When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners took a step toward issuing bonds to pay for a Thornton Street improvement project. And they left the door open to also issuing bonds to pay for improvements to 10th Avenue.

When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners took a step toward issuing bonds to pay for a Thornton Street improvement project. And they left the door open to also issuing bonds to pay for improvements to 10th Avenue.

Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday expressing their intent to issue up to $5.65 million in general obligation bonds to pay for road improvements.

The resolution identifies Thornton Street and 10th Avenue as trafficways that may be improved with money from the bonds.

Commissioners previously hired the Affinis Corporation to perform design work for a project that will make improvements to Thornton Street between 10th Avenue and Fifth Street.

City Manager Paul Kramer said the city may begin soliciting bids for the construction work for the project within the next couple of months.

He said that project is estimated to cost $3.9 million.

Kramer said Tuesday's resolution opened up the possibility of using additional bond authority to pay for improvements to what he called a highly visible, highly flawed stretch of 10th Avenue.

He said city officials likely would focus on making improvements to 10th Avenue between Vilas and Michigan streets.

He said Tuesday's vote does not commit the city to a 10th Avenue project but it provides commissioners flexibility.

"It obligates the City Commission to nothing," he said.

Kramer said he plans to discuss a possible 10th Avenue project with commissioners during an upcoming study session.

"I think it's a great idea," Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Griswold said before the vote was taken on the resolution.

Also Tuesday, commissioners voted to provide $5,000 in funding to the Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade Committee. The approval for the one-time funding comes as the committee prepares to observe the parade's 100th anniversary in November.

Charley Shoemaker, executive chairman of the committee, said the 2019 parade could be the biggest in the history of the event.

Kramer said the $5,000 in funding approved by the commission will come from funds generated through the city's transient guest tax. This tax is charged to people who stay in hotels in the city.

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