City plan on Tuesday agenda

By Corene Brisendine

City commissioners are expected Tuesday to initiate an effort to update the city’s comprehensive plan.

The update to the 2003 plan is expected to modify the goals, guiding principle and policies governing the growth of the city for the next 25 years. Riley and Pottawatomie county commissioners have agreed to fund a portion of the $150,000 cost of the update. The counties agreed to contribute $25,000 each. The decision faced by commissioners Tuesday will be whether to authorize staff to solicit professional services to update the plan.

In addition to the update, commissioners can vote to authorize a change to the downtown improvements. During the replacement of guttering and waterlines, workers discovered the streetlight foundations were deteriorated beyond repair. City officials have requested replacement of the 45 bases for the streetlights from Third Street to Sixth Street on Poyntz Avenue. The cost of the project is $121,300. The city also plans to hire an outside contractor to replace concrete panels in the Amherst area and in Northview area. Jason Hilgers, deputy city manager, said construction will begin as soon as the contract is approved. The $797,000 projects will be paid for by the Special Street and Highway Fund.

Since Tuesday’s meeting is the first of the month, there will also be an open public comment section. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the City Commission Room at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave. It will also be televised on local cable channel 3.

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