Last meeting, Pittsburg City Commissioners approved a lease for a new business in Pittsburg.



Tuesday night, commissioners approved some steps to help an existing business expand.

Last meeting, Pittsburg City Commissioners approved a lease for a new business in Pittsburg.

Tuesday night, commissioners approved some steps to help an existing business expand.

Two weeks after approving a lease agreement with Sapience Corporation, commissioners approved a $411,000 CDBG loan to Kendall Packaging, at 1 percent interest for a seven-year term. The approval also came with a $30,000 maximum revolving loan fund forgivable loan based on long-term jobs produced and payroll over a five-year period.

Kendall Packaging is purchasing a $2.2 million printing press and spending an additional $600,000 to ship it to Pittsburg, perform construction work and training. Once installed, the press will help the plant up its capacity by about $10 million and would immediately create at least two new positions. Overall, the move could lead to 6-10 new jobs over the next three to five years, though the plant manager said he was leaning toward six.

Commissioner Marty Beezley said she appreciated Kendall Packaging’s interest in Pittsburg, and particularly the fact that the average tenure of Kendall Packaging employees was 16 years.

“I appreciate your loyalty to our community,” Beezley said. “I like to hear about the longevity of your employees. It tells me you take good care of them.”

In other business, Pittsburg City Commissioners:

• approved a loan to PIDC to cover six months of the Altec Brake building lease payment costs, not to exceed $60,000, and any other applicable costs for taxes and insurance, as well as securing an executed and unfiled mortgage on the property as collateral for the loan.

• approved the first reading of an ordinance moving Pittsburg City Commission meetings to 5:30 p.m., from 7 p.m. The meetings would still be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Commissioners said the main concern would be study sessions, which are often held an hour before regular meetings start. They were told that study sessions could be held after the meeting to compensate.

• approved utilizing sales tax revolving loan funds for an additional amount of up to $5,000 to fund the update of the Airport Master Plan and Airport Layout Plan. Commissioners also approved an Engineering Services Agreement provided by Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A., to furnish engineering and technical services in conjunction with the plan for an amount not-to-exceed $231,729.

• heard Pittsburg State University’s request to vacate an east-west alley that runs parallel to Quincy near Joplin Street for the purpose of locating student housing. PSU owns all the properties on both sides and would pay for any utility relocations.

• approved a request, submitted by Habitat for Humanity of Crawford County, for the city of Pittsburg to waive the building permit, sewer tap and water tap fees in an approximate amount of $952 for a home to be constructed at 813 W. Kansas.

• approved the second reading of Ordinance No. G-1068, amending Section 6-141 of the Pittsburg City Code to permit the consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises of Europe Park.

Kevin Flaherty can be reached at kevin.flaherty@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 Ext. 134.