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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Agenda items postponed due to weather

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  • Due to some interference from "Mother Nature," Tuesday's Newton City Commission meeting was shorter than normal.The winter storm during the past several days brought hazardous road conditions and inches of snow to the Newton area, and contributed to the postponement of several items on the commission's agenda for Tuesday.The commission was slated to take action on a series of general obligation bonds, but the agenda item was moved to the commission's March 12 meeting.Lunda Asmani, assistant city manager for budget and finance, reported adverse weather conditions could have negatively impacted the bond sale if it had taken place Tuesday."With the impending snowstorm, concerns arose about the availability of in-state banks, particularly those in the Kansas City area," he said. "... Since the bonds are bank qualified, these in-state banks represent potential buyers. The more bidders we have on the bond sale, the greater the competition and better likelihood of lower interest rates."Asmani anticipates the sale will be moved to either Thursday or Monday. The action the commission would have taken Tuesday was ratification of the sale. The commission already has taken action to authorize going to the market for these bonds at a prior meeting.A public hearing on an appeal of a Joint Historic Preservation Commission decision also was postponed. The Joint Historic Preservation Commission denied installation of new fascia board and enclosing the opened soffits at 334 E. Fifth St. The Historic Preservation Commission believed the proposed changes would alter the historic quality of the McKinley Residential Historic District.No representative showed up for a proposed Problem Gambling Awareness Week proclamation. Problem Gambling Awareness Week is March 3-9. 
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