Pittsburgh City Commission Meeting Recap – September 13

PITTSBURG, KS – The following actions were taken at the Pittsburgh City Commission meeting held on Tuesday, September 13, 2022:

Public contribution:

  • Father Jerome Spexarth shared an invocation prayer.

Proclamation of National Constitution Day:

  • Mayor Cheryl Brooks shared a proclamation to the Daughters of the American Revolution declaring September 17-23, 2022 Constitution Week in Pittsburgh.

The following items were approved as part of the consent agenda:

  • August 23, 2022, minutes of the municipal commission meeting.
  • Final payment in the amount of $303,000.00 to Utility Service Co. Inc. of Perry, Georgia for the North Water Tower Blasting and Painting Project.
  • Appointment of Cheryl Brooks, Stu Hite, Chuck Munsell and Ron Seglie as voting delegates, and Daron Hall, Jay Byers and Tammy Nagel as alternate voting delegates to represent the City of Pittsburgh at the annual meeting of the League of Municipalities Kansas scheduled for Oct. 8-10, 2022.
  • The credit order for the period ending September 13, 2022, subject to the release of HUD expenses when funds are received. The commissioners approved the appropriations order, with Mayor Brooks abstaining in the vote due to a dispute.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

  • 2023 PROPOSED NEUTRAL INCOME RATE – The commissioners opened the public hearing with the aim of hearing and answering questions relating to the exceeding of the tax neutrality rate for the 2023 budget. No one spoke in the context of the public hearing. Commissioners voted to exceed the neutrality rate for the 2023 budget and passed Resolution No. 1253.
  • PROPOSED BUDGET FOR 2023 – Commissioners opened a public hearing for the 2023 draft budget. No one spoke in the public hearing. Commissioner Munsell introduced a motion to reduce the current levy from 51,636 to 49,961, capturing some of the property tax growth from assessed assessments, but not all. Mayor Brooks seconded this motion. Commissioner Hite and McNay shared their concerns that the factory tax cut would affect the city’s proposed budget and employee wage increases for 2023. The proposed 2023 budget was based on the factory tax. existing factories, so its reduction would force the city to reduce its expenses. Commissioner Munsell’s motion did not pass by a vote of two in favor and three against. Commissioner McNay presented a motion to adopt the 2023 budget as presented. Commissioner Seglie seconded the motion. Commissioners voted 3-2 to pass the 2023 budget, with Brooks and Munsell opposing.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION:

  • Pittsburg State University Business and Economics Research Center Director Dr. Michael Davidsson shared an update on the regional economy. In his report, Dr Davidsson said the local economy is resilient and its population and number of jobs are growing. Sales tax collections are up and the city’s retail pull factor has risen to 1.9, showing that Pittsburg continues to be a regional draw. According to Davidsson, housing and labor shortages are the current challenges facing the local economy. However, from 2015 to 2021, the region’s GDP growth exceeded the state and national level, and the community of Pittsburgh experienced significant middle class growth. Download the full presentation.

The following items were discussed as part of the main agenda:

  • 919 JDJME, LLC, PROJECT – Commissioners voted to approve the recommendation of the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) to support the 919 JDJME, LLC project, by allocating an amount equal to 10% of the total project value to renovate the dilapidated property located at 919 North Broadway, with the City’s portion not to exceed $35,000 in non-refundable funds, to be used specifically for infrastructure improvements. Owners Michael and Ellie Wilbur briefed the commissioners on the renovation project, which will include commercial and residential spaces.
  • MORTGAGE RELEASE AND RIGHT OF REDEMPTION WAIVER – P&L DEVELOPMENT – SILVERBACK HOUSING DEVELOPMENT – Commissioners voted to approve a Mortgage Release and Waiver of Redemption Right for the P&L Development for Lot Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 , 12, 13 , 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77 Silverback Landing.
  • PURCHASE OF SUPPLIES AIRPORT AVGAS – Commissioners approved a request to waive the formal tendering and contract award process for the purchase of a 1,000-gallon Avgas tanker, for use at the Atkinson Municipal Airport, in Garsite Aviation Refueling Equipment in the amount of $137,500.
  • ALLTEL CORPORATION d/b/a VERIZON WIRELESS – MEMORANDUM OF THE THIRD AMENDMENT TO THE TOWER LEASE AGREEMENT AND THE THIRD AMENDMENT TO THE TOWER LEASE AGREEMENT – Commissioners approved an agreement between the City of Pittsburgh and Alltel Corporation d/b/a Verizon Wireless to extend the lease for the tower at 101 North Locust by six years, with an additional four-year extension, beginning from October 1, 2022, with an annual rent of $40,829.
  • GRANT APPLICATION FOR THE WATER AND LAND CONSERVATION FUND – PARKS AND RECREATION – Commissioners voted to approve the Land Water Conservation Fund grant application to support the construction of a new miniature golf course, clubhouse/concession stand and additional parking at the course complex Four Oaks golf course.

Reports and requests outside the agenda:

  • City Manager Daron Hall and commissioners congratulated Blake Benson on his recent appointment to the Kansas Board of Regents.
  • Mayor Cheryl Brooks moved a motion for the governing body, City Manager Daron Hall and City Attorney Henry Menghini to go into executive session. Chuck Munsell seconded the motion. Commissioners voted 3-2 to enter executive session, with Hite and McNay voting against due to a lack of notice given to city executive staff. The executive session lasted 45 minutes and no action was taken and no votes were taken.

Meetings of the municipal commission:

The Pittsburgh City Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the hearing room of the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center. Members of the public are invited to attend. To learn more about Pittsburgh city government, city commissioners, or to view meeting agendas and minutes, visit pittks.org/city-government/city-commission.

City commission meetings are broadcast live every second and fourth Tuesday on the city’s local government access channel (Cox Channel 6) and on YouTube. To subscribe to the City’s YouTube channel, go to www.pittks.org/youtube.

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