Atchison City Commissioners met Monday with a little bit of change and a little bit of continuity.
The change came in the form of Commissioner Shawn Rizza’s first official meeting after winning a four-year term in November’s election. Mayor Allen Reavis and Vice Mayor Dave Hausmann also won terms in November, and on Monday each kept their respective titles for the coming year.
Commissioners approved 5-0 an ordinance approving the STAR Bond Project Plan, a moment that took months to line up and included a public forum to address thoughts and concerns from residents.
The STAR Bond Project Plan allows the city to maximize state funds for projects within the community.
In other matters:
Commissioners approved 4-1 authorizing city staff to sign the proposed airport Capital Improvement Plan annual update. The Amelia Earhart Airport is eligible for FAA funding, but the FAA asks all National Plan for Integrated Airport Systems airports to submit annual capital improvement plan requests for federal fiscal years 2019 through 2023.
Last year’s plan included realignment and construction of a new access road to be completed in 2019 with land acquisition tentatively laced in 2022. However, Karen Seaberg purchased three parcels of land to the east and west of the airport with the intention of making the tracts available for purchase to the city of Atchison.
With that in mind, this year’s plan proposes to move land acquisition to 2019 and runway design to 2021.
Monday’s vote approved the plan, not the purchase of the three parcels of land. Commissioner Charlie Perdue voted against the plan.
Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution incorporating minimum operating standards for the Amelia Earhart Airport and implemented associated airport fees. The standards are taken largely from FAA regulations.
The Jackson Park Inclusive Playground Project moved forward after commissioners unanimously authorized city staff to issue a design-build request for qualifications for the project and the application for a playground equipment grant through the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
In governing body comments, several commissioners thanked city workers for their dedication in resolving water main breaks in recent weeks. Discussion was also held about four-way stops at four intersections that are still in the trial phase.
An executive session centering on the hiring of a city manager was held but no action was taken following the session.