A new daycare center and preschool can borrow additional money from the city, while another local business wants funds from the same group.
The Parsons City Commission will consider the two loan applications during its regular meeting on Tuesday. The commission will meet Tuesday instead of Monday because city offices will be closed on Monday for the July 4 holiday.
The commission had already approved a $ 60,000 loan for Kandy Rushing, owner of Grow at Eden LLC, 1503 22000 Road, through a revolving loan program. It is now seeking an additional $ 30,000 due to underestimated construction costs, Jim Zaleski, director of economic development, said during a breakout session Thursday. Rushing and her husband, Kyler, purchased an empty building at the southeast intersection of US 59 and 22000 Road. They remodeled the building and added approximately 2,000 square feet to double the space. The Rushings also did yard work.
“It’s very impressive,” Zaleski said.
He said Grow at Eden is now 50% full, with a waiting list for certain ages. Rushing said in June that the facility would be licensed for 60 children, but would start with 52 at the most.
The city’s revolving loan program was established with a grant from the US Department of Agriculture and matching funds in 2005. The program received additional funding from USDA and the city in 2007 and 2009, creating a base of approximately $ 380,000. As money is loaned to companies to finance the deficit, it is returned to the fund. There is now $ 168,000 on loan, with $ 147,500 remaining. The entire bottom has rotated at least once. The city has lost about $ 60,000 through defaulted loans in the program.
The loans come with an interest rate of 4.25% required by the USDA. Because loan rates have been low in recent years, the program has not been used much, but now the city has two applications at once.
Doug and Brenda Billingsly are borrowing $ 20,000 to purchase the building they rent for their business, PureLife Nutrition & Well-Being, 1301 Main. The Billingslys have operated their business in the old Casey building since early 2020. Prior to that, the business was located at 1807 Main. PureLife sells meal replacement shakes, teas, and energy vitamin supplements.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about PureLife, so that’s a good thing,” Commissioner Kevin Cruse said Thursday.
The commission will meet Tuesday at 6 pm in the Parsons Municipal Building commission room. The meeting will be broadcast live on livestream.com/parsonskansas.
In other matters, the commissioners will consider:
– Approve the payment of $ 3,045.20 to Burns & McDonnell Engineering for services in the construction of a taxiway connector at Parsons Tri-City Airport.
– Approve payment of $ 96,988.26 to Heck & Wicker Construction Inc. for work completed June 1-20 on the 16th Street (US 59) project.
– Approve a street closure from 1 to 3 pm on September 12 for Washington Avenue from Central Avenue to the alley next to The Gym and the PKY Skate Park that connects Washington and Crawford Avenue. The Heritage Run organizers are planning a children’s bike / trike event to be held in conjunction with the run.
– Approve an agreement with Midwest Engineering Group to design a new stormwater lift station in the Corning Avenue railroad underpass for up to $ 82,200.
– Approve the closure of the parking lot behind Southeast Kansas Independent Living from 7:30 am to 3 pm on July 27. SKIL plans to host an Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary celebration with a self-service event.
– Approve the distribution of special alcohol funds for alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs. A committee recommended that Labette Center for Mental Health Services Inc. get $ 17,000, Communities in Schools of Mid-America Inc. $ 2,000, and Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters $ 1,000. The fund contains $ 20,000, less than in previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lower amounts of alcohol tax distributions.
– Approve a special use permit for Casey and Margie Doyle doing business as Doyle Glass Co., 502 S. 35th St. The permit would allow the Doyles to expand their commercial building into residential area property. The business was in operation when the land was zoned in the 1970s, so it was allowed to continue operating there as long as the business did not expand beyond its existing footprint. The permit will expire when the business closes. When the property is sold, the new owner will need a zoning change or other special use permit to operate a business there. The Parsons Planning Commission recommended approval of the permit. Commissioner Leland Crooks praised the group Thursday for finding a good compromise between the Doyles and a neighbor who feared rezoning the property for commercial use would lead to unwanted business in the residential neighborhood in the future.