Archive for Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bonner council welcomes new downtown business

September 11, 2012

A Bonner Springs business formerly based in Kansas City is moving its headquarters downtown.

DeGoler’s Inc. purchased Miller’s Pharmacy last year, moving the pharmacy from 207 to 202 Oak Street, and now it has moved its corporate office and long-term care pharmacy downtown, as well. The Bonner Springs City Council discussed the move Monday in a workshop, giving preliminary support to DeGoler’s receiving a dedicated parking spot in the public lot behind its new headquarters at 111 Oak Street to address security concerns.

Glenn Harte, DeGoler’s owner, said the office moved to downtown Bonner from a shopping center set for redevelopment at 76th Street and State Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. Harte, a Basehor resident, said the former building is set to be demolished, so he chose to consider Bonner for the new office location.

“That’s why we looked at Miller’s, too; we knew it was a great community,” he told the council.

The building the corporate now occupies was formerly the home of ABLE Inc., which relocated to another city in 2010. Harte said the company has installed about $250,000 in upgrades and will have 10 to 15 employees.

The long-term care pharmacy portion of the business will send deliveries throughout the day to facilities in Kansas and Missouri, including medications that are narcotic in nature, so using a rear entrance for deliveries is preferable to reduce visibility of deliveries. Pharmacists also are on-call to fill emergency orders as needed, so some employees will need quick access to the building at all hours.

However, the parking lot behind the building is the public lot serving Centennial Park, which is often rented out for events, so the company asked that one space be dedicated to the business, with DeGoler’s covering the cost for signage.

Marcia Harrington, community and economic development director for the city, explained that city staff thought the request was warranted because it was made for security reasons, not just for convenience.

Council member Jeff Harrington said he knows that unfortunately, security is a concern overnight in the downtown area, noting someone broke a window at the DeGoler’s Pharmacy overnight.

“This seems to be a unique and specific need that is one we’ve never had to deal with before,” he said.

The council agreed to put the issue on its Sept. 24 agenda for final approval.

Council member Eric Freeman did not attend the meeting.

In other business during its regular meeting, the council:

• Approved the 2012 concrete repair project and final payment of $23,580 to John Smith Concrete.

• Approved the consent agenda, with Council member George Cooper abstaining from check No. 98018, which was a payment to his employer, in the claims for city operations.

• Heard comments from a resident, Jeff Stean, asking to file a complaint that a city employee had confronted him inappropriately.

• Conducted two 45-minute executive sessions to discuss nonelected personnel issues, one prior to and one following the regular meeting, but taking no action following either session.

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