Archive for Wednesday, December 3, 2008

BWR presents council with final draft of retail study

December 3, 2008

Scott Michie, vice president of Bucher Willis and Ratliff, the city’s planning firm, along with Richard Caplan, of Richard Caplan Associates, had an early Christmas gift for the Tonganoxie City Council.

Monday night, the two unveiled the final draft report of Tonganoxie’s retail present and its future.

The “Retail-Commercial Development Plan 2020” lists the results of months of surveys and community meetings where local residents and business leaders chimed in on what they thought Tonganoxie should look like and the type of retail stores it needed.

The report also listed several strategies the city could use to reach its retail and recruitment goals.

Read more about the report in future editions of The Mirror.

In other business the council:

• Unanimously approved a lease payment of $20,102.21 for two fire trucks to First State Bank and Trust. Councilmember Gumm abstained.

• Unanimously approved the payment of $132,079.50 for pay request no. 2 to Kings Construction for work on the new baseball fields at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.

• Unanimously approved the authorization of a cereal malt beverage license to Casey’s General Stores, and Bitler’s BBQ and Steak, LLC.

• Unanimously approved a resolution updating the boundaries of the city to include the new Tonganoxie baseball fields at the fairgrounds and road right-of-way for west Eighth Street to serve the new Vintage Park retirement community.

• Unanimously approved the sale of $1.87 million in taxable general obligation temporary notes for the purchase of land for a new industrial park. First State Bank and Trust won the bid to fund the notes at a rate of 5.75%. It was the only bidder.

• Unanimously approved an additional line item to the 2009 budget to include $7,500 to the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce. The money will come from the budgeted $4,000 transient guest tax fund and $3,500 from the general fund contingency.

• Unanimously awarded a contract to U.S. Fence Company to build a 6-foot outfield fence, 8-foot dugout fence, 20-foot backstop fence and 12-foot gate and construction staking. U.S. Fence Company’s bid was for $90,862.52. It beat out bids from Forever Fence ($113,99.20), and Grizzley Fence Co. ($118,500). At the meeting was Raymond Reynolds, owner of Forever Fence. He said that he U.S. Fence Company would not be able to complete the fence at the quoted price without cutting corners. He also added that the council should look at giving the contract to a local bidder because it would help the local economy.

The council told Reynolds that if a local bidder was within three percent of the lowest bidder ($93,488.40) it would go with the local bidder.

It also reassured Reynolds that all of the materials used to build the fence would be certified and U.S. Fence would have a performance bond guaranteeing the work. And finally an engineer from B.G. Consultants would inspect the work and materials used.

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