With the construction of a new Genesis Health Club coming to Manhattan, the company’s CEO and attorney were both present at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting asking for a sales tax exemption on $6 million of material costs. Attorney at Law Korb Maxwell led commissioners in the discussion.

Total costs for the new health club are estimated at $12 million. Maxwell says the new facility will be approximately twice the size of the current one.

The sales tax exemption on the $6 million was approved by commissioners. The new Genesis Health Club is expected to bring an estimated $100,000 in sales tax revenue for the city along with a 20 year projected economic impact of $5 million dollars.

With the looming expiration date of the extension granted by the state, Manhattan City Attorney Katharine Jackson says the city must implement certain security renovations in the Municipal Courthouse to prevent visitors from concealing and carrying weapons on it’s premises.

The extension comes after Kansas Lawmakers made the decision that the conceal and carry of weapons in public facilities would be permitted except where adequate security measures were put in place to prevent doing so. Jackson says the renovations of the Municipal Courthouse will also improve more than just security measures.

Some of the security measures put in place will be things like metal detectors and designated entry and exit points in the courthouse. City Commissioners approved the security renovations by a vote of 5-0.

The Manhattan Regional Airport may be looking at receiving larger airplanes by May 5th, but funding the extra security measures required for larger airplanes may prove to be difficult.

Airport Director Jesse Romo told city commissioners that more intense TSA security measures are imposed on flights above 61 seats and those security measures require funding of approximately $315,000 this year and up to $1.5 million for every year after that.

All of the security measures would need to be in place in less than 90 days which causes concern for commissioners, considering discussion of the situation started Tuesday night. No decisions were made but commissioners supported going forward with the project after further consideration is given on how to reduce costs and where the funding will come from.

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