Construction of a combined maintenance facility for multiple front-line departments is one of the six projects dedicated to the 0.3% sales tax initiative on the ballot November 5, 2019.
Currently, the City uses four different maintenance facilities across the community: Forestry/Park Maintenance; Fleet Maintenance; Street Maintenance; and Water, Wastewater, and Sewer Maintenance. These facilities were built between 1920-1960 and are now functionally obsolete. The buildings do not have enough space to accommodate all employees, or to store and maintain necessary equipment for operations. For example, fire trucks cannot fit in the vehicle bays for maintenance, and heavy equipment routinely has to be moved across town for use by different departments. Of the $12 million estimated project total, only $1 million would come from 0.3% sales tax.
This project would build a new facility to house Forestry, Fleet, Street, Water, Wastewater, Sewer and Park maintenance crews and equipment for city operations. The City is in the process of acquiring land next to the Wastewater Treatment Plant near US-24. The existing facilities and land would be sold for non-governmental, commercial use, as they are currently located along popular commercial corridors in the City (Fort Riley Boulevard and Anderson Avenue). These property would then go back on the tax rolls to generate property taxes and better serve the community’s needs.