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  • Council hears from Envision Girard

  • Girard City Council members heard an update Monday from representatives of Envision Girard, a committee dedicated to bring people together for the betterment of the community.



    Stacy Sullivan, co-convener with Wilda Pentola, reported that two action teams, Farmers Market and Celebrate Girard, are now separate committees.

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  • Girard City Council members heard an update Monday from representatives of Envision Girard, a committee dedicated to bring people together for the betterment of the community.
    Stacy Sullivan, co-convener with Wilda Pentola, reported that two action teams, Farmers Market and Celebrate Girard, are now separate committees.
    He added that the Envison web site is still up and content is still being added to it.
    Becky Gray of the Envison Girard housing committee reported on results of a survey conducted among Girard residents and persons employed in Girard who live elsewhere. A need was identified for more housing in Girard, especially for single-family homes.
    A possible funding source, she said, is the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.
    “It  can provide up to $400,000 for moderate-income housing grants or loans, with a preference for loans,” Gray said. “Applicants must be a city or county with a population of less than 60,000.”
    She is SEK-CAP, Inc. director of research,  planning and grants development, and discussed two potential future SEK-CAP activities, including expansion around 401 N. Sinnet, including up to five new homes, and the creation of a retirement community, potentially located within Girard city limits.
    Wilda Pentola of the Gro Pride committee reported that the group has purchased new planters for city beautification with the assistance of donors. Members have also cleaned flower beds and done some yard work at the Raymond Community Home.
    “We’d like to place lace curtains in empty windows of buildings around the square,” Pentola  added. “Trish Peak is in charge of this, and Leon Miller is in charge of keeping Wutke Park looking nice.”
    City administrator Gary Emry submitted a draft of a proposed purchasing policy for city employees.
    “This is basically for housekeeping and routine maintenance,” he said. “It is a starting point, not etched in stone.”
    Ken Bradshaw, manager of Girard city electric production, said that he liked having guidelines.
    “They eliminate gray spaces that cause problems,” he said.
    However, he did have some comments, including the  proposed amount allotted to employees for purchasing meals while out of town overnight on city business.
    “A lot of conferences that we have to go to are statewide things that they have at places like the Hyatt, which is pretty expensive,” Bradshaw said. “The breakfast buffet at the Hyatt is $15, and a bowl of oatmeal is $7.50.”
    There’s also the question of paying for expenses incurred during trips that are not overnight.
    “Three men went to a water conference,” said Kurt Ziegler of the electric and water department. “It was mandatory and I felt like we owed them lunch.”
    The policy guidelines were amended to be a $32 maximum per day for meals over overnight trips and $10 maximum for same-day trips.
    Page 2 of 2 - Bradshaw also questioned the buy-locally policy.
    “If we have to re-build an engine, we need to shop,” he said. “If it’s toilet paper, we can get it here.”
    Susan Thom said she realized that not everything can be purchased in Girard, but said purchases should be local when possible.
    “These businesses believe in us enough to have their business here,” she said. “Who should support them if not the city?”
    Emry also displayed plans for a new maintenance/administrative building for the Girard Cemetery, to be located at the northeast side of the cemetery on a site where a house previously stood. He said that the metal building will have a septic tank rather than hook up to the sewer.
    “The sewer is across the street and we would have to pump up hill to get to it,” he said.
    City attorney Richard Loffswold raised the question of whether this would violate city sewer standards, which require that a building be hooked up to the sewer if it is within a specified distance of the sewer.
    “We can’t expect our people to obey sewer standards if we don’t adhere to them,” Loffswold said.
    Emry replied that he thought the proposed building was in compliance with city sewer standards, but would re-check the matter.
    Council members also approved a memorandum of understanding between the City of Girard and Girard USD 248 on possible use of district property in the former Print Excel building for development of a community center.
    The memorandum had been discussed for several months, and during a special meeting on May 16 the city called for removal of a provision that would have obligated the city to contribute $750,000 for work on the facility.
    “The $750,000 threshold has been removed,” Emry said.
    There will also be changes in the composition of a committee appointed to study the issue.
    Council members also approved hiring Justin Blair as a part-time driver for the Girard Fire Department at a salary of $12 per hour.
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