The Newton City Commission met at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in Newton City Hall.

Three highlights:

1. Honored Newton Fire/EMS

The commission took a moment to recognize Newton Fire/EMS members Dylan Anderson, Darrell Graves, Lucas McNally and Phillip Beebe. They participated in the Kansas City 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb.


The climb featured about 340 firefighters climbing 110 floors in full gear to honor those who died in 911.  Funds raised by the event goes to a foundation to support the families of those who died in the attack on the Twin Towers of the United Nations.


“This is how we recognize those were among the fallen,” Beebe said.


Firefighter from 11 different states and 30 different departments participated in the climb.



2. Rezoned property


The commission took a look at a pair of rezoning requests — changing one agricultural tract to residential and one residential tract into an office district.


Salem United Methodist Church, 115 Old Main, made a request to have the church property rezoned from residential into an office district. According to city staff, the church is wanting to put up a “small memorial LED sign” on the property, which is prohibited under residential zoning.


The change would also allow for light office space on the property if the church were to choose to no longer own the property.


For the other rezoning, a private landowner asked for three parcels west of Meridian Avenue between Seventh and Eighth Streets to be rezoned from agricultural to single family dwelling residential. One of the three parcels was also annexed into the city.



3. Declared fire prevention week


The commission received a proclamation declaring Oct. 8 through 14 as Fire Prevention Week.


Mayor Barth Hague made the proclamation. The commission voted unanimously in favor of the proclamation.