The Hutchinson City Council had its last night meeting on Tuesday.
Councilmembers voted to go back to having both monthly meetings at 9 a.m. The city council held the second monthly meetings at night for six months, hoping that it would increase community engagement.
Mayor Steve Dechant dissented.
Councilmembers made short work of its last night meeting, finishing in about 45 minutes. Here’s what you missed:
Councilmembers approved spending $12,500 for a cost-sharing project with Manske and Associates for a curb, gutter and sidewalk at the corner of Washington and Sherman streets. It will go for infrastructure improvements outside of a project called The Link.
According to the city, Manske and Associates will pay the remaining $18,000.
The Link is a roughly $4 million project slated for completion in January, Jay Manske told councilmembers. Manske and Associates is the developer, but the building will be owned and managed by the Training and Evaluation Center of Hutchinson.
TECH will lease out the 29-unit apartment building after completion. Seventeen units will be one-bedroom apartments for developmentally disabled TECH clients, and the others will be two-bedroom apartments for seniors.
Jay said applications for residents opened up a couple of weeks ago. Anyone interested in applying can call 620-860-7110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councilmember Jon Daveline told Jack and Jay he would vote them for citizens of the year, if they award existed.
“(I) commend and congratulate you for all you do and continue to do in our community,” Daveline said.
Sale to 4Results
Councilmembers authorized the sale of approximately one-third of the parking lot at Walnut and Sherman streets to 4Results. The sale was negotiated as part of the 2011 Wiley Building project. As part of the agreement, 4Results had 10 years to purchase the lot.
City Attorney Paul Brown wouldn’t say the future use of the sold parking space. However, Brown noted councilmembers would be informed soon after a proposed lease for has been completed.
The flag revealed at the Hutchinson Christmas parade will be discussed for adoption as the official city flag during the Dec. 4 meeting. A group of community members collaborated to have a city flag to promote community pride.
The Raising the Flag organization held three public meetings for input, then took submissions for the design. A five-person selection committee vetted roughly 50 submissions. The committee did not know the name of the artists but had a description of the flag.
Councilmember Jade Piros de Carvalho said, like any design, not everyone will like it.
“I love it,” she said.
Joint study session
Finally, City Manager John Deardoff reminded councilmembers that there will be a joint study session at 4 p.m. on Nov. 28 at the First United Methodist Church with the Hutchinson Human Relations Commission.
The meeting is to weigh in on future options of bringing back a human relations officer to enforce discrimination complaints in the city.