When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved a resolution to support an application for tax credits for a $4 million renovation project at a senior housing complex.

When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved a resolution to support an application for tax credits for a $4 million renovation project at a senior housing complex.

The resolution voices support for Fulson Housing Group's application to the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation for Low-Incoming Housing Tax Credits. Fulson Housing Group is seeking the tax credits to help with the renovation of Hillcrest Manor, 3414 Hughes Road.

Commissioners approved the resolution while acting as the Leavenworth Public Housing Authority board.

According to the resolution, the renovations will result in improvements to the apartments at the complex as well as to the exterior of buildings.

Tarold Davis, development analyst for Fulson Housing Group, said the apartment complex was originally developed in the early 1980s. He said it has 95 units supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Davis said some tenants will have to be relocated off-site during the renovations, but they will be compensated.

Mayor Nancy Bauder said Hillcrest Manor has nice buildings but they need updating.

Commissioner Lisa Weakley agreed that the renovations are needed.

Leavenworth City Manager Paul Kramer said officials with Fulson Housing Group may seek a local tax incentive from the city through the use of industrial revenue bonds.

"That will come back to you at some point," Kramer told commissioners.

The resolution was unanimously approved.

Also Tuesday, commissioners approved the renewal of employee benefit plans.

Human Resources Director Lona Lanter said the city is renewing dental care coverage with Delta Dental. The company is not charging a premium increase for 2018. The company also has offered a 5 percent rate increase cap guarantee for the next two years.

The city also is renewing with VSP for vision care coverage with no premium increase.

The city is renewing with UnitedHealthcare was a 7.86 percent premium increase.

Lanter said there also will be increases to the co-pays charged for prescription drugs under the coverage offered by UnitedHealthcare. She said changes to the prescription drug co-pays were necessary in order to have a premium increase that was within the 10 percent increase that had been budgeted by the city. The company initially submitted a renewal bid with a 12 percent increase.

Because the renewal increases will be for less than what was budgeted, commissioners authorized a portion of the savings to be used to pay for a compensation study for the city.

"It's something we haven't done in a long time," Kramer said of compensation study.

He said city officials will seek bids for the study, but it likely will cost between $40,000 and $50,000.

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