Dodge City Commissioners Approve Grants to Help Local Businesses

Judd Weil February 17, 2021

Dodge City Commissioners approved 5-0 a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $14,704 for Boot Hill Antiques, located 509 N 2nd Ave. and $30,000 for I Don’t Care Family Restaurant, located at 1510 W. Spruce Street at their Feb. 15 meeting.


“As you recall we received $132,00 from the state of Kansas to provide businesses that met the qualifications for this grant,” said Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation Executive Director Joann Knight. 


These grants were part of programs made to assist local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Knight added that the grants meet the qualifications set by Dodge City’s CDBG review committee as well as Great Plains Development. 


The civil service fleet of Dodge City Police Department and Dodge City Fire Department was also discussed at the Commissioners’ meeting. 


Dodge City Police Department’s request to purchase three police SUVs from Lopp Motors for the cost-friendly low bid of $123,651 was passed 5-0. 


“We did a similar thing at the end of last year and Lopp was also the low bid, the only bid, on that one but we did price it the same on this go around,” said Director of Administration Ryan Reid. “This is a little strange, we had two vehicles budgeted last year and four this year and the decision was made to buy three last year and three this year because of the supply problems, this would bring us up to the six total.” 


The vehicles being replaced will be put up for sale. 


The Dodge City Fire Department’s request to purchase a second Quick Attack Brush Truck was also approved 5-0, under Reid’s recommendation for the low bid of $149,719.67 from Hays Fire. 


The Quick Attack Brush Truck will be used to fight fires where larger fire trucks cannot function. 


The current brush truck will still be kept in service by the fire department. 


Commissioners approved 5-0, the rezoning of a residential area consisting of 800, 802, 804, and 806 Beeson Court in favor of commercial highway that will allow for the development of self-storage units. 


“The original plan for this area was to put housing there again but that’s kind of slowed down in that area so they’re looking at finding a different use for that property,” said Planning and Zoning administrator Nathan Littrel. “There are adjacent properties to the south and east of this, there’s a body shop just to the east that I think really would make a good buffer between the residential areas we have there and then the body shop with the different inventory they have in that yard there.” 


Area adjacent property owners were notified of the rezoning project and they were reported to have no concerns or objections. 


Commissioners approved a bid from Luminous Neon to not only replace the old Dodge City Raceway Park signage with new bilingual capable signage for $30,255 but also, pending insurance, the add-on of LEDs for $68,869.

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