The Warrensburg City Council established a new General Business District on Monday night.

City of Warrensburg
City of Warrensburg

Two-and-a-half acres of land located on the southwest corner of Hawthorne and Business 13, which was recently was annexed into Warrensburg, was designated as a General Business District by the Council after a public hearing.

Mayor Bryan Jacobs noted the intention behind the addition:

"That's the intention to use it for, is general business," he said, adding that it is a clear field at this point, and is located north of the old Office Depot site.

The properties to the north and west are primarily single-family homes located in Johnson County. The properties to the east and south are zoned General Business and include a mixture of commercial uses and vacant land, according to the zoning request.

The Council also heard a presentation from Amanda Bagwell of HDR Engineering, Inc., who noted the proposed increase in Warrensburg sewer rates. Mayor Jacobs noted what the next step will be:

"The next step is a public hearing, and they'll be able to come in and say we like it or no we don't like it. We'll listen to all those and then we'll make adjustments from there," Jacobs said after the meeting. "I don't like rate increases either, I tell people all the time, when I vote for an increase, I'm voting for my own bills to increase, too."

The Warrensburg Council also approved a Mutual Aid Contract between the United States Air Force and the Warrensburg Fire Department for Mutual Aid Assistance with Whiteman Air Force Base, which is a renewal of a previous agreement. According to Fire Chief Jim Kushner, the agreement allows Warrensburg to have a readily available resource for additional assistance when needed.

Warrensburg's maintenance crew is completing preparations and roadway patching for the Asphalt Overlay Program and the Polymer Overcoat Program, it was noted at Monday night's meeting.

The crew's schedule for projects is as follows:

July 5: Polymer Sealcoat projects begin and run through July 12

July12: Sealcoating of last year’s polymer streets begins and runs through July 18

July 17: Asphalt Overlay begins and runs through July 25

Prior to the regular meeting, Council also heard five-minute budget requests from the following organizations:

Big Brothers Big Sisters, $5,600
Johnson County Economic Development Corporation, $75,000
Warrensburg Main Street, $41,000
Whiteman Area Leadership Council, $3,000
Tree Board, 12,210 (offset $10,000 by grant)
Warrensburg Arts Commission, $10,000
Warrensburg Depot Renovation Corporation, $5,500
Warrensburg Historic Preservation Commission, 21,075 (offset $18,725 by grant)
Burg Fest, $5,000
Chamber of Commerce, $5,000
Oats – Old Drum Bus Transportation, $15,000
Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission, $5,000

That total amounts to $203,385. with $28,725 potentially offset by grants, bringing the grand total amount of requests to $174,660.

With direction from the Council, City Staff will incorporate these request into the draft City budget and update the individual contracts accordingly. The contracts will return for Council approval at the time the FY18 budget is approved. (Shown below is Randy White with the Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission)

Randy Kirby
Randy Kirby

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