Airport improvement projects, emergency shelter grant approved by city commission

City commissioners had a quick action session Wednesday.

Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing city manager Mark McAnarney to sign a Federal Aviation Administration grant for the ongoing airport improvement program.


Mayor Jon Geitz:

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This latest round of improvements includes repaving the taxiway and apron design and construction. National Sealant and Concrete will do the job for $316,000. City engineering crews and FAA officials will check the progress of the project along the way. This follows runway repaving last year.

Commissioners also approved the acceptance of an emergency shelter grant agreement. The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation approved a grant request from the city earlier this year, to provide funding for SOS, Plumb Place, and Catholic Charities. Geitz said hopefully this money will help those organizations help people during their worst times.

In other business, commissioners approved a lease agreement with Nex-Tech for a communications tower at 15th and Hatcher. The Hays-based company will pay $1,000 a month to lease the tower as they expand eastward. The commission also authorized the sale of alcohol for the upcoming Lunar Kanza, a 50-mile night-time bike ride through the Flint Hills. The event, co-sponsored by Dirty Kanza organizers and Mulready's, would take place under a full moon in August. More information on this event coming soon.

Commissioners also recognized July 25th as Shrine Bowl Day, and recognized high school track state champions Keiona Doctor and Jordyn Harmon for their achievements.

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