A commercial development east of I-135 and south of First Street inched forward this week, as the city commission approved moving forward with engineering agreements for infrastructure within the development.

Called Rolling Hills sixth addition, it is the most recently platted addition in the city — located east of I-135 and south of First Street.

This week, the city commission approved an agreement for grading improvments in the addition after previously approving similar agreements for streets, sewer and water system improvements.

At that time the city legal department requested the commission table the grading agreement to allow for consultation with bond counsel.

“We wanted to make sure we were not looking at grading improvements that were not going to actually be putting fill material onto private lands,” Loomis said. “It appears that the overwhelming majority of this work will be done in the drainage area that is serving the development.”

According to the agreement, the cost will be $244,00 for grading that will improve drainage and create a retention pond on the south side of Slate Creek.

The initial estimates for projects approved at the previous meeting included $116,000 for sanitary sewer, $187,000 for water system improvements and $340,000 for paving improvements for the development which is zoned as commercial.

The cost of the project, and previously agreed to projects, will be paid by the development district. Special assessment taxes cannot be levied for more than 20 years.

The commission approved moving forward with contracting engineering services for all of the different petitions filed for improvements to the development.

With the approval of the grading project Feb. 27, the next step is to begin engineering of the water, sewer, street and grading improvements for the property. Cost of engineering services for all the projects is projected at $118,290.



In other business the commission:


• Recognized the Newton High School Debate team that finished third at the Kansas State High School Activities Association State Championships in Emporia.


• Approved a request from the Newton Recreation Commission to close Athletic Park March 12 for the Community Play Day.


• Approved the closure of the parking lot in the 100 Block of West Broadway on June 8 and Sept. 29 for an Artisan Craft Fair.


• Approved a letter to Harvey County Rural Water District No. 1 for an annexation of land, 38 acres purchased by the city for use in the Kansas Logistics Park.


• Approved participation in the Federal Fund Exchange Program. The state reimburses .75 per $1 exchanged. The funds exchanged funds will be used for overlay and street sealing projects. The exchange gave the city more than $167,000.


• Approved an inter-local agreement to formalize the Harvey County Drug Task Force.


• Set a bid date of March 29 for an engineering plan for rehabilitation of Taxiway C at the Newton City/County Airport.


• Received an update on a project to build a new restroom/concession/pressbox facility at Centennial Park.