Dodge City Commissioners Approve Use of COVID-19 Aid Grants

Judd Weil March 17, 2021

Dodge City Commissioners approved a CDBG-CV loan of $6, 324.28 to the Liberty Group of Investment-Dodge House Hotel.

 

The Dodge House Hotel, like many businesses felt the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic and with their leisure business having declined, corporate business halted and the cancellation of all their 2020 events, the need for disaster relief funding was facilitated.

 

City of Dodge City and the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation have worked to assist businesses with local, state and federal assistance programs like the Payroll Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, local revolving CDBG loans and other local grants.

 

The City of Dodge City was awarded over $400,000 in CDBG revolving loan funds that have since depleted.

 

The City applied for and was awarded $132,000 in CDBG-CV funds to be granted out to qualifying businesses. The City has since awarded $113,675.72 in CDBG-CV funds.

 

Additionally, Great Plains Development was granted $10,710.00.

 

City the passed 5-0, to enter into a Consulting Service Agreement contract with SMH Consultants in the amount of $70, 982.50.

 

Volz Builders construction company recently purchased the lots along the platted street of Milstock Avenue.

 

City Staff is already working with the Volz Builders to open this area for housing using the RHID Incentive Program.

 

SMH Consultants will provide the development plans for the construction of the infrastructure.

 

As part of the design work, the lots adjacent to Milstock Avenue and the four lots along Wright Avenue will be replated.

 

A replat is necessary to move the existing plated cul-de-sac of Milstock Ave. from its current location onto property fully owned by Volz Builders.

 

Once complete, the project will allow the City to provide additional housing opportunities in the Dodge City community.

 

The approval of a bid from Building Solutions allowing them to perform the construction for the 6th Ave. and Iron Road Improvement project for $2,062,053.40 was granted 5-0.

 

The 6th Ave. and Iron Road Improvement project was planned due to the continued residential development in the area and the need to provide better access for the residents and emergency services.

 

According to Director of Engineering Services Ray Slattery, Iron Road and the connection to 6th Ave. will complete the western connection to the remainder of Dodge City as well as provide a northern connection to Avenue A.

 

The project should relieve traffic on some of the residential streets.

 

The area has seen numerous housing development over the past five years.

 

Funding of this project will be through Special Assessments via the RHID Program.

 

The proposal for a color LED message board from Luminous Neon, Inc to replace the existing damaged LED message board at Dodge City Raceway Park passed 5-0.

 

The cost for the LED sign is $68,869 and insurance will pay for the replacement cost, but the deductible that is $25,000. The project will be paid out of the Sales Tax fund Depreciation fund.

 

In February, the City of Dodge City and Ford County issued a request for proposals to replace the existing LED message board that was damaged by vandalism.

 

Costs were requested for both a color and monochromatic sign and the City received four bids for the project. The only proposal for the monochromatic message board was from Luminous Neon.

 

Ford County approved the same proposal at their commissioners’ meeting just hours before.

 

The completion date for the replacement project is May 24.

 

City commissioners unanimously agreed to instate a Memorial/Dedication Policy to protect the city from all long-term expenses regarding maintenance and care on a memorial or dedication.

 

The proposal for the new policy came from the observation that the City of Dodge City lacked a policy to guide staff and the City Commission in the naming of city facilities, including buildings, support facilities, park sites and recreation facilities.

 

This resulted in city facilities being named in honor of public officials and citizens without the benefit of a City Commission approved policy to guide the naming process.

 

The development of a policy to guide the naming of city facilities is intended to enable the process to be applied in a consistent unbiased manner.

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