City commission approves Warren Way project, tables CVB funds for History Center

Wednesday's Emporia city commission action session saw the approval of one project, but the tabling of another.


Commissioners approved the Warren Way road construction project, through an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation. City Manager Mark McAnarney says the project entails 2,000 feet of road from Warren Way off Logan Avenue, connecting back north to Simmons on Penny Lane.

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Estimated cost for the work is $950,000 with KDOT paying $500,000 and the city picking up the rest. The new roadway will improve access for trucks into the business, and will also help with future development of the area. Approval from KDOT is still pending, and bids for the project should be released this fall.

In other business, the commission discussed the Convention and Visitors Bureau request to send $20,000 in CVB funds to the Lyon County Historical Society for the History Center capital campaign. McAnarney said the commission wanted to discuss the capital campaign more, and tabled this topic for their next study session.

Commissioners also approved an amendment to city fire code regarding the sale and storage of flammable or combustible liquids and propane in above-ground tanks. An updated permitting process through the city, and inspection through the fire department, will allow sale and storage in C2 and C3 industrial zoned areas. The commission also approved a proclamation recognizing September as Campus Fire Safety Month.

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