Leavenworth's mayor said he did not return from a recent trip to Washington, D.C., with a promise of a “bucketload of jobs.” But he feels it is important for lawmakers and other federal officials in Washington to meet with representatives of Leavenworth.

Leavenworth's mayor said he did not return from a recent trip to Washington, D.C., with a promise of a “bucketload of jobs.” But he feels it is important for lawmakers and other federal officials in Washington to meet with representatives of Leavenworth.

“We always want our story to be heard,” Mark Preisinger said.

Preisinger and Leavenworth City Manager Paul Kramer visited Washington, D.C., last week. They met with U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, both of whom represent Kansas, as well as U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, whose district includes Leavenworth County.

The mayor and city manager also met with a senior member of the staff of U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, whose district encompasses Wyandotte and Johnson counties.

Preisinger and Kramer also met with representatives of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and Army Installation Management Command.

Representatives of the city government traditionally travel to Washington, D.C., each year to meet with federal officials.

Leavenworth is home to several federal entities including Fort Leavenworth, the U.S. Penitentiary and Eisenhower VA Medical Center.

“Leavenworth is kind of known for government, and we do government well,” Preisinger said.

One of the things discussed during the recent trip is the possibility of an additional federal prison on the same grounds as the existing U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth.

An environmental impact statement for a new federal prison in Leavenworth was prepared several years ago, but funding has never been allocated for the construction of the facility.

“We continue to lobby for that,” Preisinger said.

He said the Bureau of Prisons would have no trouble finding professionals in the Leavenworth area to staff the new prison.

But in notes Kramer prepared after the trip, the city manager indicates that Leavenworth likely will not have the new medium-security prison before January 2020, which is considered the expiration date for the environmental impact statement. Kramer indicated the BOP has minimal need for that type of facility at this time.

During the trip, Preisinger said he and Kramer discussed the federal government's search for a new location for a Department of Veterans Affairs Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy that is currently located in Leavenworth.

That matter was discussed with Moran, who is a member of the Senate's Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

The CMOP facility prepares and ships prescription medications to patients of the VA health care system.

Federal officials involved in the search for a new location previously were looking to lease an existing building or for a location where a building could be constructed to suit the CMOP's needs.

In December, it was announced that federal officials wanted to only look at sites with existing 100,000 square-foot buildings. This limits the options available in Leavenworth.

“We want it to stay in Leavenworth,” Preisinger said of the CMOP facility.

When meeting with representatives of the Army Installation Management Command, Preisinger said he and the city manager lobbied for the overall good of Fort Leavenworth.

He said the Army Installation Management Command is responsible for taking care of infrastructure on Army installations.

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