City Commission reviews zoning concern at NRH, discusses KDOT funding

Emporia city commissioners held another good discussion Wednesday about the future zoning use of property near Newman Regional Health where an ER expansion is underway.
City commissioners have been deadlocked since July over whether or not to re-zone the property from residential to public use. Some of the concerns revolve around how the property might be used in the future. Commissioner Rob Gilligan explains why he's opposed to changing the zoning.
Commissioner Danny Giefer supports the change noting that if the hospital decided to change the use of the property it would still have to come back for a public hearing.
Commissioner Jim Kessler will cast the deciding vote at the action session next week. The city commission's next meeting is Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.
In other business Wednesday, commissioners discussed with city engineer Jim Ubert changes to the KDOT formula for funding road projects. In the past the city has been able to get around 90 percent of the gas tax dollars (roughly $250,000) from the state to fund certain road projects with the ability to bank a portion of those funds to following years for major projects.
Under the new formula the funding is decreasing from 90 percent to 75 percent and those funds will no longer carry over. Commissioners must now decide how they budget for certain projects going forward.
The city also had a brief review of the solid waste management plan with discussion centering around possibly increasing the dump load for Free Dump Days from 500 pounds to 1,000 pounds.