Since the spring, Pittsburg city staff has had to cut nearly $1.3 million out of the 2010 budget, thanks largely to state budget cuts.



This afternoon, Pittsburg City Commissioners will see where the money went. Commissioners will hold a study session at 4:30 p.m. in the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center, 201 N. Pine, to discuss the city’s 2010 budget.

Since the spring, Pittsburg city staff has had to cut nearly $1.3 million out of the 2010 budget, thanks largely to state budget cuts.

This afternoon, Pittsburg City Commissioners will see where the money went. Commissioners will hold a study session at 4:30 p.m. in the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center, 201 N. Pine, to discuss the city’s 2010 budget.

The regular commission meeting will follow at 5:30 p.m.

Commissioners will also hold a public hearing on the proposed assessments for the Pittsburg State University Sanitary Sewer Improvements project. Following the hearing, commissioners will approve or reject the proposed assessments.

At the end of the meeting, commissioners are scheduled to enter a 90-minute executive session regarding personnel matters of non-elected personnel.

In other business, Pittsburg City Commissioners will vote on:

• a staff request to open the 23rd Street Bike Park to the public.

• a resolution that would allow repairs to be made to Memorial Auditorium. The repairs range from problems with the steps to the need to repair, reupholster and refurbish the auditorium’s lower level seats.

• a staff request to submit a KLINK Resurfacing project for funding for Fiscal Year 2012.

Currently, Broadway and Fourth Street are both listed on the State Highway System and are eligible for funding. City staff has prepared estimates for four sections of those streets that need to be addressed.

If approved, the Kansas Department of Transportation would participate in 50 percent of the cost of construction and construction engineering for the projects, up to $200,000. The city would be responsible for any additional cost of a project that would exceed $400,000.

• multiple ordinances to levy special assessments against properties with nuisances.

• an application, submitted by the Mirza Shrine, to transfer the Cereal Malt Beverage License from the Knights of Columbus to the Mirza Shrine Building, 110 W. Fifth St., for consumption on the premises from 10 a.m. until midnight Sept. 5.

• an agreement with CGI Communications, Inc. to produce a community video showcase to be placed on the city’s Web site, at no cost to the city.

• the first reading of an ordinance amending Pittsburg City Code to increase the overall length of the definition of a micro-utility truck to a maximum length of 160 inches.

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