By ERICKA WERLING
Abilene City Commissioners voted Monday to endorse a grassroots efforts to rename the Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita to the Dwight D. Eisenhower International Airport.
Currently, there are no commercial airports named after President Eisenhower. To have the largest commercial airport in Kansas renamed in honor of President Eisenhower would be great for the State of Kansas and the Eisenhower legacy, said City Manager David Dillner. The resolution will be sent to the City of Wichita to officially inform the elected officials of the city’s support of the effort.
No representatives of the airport were present at Monday’s meeting.
The commission also approved to support for a Heritage Trust Fund Grant for the Gustave Kubach House, 101 S. Buckeye.
Property owners Joe and Anita Miller are pursuing a grant for improvements.
The grant will address the following items: stabilization of the basement walls, installation of tile on the outside of the
building, replacement of the large concrete porch and preserving the unusual stone pillars, replacement of the residential sewer service line, preservation of trim that has rotted and replacement of a back door sill plate and back steps.
The city will not have any participation in the grant funding, but provides its support for the grant to preserve this historic property.
Commissioners also approved the rezoning request from John and Mary McDonald, owners of Rawhide Corral.
They have requested the city rezone the former location of Rawhide Corral from “B-3, Highway Business District” to “I-1, Light Industrial District.” The business was recently relocated from Augustine Avenue to Washington Avenue, and the rezoning will allow the Augustine property to better conform to the zoning found in that area.
Mayor John Ray and Commissioner Dennis Weishaar were designate as voting delegates to the League of Kansas Municipalities, with Dillner as an alternate delegate.
Dillner said city offices will be closed on Sept. 2, due to the Labor Day holiday.