The Garden City Commission declined to apply to participate in a KDOT road improvement program at Tuesdays’ regular meeting.

The program, City Connecting Link Improvement Program, was taking applications for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. The deadline is March 26.

Public Works director Sam Curran said the CCLIP program provides funds to address deficiencies or improvements on city-connecting link roads on the state highway system.

Curran said a city connecting link is "any routing of the state highway roads located within the corporate limits of the city."

Curran recommended that the city not apply this year as roads that applied to the program, Main Street from Kansas Avenue to Fulton Street and/or Main Street from Walnut Street to Pine Street are in average condition.

"It will give you some time to re-evaluate Main Street," he said. "We replaced the asphalt back in the early ’90s, so this road is reaching 30 years old, but it's probably in average condition. The rest of our highways are probably in above-average to excellent condition."

The CCLIP program has three categories, surface preservation, pavement restoration and geometric improvement.

Surface preservation projects consist of mill and overlay or an overlay and seal job, Curran said. The maximum amount KDOT will provide on those types of projects is $300,000, with the city sharing 15%.

Pavement restoration is a full-scale restoration project, but keeps the roads within their current configuration, Curran said. The maximum amount KDOT will provide is $1 million, with the city sharing 15%.

Geometric improvement is where the city is either building turning lanes or widening the roads for a fifth lane. Again, KDOT would provide a maximum of $1 million, with a city share of 15%.

Both Main St. projects could fit into both surface preservation or pavement restoration.

Curran said the downside of surface preservation is sidewalks, curbs and gutters are not eligible.

Pavement restoration includes sidewalks, curb and gutter; however, the downside is it would cost the city more because of the brick, Curran said.

"There’s a lot of cost in removing the brick, removing the concrete and then removing the base and then building it back up to nine inches," he said.

The only other highway the city needs to work on is at the intersection of Fulton Street and Campus Avenue, Curran said, which is not eligible for CCLIP funding.

In other business:

A 5-foot plat of land for right-of-way was approved for the Jennie Barker Road Improvements project.

A resolution was approved for the city’s "Responding to a Financial Emergency" plan. It declared that a financial emergency does not exist.

A resolution authorizing the city to enter into a lease purchase agreement between city and Clayton Holdings, LLC, for seven police department vehicles and three fire department vehicles was approved. The police department vehicles cost $249,399 and the fire department vehicles cost $102,155.

A different date and time for the second regular commission meeting in April was approved. The new meeting will be at 1 p.m. April 25.

Two park reservation fees were waived, one for the Daughters of Isabella’s Oct. 10 Our Lady of Fatima Public Rosary Rally event and one for the Knights of Columbus’ July 4 Patriotic Rosary of the Consecration of our Nation event.

March 2020 was proclaimed as Intellectual and Development Disabilities Awareness Month.

Tammy Murillo was reappointed as the Garden City representative on the Adult Community Corrections Advisory Board. Murillo will serve a two-year term from February 2020 to January 2022.

The distribution of Art Grant funds was approved for a total of $13,850. The agencies receiving the funds are: Plymell Elementary, Tumbleweed Festival, Southwest Kansas Concerts and Garden City Arts.