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City Council Approves Agreement with Interfaith Housing & Community Services, Resolutions Adopted


By Lucky Kidd


HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Hutchinson City Council Tuesday approved a program administration agreement with Interfaith Housing & Community Services Inc., for a down payment assistance program.

This is funded through a general fund allocation of the city through the Hutchinson Housing Commission and assists first time home buyers in designated Hutch Rec Featured Neighborhoods south of 17th Avenue who have completed Interfaith’s IDA program.

The program has supported the purchase of over 24 properties since 2017, and in order to simplify administration the Housing Commission adopted the agreement to fund it on an annual basis based on a review of prior year activities and results. The grants are used to assist with down payments and closing costs.

A pair of licensing agreements involving use of city right of way were approved. One of the agreements involves the location of outdoor cafe lights and a planter with flowers and a free library in front of Splinters-N-Rust at 125 North Main, and the other will allow a property owner to extend a private sanitary sewer line along Elm and Greathouse Streets adjoining Centennial Park. Generally, this is a block west of Plum and north of the skateboard park.

A Hutchinson man renewed concerns about noise issued in his neighborhood. Gary Stieben addressed the Council at an earlier meeting about issues he and his neighbors have been dealing with due to a neighbor’s frequent late-night parties, often occurring two or more times a week. 

Stieben has been working with Hutchinson Police on this issue, and the landlord of the property has asked that resident to move. Mayor Jon Richardson suggested getting together with the local landlord’s group to look at how they could collaboratively address this issue.

Stieben also noted this also should also look at cases involving homeowners doing similar things and suggested that reasonable regulations about noise be developed.

During the meeting, the Council also adopted resolutions for Fire Prevention Week, National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Cyber Security Month.