By JESSICA CRAWFORD • Daily Leader
After careful consideration of the city commission, it opted to keep a Napoli’s restaurant within the City of Liberal as commissioners voted to award Victoria Carlile with the Grier House restaurant lease.
Although Carlile, of Liberal, was granted the lease, two other applicants were encouraged to continue to seek out a location within the city. Maria Olivarez Mendoza of Turpin was hoping to open an Old Cabin Steak House within the depot, as Medardo H. Munoz of Garden City was also vying for the spot for his El Camino Restaurant, which serves Mexican food.
“As you know for quite some time we have had a vacancy in the restaurant location over in the Grier House, to clarify, a lot of people refer to that as the Depot Complex,” Finance director Chris Ford said. “The Grier House is actually the west building.
“The entire building is set up to be leased out,” he continued.
“Currently on the second floor, we do have the VA Clinic. We are on our second four-year lease term with them, they have been a very good tenant. We had a good experience with the last tenant as well, which was Vargas Restaurant.”
After advertising the lease opportunity for quite some time, the three applicants provided proposals which included release forms allowing the City of Liberal to explore credit history.
“We ran credit reports on all three parties and I am happy to say regarding those results, staff has no objections to any of the three,” Ford said. “It is always good to know, financially, who you are entering into an agreement with.”
The city asked for a minimum $1,500 a month lease payment requiring the lease term to begin July 1, 2009.
“As far as staff is concerned, we feel like any of the three would make good quality lessees,” Ford said. “We really wouldn’t have any objections to entering into an agreement with any of the three.”
Carlile’s proposal of $2,200 lease for the first year and $2,300 for the second was ultimately chosen by the commission with commissioner Bob Carlile obstaining and Mayor Joe Denoyer opposing.
Commissioners felt all three applicants were very reputable and encouraged the two not selected to occupy the Grier House to continue to seek a home in Liberal for their establishment.
“First off, I am just amazed at the quality of people that have applied for this, and I think it is a shame that we have to narrow it down to one,” commissioner Dave Harrison said.
In City Manager Mark Hall’s report, he reminded citizens to keep all vehicles off of grass and to park them in the appropriate designated areas.
“I would like to inform citizens that our police department and code enforcement officers are always busy,” Hall said. “There is going to be continued enforcement of city ordinances. There have been concerns about front yard parking and that is something that will be addressed by them.”