The owner of a newly relocated restaurant has asked the city to cut a curb to allow access from an alley to a street.

The Parsons City Commission will take up the request at its Monday meeting.

Alesha Morrison, owner of Iron Press, 2200 Broadway, wants to open up the alley between Broadway and Belmont to Corning Avenue. That would allow ingress and egress from the alley, which dead-ends just before Corning. The project would cost the city $2,500.

During a Thursday work session, Commissioner Tom Shaw said the property owner should at least pay for part of the cost as he will benefit from it. Morrison is leasing the building that formerly was the home of The Rock youth center from Derek Clevenger, the city’s utility director.

Shaw also said the lack of parking at the restaurant, which was relocated from downtown, has caused problems for neighbors. He said he’s sorry he didn’t realize it would be an issue when the property was rezoned.

“It feels like a mistake to fix a mistake,” Shaw said.

City Manager Debbie Lamb said the restaurant has 12 available parking spots, six north and six south of the building, and Morrison plans to add six angled-parking spaces on Corning eventually. A curb cut would be required for those spaces, but Morrison hasn’t yet requested the city pay for it.

Shaw said drivers wouldn’t be used to cars backing out of those spaces as the four-lane Corning bypass has never had angle parking. 

On Monday, the commission will only consider the curb cut request. Lamb said the alley one block north of the Iron Press between Main and Belmont had been cut to allow access to Corning several years ago. Shaw requested information on who requested that curb cut and who paid for it, and Lamb plans to give the commission that information before Monday. She also will request that Morrison attend the meeting.

In another matter, the commissioners plan to hear from John Barney about his concerns over a fifth-generation cellular network.

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 an ordinance that would increase municipal court costs from $75 to $90, with the dedication of $25 to a fund to be used for jail medical bills, court administrative expenses, publications, officer training and housing prisoners at Labette County Jail.

— Approving payment of $10,451.12 to TranSystems Corp. for engineering services on a Kansas Department of Transportation project that will make improvements to 16th Street (U.S. 59) near Main Street, including a widening of the intersection to make room for turn lanes.

— Approving payment of $22,500 to TranSystems for services pertaining to a BUILD Grant for North 16th from the Labette Creek bridge to the north city limits.

— Approving payment of $9,920 to JRB Industries Inc. for demolition and site clearance.

— Approving an agreement with KDOT for a project that will install drains and replace concrete on 16th Street from 21st Street to Commerce Drive.

— Approving an agreement with TranSystems for bridge inspection services for $11,400.

— Approving the closure of North 18th Street from Main to Washington from 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 23 for the Parsons Chamber of Commerce’s annual Moonlight Madness.

— Approving the closure of Broadway between Heacock and 13th and the use of the north half of Forest Park from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24 for a back-to-school event. Lunch will be served at the free event for all children and there will be activities such as a dunk tank, free haircuts and live music.

— Approving a request from Sarah Weidert, SEK Ministries, for a 5K from 6:30 to 10 a.m. Oct. 5. The route will begin at Heacock and Broadway, head west to 13th Street, go south to Southern, east to 10th and north to Grand.

— Approving the use of the Marvel Park parking lot west of the football stadium and for the low-water bridge to be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 for a touch-a-truck event sponsored by Curious Minds Discovery Zone.

— Re-appointing Richard Babcock to a three-year term on the Parsons Planning Commission.

— Setting 6 p.m. Aug. 18 as the time for a public hearing on the 2020 city budget.

— Approving distribution of special alcohol funds in the amount of $20,000 to Labette Center for Mental Health Services and $5,000 to Labette County/Cherokee County Juvenile Services.

— Approving the purchase of a side-by-side utility vehicle for the Parsons Police Department for $20,572.43 from Jay Hatfield Motorsports, Frontenac. A Parsons Area Community Foundation grant will pay for the vehicle that can be used for search and rescue, evidence searches and access to parks, trails and railroad right of way.

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