Liberal City Commission meets joins Economic Development Corporation

The Liberal City Commission met Tuesday night and voted to combine economic development with the Seward County Development Corporation. The city’s economic development department will no longer be in effect on June 19. For the remainder of the year, the City will contribute $100,000 to the Society, with next year’s contribution being $150,000 and $50,000 in benefits.

The new citizenship category was presented to the Commission, and a discussion also took place on a central business district in the liberal downtown area with interested parties considering locating in the area.

The Commission approved the donation of a Subsonex JSX-2 microengine to the Mid-America Air Museum. It is one of the smallest flyable jet planes in the world with a wingspan of just 11 feet. The plane was appraised at a value of $158,000 and the donor is Mr. Kenneth R. Hollrah of Enid, OK.

The Commissioners approved the purchase of a 2 post lift and a 4 post lift for the new Street/Fleet Service building, for $16,878.94 from Myers Brothers. The new lifts will help Fleet Maintenance be more efficient and safer when performing vehicle repairs. The 2-post elevator will replace the 30-year-old elevator that was used in the old building.

In an added agenda item, the Commission approved the addition of a deputy city manager position, with the duties of the position to be carried out by existing department heads.