At least they waited until after the Parade of Lights.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe will be closing down 2nd Avenue near Wyatt Earp Boulevard for approximately 14 days starting Tuesday Nov. 28.

"No through traffic at Trail Street will be allowed after 8 a.m. on Nov. 28 just north of Lopp Motors at the 2nd Avenue and Wyatt Earp intersection," director of engineering Ray Slattery said. "The rails at that location will be replaced along with new concrete being installed.

"The project should take about 14 days to complete depending on weather."

The closure comes along with commissioners approving two change orders for the rail road crossing medians going in at the 2nd Avenue rail road crossing.

Funding for the change orders will come from the quiet zone funds and growth funds.

Commissioners also approved a 5 percent increase in membership fees to the Dodge City YMCA.

"We looked at the numbers and we still are substantially lower than most communities," Commissioner Kent Smoll said.

The fees will now be $19.12 for youth ages 0-17; $34.44 for ages 18-24; $39.54 for adults; $59.98 for family's; $26.62 for seniors and $40.51 for senior family's.

Commissioners also approved operational insurance for the new biogas plant.

The only bid on the insurance contract was from Chubb, according to director of administration Ryan Reid.

The insurance will be for $10,310 for 1 year for premises liability insurance and $56,306 for pollution insurance over 3 years totaling $66,616.

"We are still working on the property insurance," Reid said. "We will come back to the commission in the next 2 weeks for approval on that."

Commissioners also approved a public hearing date for the Sutherland's Community Improvements District which will be a 1 percent sales tax of the new retail property.

The date of the hearing is set for Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.

Commissioners also approved the authorization of refunding general obligation bonds giving the city $241,580 in savings.

"The state may be getting rid of refunding bonds," city finance director Nannette Pogue said. "We looked in to potential refund bonds and need permission to issue those refunds."

All approvals were made unanimously.

Commissioner Joyce Warshaw was absent from the meeting and did not vote.

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