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  • Busy agenda today for city

  • The Pittsburg City Commission may have a couple big decisions on their hands at today’s meeting.

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  • The Pittsburg City Commission may have a couple big decisions on their hands at today’s meeting.
    First, the commission will meet for a study session at 4 p.m. of a proposal by Pittsburg State University about an indoor event facility.
    In late November, PSU officials made a pair of presentations to city commissioners to ask for $7.6 million in city funds for a new indoor track/event center/Weede Physical Education Building overhaul.
    The sales pitch included local business men and women expressing their support for the plan, and others detailing that the project could attract hundreds, if not thousands of students, dozens of conventions and competitions, and raise the standard for Pitt State athletics.
    Commissioners did not consider the proposal in late November, but told city staff to work out a more detailed proposal, including funding sources and exact details about how to make the event center a reality.
    City Manager Daron Hall said Monday that the study session would be the commissioners’ first look at the detailed plans. Further, a vote on those plans is on the agenda for the city commission meeting at 5:30 p.m., immediately following the study session.
    The agenda notes a lease agreement with Pittsburg State, but details are unavailable. The Morning Sun will have the full details in Wednesday’s paper.
    Tonight’s meeting will also hear the recommendations from the trash task force. The task force proposed keeping things largely the same, with a few exceptions. First, those without trash service will be assigned to a hauler on a rotation basis. Second, the task force recommended creating a fine or penalty for those who are noncompliant or do not pay for trash service. Beyond that, haulers will be required to send (after an initial set-up) a monthly list of those who sign up or drop off, and the city will check that with the active water meters to determine which residents do or do not have trash service.
    The commission will also consider a forgivable loan of $150,000 to CDL Electric to help them purchase a larger facility. The loan, according to the proposal, is forgivable if the company adds five new jobs within two years.
    The city commission will also consider a plan to apply for a Transportation Enhancement Program grant to create a new hiking/biking trail in the city, dubbed the East-West Connector.
    This trail would follow Fourth Street west from Water Street to Schlanger Park, where it would travel through the park to the railroad crossing at Seventh Street. From there, it would follow Michigan Street until it reaches 12th Street, which it would then follow until it linked with the existing Watco Trail.
    Finally, the commission will choose between John Minton and Jim Hoskins to fill a vacancy on the Economic Development Advisory Board. The vacancy was caused by the death of Bill Coleman.
    Page 2 of 2 - Andrew Nash can be reached at andrew.nash@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 ext. 140.

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