CORONAVIRUS: Emporia City Commissioners extend mask mandate through next month Featured

City Attorney Christina Montgomery presents the city's mask mandate to Emporia City Commissioners Wednesday evening. City Attorney Christina Montgomery presents the city's mask mandate to Emporia City Commissioners Wednesday evening. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

The city of Emporia's mask mandate will now continue through mid-October following the Emporia City Commission's action session Wednesday evening.

Commissioners unanimously approved an extension of just over 30 days for the order which has been in place for over the past month. The mandate requires that masks or face coverings be worn in certain circumstances, including indoor and outdoor public places where social distancing can't be maintained and any time residents are receiving healthcare services.

During the meeting, city commissioner Rob Gilligan stated while the state of Kansas has been struggling in terms of COVID metrics in recent months Lyon County appears to be holding steady for the time being. He is hopeful the continuation of the mask ordinance will see that trend continue.


No changes were made to the mandate from its original passage a month ago. City commissioner Becky Smith says they did not want to risk causing residents any un-needed confusion.


The mandate will now remain in place until Oct. 21 at which time it will be reviewed and possibly renewed once again.

In other business, commissioners passed an ordinance amending the city's code for charges regarding water and sewer services for multifamily dwellings. Originally, multifamily dwellings would pay a single monthly service charge based upon the size of a specific building's meter.

According to Public Works Director Dean Grant, those charges have become insufficient when compared to the costs of not only utilizing those services but also what it takes to provide them.


Grant says the new charge will provide additional revenue to cover those costs more efficiently.

Per the new ordinance multifamily dwellings that are either equipped or built after Jan. 1 2021 will be allowed to charge for each unit inside a building. The belief is that the new ordinance will provide a more sufficient charge in relation to the water and sewer services provided.

Separately Wednesday, commissioners authorized an application for CDBG Sewer Grant funding for work on sanitary sewer lift station two. Contracts with BG Consultants for the design of FEMA related projects, a resolution authorizing the offering of 2020 refunding and Improvement General Obligation Bonds also gained unanimous approval.

The Emporia City Commission will reconvene next Wednesday for a study session at 10 am inside the Municipal Courtroom at White Auditorium.


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