Theatre Atchison will soon be taking over contracting events at the Atchison Event Center by way of Atchison City Commission approval at Monday’s commission meeting.

Atchison city commissioners voted unanimously Monday to approve the contracting of event operations at the Atchison Event Center to Theatre Atchison.

By authorizing a contract that would begin on Nov. 1 and run through the entirety of 2021, commissioners agreed to pay Theatre Atchison $28,000. Theatre Atchison will be responsible for scheduling, staffing and coordinating all events at the facility. Theatre Atchison will be responsible for budgeted event costs and will get to keep budgeted event proceeds.

“Theatre Atchison is really exited to be apart of this opportunity to be able to facilitate a positive cash flow for not only this organization but for the city,” Theatre Atchison Executive Director Travis Grossman said. “With Joe’s (Warren) help I think we have a pretty good plan in front of us.”

The city will continue to be responsible for building maintenance and utilities. The agreement will not affect the current lease agreements the city has with the existing agencies located on the first floor of the facilities.

In other business Monday, the commissioners also approved a pair of grant applications, one that would expand on the Safe Routes to Schools plan through the Transportation Alternatives Program, and the other that would assist with land acquisition and apron replacement at the Amelia Earhart Airport.

Commissioners also authorized an increase in stormwater projects Wastewater/CSO CIP budget authority from $150,000 to $175,000. The increase will fund a culvert/drainage project along P Street near 2nd Street and will cover the costs of a study that will analyze potential drainage solutions along South 7th Street.

The next regular city commission meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5.

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