City Commission approves donating Hinkle House; County approves subdivision

City Commission approves donating Hinkle House

The City Commission met Monday evening for their regular session. A major item on the agenda was a memorandum of understanding with Interfaith Housing for the Hinkle House. Interfaith Housing asked the city to donate the house to Interfaith Housing to be used as part of the Abandoned Housing Program.

The Hinkle House is one of the oldest houses in Dodge City, it has fallen into disrepare in recent years and is not suitable to live in currently.

Interfaith Housing will remodel the house and update it to meet or exceed all existing City Building Codes, as well as making the house energy efficient. Once all upgrades have been completed, the property will be rented to city residents. After the initial remodel, Interfaith Housing will continue to maintain the property.

The memo submitted to the city from Interfaith Housing states: "The goal of Interfaith Housing is to renovate the dwelling in such a way as to retain as much of the external appearance as possible to be consistent with the style of the late 1800's."

The house is located at 801 First Ave.

In other business, the commission:

• Approved a resolution to transfer business ownership property from Curtis Machine Company to Betty Jane Curtis and Lloyd Stuart Curtis. This is a necessary change needed for the company to receive tax abatements that the city approved in 2011. The business will continue to operate.

• Approved an ordinance authorizing and directing the issuance, sale and delivery of general obligation temporary notes. At the Nov. 19 meeting, the City Commission approved a resolution offering for sale of general obligation temporary notes in the amount of $630,000. This resolution is necessary to formally issue the notes.

• Approved the naming of Field 1 at Legends Field. The new name will be Braddock Field in honor of Marian Lee Braddock, who was the Recreation Director for the Dodge City Recreation Commission from 1958 to 1990.

The next City Commission meeting will be held on Dec. 17.

County approves subdivision

The County Commissioners met Monday afternoon for their regular meeting. The agenda was light, but one important issue was the Broce subdivision. Commissioners approved rezoning of the property which is located south of the Expo Center.

According to Ford County Clerk Sharon Seibel, the county isn't sure what is planned to go in this location yet, but now that it's been zoned there are many options.

In other business:

• The commission approved an application for public transportation assistance

• Kim Goodnight gave a presentation about ITC and what the company is currently working on

• Set a budget hearing to amend the 2012 budget. The date will be announced in the Globe soon.

The next County Commission meeting will be held Dec. 17.