Bids for site preparation will give officials a good idea of how building lots should be priced.
In an annual reorganization meeting, Pratt City commissioners elected Jeff Taylor to serve his sixth term as mayor, as he begins his 22nd year on the governing body. Gary Skaggs, newly elected to a second term, was chosen as vice mayor.
Outgoing mayor Bill Hlavachick received a plaque from City Manager Dave Howard.
The formalities done, the commission got to work settling an agenda in about an hour.
Much of the discussion centered on city-owned property known as Sandy Creek subdivision. An advertisement for bids for mass grading, street and stormwater improvements has been issued, with bids due in the city office April 30.
After the bid opening the city will be able to determine the approximate cost of the first phase of construction and set an appropriate price for the first 16 lots in the housing development.
The plan is that city crews will install utilities in conjunction with the the general contractor. Kelvin Clay will act as construction superintendent for water and sewer utilities and Jamie Huber will oversee exension of the electrical distribution system.
Asked about timing, Howard said it would depend on the general contractor who is chosen and his other commitments, but he hoped the grading and street work could be done by the end of the summer.
Once sale of properties "hits the halfway mark, we'll start planning," Howard said. "When we get to two-thirds, we want to get aggressive (in completing utilities)."
Current plans for Sandy Creek do not include park areas and sidewalks that Skaggs asked about — for right now, they're just thinking about the basics, Howard said.
In other business, the Commission:
• approved Public Works Director Russ Rambat applying for a 2016 Geometric Improvement grant for resurfacing the center 24 feet of North Main from Blaine to the railroad tracks. This will be the third application, and hopefully the charm, Rambat noted.
• Approved an expenditure of $12,375 for restriping 200 feet of U.S. 54 west of the junction with K-61. Kansas Department of Transportation has begun a mill and overlay project east of the junction and will use RoadSafe of El Dorado for markings. The system they use should last 4 to 6 years, Rambat said. Currently the city is spray painting each year on the portion of the highway for which they are responsible.
• Approved requests from Pratt High School to use the tennis courts and nearby Scout cabin for a regional tennis tournament May 2-3 and also for a 1-2-3A state girls tournament next fall, with the additional request for closing Rochester Street between Third and Fourth for the state tournament.
• Approved a request by Pratt Young Professionals for a second Movie in the Park July 13 at Lemon Park. More than 300 people attended the event in 2012 and Howard noted he heard "nothing but positive comments."
• Appointed Robin Waddle and Jeff Ward for three-year terms on the Pratt Library Board.
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