Parsons city commissioners will consider an amendment to an agreement with a cellphone company on Monday.
In January the commission approved a small wireless communication facilities license agreement with U.S. Cellular. The agreement will allow the company to erect several utility poles around town to place wireless communication devices on top. The devices will help boost the U.S. Cellular signal in high-traffic areas and could lead to expansion of the fifth generation of cellular network in the future.
During a Thursday work session, City Attorney Ross Albertini said U.S. Cellular wanted to extend the original term of the agreement to ensure it gets value out of its investment.
U.S. Cellular originally didn’t want the city to have the ability to cancel the contract after the original term of five years passed, but Albertini thought both parties should be able to negate the agreement, so he included it in the agreement the commission approved. Now, U.S. Cellular wants to extend the term from five years to 10 years, with two five-year extensions possible. Either party could can terminate the agreement after the original term.
U.S. Cellular will give the utility poles to the city and then lease them from the city.
Also on Monday, the commissioners plan to hear an update on Great Plains Industrial Park from Brad Reams, executive director.
The commission also will hear from Derek Clevenger, utilities director, about a monthly report clarification from December and a plan for water treatment plant filter replacement.
The commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the commission room at the Parsons Municipal Building.
In other business the commissioners will consider:
— Approving a change order on a contract with Hinman Construction for concrete work on the Morgan Avenue reconstruction project. The change order would extend the contract by 30 working days because of weather.
— Approving payment of $43,912 to Hinman Construction for work on the Morgan project.
— Approving a bid from Heck & Wicker Inc., the low bidder, for contractual concrete repairs for February until the end of the year. The company would repair any concrete as needed in the city.
— Appointing Kenneth Elliott to a four-year term to the arts and humanities board.
— Approving a request to use the Tolen Creek Park trails for a fun run, 5K and 10K from 7 a.m. to noon May 23 during the Katy Days festival.
— Approving a memorandum of understanding with the Parsons Chamber of Commerce board of directors. The agreement would allow the chamber to continue to serve as the “fulfillment house” for Labette County tourism, which is operated by the city.
— Approving a firefighting contract for Justin and Sadie Ebersole, 23039 Queens Road.