City council briefs
City holds hearing
on sewer grant
Concern for sewer money distribution was discussed in a public hearing during Monday's city council meeting.
The hearing involved considering an application for a $400,000 grant from the Community Development Block Grant.
The city has already been approved for a $2.4 million loan for the wastewater treatment plant improvement, and looks to receive the grant after Tonganoxie just missed qualifying for the grant last year.
During the hearing, resident Velda Roberts voiced concern about increasing sewer tap rates. She wanted to make sure the money was going toward the sewer renovations.
Mayor John Franiuk said using money for anything else would be illegal.
The city anticipates it won't need all of the loan. Once a loan agreement is made, the loan can decrease, but it can't increase.
The CDBG grant application is due March 15.
The project involves the addition of ultraviolet disinfection and sludge disposal operations.
Swimming pool repair estimated at $89,000
City Administrator Shane Krull provided estimates for swimming pool repair. Mid-America Pool Renovations Inc. estimated the municipal pool improvements would cost nearly $89,000.
This year's capital budget has $100,000 reserved for pool improvements. Those renovations are surface relining and caulking. The aging structure tends to lose substantial water through leaks. The pool is expensive to maintain, but council member Janet Angell said it's something the public seems to enjoy extensively.
Council accepts additional road
The city council approved the acceptance of the Quit Claim Deed for an additional road that would connect two developments in the Urban Hess Business Center. This would allow for the extension of Industrial Drive to Commerce Avenue.
Eight applications received for city job
City Administrator Shane Krull said Monday that out of eight applications for city planner, five met qualifications of the position.
Krull will begin contacting those people this week and will have recommendations for the city council at the March 11 meeting.
Interviews planned for council, panel
The city council is accepting applications for city council and planning commission vacancies and is expected to conduct interviews at the March 25 meeting.
Janet Angell participated in her last meeting with the council Monday, as she will be moving just outside the city limits.
Kent Weatherby also recently stepped down from his position on the planning commission.