City commission approves market study, dispatch consolidation

City commissioners made quick work of their action meeting Wednesday.


Commissioners approved the consent agenda, and with that an agreement with Development Strategies to conduct a market study for a potential retail development at 24th and Industrial. Assistant City Manager Jim Witt:

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A development group led by Kansas City attorney Spencer Thomson is paying for the study, to the tune of $21,000, as it tries to bring a home improvement and grocery store to the intersection. Witt estimates the market study to take six weeks to complete.

With the approval of the consent agenda, commissioners also approved the dispatch consolidation agreement between Emporia and Lyon County. Under the agreement, current staffing numbers -- eight dispatchers for Lyon County, 13 for Emporia -- will be maintained with the new department. The new department will have the county benefit package, and the city of Emporia will now handle countywide ambulance services.

Commissioners also approved a change in the city's taxi cab application code. Modeled after a change in code enacted in Wichita and many other municipalities, the update would prevent registered sex offenders from applying for taxi licenses.

In other business, commissioners approved a $210,000 bid for the slurry seal project, and a $212,000 bid for a new vacuum-type street sweeper. Commissioners also approved a franchise ordinance for Ideatek Communications, and authorized the sale of alcoholic beverages during the upcoming Glass Blown Open and Dirty Kanza events. The commission also approved April as Child Abuse Awareness Month, and Fair Housing Month.

Finally, commissioners approved the Emporia Library Board applications, reappointing Herb Wyrick and newly-appointing Cy Anderson and Shirley Manning to that board.

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