Following a week’s break, the Manhattan City Commission was back in session on Tuesday night.
Mayor Karen McCulloh opened the meeting with proclamations, declaring October 4th – 10th both Fire Prevention and 4-H week. In addition, the mayor also named October National Arts and Humanities Month.
As commissioners work to ensure a bright future for residents, the group considered the first reading of an ordinance that would amend the city’s urban area comprehensive plan, during the meeting.
Assistant Director of Planning for the city, Eric Cattell presented the first reading to commissioners.
The reading details The Hartford Hill Comprehensive plan, which the city is eyeing for adoption.
The plan provides more focused land use designations for development of and addresses development phasing, access and traffic improvements and storm drainage and utility services.
In addition to these focuses, the plan also includes an office and research park, green/bike trail space, and a school site in the Colbert Hills area near Grand Mere.
Following Cattell’s presentation, commissioners moved to approve the reading.
Sticking with the theme of city wellness, commissioners took a look at its financial health.
Manhattan’s Assistant Director of Finance, Hilary Badger was among presenters who spoke to commissioners about the city’s 2014 audit.
Commissioners received and accepted the auditor’s report – which will be submitted for award consideration to the Government Finance Officers Association later this year.
The city’s annual report has received the certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting, every year since 1996.
As the meeting drew to a close, commissioners were given a look at city tourism, with the presentation of a third quarter report.
Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Director, Karen Hibbard presented the third quarter report to the commission.
Highlights of the report included the economic impact that 11 amateur sporting groups and 36 conferences have had on the area.
Moving into the fourth quarter, the bureau hopes to attract more conventions and sporting events to the area, while expanding tourism through a broader understanding and appreciation for its economic impact.
Conferences in the area brought in estimated economic impact of over $1,000,000.00 for the city, in the third quarter.
As always, KMAN’s Austin Barnes will have more from the City Commission next week.
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