City commission accepts CDBG grant and honor longtime city administrator Wednesday Featured

Emporia Mayor Danny Giefer presents City Manager and birthday boy Mark McAnarney with a proclamation honoring McAnarney's 60th birthday. Emporia Mayor Danny Giefer presents City Manager and birthday boy Mark McAnarney with a proclamation honoring McAnarney's 60th birthday. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

Additional funding is coming to the city of Emporia to assist both local businesses and meal programs following the Emporia City Commission's recent action session Wednesday.

Commissioners voted to accept a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) totaling $167,000. Those funds will be dispersed amongst two different sectors with $132,000 going to aid economic development and the remaining $35,000 assisting local meal programs such as soup kitchens and food pantries.

City Manager Mark McAnarney says the grant comes at a perfect time as local COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to ease and local businesses are resuming operations.

McAnarney says a plan for exactly where and how those funds will be dispersed is still in development.

In other business, commissioner Jon Geitz was appointed as the city's representative to serve on a recently established task force to study capital improvement needs for the Emporia/Lyon County Fire Department and EMS. Geitz says new fire equipment and remodeling plans have been included in the city's five-year budget plan for some time now and according to Geitz, the city is now at the point where they either need to move forward with the improvements and begin developing a project plan or remove the equipment from the five-year plan.

Geitz says the task force will help to solidify a more solid game-plan for the future.

 

Along with Geitz a city staff member, Lyon County Commissioner and Lyon County staff member will also be appointed to join the task force. Word on when those individuals may be selected is pending.

Following two executive sessions, commissioners closed down the meeting with a special proclamation written by City Consultant Jim Witt and read by Emporia Main Street Director Casey Woods honoring McAnarney's 60th birthday. McAnarney says he "never saw it coming" but was very touched by the gesture.

McAnarney has spent 31 of his 60 years in Emporia and says the community has given "a lot of affection" to him and his family.

 

A reception was held for McAnarney following the adjournment of the meeting.

The Emporia City Commission will reconvene for a study session next Wednesday at 9 am inside city conference room 1 AB at White Auditorium.

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