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City commission approves Hostess expansion project; mayor gives State of the City

City commissioners had a shorter meeting than expected Wednesday. During the meeting, the Incentive Compliance Agreement for the Hostess expansion project was approved.

 

City Attorney Blaise Plummer:

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The tax abatement would last for ten years. Commissioner Bobbi Mlynar says it has potential to bring a lot of good locally.

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There's currently no timeline set for this project. An update on the city manager search was delayed, as the leader of that work, Interim Assistant City Manager Jim Witt, was unable to attend the meeting due to the weather. An update will be available later.

Commissioners also approved bids for a new water pump at the golf course, a new ambulance for $154,000, and four new emergency vehicles from John North Ford. Emporia Police will receive two new all-wheel drive sedans, and one new utility vehicle. Emporia Fire will receive one new utility vehicle. Ordinance changes regarding fireworks and code enforcement were also approved.

Mayor Rob Gilligan made his State of the City address, highlighting the successes of 2013 and looking forward to 2014.

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Commissioner Steve Harmon appreciated the address.

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In other business, Gilligan proclaimed Feb. 14 as Emporia State Founder's Day, and this month as Project Emporia Month.

 

Listen to the full State of the City address here:

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