The Greensburg City Council took care of new year business in its first meeting of 2017.

During its Jan. 3 meeting, the council acted as the Greensburg Land Bank, which was established by ordinance in 2014. The Land Bank discussed whether to have metal or aluminum signs placed on Land Bank property to advertise the land is available for development.

The Land Bank, comprised of city council members, oversees land owned by the city and looks to sell the land for commercial development or building homes.

City staff has worked with Taylor Printing on pricing for aluminum signs. Staff anticipates the cost to be $20 per sign. The cost would require the city to make frames for the signs in house.

Mayor Bob Dixson said he did not have a preference, but took into account durability of the signs and the most cost effective option over time. The signs would need to have the city logo and graphics to look professional, Dixson added.

City Administrator Kyler Ludwig said there were two commercial land bank properties on Kansas Avenue and asked the council if it wanted larger signs on those properties. Dixson and council member Matt Christensen said they favored larger signs.

The Land Bank did not make any decisions.

In other business:

• The council acted as the Public Building Commission heard a report from Ludwig on the sales tax brought in for the Big Well Museum. It was reported at $74,099.74, sufficiently allowing the museum to make its annual rent payment of $61,696.80.

The PBC, comprised of City Council, is an entity responsible for paying debts on the construction of public facilities.

The PBC re-elected Christensen as president and council members Rick Schaffer and Haley Kern as vice-president and secretary, respectively, for another annual term.

• The council discussed amending its contract with Kansas Power Pool, an agency which supplies electricity to several cities in Kansas. The council signed a 20 year contract with the city in 2012. Under the amended agreement, the city’s contract with KPP will extend with any new debt taken up by the pool for up to 40 years. New debt taken on by KPP will need to be approved by the pool of cities. A letter of intent to amend the contract will be presented at the next city council meeting, Jan. 17, Ludwig said.

• The council passed its annual waiver of the state’s Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP) requirements that the city have its fiscal procedure, accounts and reports examined and audited annually. A small city is allowed by state statute to waive this requirement.

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