2013 Annual Report — City of Manhattan, Kansas

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manhattan 2013 annual report

about manhattan

The City operates under a Commission-Manager form of government. The City Commission has five members who are elected at-large on a non-partisan basis. The Commission determines all matters of policy, adopts the annual budget and appoints the City Manager to serve as the chief administrative officer of the City. The City Manager is directly responsible for the day-to-day operation of the City organization. The City is comprised of nine departments: Airport; City Manager’s Office; Community Development; Finance; Fire; Human Resources; Legal; Parks and Recreation; and Public Works.

Mayor John Matta

Mayor Pro Tem Wynn Butler

Commissioner Karen McCulloh

Commissioner Usha Reddi

Commissioner Rich Jankovich

city commission

City Commission Legislative meetings are generally conducted the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., preceded by a Discussion/Briefing Session at 5:30 p.m. Commission Work Sessions are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. These meetings are in the City Commission Room of City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Avenue. Commission meetings are broadcast live on local Cox Communications, Cable Channel 3. The meetings are also available on the City’s website, www.cityofmhk.com/tv. The Manhattan City Commission receives mail at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502, or via email at City_Commission@cityofmhk.com.

mission statement

The mission of the City of Manhattan is to sustain order and protect public safety, promote public health, preserve the built environment and enhance economic vitality. The city supports a regional community in which individuals and families develop and thrive.

from the city manager The spirit of hard work and cooperation was alive and well in Manhattan and surrounding areas in 2013. We saw significant growth and change within the Manhattan community through the course of the year: New buildings were erected, and existing facilities received needed makeovers to continue to provide residents with excellent service. Significant improvements in 2013 included the completion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion, which increased capacity from 8.7 million gallons per day to 11 million gallons per day along with making modernization improvements. Additionally, we broke ground at Manhattan Regional Airport for a major $17 million expansion of the airport passenger terminal, obtaining significant grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration during a very uncertain federal financial climate. The terminal will expand from the current 13,000-square-foot facility to a 42,000-square-foot facility to include enclosed passenger boarding bridges. Other new additions to the City included groundbreakings for the $80 million National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Central Utility Plant, the new CivicPlus headquarters building downtown and the Kansas Department of Agriculture building in the K-State Research Park. With each new investment in the City, we can expect the services provided and our quality of life to continue to improve. Progress continued in Downtown Manhattan, with substantial completion of the Core District streetscaping and pedestrian improvements, as well as Blue Earth Place, a new mixed-use building in the South End. Residential development continued throughout the City with the addition of 173 single-family homes, two two-family and six multi-family projects encompassing 75 living units for a total of 250 new living units. Other significant achievements were recognized in the areas of floodplain management, the agreement to provide water service for Pottawatomie Rural District No. 1 primarily for the Blue Township area and flood levee recertification. We maintained and fostered relationships with Kansas State University, Fort Riley, and Riley and Pottawatomie counties as we continued to work toward common regional goals. Enhancing regionalism efforts and expanding partner opportunities continue to remain top priorities for the City. As a City, we are committed to providing a stable base for businesses and families to find success. The unbelievable activity and growth happening in and around Manhattan make our community a great place to live, learn, work and play.

accomplishments Manhattan Regional Airport  Received funding from the Federal Aviation Administration and commenced phase one of passenger terminal  Commenced General Aviation Preliminary Engineering project to provide necessary data to begin fixed-base operator facility construction and other major improvements  Enplanements for 2013 totaled 62,459 Community Development  Completed national search and selection of consulting team for the Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan update  Completed report on “Promoting Bioscience Development in Manhattan” to address potential economic impact resulting from construction of National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility  Completed and adopted Wildcat Creek Floodplain Management Plan and began work to create a Blue River Floodplain Management Plan  Completed and adopted the Eureka Valley/K-18 Corridor Plan Finance Department  Received the Governmental Finance Officers Association’s annual award for the 2012 City Budget and the 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report  Received an unqualified opinion from the independent auditors for the 2012 City Audit  Completed first phase of city-wide project database program Fire Services  Recorded an average response time of 4 minutes, 43 seconds, with overall response to fire emergencies in less than 5 minutes occurring 80.3 percent of the time  Completed transition to a Cloud-based fire database and implemented iPad fire inspections to have data automatically transferred to database  Issued 451 building permits, with a valuation of construction at $119.9 million, and collected $516,640 in permit fees Human Resources  Implemented new insurance broker agreement for the City’s commercial insurance program and implemented new broker/consultant for voluntary benefits program  Completed request for proposals and awarded new agreement for thirdparty administration services for the City’s self-funded workers’ compensation program and group health plan

