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Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:58


• Leader & Times


The Liberal City Commission was informed Wednesday evening insurance coverage was increasing more than 10 percent this year.

The renewal of the city’s insurance premiums had gone up roughly 11 percent from last year because of the experience modification rate with workers’ compensation. According to Al Shank of Al Shank Insurance, who helped present the renewal proposal, even with the increase, the city’s loss history was still in good shape.

The new numbers were rather alarming to Vice Mayor Janet Willimon even after Shank said that the new numbers were rather low compared to other clients.,

“That’s all fine and dandy, but this is still rather alarming,” Willimon said.

Shank was then questioned by the other commissioners about the increase in the premiums.

The motion to approve the renewal passed unanimously among the


The next item on the agenda concerned the six-point intersection project. The commission approved to move ahead and keep bidding with the Kansas Department of Transportation, even with the department being about $250,000 short of the goal. Joe Sealey, public works director, proposed to re-bid for the project to coincide with an upcoming airport project.

A couple of acquisitions were also made, including a new sprayer/spreader for the cemetery and a new riding mower for the fire department.

The demolition of a hazardous property at 310 N. Washington will also be taking place soon. The cost of removal will be $5,500 and was unanimously approved. Photos were shown to the commission and Vice Mayor Willimon commented on the photos.

“It’s unacceptable, and it’s disgusting,” she said. “I get calls every day about cleaning up the town, so thank you, Kory.”

The discussion of the sale of 12.9 acres in the Liberal Industrial Park to Wilson Trailer for $100,000 along with a road extension by Tucker Road that would be $160,000. The sale of the lots was unanimously approved.

The approval of Verna VanDonge to the Liberal Housing Authority Board was also unanimously approved.

The last thing that occurred before the meeting adjourned was a 20-minute executive session. After the session, a motion for city attorney Shirla McQueen to file a request to investigate whether or not there is probable cause to initiate ouster proceedings against commissioner Ron Warren was unanimously approved by the commission with Warren abstaining from the vote.

After approving the minutes of the executive session, the meeting was adjourned.

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