City commissioners honored members of the Dodge City Dodgers Special Olympics Kansas on Monday proclaiming Oct. 21 as Special Olympics Kansas Day.

Vice president of development and LETR Luke Schulte read the proclamation to the city commission where he touched on the community support of the Southwest Truck Convoy, Law Enforcement Torch Run and West Region Spring and Fall Games.

"Dodge City wants to recognize the following for being inducted into the Special Olympics Kansas Hall of Fame by portraying exceptional sportsmanship as well as a positive attitude on and off the field," Schulte said.

The honorees for the hall of fame were Casey Leatherwood, Roy Baxter and Patty Stephenson.

Ron Just also spoke to the commission regarding the Special Olympics.

Just was named the 2015 Making a Difference Award as the coach of the year.

"We are not just Dodge City athletes," Just said. "We have athletes from Copeland to Kinsley, to Minneola to Jetmore so we encompass all of the area.

"We have a total of 82 athletes from the area and we appreciate the support from the community."

Schulte added that this Saturday a bowling tournament will be held at Spare Tyme Bowl starting at 9 a.m.

"The public is invited to attend and volunteers are needed," he said. "Volunteers would help assist the athletes with staying on track with the bowling orders but we welcome the public to attend and cheer on the athletes as well as watch medals and awards handed out as the games proceed."

In other business, the commission approved a contract for Terri McLain as a consultant on the possible mid-level medical college to go in at the old St. Mary's of the Plains campus.

The consultant would be to collect data, analysis and assessments and meetings with stakeholders regarding the addition of the college.

In previous meetings, commissioners have approved a US Department of Agriculture rural business grant for a feasibility study on the potential for the college.

The college would be to fill in gaps of medical professionals such as physical therapists and dental assistants that city officials say are lacking in rural areas.

The contract with McLain would be for $58,000 with travel funds not to exceed $5,000.

McLain has a background in human resources dating back to 1981 and has worked for Compass Behavioral Health as well as B.E. Smith who hires hospital administrators.

City officials stated that in the 2 weeks of the consultant position was advertised, McLain was the lone applicant.

The commission also approved an infrastructure quote from Klotz Sand for $774,888.47 for the Wagon Wheel #2 subdivision.

The infrastructure would be for water and sewer lines for the 26 residential lots that would be going into the location.

"I want to reiterate how important the RHID is to this," commissioner Joyce Warshaw said. "It is so good for Dodge City and we have been able to pay them off 2-3 years ahead of time when they have been used."

The Rural Housing Incentive District is a funding source for housing that is also being used for the Candletree #8 housing district that is also underway.

The commission also approved consulting services with SMH Consultants for the design of the infrastructure for the Sutherland's retail development going in at 14th Avenue.

The contract would be for $49,972 that would be reimbursed through the Star Bonds project.

According to city staff, the design should be completed by November and bid out by the end of the year.

Commissioners also approved a pipeline inspection trailer system from the Mayer company for $97,502.

The system would be used to collect information in making critical repairs and maintenance to the sewer systems.

All approvals were made unanimously.

Commissioner Brian Delzeit was absent from the meeting and did not vote.

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