1. A look at Occidental
The commission received a report from city manager Bob Myers on a meeting with Occidental Management, which owns property on S. Kansas Ave. that the company would like to develop as a commercial development.
Occidental has again changed the structure of what they expect from the city, with the city spending about $4 million for infrastructure including streets and utilities. That received a very cool reception from commissioners.
The commission asked for a meeting with the county commission and the board of education to discuss property tax options for the development.
2. Returned a title
The city returned a title to Hehr International, which had issued industrial revenue bonds in 1993 for more than $1.2 million in 1993. Hehr paid off those bonds this year. The city of Newton had held the title as collateral for the life of the bonds.
3. Took a look at asset forfeitures
The commission an update on the special law enforcement trust fund — a fund where asset forfeitures are stored.
Money deposited into the fund comes forfeited cash, the sale of seized cars and real estate and other property.
In 2017 the fund collected $49,455 in revenue from assets forfeitures. Total expenses for 2017 was $69,670. The ending balance in the fund was $278,964.
The use of money in the fund is restricted by state statute to be used for special, additional law enforcement purposes. It can not be used in planning or a adopting a law enforcement agency budget.
"It is not a blank check for the police department to go out and buy anything that we want," said Eric Murphy, chief of police.
Three things that happened at city commission
Feb 13, 2018 at 8:29 PM Feb 13, 2018 at 8:29 PM