(Dodge City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) Dodge City Commissioners met on Monday with one member absent but a quorum present. Public information officer Jane Longmeyer says Commissioners voted 4-0 in favor of refinancing a $4.3-million from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment into general obligation bonds to save money. The funding was originally used for water line replacement and water system improvments.
Dodge City Commissioners also approved pursuing an additional $430-thousand in bond debt to cover the cost of three major street improvement projects to improve traffic flows on Beeson Road, Trail Street, and 14th Avenue. Commissioners have also approved an Interlocal Agreement with the ‘Amtrak Coalition.’ The Amtrak Coalition consist of a group of local communities that include Garden City, Dodge City, Hutchinson, Newton, LaJunta, Lamar, and Trinidad. Longmeyer says Amtrak currently services these communities but concerns over the condition of tracks and the rail line throughout the area has Amtrak rethinking the current route. The coalition of communities is contributing approximately $20-thousand apiece to retain the services of the Allston and Bird lobbying firm to advocate on behalf of the region and retaining Amtrak service through Garden City and Dodge.