Domain case on city agenda

By Corene Brisendine

City commissioners plan to meet on Tuesday to discuss payment for land acquired for the airport through eminent domain.

The city acquired 87.43 acres adjacent to the airport that had been owned by Feather Field Farms, LLC. last April, paying $1.51 million. That amount was determined by a court following the eminent domain process. The land is to provide a “wildlife fence” and protect Federal Aviation Administration equipment at the airport. Commissioners must decide Tuesday to either pay the court ordered amount, which requires authorization of issuance of temporary bonds, or decline payment, which requires the city to pay the land owner’s appeals court costs and risk losing the appeals level. Payment does not prohibit the city from filing an appeal.

During a work session, commissioners will provide feedback on the city taking over the responsibilities of the State Historic Preservation Officer by locally reviewing major and minor improvement projects of properties on the National Register of Historic Places and the Register of Historic Kansas Places. Currently, the city participates in a program through the state, which certifies it to review historic property development before forwarding it to SHPO for approval. The city can either decline to take over the responsibility of the Kansas Preservation Statue or accept the responsibility.

City administrators are looking at other cities in Kansas to streamline the review process . Whether commissioners decide to take over the responsibility or not, the city will save money by changing the process. City administrators are not requiring any action by commissioners on Tuesday, as it is a work session.

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