Many topics on UG Commission meeting agenda Dec. 10

Refinancing for some public buildings and the appointment of an interim county appraiser are among the items on the agenda for the Dec. 10 Unified Government Commission meeting.

Public buildings that will be up for approval and that will go through the Public Building Commission include issuing revenue bonds for refinancing and acquiring the Board of Public Utilities office building at 540 Minnesota Ave. at $7.25 million, financing of bonds up to $750,000 for the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs; and the acquisition of real estate at 800 and 810 Ann Ave. with bonds in the amount of $1.83 million for the construction and furnishing of a building to be used as the UG’s medical clinic.

More bond financing, BPU utility system improvement revenue bonds, not to exceed $133 million, also are on the agenda. The resolution lists air-quality control systems.

Also on the agenda is the appointment of Katherine Briney as interim county appraiser. County Appraiser Eugene Bryan Jr. has announced his retirement effective Dec. 16, according to agenda documents.

The UG Commission also will consider an ordinance amendment on farmers’ markets and food trucks. The ordinance change would allow farmers’ markets in certain areas of the city to apply administratively for a permit at a lower cost than the current special use permit requires.

The food truck ordinance amendment would allow the community to be more food truck friendly, and a special use permit would not be required. However, food trucks could not go to shopping center parking lots, for example, if they are not welcome there. The food trucks would have to submit an annual agreement with the planning department. The food trucks could operate in certain specified districts, otherwise they would need a special use permit.

Also on the agenda is a special use permit application for a liquor license at a skilled nursing facility at 8900 Parallel Parkway.

An update will be given on the K-32 corridor plan, Rosedale master plan and a rewriting of the sign code.

Also on the agenda is an agreement for 8.99 acres donation for a site for the South Patrol police station, near Metropolitan and South 24th.

Transit policy changes will be considered. Some of the changes: Fixed-route ADA passenger fare would become fare-free in February 2016. The eligible age for non-ADA senior paratransit would be increased from 60 to 65 in February 2016; non-ADA senior paratransit fare would increase from $1 to $2 for each one-way trip; senior group trip fare would increase from $1.50 per person per trip to $5 per trip in February 2016.

A new grant application policy will be considered. It would authorize administrative approval of grants. Under the new policy, grants of more than $50,000 which require matching funds greater than $50,000 would go to a Standing Committee and UG Commission. Grants less than $50,000 that require matching funds between $10,000 and $50,000 would go to the county administrator with the approval of the mayor if they are core UG functions. Grants that are considered discretionary would go to the UG Commission. Grants of less than $50,000 that require matching funds of less than $10,000 would go to the UG administrator for approval.

Two industrial revenue bond issues, one for $14 million and one for $13.5 million, for the PQ Corp. at 1700 Kansas Ave., will be considered.

Also on the agenda are some agreements with unions, including the Fraternal Order of Police 4, and the Plumbers Local Union No. 8.

Also on the agenda will be several zoning items:
– Change of zone from A-G agriculture district to R-1 single-family district to subdivide property at 11011 Leavenworth Road, Joe Herring for Herring Survey Inc.;
– Change of zone from R-1 single-family district to A-G agriculture district for an agriculture use at 7251 Locust Ave., Harold Phelps with Phelps Engineering;
– Change of zone from R-1 single-family district to CP-O planned nonretail business district for a new doctor’s office with parking and expansion for existing doctor’s office at 1205 N. 90th St., David and Patricia Johnson with PSB Investments;
– Renewal of a special use permit for a kennel for four dogs at 334 N. Thorpe St., Richard and Mary Leslie;
– Special use permit for a storage container at 3002 Delavan Ave., Ronald E. Isom;
– Renewal of a special use permit for live entertainment in conjunction with event center at 3150 N. 91st St., Reid Roberts;
– Special use permit for the temporary use of land to keep lawn care equipment for a business at 1701 S. 40th St., Jesus M. Rodriguez;
– Special use permit for a mechanic-heavy repair shop at 4439 Shawnee Drive, Diego Toto with XM Automotive;
– Renewal of a special use permit for a dirt fill at 8600 Gibbs Road, Jeff Pierce – L.G. Everist Inc.
– Vacation of an alley at 1122 Southwest Blvd., Wil Anderson with BHC Rhodes.
– Preliminary plan review for a convenience store at 7552 State Ave., Khalid Banday – KAM Design and Construction Inc.

The regular meeting starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

The evening will begin with a special meeting at 4 p.m. between Wyandotte County legislators and the UG Commission. The 4 p.m. meeting will begin with a dinner on the ninth floor, and a discussion will take place afterward in the fifth floor conference room at City Hall.

After the 7 p.m. meeting, there will be a meeting of the UG Public Building Commission in the ninth floor conference room, City Hall, to discuss Cricket Wireless financing; proceeding with the BPU office refunding; and medical building acquisition and improvements at 800 Ann Ave. and 810 Ann Ave.

UG Commission to meet with legislators Thursday

The Unified Government Commission is scheduled to meet with Wyandotte County legislators at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in the ninth floor conference room at City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

A dinner is scheduled, with a discussion afterward with the legislative delegation in the fifth floor conference room, Suite 515, City Hall.