Highland rezoning on agenda

By Corene Brisendine

City commissioners on Tuesday plan to consider a rezoning ordinance for the Highland Meadows addition between Scenic Drive and Highland Ridge Drive.

The 4.61-acre Highland Meadows addition was originally purchased by a church, but the property has since been sold to Schultz Construction, a development firm. Schultz plans to develop the property into single-family and duplex homes. The same firm developed the property surrounding Highland Meadows addition.

On the consent agenda, commissioners will decide whether to approve various projects and construction loans around Manhattan. The commission will vote on the conversion of about $12 million in city debt from temporary notes to general obligation bonds. City manager Ron Fehr said this is not new debt for the city. It was approved by the commission previously, but until the various projects were completed, the debt was held as a temporary note. Now that the projects are finished, the debt is moved to a more permanent account.

The commission must also decide whether to issue $1.7 million in new debt for various water line projects around the city. Also on the consent agenda is an improvement study for the intersection of Seth Child and Fort Riley Boulevard. There is also an expansion project for a walking trail and bike path on McCall Road that connects to Linear Park Train and Hostetler Drive.

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