The City Commission of Arkansas City tabled a proposed $41,000 purchase during the Sept. 20 commission meeting, citing an ongoing hospital study as the reason behind wanting to postpone the buying of new equipment.

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South Central Kansas Medical Center’s operational review by Quorum Health Resources should be completed before the end of October.

This proposed purchase was for a low-boy goose-neck trailer that would be used to transport the city’s excavator from work site to work site. It offers more stability for the large piece of equipment than the existing trailer, which is 18 years old, according to Assistant Public Works Director Mike Crandall.

The purchase technically was approved during last year’s budgeting process and was included on the consent agenda.

However, because the purchase is for more than $10,000, the commissioners still must approve the purchase before it can move forward. The funds to be used for the purchase would come from the stormwater fund.

Commissioners asked if the purchase could wait until after Quorum’s analysis was complete, so the total amount for the rest of its services would be known.

Crandall confirmed that the purchase could wait for up to 30 days.

Possible cemetery expansion

City Manager Nick Hernandez informed the commissioners that a large property adjacent to Riverview Cemetery was coming up for sale.

The property lies west of the cemetery and could add approximately 40 percent more area to the city-owner cemetery.

There are several factors to consider, the first of which is whether the city should take on the debt of buying the property.

The owner has quoted a price of $175,000 for the property and the buildings on it, which are located in the north-central part of the parcel.

Hernandez said one option, if the purchase is made, could be to rent out the house, preferably with the assistance of a property management company.

Commissioners requested that staff determine how many empty plots are left in Riverview Cemetery and estimate how many more potentially could be added.

Discussions about the property are expected to continue during the Oct. 4 meeting.

In other business, the commission:

  • witnessed the swearing in of new Arkansas City Police Department Officer ­Phil White by City Clerk Lesley Shook.
  • witnessed Mayor Duane Oestmann’s proclamation of Oct. 3 as National Night Out in Arkansas City.
  • unanimously approved three other consent agenda items.
  • heard a first reading and tabled until Oct. 18 an ordinance establishing general provisions for all city boards.
  • unanimously approved a charter ordinance exempting the city from the provisions of K.S.A. 14-10a02, relating to mislaid funds, and providing substitute and additional provisions. The charter ordinance will allow the city to more easily dispose of found money or property.