City prepares for projects on sales tax-priority list
Passage of the 1 percent sales tax last week by Leavenworth County voters means the city of Lansing will go full steam ahead with its priority list of projects presented to voters before the election, Lansing's city administrator said.
The City Council earlier this year approved a list it pledged to complete with the city's share of receipts from the tax, which is estimated to be about $620,000 annually.
Topping that list is an expansion of City Hall with room for a library.
"The mayor and I have already talked about City Hall and the library," City Administrator Mike Smith said earlier this week. "I would expect within the next couple of weeks that the mayor will appoint a committee to discuss the City Hall expansion and library."
Smith said that before City Hall was built in 1992, a study committee was appointed to consider questions surrounding its design and construction.
As for other projects on the priority list, Smith noted a committee already was vetting applicants to devise a master plan for a new city park on 128 acres recently purchased by the city. The committee will forward its recommendation to the City Council.
The priority list also included improvements to Gilman Road and De Soto Road. Smith said those projects were on the city's five-year transportation improvement plan. The city, he said, would seek federal grant funds for them before they were undertaken.
The other priorities, economic development and infrastructure needs, will be addressed as they come to the council.