A new Unified Government emergency communications project is now funded, as a bond sale has gone through, according to UG officials.
The UG is building a 911 dispatch center and related communications facilities including communications towers, storage facilities and equipment. The UG Commission approved the bond sale and temporary note issuance bids at the Feb. 28 meeting.
Lew Levin, chief financial officer, told the commission Feb. 28 that a bond issue had gone through earlier in the day.
The project is being paid for through bonds and notes. The bonds are issued by the government’s Public Building Commission, through financing real estate, and are to be repaid over 15 years. The UG will enter into a lease with the Public Building Commission.
The equipment part of the project is provided through the UG issuing temporary notes for $13,275,000, according to Levin.
Levin said the UG received six bids on the notes. The UG Commission approved the lowest bid, from J.P. Morgan for .22 percent. Because of favorable interest rates, the UG was able to reduce the amount of the notes by $25,000, to $13,275,000, according to Levin. He stated that the interest rate was “amazingly low” from both an immediate and long-term market perspective.
Four bids were received on the bonds, and the best bid was from Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley and Co. at a 2.38 percent rate, according to Levin. The bonds are for $9,900,000, according to Levin, and the total amount was able to drop a little from earlier estimates because of the favorable interest rates.
In other action at the Feb. 28 meeting, a property owner attended the UG meeting Feb. 28 and asked for a change of zone, but did not receive it.
The property owner wanted to change the zoning from single family district to planned commercial district for continuation of an auto repair-detail shop at 837-839 Central Ave.
However, he did not receive the change of zoning. Instead, he received a one-year special use permit for the property, as recommended by the UG Planning Commission.
The UG planning staff in 2002 and 2003 turned down a similar change of zone request for the property to protect the integrity and quality of life of the neighboring homes, according to UG documents.
The planning staff wrote in UG documents that the UG’s ability to check in on the property every few years protects the neighborhood and makes the owner accountable. The property had five code enforcement actions on it since the owner has owned it, according to UG minutes of the earlier Planning Commission meeting. The property owner said he had taken care of the violations and had cleaned up the property. He also said at the earlier planning meeting that the trash was not left by his business; it was from people on the outside.
Also approved Feb. 28:
- Change of zone from limited business district to garden apartment district for seven apartment units in one building at 1404 S. 37th St. and 3711 Strong Ave.
- Change of zone from limited business district to planned general business district for the remodeling and expansion of an existing gas station and tire shop at 4116 Metropolitan Ave.;
- Renewal of special use permit for live entertainment in conjunction with El Chalateco restaurant at 1005-1007 Osage Ave.;
- Special use permit for a temporary office for Midtown Police Division at 910 N. 47th St.;
- Special use permit for an earthen fill and recycling pavement materials operation at 626R N. 47th St.;
- Special use permit for a temporary structure to support around-the-clock security for cars parked on-site at 5420 Kansas Ave.;
- Vacation of right-of-way at 7667 State Ave.;
- Preliminary and final plan review for a Save-A—Lot grocery store at 2102 Metropolitan Ave.;
- Master plan amendment from community commercial to urban residential at 1404 S. 37th St. and 3711 Strong Ave.;
- Historic landmark designation for property at 5217 Leavenworth Road, Welborn Community Congregation Church, listed on the Register of Historic Kansas Places.
- An ordinance rezoning property at 2000 Quindaro Blvd. from its present zoning of commercial district to single-family district.
- An ordinance rezoning property at 813 N. 10th St. and 949 Armstrong Ave. from nonretail business district to planned limited business district.
- An ordinance rezoning property at 2600 S. 53rd St. from single-family district to agriculture district;
- An ordinance rezoning property at 2209 N. 13th St. from nonretail business district to single-family district;
- An ordinance vacating right-of-way between Lots 6-9 and Lot 10, Block 9, Pacific Place, at 711 S. 11th St.