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Rick Poppitz
Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton city council met on Oct. 13 to consider a new Information Technology service provider for the city, a new traffic signal at 191st and Waverly Road and another tax abatement request for property at LPKC.
Information Technology Services
The Information Technology (IT) services provider that the city has used since 2013 has informed the city that they are getting out of the IT support business.
A request for proposals from new IT service providers was sent out, and the city received five proposals. The proposals were reviewed, and the firms were interviewed.
Staff recommended contracting with Strategy New Media, LLC, to provide IT services.
The contract period is for three years with an annual estimated cost of $31,680. The city has $12,812 remaining in the 2016 budget for IT services and $15,600 for 2017. The additional cost over what is included in the budget would come from unencumbered fund balance.
Council approved the service contract with a 4-0 vote. Cindy Crooks, councilman, was absent.
Traffic Signal at 191st & Waverly Road
Council considered contracting with BG Consultants to provide engineering design services for a traffic signal system at 191st and Waverly Road in Logistics Park (LPKC).
The cost for design services is $13,000. Design services will create the specifications and requirements of construction and installation, which will go out for bids separately later.
Funds from a KDOT economic development grant can be used for the construction of the traffic signal, but cannot be used for design services.
Design cost would be funded from the public infrastructure fund.
Council approved the agreement with a 4-0 vote.
Tax Abatement Request
A request for tax abatement, for a 780,000 sq. ft. facility to be built at 30900 W. 185th Street, has been received by the city.
A public hearing was held followed by council consideration.
Council reviewed a Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) prepared by Columbia Capital Management, LLC.
The report focuses on financial impact to the city, the county, and USD #231.
According to a chart in the CBA, the Payment In Lieu Of Tax (PILOT) payments received as part of the abatement agreement on this 42.5 acres of undeveloped land would result in net gains of $161,673 annually.
During the abatement period, the CBA anticipates annual revenue net gain for the county of $20,250; Johnson County Community College would gain $9,792; Johnson County Parks and Recreation, $3,207; city of Edgerton, $34,770; USD #231, $71,547; and Fire District #1 would receive $15,510.
On other recent abatement considerations, school district officials have sent letters to Edgerton to make clear that their position is that PILOT rate offered by the city to businesses in LPKC is too low.
There was no communication from the school district this time.
Council approved the request via Resolution No. 10-13-16B with a 4-0 vote.
Other Actions
Council accepted the resignation of one member, and appointed two new members to the planning commission. Andrea Lucero has resigned. Julian Hunter and Eric Erazo were appointed as new members with terms running to Sept. 2019.
Council also approved, by a 4-0 vote, a one year contract with Varney and Associates to prepare the city’s financial audit for the fiscal year of 2016. The fee shall not exceed $8,000.