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Hutchinson News (Newspaper) - March 30, 2015, Hutchinson, KansasB y j Ohn g Reen the Hutchinson news Green Hutch news. Com an advisory committee formed to develop a bicycle Trail program in Reno county received its first task last week explain to the Reno county commission Why it should want a designated National Bike route running through the county. The county commission tuesday morning took up a request from Jeff Bowles with Kanji Krewalk to pass a Resolution supporting designation of u. S. Bike route 76, also known As the tra Samerica bicycle Trail. The route already follows 82nd and 95th avenues across the county passing through Nickerson and Buhler and has been a portion of a transcontinental route since 1976. State and Federal maps however dont designate the route which draws several Hundred riders a year and thatus something Kanji Krewalk wants to change. The commissioners indicated they did not know Why they should support the designation particularly if it might Cost the county Money to sign the route the Resolution states its adoption is not a commitment for funding or signage and potentially increase the count yes liability by recognizing the route which follows relatively narrow county roads. Whats the Point commissioner Brad Dillon asked. What difference does it make to cyclists if its on this Road or some other there Isnit anything special about it. I just dont understand. By consultants Engineer Sid Arpin at the meeting to present a county Bridge plan suggested that people along a designated route Are More Likely to Cater to cyclists traversing it helping develop a biking network. But Dillon a snot satisfied. Commissioner Dan Deming then suggested what difference does it make to cyclists if its on this Road or some other there Isnit anything special about it. I just dont understand. Reno county commissioner Brad Dillon monday March 30, 2015 75� newsstand y ear 143 no. 270 wow. Hutch news. Co m s party like its 1999 in Mcaa Tom Izzo makes it to the final four 16 years after his first b1 to l listings b6 c classifieds b4 l Ott eries a2 c comics b7 o obituaries a7 c crossword b8 s ports b1 s scoreboard b2 o Pinion a 6 dear friends sounds like this bicycle Endeavor will be an Uphill Grin d. Group wanting Trail recognition 73 46 local 3 Day Outlook 80 54 today tuesday follow us intercepted letter 83 51 want More see a full weather report on Page a8 wednesday sports Arena Revenue goes to maintenance not upgrades the Hutchinson sports Arena is on the minds of Many people these Days. While the 2015 Njaa menus basketball tournament is history the Arena remains a hot topic As Hutchinson voters head to the polls on april 7 to decide whether they want to support a face lift to the facility. Hutch wins is a Campaign asking voters to support a $ 29 million improvement to the Hutchinson sports Arena. To finance the project there will be a .35 percent sales tax increase for about 10 years. Early voting will continue 8 a. M. To 5 p. M. Through april 6, when the polls close at noon in the Reno county courthouse basement. Voters May cast their ballots 7 a. M. To 7 p. M. On april 7 at their regular polling locations. Q. How much Money does the Hutchinson sports Arena make each year is any of that Money saved Back for capital improvements and is any of it put Back for situations like now no there is no Money saved Back for capital improvements. The sports Arena does not make a profit. In fact last year expenses ran $ 237,000, while the Revenue that came in averaged $ 75,000 to $ 80,000, which included $ 50,000 from Hutchinson Community College As contribution towards expenses. That Money is used to maintain the building and to pay janitorial services and utilities explained Frank Edwards the Cit yes director of finance. Significant expenses last year included the Utility Bill which was $ 115,000 and insurance which Cost $ 85,000 the Bottom line is the City taxpayers subsidize the Arena said Hutchinson City manager John Deardoff. Q. When will the City offer another free electronic waste pick up it seems like it has been several years since they had one. Kathy Hanks ask Hutch b y t in s Chrag the Hutchinson news Schrag Hutch news. Com Mcpherson theress a need for housing in the Light capital. Weave considered ourselves in a housing shortage for a Long time said John Holtus president of the Mcpherson Board of realtors. The magnitude of the shortage however seems somewhat exaggerated Holtus said. The housing Stock is Quality he added theress just fewer than whats demanded. There Are Homes for Sale in Mcpherson in All Price ranges he said. The Economy of the county in general gives us Hope that the housing Market will remain Strong. From january 2015 to present 55 Homes have been sold in Mcpherson compared to 50 last year during the same time period. Thanks to Industry expansions the need has Only grown. The National cooperative refinery association Oil refinery is in the midst of a two year $ 555 million expansion to its Coker. The expansion has brought an influx of temporary workers. In 2014, the pharmaceutical company Hosp Ira announced it would invest $ 120 million in its facilities Over the next year and create 150 new jobs. The City has also seen expansion of the Prairie land John Deere facility and Viega a plumbing and piping manufacturer according to Mcpherson Industrial development co. Director Brad Eilts. Taking action mayor Tom Brown said More than photos by Murphy Bannerman the Hutchinson news a new housing development is being built in Mcpherson on Avenue a and Stearman St. Mcpherson has had a Boom in construction in recent months. Willy win Berry of heartland construction management group holds a Board As Randy win Berry cuts it to size on feb. 24. Sex Brownback aide lobbies against tax t he a associated p Ress Topeka gov. Sam Brownbacks former chief of staff is lobbying against a proposed tax increase on tobacco one of the governors primary proposals to balance the states budget according to Kansas Secretary of state records. The records show David Kensinger registered As a lobbyist for Reynolds american on feb. 6. He confirmed to the Wichita Eagle that he was representing a client opposed to the tax but comment further. Kensinger was one of a group of people who was asked in january by budget director Shawn Sullivan for feedback on a proposed state budget. He would not say if he began talks with Reynolds before the budget was made Public or whether his knowing that a tax increase on tobacco was going to be proposed helped him land the contract with Reynolds. Senate minority Leader Anthony Hensley d Topeka said Kensinger seemed to receive information on the tax increase that he could use to obtain a client. Seems to me a real blatant conflict of interest Hensley said. Its like insider trading in the Stock Market. The governors office has consistently dismissed concerns about a possible conflict of interest. As we have said before the governor consulted with a number of individuals from private Industry education and government throughout the course of budget discussions Eileen Hawley the governors spokeswoman said in an email. Hensley also suggested that Ken singers work with Reynolds Calls into question whether the Brownback administration is serious about a proposal to increase state taxes on a pack of cigarettes by $ 1.50 to $ 2.29 a pack and raising the wholesale tax on tobacco products from 10 percent to 25 percent. The proposed tax increase a building need National Bike Trail proposal questioned q q minority Leader alleges a conflict Between budget knowledge and new client. Mcpherson eyes housing demand born from Job Boom see housing / a3 see Hutch / a3 q q new committee seeks place on map for already used path mulls plans for future routes. See Trail / a5 see lobbyist / a5

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