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Emporia City Commission approves tax abatement, ordinance for Simmons expansion project

The Emporia City Commission officially closed the books on the 2017 fiscal year at Wednesday's action meeting.


After adjourning Sine Die, the commission reorganized electing Danny Giefer as mayor and Jon Geitz as vice mayor. The city commission approved two items related to the $38 million Simmons expansion project in southeast Emporia. The first was an incentive compliance agreement, essentially a 10-year, 100 percent property tax abatement for the expansion. Mayor Giefer spoke about the project following the meeting.



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Also approved was an ordinance authorizing general obligation bonds for improvements to the water distribution system near Industrial Park No. 3 where the project is being constructed. Giefer expressed optimism looking ahead to his term as mayor.



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During the meeting, the city commission approved bids for Emporia Police to purchase three new police cars. The police department is trading in two Chevy Impalas and a Ford F350 for three 2018 all wheel drive SUVs from John North Ford at a total of $83,285.


Also approved was a renewed three year agreement with the animal shelter and lease agreement with the Humane Society of the Flint Hills, and a half-million dollar increase to a charter ordinance for parks.


Commissioners were approved to several boards and commissions: 


*Rob Gilligan was appointed to the RDA. Becky Smith was appointed to JEDAC.

*Mayor Giefer was appointed to the Recreation Commission.

*Jon Geitz was appointed to the William Allen White Partnership and the joint city/county board.
*Bobbi Mlynar was appointed to Emporia Enterprises and the Community Foundation Board.

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