Increasing participation in the cultivators cabinet as well as discussions of city projects were the highlights of the cabinet’s Tuesday evening meeting.
Eighteen people, including city officials, Parsons city commissioners, residents, business owners and others, attended the meeting held at Labette Health’s Jerry Lilley Conference Room.
Commissioner Kevin Cruse and Rod Landrum encouraged those who attended Tuesday to bring two people with them to the next meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for December.
“I’d like to see this twice the size next meeting,” Cruse said.
Officials also wanted to include more young people in the cultivators cabinet. Members indicated they want to have the next meeting at Parsons High School and hope to have high schoolers attend the next one. Cruse suggested the meeting location at PHS.
City projects were also discussed.
Darrell Moyer, the city’s director of engineering and public works, said that if the phones didn’t ring for two years, the city would still be backlogged with street projects.
He said the city is “constantly running behind.”
“We’re constantly playing catch up,” he said.
He said it also depends on funding, especially with inflation.
“It all comes down to money,” he said.
Streets such as 24th with drainage, water lines on certain streets as well as 13th and 10th on Briggs and Elliott are all needing work, Moyer said.
Redoing concrete and asphalt on some streets is also needed.
Wayne Gilmore pointed out there are some cracks in the new concrete on 32nd, a street he runs on frequently. Gilmore asked about the possibility of sealing that.
Moyer said crews can’t seal anything right now because it has been so hot lately.
The creation of the cultivators cabinet came about from the suggestion of Verdunity Inc. of Dallas. Verdunity created the city of Parsons’ comprehensive plan. The company made recommendations for the city, including establishing the cabinet. Tuesday’s meeting was the third gathering of the cabinet. The plan cost Parsons approximately $146,200.