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March 05th, 2021

city of liberal logoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


The Liberal City Commission will have an easy evening for itself with a handful of action during its next this evening starting at 5:30. 

Up first for the commission will be discussion of more businesses seeking CDBG-CV funding. 

“The City of Liberal has received three applications for CDBG-CV funding as follows: Fairfield Inn in the amount of $30,000; Hampton Inn in the amount of $32,000; and Ranch Motel in the amount of $15,515,” the agenda information noted. “Staff requests approval of the applications, authorization to execute grant report documents and submit requests for payment to the Department of Commerce. If awarded to these three businesses, this will deplete the CDBG-Covid grant funds.”

The commission will also be discussing the awarding of a bid for bus cameras. This work was originally awarded to Safety Vision in January for $25,741.81. 

“The original bid that was accepted from Safety Vision did not include supporting cameras, as was requested in the bid packet. The project was rebid, and the total project is $30,000,” the agenda information noted. “Two bids were received: the second bid from Safety Vision was received after the cutoff time. The Safe Fleet bid was hand delivered early, and Safe Fleet had also overnighted its bid, and it was not received prior to bid opening. There was a notification from the delivery company of delivery being delayed because of weather. The bids are from Safe Fleet in the amount of $33,198, and from Safety Vision in the amount of $29,156.63. Staff will defer to the commission regarding whether or not to allow the Safety Vision bid to be accepted.”

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The commission will also be discussing the Tree Cost Share Program for the coming spring. 

“This program is open to all City of Liberal residents, with a limit of four trees per residence,” the agenda information noted. “The cost is $25 per tree, and trees may be purchased at the Liberal Recreation Center at 950 S. Grant. There will be 90 trees available, and this program is first come, first served. The trees available will be Autumn Flame Maple, Oklahoma Whitebud, Rockford Planetree, Lacebark Elm, Burgundy Belle Maple, and Shumard Oak.”

The commission will also hear a request for the purchase of some new equipment for the Liberal Recreation Center. 

“The Recreation Department is looking to bring new and exciting activities to our new location. It has been a goal of the department to add a golf simulator that can also be used for multiple sports,” the agenda information noted. “The golf simulator will have more than 12 professional golf courses with TruTrack availabilities. Interactive sports will include rally basketball, slap shot hockey, breakaway soccer, and foot golf. The cost for the golf simulator is $18,495, and to add the interactive sports is an additional $7,495 plus shipping. With the price of ammo being so expensive, we plan on offering an alternative option. An indoor shooting range would give patrons the actual experience of using a firearm without firing a live shot. The shooting simulator has target practices, six timed outdoor events, Zombie Hunt, Wild West Hunt, and many more scenarios. We plan on looking into the additional hunting scenarios at a future date. Staff recommends purchasing one golf simulator and one shooting simulator from Sports Entertainment Specialist for the price of $42,150. With this item, the commission will first have to accept a bid from National Beef for $50,000, and will then have to vote on the simulator purchases in the amount of $42,150.”

To conclude the meeting’s new business, the commission will also hear bids for a flooring project.

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