By Lucky Kidd, Ad Astra Radio
Hutchinson, Kan. – The Hutchinson City Council Tuesday approved a contract with iParametrics to assist the city in consultation and management of just over $3 million in ARPA funds for community projects and services.
Four entities submitted proposals, with the decision made by the council to go with iParametrics over the Hutchinson Community Foundation based largely on their knowledge of federal grant regulations.
The firm has done consulting work on ARPA and other COVID-19 funds for a number of Kansas communities including Finney, Neosho, Seward, and Saline counties and the Kansas City, Kansas/Wyandotte County Unified Government.
The Council also approved the specific group allocations for the ARPA funds, half of which will go for city projects including the Housing Commission, 30 percent will be allocated to childcare, and ten percent each to other housing projects and for economic development and small business.
Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council
The Council voted to dissolve the Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council. The city had previously contracted with the Hutchinson Recreation Commission to conduct arts and humanities activities.
Hutch Rec has informed the city they are willing to continue activities under its budget. City Attorney Paul Brown said this will not in any way affect grants to local events and organizations directly funded by the city. This includes funds for Family Community Theatre, Stage 9, The Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra, Reno Choral Society, and the Emancipation Day Committee.
West 11th Ave. Reconstruction Project
A water line relocation is being added to the West 11th Ave. reconstruction project. Jeff Schenk with the city’s engineering department told the Council after a contractor hit a water service line while repairs were being made, it was discovered the existing main would be within 20 inches of pavement and also above the frost line. A contractor is being brought in to take care of that. The price of the relocation hasn’t yet been determined.