By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
In its regular meeting Wednesday evening, the Liberal City Commission approved a short list of agenda items including the acceptance of a grant from Royals Charities for the renovation of baseball fields throughout the city.
Parks and Recreation Director Gary Scott explained the terms of the grant to commissioners. He said the money must be matched in order to fulfill qualifications.
“Several months ago, we sent out a grant and we requested to receive $5,000 from the Kansas City Royals Charities program,” Scott said. “We would like to see if we can match that with a non-budgeted item – we would like to repair some fence and backstops in the fields.
“This is the first time we have applied and received it,” Scott added.
City Manager Mark Hall expressed appreciation to Scott’s department for their diligence in seeking grant money.
“I would like to commend your department for constantly looking for grants,” Hall said. “This is money we don’t have to go to the taxpayers for.”
Commissioners present unanimously approved the acceptance of the grant with the condition of matching the funds. Commissioner Bob Carlile was absent.
Hall asked the commission to approve a usage agreement drawn up between the City of Liberal and North East Liberal Leadership regarding the usage of the new Mahuron Park building.
“This is just a summary for future record and an understanding for the usage of that group,” Hall said. “We feel that it would give ownership to the building as far as the upkeep and to watch over that. They will conduct, I believe, a monthly meeting in the building. They will go through the Recreation Department and black out special dates and their monthly meeting. Other than that time, it is open to the public.”
The commission unanimously supported the agreement between the city and NELL.
An agreement between the City of Liberal and Southwest Medical Center was reached regarding the installation of fire hydrants and water lines for facilities yet to be built will be done in exchange for the cost of city prisoner medical services provided by SWMC.
“Before you is a proposed agreement between Southwest Medical Center and the City of Liberal,” Hall said. “The installation of fire hydrants and water lines for their new facilities is an exchange of services. We will install those for an exchange of services rendered to the city. I think it is a win-win situation for the city and the hospital.”
The agreement was unanimously reached by all present commissioners.