Garden City commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of land from Stone Family Farms, LLC, that the city intends to use as part of a trail project in the northern part of the city.

“This is a piece of property that the commission has been interested in acquiring, related to a trail project from Third Street to Campus Drive, north of Pioneer Road,” City Manager Matt Allen said of the $30,000 purcahse agreement.

In April 2016, the Kansas Department of Transportation announced it had selected the proposed Pioneer Pathway as one of 25 other Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) projects across the state. TAP is a federal program that provides funding for facilities for pedestrians and bicycles, among other things.

The proposed pathway would run parallel to a ditch north of the Stone Addition from Third Street to Campus Drive.

Roberto Becerril, project manager for the walking trail, said after Tuesday’s meeting that the construction for the path is expected to begin sometime this year, though the city is working out the details with KDOT.

The project is expected to cost $308,000 and will be funded with a 70-30 split between KDOT and the city, he said, with KDOT paying $246,400 and the city $61,600.

Highlights of agreement include:

• The city will construct a “hog wire” fence at least 3.5 to 4 feet tall along the entire length of the walking path, and it must be constructed directly north of the walking path. Both the city and the seller have agreed to periodically clean debris from the fence.

• The city must receive prior notice from the seller or the seller’s designee, James Becker, to restrict pedestrian traffic on the walking path at times contractors or tenants might be applying chemicals to the agricultural ground north of the walking path.

The $30,000 purchase price of the property will come from the city’s general fund.

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners approved a Comprehensive Plan amendment to rezone property at 1621 E. Fulton St. from general commercial district to a light industrial district. Legacy Auto Center currently sits on the property.

Kaleb Kentner, the city's neighborhood and development services director, said that with the rezone, the property owner plans to finish a parking lot with four inchrd of compacted gravel as a temporary fix until he expands his dealership with new buildings.

“Amending the Comprehensive Plan to the mixed use commercial/industrial/residential would be appropriate as a large portion of Fulton Street is a mix of uses,” Kentner said. “The Planning Commission and the Governing Body has rezoned properties from commercial to industrial and vice versa along Fulton Street.”

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