At the city commission on Monday, the commissioners unanimously approved an agreement with UCI construction out of Wichita to upgrade the south wastewater treatment plant.

The upgrade will be to utilize the raw bio-gas from the south plant at a cost of $4,405,000.

"UCI has previously worked with the current facility and will be able to schedule to keep the wastewater treatment plant running while the upgrade is being process," director of engineering Ray Slattery said.

The commissioners also approved a sales agreement with Kwik Trip to sell the future "green gas" that is produced from the treatment plant.

"We already have a buyer when the gas comes out of the cleaning facility," Slattery said. "It will be sold at market value and it will be finalized through the Kinect Energy Group will draft the paperwork necessary to send to the Environmental Protection Agency for registration.

"They will also ensure the fuel is 'green gas' and that is being used  as transportation fuel."

With current climate within the EPA regarding possible job losses from the Trump Administration, some of the commissioners raised concerns on whether or not the authorization of the registration would be done quickly.

"Kinect said it will get it done in a timely manner," Slattery said. "We are looking at the upgrade being complete in September and the sale of the fuel being done in October.

"It takes about 30 days for the cleaning process to be complete."

In other business, the commissioners approved the sale of general obligation bonds for $2,945,000 for street improvements within the city.

The improvements would go towards Trail Street reconstruction near the National Beef entrance; 1st Avenue reconstruction and waterline replacement; Arkansas River sediment removal; Market Street, Soule Street and 6th Avenue stormwater improvements; Avenue K RCB design work; 4th Avenue reconstruction and 6th Avenue Extension.

"This is just another step in the process for these projects," Slattery said. "The construction had been been previously approved this is the step to utilize the financing on getting it done.

"They will be sold through public placement and we hope to close in early May to finalize the process."

Commissioners also approved a fireworks contract with Wald's All American Display Fireworks for $25,000 for the 4th of July fireworks display.

The city would cover $5,000 from the non-departmental budget and the rest will raised by local sponsorships.

"We will continue to have the Wendy's (restaurant) fundraiser and possibly a similar one with Pizza Hut," Dodge City Fire Chief Robert Heinz said. "This is the 20th year we have partnered with Wald's for this display."

The city also approved a proposal with Arbor Masters for a hazardous tree abatement for $59,375.

The contract will be for the removal of dangerous tree limbs and debris that were caused by the January ice storm.

The funding would come from reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency due the area being deemed a federal disaster zone.

The removal will take place once those funds come in from FEMA.