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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • New mayor, commissioner and big ticket purchases at City Hall

  • After swearing in newly-elected Commissioner Jan Scoggins and naming Commissioner Brian Delzeit as mayor of Dodge City, the Commission approved the purchase of a water treatment screening building and four new police vehicles at the regular meeting Monday.
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  • After swearing in newly-elected Commissioner Jan Scoggins and naming Commissioner Brian Delzeit as mayor of Dodge City, the Commission approved the purchase of a water treatment screening building and four new police vehicles at the regular meeting Monday.
    Scoggins, the only newcomer to the Commission following the April 1 vote, joined reelected Commissioners Rick Sowers and Kent Smoll.
    Delzeit, the former vice mayor, was selected to fill the mostly ceremonial role. Commissioner Joyce Warshaw was selected to be the vice mayor.
    The mayor leads Commission meetings and fulfills other civic ribbon-cutting duties, like the annual lighting of the municipal Christmas tree, but often acts as the board's point when discussing development and incentive agreements with potential investors.
    It is yet to be seen if Delzeit, who tends to be more understated and pointed during Commission discussions, will adopt the former mayor's gregarious (and sometimes costumed) approach to the job.
    Along with representing the City Commission generally, the mayor is also a member of the "Why Not Dodge?" standing committee that negotiates changes to the joint city and county governance agreement before putting them to vote. The intensity of those discussions has fluctuated in recent months until negotiations reached an impasse recently.
    Delzeit has reportedly told his counterparts in Ford County that he would like to see the two sides get past some of the negativity between the parties that occasionally comes to the head and impedes productivity.
    Part of that slate cleaning will come by resisting the urge to see the special tax fund as "ours and theirs," Ford County Chairman Chris Boys said recently. The other part will be to stop seeing issues with the fund as "us versus them."
    Both Boys and Delzeit have called for greater transparency to the "Why Not Dodge?" funding decisions, with Boys calling for an audit (the third-party accountants gave it a clean bill of health) and Delzeit resisting efforts to guarantee a yearly check to city and county projects without first justifying it through the tax fund advisory board process.
    Other actions taken by the City Commission on April 7:
    The City Commission approved the construction of a $770,235 screening facility that aims to reduce the amount of non-biological debris that has been making its way into the water treatment plant, damaging pumps, collecting in pools and clogging irrigation lines.
    Funding for the project will be provided through a low interest loan from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Original estimates to build the screening facility were roughly $1.2 million. The winning bidder was Wildcat Construction, a Colorado and Kansas firm with a main office in Wichita.
    Other bids for the work came in at $792,600 and $1,004,850.
    The Dodge City Police Department will be adding four new police package Ford Explorers to its fleet and trading in two 2004 model vehicles. The sport utility vehicles will be purchased from Lewis Automotive Ford for a cost of $116,724 after trade-ins valued at $4,500.
    Page 2 of 2 - A bid of four Dodge Durangos from Lopp Motors, the low bidder by over $5,000, did not meet the department's specifications, Public Works Director Corey Keller told the Commission.
     Four vehicles were purchased instead of two, as budgeted, as too few bids were received last year, leaving $75,000 unspent from the equipment fund, the staff report said.

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