Pratt City commissioners approved selling a two-acre portion of the Sandy Creek Subdivision for the construction of a hotel at a meeting Monday evening.

Warren D. Wadley, representing Realty Alliance One, submitted a letter of intent to purchase the land, and discussed with commissioners plans to build a hotel on the property that borders K-61 on the east and Maple Street on the north. A franchise agreement with Hampton Inn is already in place, he said.

The proposed price is $167,000, after the city installs a sewer system at an approximate cost of $60,000. The line would serve a large portion of Phase 2 in developing the housing addition, City Manager Dave Howard said.

The proposed sale would allow the city to recover its $125,000 purchase of the entire Sandy Creek Subdivision, Howard said.

The property is in Block 3, currently a three-acre parcel that is zoned commercial. Wadley indicated he might also be interested in the remaining one acre for a restaurant.

Action on a formal contract of sale is expected at a later meeting of the City Commission.

In other action relating to the subdivision, commissioners approved a bid by Mies Construction in Wichita for mass grading, street and sewer improvement. Mies submitted the lowest of four bids, according to Alan Luttrell, engineer for EBH. The total cost of utilities and grading, with city staff doing the utility work, was projected at $592,261. Most of the work would be done in the 16-lot Phase 1, but some work would encompass all 48 lots, Luttrell said.

Luttrell said that a price of $35,000 for an improved lot would be reasonable. Howard discussed the possibility of lowering the lot price, but adding special taxes to cover the improvements.

Plans for marketing the development are underway. Recreation Director Bruce Pinkall shared a plan. The idea is to sell property for homes and also promote Pratt as a place to establish a business.

In other action, Commissioners:

n agreed to stay with an initial plan to provide left turn lanes from east and west at the intersection of First and Main, rather than extending the project to include Jackson and Ninnescah streets.

n approved a contract with EBH Engineering for design engineering of resurfacing Main Street from First to Blaine. Public Works Director Russ Rambat estimated the work would be done in late summer or fall.

n gave Rambat approval to apply for an additional KLINK grant for 2015 for a repair project on U.S. 54 from Jackson to Mound Street.

n approved an increase in fees for after-hours and Saturday work at Greenlawn Cemetery, as requested by the Cemetery Board. The charge for opening and closing a grave Monday though Friday is $350; an additional $100 will be asked for services after 4 p.m. and on Saturdays.

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