City commissioners on Monday approved an architecture and construction agreement for the expansion of the Dodge City Public Library lower level.

The expansion will see youth services and the Kansas Heritage Center moved into the lower level of the library.

The city will budget $50,000 for the project with the library budgeting the remaining balance of the project, according to city finance director Nannette Pogue.

"The library board approved the contract at their meeting this afternoon," Pogue said.

DCPL director Brandon Hines said, "The project we approved today was a $150,000 project to expand services to our lower level.

"The library was built in 1982 with services starting in 1983 and we have never had public services in the lower level."

Hines added the build will begin the early fall with the youth services moving during the winter and in the spring of 2019, the heritage center will move from the USD 443 Administration Building where it is currently located.

"I think this is great," Commissioner Joyce Warshaw said. "I'm so excited to have the Kansas Heritage Center there.

"I think it is a better placement for it and it'll just be great and will just blossom."

Commissioners also approved a bid for the paving extension of Soule Street as part of the Sutherland's development project.

Dick Construction submitted for the low bid of $673,605.09 pending the signing of the GNP with Sutherland's that will be funded with Star Bonds.

The extension will be improvements to water, sanitary sewer and storm water to the project location.

"At the current time once (First Assembly of God Church) has been vacated and the other two lots are available along 14th Avenue," director of engineering Ray Slattery said, "there will be an access road from 14th Avenue to the Sutherland's parking lot that will be built currently where the church stands."

Slattery added that Dick's Construction indicated they would start on May 1 with Sutherland's looking to have their bids in by the end of the week.

"It may be a project where we are working side by side in," Slattery said.

Commissioners also approved the purchase of a 100-foot aerial fire truck for the city fire department for $934,995 from Hays Fire Equipment.

The truck would replace the current truck that will still be used as a reserve truck but no longer a first-out truck according to director of administration Ryan Reid.

Financing for the truck will come at a later date according to Reid.

Commissioners also approved six LED street lights to be installed at the new 6th Avenue Extension project.

The lights will come from Victory Electric for $58,250 from the general obligation bonds.

The lights will go in from Ross Boulevard up to Cervantes Road.

"There will be a light at each intersection," Slattery said. "Tanglewood, Legends Drive, Cervantes Road, Ross and the other four evenly spaced along the road way.

"These lights will be a little smaller at a different wattage than what is on Ross Boulevard."

Commissioners also approved the annex two locations into the city limits at 2401 E. Trail Street and 2800 N. Avenue A.

The annexation will not add any extra burden to the city according to  planning and zoning administrator Nathan Littrell.

Commissioners also approved to end an appeal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for funds regarding costs that took place after the January 2017 ice storm.

According to Pogue, the first two requests for grants were reimbursed  however, according to FEMA the majority of the third request was denied due to parts of the work done on the tree contracts weren't substantiated with enough information to prove the work done, therefore with the appeal of the request, attorneys Brad Ralph, Mark Cowell and then-parks and recreation director Paul Lewis met with FEMA and a decision was made to not move forward with the appeal with the request of the appeal being granted a "slim chance."

The first two grant requests did cover the overtime and additional costs to city workers.

All approvals were made with a 4-0 vote with Mayor Kent Smoll absent from the meeting.

Commissioner Jan Scogging appeared via telephone conference.

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