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City approves CID
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HOISINGTON — At its last city council meeting, the Hoisington City Council approved making Kindscher’s Mule Barn, 157 and 161 S. Main St. a Community Improvement District which will allow for the collection of an extra half-cent sales tax only at that location, after a public hearing.

The CID will remain in effect from April 1, 2012 to April 1, 2022 or until the project is paid for. A number of improvements have been made to the property including replacing and fixing the back wall of the old barber shop, and cutting a hole in the wall between the two buildings.

In other business, the council approved a municipal pound agreement. The agreement will auto-renew every quarter unless the city or the veterinarian terminates the contract.

The city has made some changes to the city’s animal ordinance. The total number of pets allowed will be six dogs or cats in any combination, and the rabies vaccine is required once per year. In addition, any animal, while running at large, that bites any person or attacks any animal may be impounded by the city.

The city’s Emergency Medical Services Director Shelly Maze was present to explain Medicare changes. She said that certain patients must be transported to the closest appropriate facility for treatment which could be Hays instead of Wichita, for example for heart patients. The patient would be responsible for any mileage past Hays if they decide to go to Wichita even if their doctor is in Wichita.

The property at 569 W. Third St. is now vacant and the council approved accepting bids for the demolition.

The council formalized changes to the junked private vehicles ordinance. The word screened has been defined to mean a fence of metal, wood or other suitable material that shall not permit the vehicle to be seen from the road by a motorist. The fencing must be of uniform height unless the public officer approves a variation in eight.

The council approved a bid from Exline for $372,680 for catalytic convertors for the power plant to comply with EPA emissions standards.

In other business, the council:

•Approved a cereal malt beverage license for Mi Tierra, cardinal Lanes, The Tap Room, Cerv’s, Town & Country and Pizza Hut.