Mar 23, 2020 12:02 PM

City revises format for commission meetings

Posted Mar 23, 2020 12:02 PM
<b>The City-County Building. </b>Salina Post file photo
The City-County Building. Salina Post file photo

Beginning Monday at 4 p.m. City Commission meetings will take place via telephone conference until further notice.

Meetings can be viewed on Salina Media Connection via Cox Cable Channel 20 or online at www.salinatv.org.

To participate in the meetings, citizens will need to dial (785) 621-0800 and enter participant code 782956 followed by #.

If citizens wish to speak, either during the public forum or when the mayor requests public comment on an item, citizens must dial *9 from their phone to alert the moderator, who will open the line.

For questions or concerns, contact the City Clerk's Office at (785) 309-5735.

This decision to revise the meeting format was made to align with the following:

• The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 days to slow the spread, which began on March 16 and involves avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people for a 15-day period.

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for the next eight weeks, which recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

• Governor Kelly’s Executive Order NO. 20-04, effective through May 1 on social distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Kansas.

The following items are on the city commission agenda for Monday.

•COVID-19 Related Budgetary Guidance.

•General Obligation Bonds and Temporary Notes.

Resolution No. 20-7814 authorizing the offering for public sale of General Obligation Temporary Notes and Bonds.

First reading Ordinance No. 20-11029 authorizing the issuance and delivery of General Obligation Internal Improvement Bonds, Series 2020-A.

Resolution No. 20-7820 authorizing the offering for public sale of General Obligation Refunding Bonds.

•Award contract for the abatement (removal) of nuisances related to property maintenance for properties within the city limits of Salina for a period of April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021.

•Temporary COVID-19 Related Personnel Manual Updates.

•Follow-up discussion and explanation for the change in the Downtown Streetscape Project related to the License Agreement for sidewalk dining with Lighthouse Properties III, Inc. at Starbucks on the corner of Mulberry and Santa Fe approved by the City Commission on March 9, 2020.

To view the Salina City Commission agenda and packet, visit salina-ks.gov and select Salina City Commission Agenda and Packet within the Featured Items feed.

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Mar 23, 2020 12:02 PM
UPDATE: SM Hanson cancels Heartland Bluegrass Festival

UPDATE: SM Hanson Music has canceled this year's Heartland Bluegrass festival because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music.

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The Temple in Salina. Salina Post photo

SM Hanson Music is bringing back bluegrass! A bluegrass festival, that is.

The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 is scheduled for April 26. The event is scheduled at The Temple, 336 South Santa Fe Avenue, with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. This venue is handicap accessible.

"The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 will include several bluegrass bands from around the state, some general playing and picking sessions, an Instrument Petting Zoo (for kids and adults), open mic stage time, a few instrument vendors, and local food trucks," said Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music, Inc. "Attendees are encouraged to bring their instrument to join in the music community during the day."

Admission to the event will be by a suggested cash donation or canned food donation for the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank, Hanson said.

"This will be our first bluegrass festival since the mid 1970s. We held several events in the '70s at Memorial Hall with bluegrass bands coming from Oklahoma and Arkansas," Hanson explained.

This year, however, the festival will be at The Temple.

"We will use the Grand Entrance on Santa Fe (big bronze doors)," Hanson noted. "The steps can be a place to begin picking if the weather is nice. The foyer and second floor space will provide adequate room for performances, picking areas, petting zoo and vendors."

The schedule of performers will be released closer to the date of the event, Hanson said.

The Kansas Bluegrass Association also plans to participate in the festival, he said.

Additionally, The Temple will have volunteers on hand to discuss the beautiful and historic facility that is being used for so many events.

"This will be a great opportunity for the public to see The Temple and listen/participate in the bluegrass music event," Hanson said.

According to Hanson, the festival is sponsored in part by Salina Arts & Humanities.