accomplishments Legal Department  Prosecuted 7,730 cases in Municipal Court, generating more than $1.6 million in revenue  Completed condemnation case with “purchase” of Feather Field land and resolved appeal of value of land  Completed purchase of Municipal Court software system, funded by a technology fee, to upgrade effectiveness and efficiency Parks and Recreation  Completed Community Development Block Grant project at Longs Park to include a year-round restroom and shelter renovations  Increased Parks and Recreation Department online registration and ecommerce opportunities  Improved customer communication with online coach certification opportunities, online surveys for all programs and focus groups for individual program review  Welcomed record attendance at Sunset Zoo for the second year in a row, recording 74,516 visitors  Initiated fundraising efforts through the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation and secured grant funding and underwriting for various activities at the Discovery Center Public Works  Achieved substantial completion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade and expansion project, conducting an open house and ribbon cutting for the public  Completed nine in-house engineering design projects; completed more than 15 subdivisions; and managed seven water and wastewater projects  Increased funding for and completed repair of portions of concrete streets using more than 3,500 cubic yards of concrete  Improved Downtown Redevelopment infrastructure and streetscapes and wayfinding  Negotiated interim and interlocal agreements for water service with Blue Township and completed three outside city service agreements City Manager’s Office  Worked collaboratively with Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce on economic development initiatives  Participated in regional growth efforts and worked with Fort Riley personnel on public partnerships  Coordinated agreement and financing with Manhattan Public Library for the Children’s Department expansion

revenues/expenses Primary sources of revenue Revenues by Source

2013 Budget

2014 Budget

Beginning Fund Balance

$ 25,605,430

$ 27,920,683

State and Local Taxes



Property Taxes



Motor Vehicle Taxes



Special Assessments



Other Taxes & Fees





Investment Income



Other Revenue



Total Revenues

$ 121,804,142

$ 130,785,167

User Fees & Licenses

State & Local Sales Taxes include city/county sales taxes and franchise fees. Property Taxes include ad valorem, delinquent taxes and PILOTs. User Fees & Licenses include licenses and permits, services and sales, program revenue, utility sales and fines. Investment Income includes land rent, farm income and miscellaneous investment income. Transfers include transfers for utility administrative services, sales tax, debt service, etc. Other Revenue includes contributions, grants and miscellaneous revenue.

Primary functional expenses Expenses by Function

2013 Budget

2014 Budget


$ 30,505,020

$ 32,747,404

Public Safety



Debt Service



Economic Development



Public Works



General Government



Culture and Recreation



Community Development






$ 121,804,142

$ 130,785,167

Total Expenditures

Utilities includes water, wastewater and stormwater operations. Public Safety includes fire operations, administration, technical services, building maintenance, fire equipment reserve, fire pension K.P.&F. and Riley County Police Department. Debt Service includes all long-term debt payments. Economic Development includes general improvement, industrial promotion, Economic Development Opportunity Fund, CIP reserves and Downtown Redevelopment TIF. Public Works includes administration, streets, engineering, traffic, and special street and highway. General Government includes general government, finance, human resources, airport, court, general services, outside services, municipal parking lot, City University Fund, employee benefits and special alcohol programs. Culture and Recreation includes parks and recreation, zoo, pools, Flint Hills Discovery Center, library and library employee benefits. Community Development includes administration and planning, business districts and tourism and convention fund. Transfers includes transfers from sales tax to general fund and special revenue funds.

www.manhattanannualreport.com For the latest updates and meeting schedules for the City of Manhattan, visit www.cityofmhk.com. We want to hear from you. Contact City Clerk/Communications Manager Gary Fees at (785) 587-2404 or fees@cityofmhk.com.