Commission approves agreement with KDOT

A project to put traffic signals at Sixth Avenue and Haverhill got closer to being completed Monday evening when the El Dorado City Commission approved the city manager authorizing an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation.
The city will be using the $137,884.84, which is the city's federal fund exchange dollars.
"This funding from KDOT will allow the city to put up traffic signals at that intersection," said Scott Rickard, assistant city engineer.
He said they looked at the intersection and found it was apparent signals were needed there as the industrial park continues to grow.
"We discussed adding turn lanes in the future, but right now we are looking at just the signals," he said.
They are setting them back far enough so they can add the turn lanes in the future.
Rickard said the plans for the project are complete and public works has pricing on the equipment and poles.
"We anticipate them being up this fall," he said.
The lights would be on a camera, where they would be green for Sixth traffic unless a car on Haverhill triggered the lights.
The commission approved the agreement 5-0.
Phase II would involve geometric improvements and a concrete intersection on the North Haverhill leg for approximately $300,000.
In other business, the commission:
• reappointed Youth Commission members Brooke Ryan, Josh Wolf, Clarice Bolen, Megan Klein, Hannah Brock, Hannah Haury, Issac Haahr, Shawn Luehrs, Cherokee Reagan and Harley Thorton and made new appointments of Larry Shank to the Airport Advisory Board and Youth Commissioners Jessica Baker, Taylor Brock, Callie Carter, Abigal Edwards, Macy Gomez, Justin Jones, Lauren Lowery and Gretchen Shum.
• reviewed the neighborhood revitalization program. Rickard explained they adopted the plan in 1997 and it has been modified five times over the years.
The plan will sunset on Dec. 31, so the commission needs to decide if they want to make any changes. Currently, it applies to residential and commercial rehabilitation as well as new construction. It is a 10-year 95 percent tax rebate in designated residential, as well as a five-year rebate city wide on residential projects, which was added in 2011. The minimum for projects is $5,000, with a maximum of $175,000. For commercial, the property has to be in designated areas or be considered a dilapidated structure and it is a 95 percent rebate with a minimum project of $10,000. Applications need to be turned in to the engineering department and receive approval before any work is done.
"In the program, it stays with the property, it does not stay with the owner," Rickard said.
It does require taxes to be paid in full on time each year or a property can be removed from the program.
The commission will review the plan the first week in August, then in September they will adopt a formal plan and take the next four months to talk with the other taxing entities, including the two school districts, county and college, which each have to sign a resolution or interlocal agreement for their portion of the taxes rebated. If they all do not agree, the city has to decide if they want to move forward with a portion of the rebate.
Commissioner Nick  Badwey did ask if the other commissioners would be open to raising the residential limit of $175,000 because of two new developments opening up are closer to $250,000 and Mayor Mike Fagg said he was open to considering anything.
Commissioner David Chapin said he was comfortable with $175,000. Commissioner Bill Young thought the developments should be open before considering changes and Commissioner Chase Locke agreed.