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Two items set for future vote during Emporia City Commission study session Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

Emporia City Commissioners discussed the potential approval of two major items Wednesday.

Commissioners were presented with an incentive and compliance agreement from Glendo LLC during their study session Wednesday morning. The agreement is for a potential expansion of both Glendo's manufacturing facilities and their classroom space.

The expansion will see an additional 40,765 square feet added to the facility. Along with the additional square footage, the expansion will also create six new full-time positions.

Glendo was founded in 1977 by Don Glaser and has been a world leader in designing tools for the engraving arts. On top of developing tools, the company also holds numerous educational courses each year on the engraving arts and has even established an engraving arts program at Emporia State University.

City commissioner Rob Gilligan says the potential expansion would not just have an impact on the community at the economic level but the educational level as well.

 

The agreement will be voted on during the commission's action session next week. If approved, work on the expansion could begin by late spring and would cost approximately $4.3 million.

Also during the meeting commissioners continued discussions on the formation of a land bank. The land bank would be made up by the Community Housing Board and would be responsible for helping revitalize existing properties in Emporia.

Currently, the city is responsible for maintaining all vacant properties in their possession. If the land bank were to be established they would essentially become the financial decision-makers of what to do with any and all properties.

Gilligan believes the land bank will help to narrow down which pieces of land are a productive use of funds and which are not.

 

Gilligan believes, due to the overall conversation during Wednesday's meeting, the city is finally ready to make a decision on the establishment of the land bank. The commission will vote on the matter during next week's meeting.

In other business, commissioners also discussed a revision to the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, heard a proposal for a new ordinance regarding vaping and discussed the i6 grant and potential THINK Emporia initiative.

The Emporia City Commission will next meet Wednesday, March 20 at 7 pm inside the municipal courtroom at White Auditorium.

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