Archive for Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Council votes to help residents remodel their homes

January 7, 2009

The Tonganoxie City Council just made it a little easier for residents to make some home improvements.

On Monday the council unanimously voted to authorize Community America Credit Union to offer loans of up to $30,000 at a fixed interest rate of 1.35% below a homeowners home equity loan rate to make home improvements.

The loans will be available to residents who have a credit score of 620 or higher and have property valued at less than $200,000.

The council appointed Kathy Bard to coordinate the program with the community and agreed to pay $250 annually from the city’s general fund that will go to the Mid America Regional Council for a joint marketing program.

In other business the council:

• Unanimously approved the payment of $15,458.90 for the final pay request for the new Public Works Facility.

• Unanimously approved the renewal of cereal malt beverage licenses for G&P County Mart, and Daniel’s Bar-B-Q.

• Unanimously approved the payment of $60,545.70 for pay request no. 3 to Kings Construction for construction of the new baseball fields at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.

• Unanimously approved a contract with BG Consultants, the city’s engineering firm to survey and flag the roadway for the expansion of East Street from Fourth to Seventh streets. Although the project has not been designed, Brian Kingsley of BG Consultants said the winter was a good time start marking the road right of way while the vegetation along the proposed route was sparse. The council also agreed to have the public works crews begin clearing and grubbing the area. The council also approved to amend the contract for engineering services with BG Consultants to design a different type of bridge for the new street. Kingsley said the reinforced concrete box that was originally planned for that street will not work with the depth of the creek in that area. BG Consultants recommended designing a reinforced concrete haunch slab bridge to span the width of the creek. The price difference in design and engineering of the new type of bridge is $8,880.

• Heard from Mike Yanez, the city administrator, about preparing project submittals to the Mid America Regional Council for five city projects that are “shovel ready,” if and when the Obama administration gets a new stimulus package passed. Yanez said no one was sure when this might happen, but the five projects listed are ready to go to bid within 30 to 45 days. The projects are: upgrades on Second and Cox streets; phase III of the Fourth Street improvements; replacing the bridge on Pleasant Street; connecting a waterline from Tonganoxie to the Board of Public Utilities; installing a new interceptor sewer at Eagle Valley.

• Appointed Yanez to be the official representing the city to meet with the United States Department of Agriculture to negotiate payments the city will receive for the Irick property south of Tonganoxie, which is now eligible to receive federal Conservation Reserve Program payments.

• Voted 4-1 for an annual merit pay increase of 2.5 percent to full-time city employees. This raise is on top of the annual cost of living adjustment for the employees. Crook was the dissenting vote.

• Announced the Jan. 19 regular meeting falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday. The meeting will be moved to 7 p.m. Tuesday Jan.,20 in the council chambers.

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