It looks like a really, really long list — and each year has what looks like a pretty hefty price tag.
It is called the Comprehensive Capital Improvement Program, and this week the city commission was able to review — and approve — the plan for 2017 through 2021.
It calls for as much as $6.1 million in spending in a single year — 2019 — and as much as $10 million on a single project with no deadline or timeline — a library expansion.
And it is not complete, nor final.
“It is one of those things that gets updated every couple of years and we ask you to approve it,” Suzanne Loomis, city engineer, told the commission. “We try and get to the ones that are very necessary, and then to things that rise to the top.”
In some cases, like designing new bathrooms for Centennial Park, work has already begun. In others, like a splash park in Athletic Park, are listed for the future and have not had any real discussion or decisions made.
“Some of the things are on here so we don’t forget them,” Loomis said.
The list is more than 100 projects, each scored using a ruberic to determine their priority, extending out beyond 2030. Improvements to water lines, the airport, streets and parks are all listed in the plan.
“It takes a group of people, it takes a lot of work,” Loomis said.
The most expensive project, at least for the city, listed in the five-year plan is a $4 million park maintenance facility, on the list for 2020. The most expensive project listed for 2018 is a $3.1 million project to replace a water storage tank. Also on the list for 2018 is $3 million, of which the city plans to pay $2 million, for the renovation of the law enforcement center shared with Harvey County.
The commission approved the plan, by a vote of 5-0.
In other business:
•The commission approved closure of Main Street from Fifth to Seventh Streets from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 for the Halloween Safe Walk by the Newton Lions Club.
• Approved a mayoral appointment of David Haury to the Historic Preservation Commission. He will fulfill a term that ends Aug. 30, 2020.
• Recognized representatives from Slate Creek Elementary for the school’s earning the “Let's Move! Active Schools Award.”
• Recognized Newton Fire/EMS members Dylan Anderson, Darrell Graves, Lucas McNally and Phillip Beebe. They participated in the Kansas City 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb.
• Received a proclamation declaring Oct. 8 through 14 as Fire Prevention Week.
• Viewed a map and website for a historic driving tour of Newton.
• The commission took a look at a pair of rezoning requests — changing one agricultural tract west of Meridian to residential and one residential tract at 115 Old Main into an office district.