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Convention Center improvements in the works
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In other business, the council:
• Authorized Mayor Mike Allison  to sign a subordination and consent agreement and leasehold mortgage agreement for Golden Belt 6 Cinema. The subordination and consent agreement is between Farmers Bank and Trust, DC Real Estate Holdings (theater developers) and the city. The leasehold mortgage agreement is between DC Real Estate Holdings, Community Bank of the Midwest and the city.
Suelter said what this means is that DC Holdings is using its interest in the theater property as security to borrow money from Community Bank. This poses no financial threat to the city
The city, acting as the landlord in this endeavor, issued industrial revenue bonds not to exceed $2.5 million for the project through Farmers Bank, for DC Holdings. The developer is then going to make its lease payments (to pay back the IRBs) to the city. 
• Authorized Allison to sign a lease agreement with Resource Management Company Inc. for lease of space at the airport to provide tires for the tire recycling business Blizzard Energy. Suelter said this is a 10-year lease at $400 per month which is renewable after that.
RMCI of Brownell will store and sort tires on the property, with some being used for other purposes and the rest recycled by Blizzard. 
• Approved abatements at: 1214 Odell, owned by Jaun and Rachel Gonzalez, for accumulation of refuse and motor vehicle nuisance; 331 Fry, owned by Jaimie and Hortencia Ayala, for accumulation of refuse and motor vehicle nuisance; 327 Fry, owned by Enrique Lira, for motor vehicle nuisance; and, after a lengthy and emotional hearing, at 1617 Park Ave., owned by Richard Dunlap, for motor vehicle nuisance.
• Heard an update on the activities of various city departments from City Administrator Howard Partington.

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved bids to make the first cosmetic improvements to the embattled Great Bend Convention Center
City Attorney Bob Suelter said the city had initially sought proposals for work on the center in January and February. But, after the council voted to seriously proceed with upgrading the facility, bids were taken through last Friday.
These projects included carpet replacement in the center’s lobby and some in the hallways (excluding the offices), and painting the interior. There was also some sheetrock and moulding work included.
The winning low bid for the carpet came from Kustom Floor Designs, Great Bend, for $6,600. This included the commercial-grade carpet and vinyl wall base.
Also bidding was Kern Floor Service of Great Bend.
As for the painting, the contract was awarded to Guthrie Construction, Great Bend, with a low bid of $9,700. Also in the hunt were Coverups, Stephenson Painting, Cale Construction, Steinert Painting and Darren Tinkler, all of Great Bend.
Kustom Floor will also replace the wall base in the center’s main room and three smaller meeting rooms for an additional $1,390. The existing moulding is being removed by city personnel in preparation fro the painting.
This does not include replacement of the carpet in the main convention area. Suelter said that could cost an additional $40-50,000.
The next priority will be improvements to the facility’s air conditioning system.