By SALINA POST
A proclamation, tax exemption public hearing, commissioner appointments and land annexation are among the items on the Salina Town Commission’s busy agenda for Monday.
About the meeting
Study sessions and City Commission meetings will be held in person in Room 107 of the City-County Building, 300 West Ash Street, and via Zoom until further notice. The meetings can also be viewed on the City of Salina YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/cityofSalinaKansas.
To participate via Zoom, citizens should use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89275984587.
The meeting is also accessible by telephone at 1-346-248-7799. Enter Meeting ID: 892 7598 4587 when prompted.
If citizens wish to speak, either during the public forum or when the mayor requests public comment on an item, citizens present via Zoom should raise their hands so the meeting host can allow them to speak. . Those attending the meeting in person will have the opportunity to speak at the podium.
Citizens may also send written comments or questions to the City Commissioners via email at [email protected].
In order for Commissioners to have an opportunity to review comments prior to the meeting, please email your comments or questions by 5:00 p.m. on the Sunday prior to the Monday meetings.
Commissioners are scheduled to start their day with a study session at 2:30 p.m. The subject of the study session is Salina Housing Update.
According to a memo to commissioners from Lauren Driscoll, director of community and development services, the update will include “the current status of various potential housing developments, the potential growth of housing and associated infrastructure in the community as well as a introduction to a potential funding request for SPARK Dollars with a possibility of City Commission leadership SPARK’s potential funding request could impact the community by creating a new area of developable land, accelerating the development process , maintaining affordable housing and designing and maintaining infrastructure.
The regular meeting is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. A public comment period is scheduled towards the start of the meeting.
Commissioners are asked to consider proclaiming February 2022 Black History Month in the City of Salina. Hannah Rivers of the Human Relations Commission must read the proclamation.
Commissioners are also scheduled to hold a public hearing regarding a proposed tax exemption for McShares, Inc. On January 24, commissioners instructed city staff “to move forward with this matter and set a date for the February 7, 2022 for the public hearing”. Following the public hearing, the commissioners will consider approving a resolution that would grant the tax exemption.
According to information in the City Commission’s meeting record, McShares, Inc., doing business as REPCO, plans to expand its local headquarters and warehouse and manufacturing facility located at 1835 E. North Street .
“The company does business in 46 countries around the world and offers products that most Americans have consumed in their lifetime. The company works in the flour milling industry, the nutritional industry, and the bakery.The company manufactures ingredients, additives and premixes as well as produces state-of-the-art equipment and has on-site technology services.Their products fortify wheat, rice, corn and many other products in addition to extending their shelf life. The company has over 70% market share in these industry segments. Additional REPCO facilities are located in Manhattan, KS; Wamego, KS; Chicago, IL; East Coast United States; Philippines; and Africa,” according to information in the Jan. 24 committee meeting file.
Additionally, the commissioners are also set to hear Mayor Trent Davis’ nominations from the governing body to various boards and commissions. These appointments, as noted in the committee meeting file, are as follows.
Commissioner Karl Ryan: Salina Arts and Humanities Commission, Salina/Saline County Building Authority
Commissioner Bill Longbine: Salina Housing Authority, Salina Community Economic Development Organization, Salina/Saline County Building Authority
Commissioner Greg Lenkiewicz: Parks and Recreation Advisory Council, North Central Regional Planning Commission
Commissioner Mike Hoppock: Salina Airport Authority, Convention and Tourism Committee
Mayor Davis: Salina Area Chamber of Commerce Board, Salina Public Library Board
The other points on the agenda of the municipal commission for Monday are as follows.
●Consider awarding a 2022 pavement waterproofing bid to Circle C Construction in the amount of $287,776.91 with a five percent construction contingency for a total project approval not to exceed $302,165, $76 and authorizing the City Manager to perform a contract with Circle C Construction upon fulfillment of all conditions precedent in the tender documents.
● Consider allowing the City Manager to sign an agreement with Tyler Technologies for utility billing software in the amount of $193,448 with a 5% contingency for a total cost of $203,120.
● Consider certifying the final costs of 2021 special assessment projects and set February 28 as the date for a public hearing, then consider approving an order levying special assessments for improvements.
●Consider approving a resolution adopting the amended 2022-2026 capital improvement program.
● Consider approving at second reading an ordinance that would clear a five-foot driveway east of N. Third Street between Otis Avenue and Euclid Avenue.
● Consider approving an ordinance that would amend the Salina zoning ordinance to establish regulations for short-term RV parking at travel centers and hotels and motels in town and add the short-term RV parking as a conditional use listed in the C-5 and C-7 zoning districts.
● Consider approving an ordinance that would annex a 53.26 acre parcel of land east of Centennial Road between Schilling Road and Magnolia Road.
To see the full Salina Town Commission meeting record for Monday, Click here.