The Garden City Commission approved an agreement between the city and Kansas Department of Transportation for a grant, not to exceed $2 million, in financial assistance for rail improvements to the TP&L property/Farmland Road project.
The project itself costs $2,352,941, and the grant covers about 85% of the final project costs.
In addition, the commission received a report on the distributions from the sales tax revenue to four city construction projects.
The projects include the Jennie Barker Road project, improvements at the Lee Richardson Zoo, an indoor shooting range and construction of a third fire station.
• The Jennie Barker Road project is in the process of acquiring two remaining parcels for the project. It is expected to go out for bid on March 10, with construction to tentatively begin in June.
• The improvements at Lee Richardson Zoo include enhancements to the primate and flamingo exhibits and the zoo hospital. The grand opening is anticipated for August.
• The indoor shooting range is looking for an alternative site as the original did not meet requirements.
• The third fire station will be located on the city’s east side and is scheduled to open in 2024.
In other business:
• The commission approved an application renewal for passenger facility charges at the Garden City Regional Airport.
• Brian Wilson and Matt Bayer were appointed to the Recreation Commission Board. Wilson will serve a four-year term and Bayer will serve a one-year term.
• Lindsay Byrnes was appointed to the Park and Tree Advisory Board. She will serve a three-year term.