated our heater situation and determined the best option for the museum would be to replace the existing units with 26 new I/R natural gas heaters similar to the existing ones – however, they would be selectively placed in order to prevent ‘cooking’ the planes we are hanging up. Since that time, prices have been obtained from three places, and I’m recommending we purchase the heaters from Salina Supply Company in Salina for a total of $9,062.30. I do have sufficient finds in my 2021 building maintenance budget for this heater purchase. None of these prices include installation, which can be done by the city’s Building Maintenance Department. At this time, we’re down to four heaters, although we were given an additional six used heaters that can be used to tide us over until the new heaters arrive and can be installed.”

The commission will also be discussing the awarding of a bid for bus cameras. 

“The City of Liberal wa awarded a KDOT Bus Facility Grant for a camera system for all transit program buses and vans,” the agenda information noted. “KDOT prepared a bid sheet and provided a vendor list, and local vendors were also notified of the request for proposals. Bids were received from Safety Vision for $25,741.81, and Tek-Style for $50,833.24. Staff requests the commission award the bid to Safety Vision for $25,741,81.”

The commission will also be discussing a bid award for work on the 15th Street water line, and will conclude the meeting’s new business with discussions about city building rentals and the city’s pit bull ban. 

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