Commission to weigh Legion proposals

11/2/2013

By The Telegram

By The Telegram

During Tuesday's meeting, the Garden City Commission will hear a formal request from Finney County to partner on a building project, and will take a look at two proposals for buying the old American Legion building.

The county is looking to extend a quarter-cent sales tax to pay for a court services related building project that would house court services, youth services and community corrections on county-owned property adjacent to the juvenile detention facility. The latest cost estimate for the facility was around $6.5 million, excluding bonding costs.

Currently, the sales tax is being used to pay for cost of improvements made in the past to the Law Enforcement Center. Bonds for that project are anticipated to be paid off sometime next June, July or August.

Tuesday, the county commission will formally ask the city to partner with the county on an extension of the quarter-cent sales tax to finance a judicial administration building, and contribute a portion of the city's share of the LEC tax toward the project.

The commission on Tuesday also will discuss options for selling the former American Legion building at 125 W. Pine St. Two proposals have come forward. Garden City Arts has proposed buying the building for $1 and then renovating it into a public art gallery, and a client of local realtor Martin Nusser has offered $10,000 for the building in order to turn it into an Italian restaurant.

The Garden City Commission will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the City Administrative Center, 301 N. Eighth St. Other items on the agenda include several resolutions authorizing the removal of nuisance conditions at 1112 Harding Ave., 411 Washington St., 623 W. Olive St., 1602 N. 11th St., 811 Harold Ave., and 1112 Harold Ave; an ordinance rezoning land at 1810 Buffalo Jones Ave. from general commercial to medium industrial; an ordinance rezoning land at 202 College St. from general commercial to multiple family residential district; a review of a revised health insurance budget; and consideration and initiation of the 2014 Airport Improvement Projects, which include snow removal equipment and design for a taxiway reconstruction.

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