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Emporia City Commission budget discussions progressing smoothly at study session

The Emporia City Commission study session started with an update from the Emporia Farmer's Market.

Jessica Hopkins, farmers market manager, informed the city commission that the change in location from the parking lot to 7th street is going positively. According to Hopkins, 99% of vendors and shoppers like the new set up since it is more pedestrian friendly. Hopkins will return to the city commission with a letter concerning the move of the information kiosk to an area closer to the new location.

The Farmer's Market operates 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8:30-10:00 on Saturday mornings.

The commissioners reviewed non-personnel funds and the 5-year plan presented by city treasurer Janet Harrouff. Harrouff noted the appreciation from the departments about the plan, saying the ability to see two years out on the budget gives departments more direction on handling money. Commissioner Danny Giefer says budget discussions are going relatively smooth.


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Former Assistant City Manager Jim Witt presented the Fire District #4 Agreement. Staff used a Captain, a mid-range firefighter and a new-range fire-fighter to calculate salaries plus $3.00 per square foot for storage equipment. This is a $43,000 plus increase for the fire district to pay to the city. In the previous agreement which expires in December, the fire district paid an annual sum of $140,000 and in the proposed agreement the fire district will annually pay $183,258.99 starting for the year 2018. Discussion on the agreement will resume during next week's action session.

Charter ordinance #36, which was previously discussed at the last study session, will be repealed and Charter Ordinance #37 will be presented at the action session to replace it. The current ordinance does not exempt the city from the provisions of K.S.A. 12-104a, which deals with filling vacancies on the governing body of a municipality.


The Emporia City Commission will meet for their action session next Wednesday, July 5th, at 1:30 p.m. 

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