Pittsburg will be getting a clean-up, thanks to funds available through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Pittsburg will be getting a clean-up, thanks to funds available through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

There are two illegal dumpsites that the city wants to clean up and remove, and the estimated cost to remove these dump sites is $26,666. KDHE funds are limited to $10,000 per site and are available only if the city agrees to contribute 25 percent of the cost, which would be $6,666.

One site on a Kansas City Southern railroad right-of-way on 10th Street, and covers about 2,500 square feet. The larger site extends from the 400 to 600 blocks of E. Second Street on land owned by the Southeast Kansas  Railroad, and covers about 20,000 square feet.

“The trash has been accumulating for a number of years, and the city wants it cleaned up,” said commissioner Patrick O’Bryan. “We authorized the John Van Gorden, interim city manager, to sign the applications for the state money on behalf of the city.”

Tim Tompkins of the Pittsburg Police Department appeared before the commission to request purchase of a police robot for use in schools.

“The cost of that is $11,000, but it will be paid for through special alcohol tax fund revenue from the state,” O’Bryan said.

Also discussed was Rollsource, a business in the Pittsburg Industrial Park.

“They have been there 10 years and it’s time to renew their lease,” O’Bryan said. “They’ve had a static rent for 10 years and don’t want to pay any more than they have been paying. What we did was extend their lease an additional three months to give time to negotiate a new lease.”

The commission also heard a presentation from a team from Leadership Southeast Kansas.

“They were divided into groups and sent to three area cities, to look at the city from an outside perspective, and they had a lot of wonderful things to say about Pittsburg,” O’Bryan said.

He said the group praised the way the city maintains its infrastructure and the state of the downtown area.

“They did feel we were perhaps a bit remiss as to signage with directions to the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce and the City Hall,” O’Bryan said. “But once they did get there, they were very complimentary about the service they received.”

The commission also heard a presentation from Leanna Ehler, chair of the Southeast Kansas Chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition, who requested that the city consider including sexual orientation and gender identity into the Human Relations Commission’s anti-discrimination policies.

O’Bryan said he felt the request was worthy of consideration by the commission.