1. Settled a lawsuit


Pilot International, a former tenant at the airport, sued the city for damage to an aircraft, and for the depreciated value of the plane, after a city employee moved the aircraft and it was damaged during that move.


The damage to the aircraft was about$2,300. Pilot also sued for the decreased value of the plane, which was almost new. All told, the city was sued for $75,000.


At the time of the lawsuit was filed, Pilot was past due rent, and that amount ended up at nearly $14,000  before Pilot moved out of the airport.


The settlement would result in an insurance payment to Pilot of $15,000. When those funds are received, Pilot would be liable to pay $9,500 for a portion of the past due rent and fuel charges. The city would be responsible to pay a $2,500 deductible to the insurance carrier.


“We are waiving $4,400 in past due fuel and rent. … It also waives any future claims we have. The benefit is we receive $9,500 from Pilot for past due rent and fuel,” said Chris Towle, city legal counsel.


The commission voted to approve the agreement.




2. Learned about paramedicine

In 2014-15 Newton Fire/EMS partnered with Newton Medical Center to start a paramedicine program.

The program target fall prevention — at the time of creation one in three calls for EMS was a fall. In 2016 a fall prevention program was rolled out. This year the partnership started a fall prevention study.

Call volume has flattened — only growing one percent this year.

“That is a huge win for us,” said Scott Metzler, Newton Fire/EMS chief.

Use by superusers — those who call several times per year — has dropped by percentage.

Overall, calls for falls have dropped by 14 percent this year — a reduction of about 70 calls for the year.



3. Talked with Occidental

The commission hosted a work session to take a look at the numbers for a mixed-use development on the city’s south side on an 80-acre plot owned by Occidental Management just south of Wheatrdige Drive and Arby’s


If the project moves forward, the first phase proposed is a commercial development off of Kansas Ave. That phase is estimated to cost $15.6 million to construct, with Occidental responsible to make $7.2 million in equity available up front. Occidental plans to sell properties fronting Kansa Avenue for about $2.1 million — and use those funds to assist in financing later phases of the development.


Later phases include a $15.8 million office development along an east/west street that has not been constructed along the southern border of the development. Phase three is a projected $23.6 million senior living area next to phase four, which is a $26.8 million apartment complex. Phases three and four are to be along a yet-to-be-constructed east/west street along the northern part of the development.


Using the pay-as-you-go model, all infrastructure and street work — except the work on Kansas Ave — Occidental would front the money and look for a payback later.


The total project, all phases, is estimated at $82 million in construction costs. The reparation piece — tax money funneled back to Occidental — is estimated at $13.8 million. Those reimbursements would be for sewer/water mains and some streets.