City-university agreement on agenda

By Corene Brisendine

City commissioners plan to finalize the 2014 city-university fund agreement during their Tuesday night legislative session.

The commission approved the funding during last year’s budget session. Tuesday’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in City Hall, will include a rundown of how much each entity will fund projects during the year, said assistant city manager Adam Bentley.

The other two general agenda items focus on building and zoning in Manhattan.

The developer of the Prairie Lakes Addition has requested rezoning a section of land from an R-3 multi-family residential district to an R-2 two-family residential district.

Bentley said the developer made the request to make the housing within the tract more consistent with the surrounding neighborhood.

Commissioners will also consider approving an amendment to the development agreement for Kansas State University Research Park at Research Park Drive and North Manhattan Avenue.

Bentley said that the amendment would approve final designs for the intersection, which will add turning lanes off Manhattan Avenue onto Research Park Drive.

On the consent agenda, commissioners will consider approving a $48,000 contract to install a stainless steel net for an exhibit at Sunset Zoo.

Bentley said that the funding for the project was provided by private donations and Friends of Sunset Zoo program.

There is also a pending agreement with McGrath Consulting Group, Inc., to update a classification/compensation system and conduct a market study of wages for the Manhattan Fire Department.

Bentley said that commissioners decided to update the system after their December meeting, when cost of living raises were being discussed.

The meeting will be televised on local cable channel 3.

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