1. At the beginning of the meeting during the public input period City Manager Daron Hall acknowledged Jeff Switlik, a city employee who recently passed away. Hall said it is very rare that a city employee passes away while still working for the city, and acknowledged Switlik for his hard work and dedication and said he will be missed, and that the city is grateful for Switlik’s service to the city.
2. City Commissioners requested to remove a majority of items from the meeting’s consent agenda for further discussion. Commissioner Sarah Chenoweth requested to remove item B — approval of a staff recommendation to accept an Emergency Solutions Grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation to support homeless services. Commissioner Dan McNally requested to remove items F, G and H, which all related to ordinances levying special assessments against lots and parcels within the city with problems with trash, nuisance or weeds violations. Mayor Patrick O’Bryan requested to remove items C and E — which were approvals of staff recommendations to revise the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Administration Plan and of a change order for a contract for an increased amount for the 2019 Surface Preservation Project. The remaining consent agenda items were approved and after further discussion, all items removed from the consent agenda were also approved.
3. The commission held a public hearing on the proposed 2020 budget. There were no comments from members of the public on the budget. Commissioner Chuck Munsell made a motion to approve the budget which was seconded by Commissioner McNally and the motion passed unanimously.
4. The commission heard advisory committee and city staff presentations, discussed and subsequently approved several agenda items including the conditional transfer of ownership of property located at 2919 Rotary Terrace from the City of Pittsburg to EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, conditional use permit requests for two First Church of the Nazarene of Pittsburg properties, and an Environmental Use Control Agreement with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for the 2800 block of North Walnut St.
5. Under non-agenda reports and requests at the end of the meeting City Manager Hall announced, and Public Works Director Cameron Alden explained in further detail, that the new concrete roadway in the north portion of the South Rouse Street Widening and Trail Project will be open to two-way traffic starting Friday. Commissioner Munsell asked if there was a time frame for completion of the entire project, and Alden said it would depend on weather conditions. At the end of the meeting Commissioner Chenoweth also encouraged the public to come to the Pittsburg ArtWalk on Friday.