Archive for Thursday, January 13, 2005

State denies city’s bid for housing grant

January 13, 2005

Funding for a program that is helping rehabilitate 15 homes in a targeted area of Lansing won't be available this year.

The city was notified that its application for funds for the program through the Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant had been denied.

In 2004, the state awarded the city a $310,000 grant for rehabilitation of 15 homes in an area from East Eisenhower Road, south to Connie Street and east to Eighth Street. Rehabilitation included such work as such as handicapped accessibility, roofing, plumbing, electrical work, siding and miscellaneous upgrades.

"We'll put it on a future agenda and try for it again next year," City Administrator Mike Smith said.

Meanwhile, work on homes that qualified under last year's grant continues.

Last week, the Lansing City Council approved bids for rehabilitation of four homes. The vote was 7-0. Council member Ken Ketchum was tending to a family emergency and did not participate in any of the votes at the meeting.

In other business Thursday, the council:

¢ Approved, 7-0, a four-year lease purchase agreement for a tandem axle dump truck with spreader and plow from Kansas Truck Center of Wichita. Total cost will be $100,766. The city was able to save about $20,000 by piggybacking with the Kansas Department of Transportation on a fleet purchase.

¢ Approved, 6-1, appointment of John H. Calhoun, a former city council member, to the Lansing Planning Commission and Brian R. Schwanz, a teacher in the Fort Leavenworth schools, to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Council member Don Studnicka dissented.

¢ Approved, 6-0, hiring Right of Way Associates of Overland Park to perform right of way appraisal and acquisition services for the Ease Eisenhower Road project. Council member David Trinkle Jr., who owns property on East Eisenhower, abstained.

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