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Manhattan reworks conference center expansion plan, passes new vaping, smoking restrictions

The cost of the Manhattan Conference Center expansion has risen from originally planned, but city commissioners Tuesday approved a contract amendment to avoid impacting property taxes. The city agreed to a $3.5 million, 14,000 square foot expansion in January of 2019, but HCW-Manhattan LLC says demand on subcontractors in the region due to various ongoing [...]

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By |2019-11-06T16:03:49-06:00November 6th, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on Manhattan reworks conference center expansion plan, passes new vaping, smoking restrictions

Political figures, business among those contributing to Manhattan campaigns

Multiple notable political names and local companies contributed to Manhattan City Commission campaign funds this election cycle. Full reports of candidate donations can be found HERE. Mark Hatesohl is leading the fundraising race through October 24 — dating back to July 26 — with $15,214. Among those organizations contributing to the Hatesohl campaign are Anderson [...]

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By |2019-11-01T14:20:35-06:00November 1st, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on Political figures, business among those contributing to Manhattan campaigns

Manhattan discusses digital sign rules, EcoDevo, increased Conference Center costs

Digital Signs Manhattan is exploring whether to allow new forms of digital signs with alternating messages and whether to permit them in more districts zoned for commercial, industrial or manufacturing uses. Thomas Outdoor Advertising, the owners of the vast majority of off-site advertisements in Manhattan, requested an amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance currently being [...]

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By |2019-10-23T12:23:29-06:00October 23rd, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on Manhattan discusses digital sign rules, EcoDevo, increased Conference Center costs

KDOT, Manhattan to widen sidewalk along FRB over Wildcat Creek

A KDOT project will expand a sidewalk on the northside of a K-18 bridge over Wildcat Creek in partnership with the City of Manhattan. The state project will replace the two bridges into one, install longer turn lanes onto Poliska and raise the bridge two to three feet — which is approximately four feet higher [...]

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By |2019-10-16T14:38:44-06:00October 16th, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on KDOT, Manhattan to widen sidewalk along FRB over Wildcat Creek

Long-time Manhattan clerk stepping down from position

Manhattan’s long-time clerk will be stepping down after 18 years on the job, but more than 20 with the city. Gary Fees was promoted to clerk in 2001, overseeing city commission procedure and the satisfaction of state requirements of city governments. Mayor Mike Dodson thanked and acknowledged Fees for his service, saying he is the [...]

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By |2019-10-16T12:22:18-06:00October 16th, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on Long-time Manhattan clerk stepping down from position

Manhattan to remove female toplessness from public nudity law

Aiming to reduce the financial risk from potential lawsuits, Manhattan took the first step toward amending its ordinance prohibiting women from being topless in public Tuesday. A widely publicized preliminary injunction from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeal in a case against Fort Collins, Colorado “strongly” stated the court would likely find such laws unconstitutional [...]

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By |2019-10-16T11:18:09-06:00October 16th, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on Manhattan to remove female toplessness from public nudity law

Manhattan eyeing smoking, vaping regulation changes

Manhattan is considering amending laws on smoking and vaping in public areas as well as in stores that market the wares. The Manhattan City Commission Tuesday discussed combining regulations on the use of e-cigarettes and ordinary cigarettes under the same ordinance, requested by the Flint Hills Wellness Coalition in January. As it was a work [...]

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By |2019-10-09T13:31:31-06:00October 9th, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on Manhattan eyeing smoking, vaping regulation changes

City Commission candidates discuss issues at Sunday forum

Economic development, representation and the pending sales tax ballot question were among multiple topics discussed by Manhattan City Commission candidates at a Sunday Forum. Eight candidates vying for three seats on the commission took part in the forum, hosted by the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Manhattan/Riley County with support from the American Association [...]

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By |2019-10-07T06:06:24-06:00October 7th, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on City Commission candidates discuss issues at Sunday forum

Manhattan to revisit extra EcoDevo funding for Chamber after election

Manhattan is putting additional economic development funding for new Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and Region Reimagined initatives on hold until after the November election. The City Commission rejected a motion to provide the Chamber an additional $350,000 per year in economic development money for 5 years by 3 to 2 vote, and will revisit [...]

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By |2019-10-02T11:15:31-06:00October 2nd, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on Manhattan to revisit extra EcoDevo funding for Chamber after election

Manhattan commissioners on-board with Ft. Riley noise notification

Notice of potential noise impact from Fort Riley training on properties could soon be put in property title work in cities around Riley County including the western fringes of Manhattan. City administrative staff says the goal of the notice is to keep potential property buyers informed of the probability of noise without completely relying on [...]

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By |2019-09-25T12:26:28-06:00September 25th, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on Manhattan commissioners on-board with Ft. Riley noise notification