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The summary has been prepared by the City of Newton Public Information Office to summarize the City Commission meeting and does not constitute official minutes of the Commission.

7:00 pm 27 July 2021 Newton City Commission meeting vergadering

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the city commission approved a letter of intent to sell approximately 230 acres of land to GAF Materials Corp. for a new roof shingle production facility.

The property in Southeast 12th and Hillside has been owned by Tindall Corp. since 2011, but the company’s plans to build a wind turbine base plant never materialized. Tindall has authorized the City and Harvey County Economic Development Department for the past few years to sell the property to other prospects, and the city obtained an option earlier this summer to buy the property back from Tindall for its original price, $1.18 million.

The letter of intent with GAF Materials is a good faith statement to negotiate a formal sales agreement. The letter states that GAF will purchase the city’s real estate for $8,000 an acre, or about $1.8 million.

GAF will draw up a sales agreement within 15 days and the parties intend to execute the agreement within 30 days thereafter. GAF has 120 days to inspect the property and complete their due diligence. The city retains an option to repurchase the property if the company does not begin the project within three years.

New Jersey-based GAF ​​is the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, with more than two dozen plants in the United States. Harvey County Economic Development worked closely with the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Greater Wichita Partnership during the company’s nationwide search for its new site.

COVID grant funds

The Commission approved a grant agreement with the Kansas Department of Commerce for $150,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) COVID-3 funds. The city will distribute the money in grants to local small businesses that have kept jobs for low- to middle-income people during the pandemic. The money can be used for working capital such as wages, utilities, rent and inventory. In the coming weeks, the municipality will announce how companies can register.

Garden of the Year

The Commission awarded the 2021 Yard of the Year to Kurt and Shelly Riffel at 523 W. Ninth St. Of the 11 shortlisted yards, Riffels’ property scored particularly highly in terms of attractiveness, good use of perennials and use of focal points. The Riffels’ yard uses rustic antiques, including a 1934 Ford pickup truck, as decorative focal points among its plantings.

In other action, the City Commission:

  1. Authorized the creation of a Rural Housing Incentive District for the development of Cottonwood Crossing Phase II multi-family housing, and authorized the city to partner with developer Building Kansas LLC to apply for a Kansas Moderate Income Housing grant.
  2. Approved repairs to ceiling cracks in the Warkentin House drawing room. The museum is owned by the city and operated by the nonprofit Warkentin House Association, which is planning a fundraiser to pay for the $8,600 project.
  3. Changed the ordinance on the use of firearms in the city to include the requirement of a federal permit to capture migratory birds.
  4. Appointed Gloria Arellano to the Harvey/McPherson Counties Community Advisory Corrections Board.
  5. Received financial reporting for the second quarter.

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