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WARRENSBURG — Annexing of land, an electrical upgrade, funding requests and a mayoral appointment were on the agenda for the City Council meeting June 24.

Annexing of land

The City Council voted in favor of an ordinance annexing of a portion of Northwest 21st Road adjacent to 129 Northwest 21st Road and 1105 N. Holden Street and is contiguous with city limits.

William H. Gabel, John L. Marr and Charles Kavanaugh of the Johnson County Commission petitioned the City Council to annex the land May 9.

The City Council had a public hearing and the first reading of the ordinance during the June 10 meeting.

Electrical upgrades downtown

The City Council voted in favor of an ordinance to execute an agreement with Reasbeck Construction, Inc. for the Downtown Electrical Upgrade Phase I project.

Public Works Director Marvin Coleman said the current electrical work, constructed in 2002, on Holden Street from the railroad tracks to Culton Street was constructed underground, which caused it to be exposed to water, leading to corrosion. It was later determined to be beyond safe operation.

Coleman said the electrical upgrade will be constructed above ground to reduce exposure to water.

The total cost of the project submitted to the City Council was $108,525, which exceeds the budgeted amount of the project by $38,545.

Coleman, who presented the background of the situation, told the council the project had twice been delayed due to budget constraints and was impacting downtown events.

“(This project) gives us more area for vendors to be hooked up to electrical...for events downtown,” Marvin Coleman said.

Budget request

The City Council heard budget requests from boards, commissions and affiliated agencies for the 2020 fiscal year.

Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission requests $6,800, an increase from the 2019 fiscal year requested amount of $5,000.

The Warrensburg Tree Board requests $4,710, an increase from the 2019 fiscal year requested amount of $2,040.

The Warrensburg Depot Renovation Corporation requests $5,500, a decrease from the 2019 fiscal year requested amount of $10,500.

The Warrensburg Historic Preservation Commission requests $4,635, a decrease from the 2019 fiscal year requested amount of $6,564.

The following organizations requested the same amount as the 2019 fiscal year:

The Base Community Council requests $3,000.

Big Brothers Big Sisters requests $5,600.

‘Burg Fest requests $5,000.

Johnson County Economic Development Corporation requests $75,000.

Oats-Old Drum Transportation requests $15,000.

Warrensburg Main Street requests $41,000.

Whiteman Area Leadership Council requests $3,000.

Teacher’s Warehouse

The City Council voted to approve the a request for funding from the Teacher’s Warehouse of Johnson County in the amount of $500 from the Stevenson Fund.

Mayoral appointment

Mayor Lund appointed Chris Aumiller to the Diversity and Inclusion Commission.

Staff Writer Sara Lawson can be reached by emailing sara.lawson@dsjnow.com or by calling (660) 747-8123.

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