Water rates, immigration reform stance on agenda


State Theatre update, discussion of smoking ordinance also on commission's plate.

State Theatre update, discussion of smoking ordinance also on commission's plate.

By The Telegram

The Garden City Commission on Tuesday is scheduled to talk about approving an ordinance that establishes new water rates that have been discussed the past few weeks.

The higher base meter and usage rates will raise funds to cover the cost increase being passed to the city from Wheatland Electric, and also will generate a pool of money the city will use for updating some of its aging water system infrastructure.

The commission is scheduled to meet 1 p.m. Tuesday in commission chambers on the second floor of the City Administrative Center, 301 N. Eighth St.

In other business, the commission will continue its discussion of whether Mayor Dan Fankhauser should sign a letter of support signed by other Kansas communities asking Congress for immigration policy reform, hear an update about fundraising efforts for a proposed renovation of the State Theatre from Mark Pamplin, and discuss a request made earlier this summer by a group of hoteliers asking the city to amend local Clean Air ordinances to allow smoking in a certain percentage of hotel rooms. Currently, all smoking in hotels is banned by the city.

Other items on the agenda include:

* Discussion of an appraiser's evaluation of the old American Legion building at 125 W. Pine St.

The appraiser, Wartman Appraisal Services, indicated the "as is" market value of the building is $57,000, and added that the property is in poor condition and needs significant structural, interior and exterior repair and updating. The county appraiser has the building and property valued at $169,000.

* A resolution relating to revenue bonds issued by the Kansas Municipal Energy Agency to build the Jameson Energy Center, which houses three electric generators near the water treatment plant and will begin supplying power sometime next year.

* A couple of ordinances that would rezone land in the 2600 block of North 10th Street from medium industrial to multiple family dwelling district.

* An ordinance to adjust the definition of apartments, allowed as second-story dwelling units in the central business district, to include condominiums.

* An ordinance that would allow tattoo parlors as a permitted use in the "C-3" Central Business District. Currently, tattoo parlors are permitted in commercial office, neighborhood commercial and general commercial districts. City staff and the planning commission have recommended not approving the change due to inconsistency with the comprehensive plan and the recently adopted downtown master plan.

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