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  • Recreation fees tabled

  • When they met Tuesday, members of the Leavenworth City Commission tabled a Parks and Recreation Department proposal for fee increases as well as the implementation of new fees. Commissioners took the action to allow representatives from an organization that would be impacted by the changes to meet with Park and Recreation officials.
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      When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners took the following action:

      They approved a resolution declaring the necessity of appropriating private property by condemnation. The con...
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      In other business
      When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners took the following action:

      They approved a resolution declaring the necessity of appropriating private property by condemnation. The condemnation would be used for obtaining right-of-ways and easements for improvements to Limit Street between 15th and 20th streets. No property is being condemned at this point. Public Works Director Mike McDonald said this was the first step in the process. He said the city does not yet have four of about 23 easements needed for the project.

      “We continue to work with the property owners involved,” he said.

      They approved a bid from 911 Custom, Olathe, in the amount of $19,623 for the purchase and installation of equipment for police cars.

      They approved an agreement between the city, Kansas Department of Health and Environment and DGS to allow for monitoring of ground water. The cost will be paid by DGS.

      They approved a design and inspection contract with Affinis in an amount not to exceed $39,800. The contract is for work related to the city’s 2013 Pavement Management Program.

      They approved an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation related to the planned replacement of a bridge at Second Avenue and Five-Mile Creek.

      They approved the extension of a contract with a hotel developer for the sale of city-owned land at Fourth Street and Metropolitan Avenue to the developer. The contract was extended through Jan. 28.
  • When they met Tuesday, members of the Leavenworth City Commission tabled a Parks and Recreation Department proposal for fee increases as well as the implementation of new fees. Commissioners took the action to allow representatives from an organization that would be impacted by the changes to meet with Park and Recreation officials.
    Commissioners were asked Tuesday to consider a resolution for fees related to the use of fields at Sportsfield and other parks as well as charges for participation in various recreation programs.
    Keith Melick, who spoke as a representative of the local American Legion League baseball program, said it was his understanding following a Sept. 4 City Commission study session that he would have the opportunity to meet with the city’s parks and recreation advisory board. The board and Parks and Recreation personnel are recommending a $600 per term usage fee for the American Legion League.
    Melick said the meeting with board has not happened.
    He said one of the coaches for the league had been invited to meet with the board last month.
    Melick said there are teams that cannot afford the $600 fee. He said some teams may play in Olathe instead of paying the fee.
    “I want our kids to be able to play ball here,” he said.
    He also expressed concern about proposed restrictions regarding when American Legion League games would be played.
    Commissioner Phil Urban suggested tabling the matter so the two sides can meet.
    Julie Anderson, Parks and Recreation director, expressed concern about negotiating the fee with the American Legion. She said the Parks and Recreation Department typically does not negotiate fees, which are approved by the City Commission.
    Urban said the parks and recreation board wouldn’t be negotiating the fee. But the board could receive input.
    “It may change your thought process slightly,” Urban said. “It may not.”
    Mayor Larry Dedeke said the two sides need to get together. He said the American Legion is one of the largest users of Sportsfield.
    Also during the discussion about the proposed fees, Mayor Pro-Tem Laura Janas Gasbarre renewed her support for charging an admission fee to Sportsfield.
    A $1 admission fee was voted down by the commission last year, but Gasbarre supported the fee.
    The issue came up again during the Sept. 4 study session, but Anderson said Tuesday that Parks and Recreation officials are not recommending such a fee.
    “We talked about it at length,” Anderson said.
    She said officials were concerned about the impact an admission fee may have on sponsorships.
    Commissioners voted 4-0 to table the resolution for the fee changes. Commissioner Davis Moulden was absent.
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