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Improvements coming to Main
Work on two stretches of Main Street to be done this year
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The intersection at 19th and Main will be the starting point for a portion of Main to see improvements. - photo by DALE HOGG Great Bend Tribune

The Great Bend City Council Monday night accepted the low bid from Venture Corporation for work on Main Street.
The bid, in the amount of $515,358.50, is for the 2017 KLINK (Kansas Connecting Links) project. This consists of a mill and overlay of Main Street from 10th Street to the south city limits, and from 19th to 24th, City Administrator Howard Partington said.
The KLINK project is a 50/50 percent matching funds program through the Kansas Department of Transportation, Partington said. KDOT will offer up to $300,000 for the work.
For Great Bend, this means the city will pay about $258,000 for its half of the cost.
Venture submitted the only bid and KDOT has authorized the awarding of the contract. The work will be done during the 2017 construction season, but no specific date has been set.
In other business Monday night, the Great Bend City Council:
• Approved rezoning the property at 912 Baker Ave. from R-3 (multi-family) to C-2 (general commercial). Marmie Chrysler has purchased the lot located immediately south of its new car lot. The owners plan on expanding their new car lot onto the lot. The planning commission met on March 27 and voted to recommend the rezoning. No one appeared in opposition to the rezoning, Planning Commission Secretary Bob Suelter said.
The house on the lot will be razed and a privacy fence will be constructed.
• Approved a sewer hook-up permit for Rick Suchy. He wishes to hook onto the city sewer system a property outside the city limits that is located north of Railroad Avenue and east on what would be Harrison Street (if it would constructed at that location), or behind The Rack Billiard Cafe. He has paid the appropriate fee and would be responsible for paying for the cost of any infrastructure. The application also has a provision that the property owner would consent to annexation if the city chooses to annex the property in the future, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.
• Approved a door-to-door licence for Magna Dry.
• Approved a cereal malt beverage license for the Great Bend Bat Cats Baseball Club.
• Approved abatements at: 1111 Heizer St., accumulation of refuse, owned by owned by Luis J. and Saira A. Calvillo; 2001 Hubbard St., accumulation of refuse, owned by Keith M. and Cindy R. Patterson; 1209 Stone St., accumulation of refuse, owned by Teresa Garcia; and 805 Adams St., motor vehicle nuisance, owned by Matthew J. and Agata Hearn.