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Ellinwood City Council approves building permit

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POSTED April 14, 2018 2:21 p.m.

ELLINWOOD — Soon, Ellinwood’s Main Street will feature an new structure that may just be the wave of the future. Rachel Ringering, Ellinwood stylist, attended the March city council meeting with her contractor, Colter Dent to request a building permit for the salon she hoped to open this year in Ellinwood. The council request she return in April with updated imagery and additional details. They passed out the updated proposal to council members at the start of Tuesday night’s meeting, prepared to answer questions.
Dent addressed the council, admitting he had not been prepared for the line of questioning he received in March. Following that meeting, he asked Ringering to put together a list of the clients she’s seen since the beginning of the year, and where they are from. While he knew it would be a long list, he admitted he was surprised. He listed over 20 central Kansas communities, from as far as McPherson and Wichita to Hays and Sylvan.
“I was pretty impressed by that,” he said. “She is currently bringing all these people to your town, and they probably aren’t just getting their hair done.”
Dent inquired if the proposed building met the requirements of the current zoning, something that was in question at the March meeting. The city is currently in the final stages of drafting an updated zoning requirements. But, event taking those into account, City Manager Chris Komarek and City Attorney Bob Peter agreed the building would qualify.
Dent also clarified that the building, while being built off site, is of wood frame construction. This fact, he felt, might have been lost at the last meeting because of his description of how it would be transported to the site. The building is transported on steel rails for stabilization, but when it is placed on the foundation, it will essentially be like a manufactured home, common in the area.
Colter Dent Construction Inc.’s primary business is building high-end residential structures, Dent told the Tribune in a phone call.
Council members, including Ken Lebbin, who was most vocal in his questioning of the project in March, were positive in their assessment of the proposal. Lebbin stated he was pleased with the new representation, and Councilman Kirk Clawson reiterated his March comments.
“I really like it,” he said. “It will be great. He’s talked with a wide range of ages in town, and they concurred that they like it.”
Councilman James McCormick summed it up.
“A small town should never turn away a business,” he said. He moved to approve the application, provided the land owner and the building owner are jointly on the building permit. The council approved the permit unanimously.

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