Salina commissioners to hear air service update Monday


The 2023 budget, air service update, a bid award, and an EMS Week proclamation are among the items on the Salina City Commission agenda for Monday.

About the meeting

Study sessions and city commission meetings will take place in–person in room 107 of the City-County Building, 300 West Ash Street, and via Zoom until further notice. Meetings also can be viewed at the City of Salina YouTube channel,

To participate via Zoom, citizens will need to use the following link:

The meeting also can be accessed by phone at 1-346-248-7799. Enter Meeting ID:892 7598 4587 when prompted.

If citizens wish to speak, either during the public forum or when the mayor requests public comment on an item, citizens attending via Zoom must raise their hands so that the meeting host can allow them to speak. Those who attend the in-person meeting will have the opportunity to speak at the podium.

Citizens also can send written comments or questions to city commissioners via email at [email protected].

In order for the commissioners to have an opportunity to review comments in advance of the meeting, please email your comments or questions by 5 p.m. the Sunday prior to the Monday meetings.

Study session

The following two items are on the commissioners’ study session agenda for Monday.

2:30 p.m.: Lower Smoky Hill Water Supply Access District Meeting. To access the information packet, click here.

2:45 p.m.: 2023 Budget. To access the information packet, click here.

Regular meeting

The regular meeting is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

Commissioners are scheduled to hear an update from Tim Rogers, Salina Airport Authority executive director, concerning air service to the Salina Regional Airport. On March 10, SkyWest Airlines filed a 90-day notice of intent to terminate its Essential Air Service contract at Salina. The major reason for the shutdown was a nationwide shortage of pilots.

The U.S. Department of Transportation responded with a hold-in order, requiring SkyWest to continue operations until a replacement air carrier “begins full Essential Air Service.” A reasonable expectation, according to the USDOT, would be to start full service by at least Dec. 31.

Then, in early April, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the extension from April 11 to May 11 the deadline for air carrier proposals to replace SkyWest Airlines.

Other items on the Salina City Commission agenda for Monday include the following.

●Consider a request to recognize the week of May 15-21 as Emergency Medical Services Week in the City of Salina. Fire Chief Tony Sneidar is scheduled to read the proclamation.

●Conduct a public hearing and then consider approving resolutions declaring structures at 244 E. Diamond Drive, 615 S. Ninth Street, and 619 S. Santa Fe Avenue, to be unsafe or dangerous and directing that the structures be repaired or removed and the premises be made safe and secure.

●Consider awarding a bid for the city’s 2022 Minor Concrete-Pavement Repair 3 project for $129,248 with a $6,462.40 (five percent) construction contingency to Davis Concrete Construction of Salina, and authorize the city manager to execute a contract with the company upon fulfillment of all prerequisites under the bid documents.

●Consider approving on second reading a proposed charter ordinance exempting the City of Salna from the provisions of K.S.A. 13-1024a and providing for substitute and additional provisions on the same subject relating to general improvements and the issuance of bonds for the purpose of paying for said improvements and repealing Charter Ordinance No. 39.

●Consider approving on first reading a proposed ordinance that would approve an amended PC-5 (planned service commercial) district on a 44-acre tract of land located on the west side of S. Ninth Street north of W. Water Well Road.

●Consider accepting an offered easement and restricted access dedications from McArthur Enterprises, Ltd., and the Stephen and Stacey Marshall Trust No. 1 to serve Long-McArthur Addition No. 3, a seven-lot subdivision of a 44.16 acre tract of land located on the west side of S. Ninth Street north of W. Water Well Road.

●Citizen Forum

To see the full Salina City Commission meeting packet for Monday, click here.

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