Sexton recaps the year, looks at uncertainties with Derby Chamber

City Manager Kathy Sexton’s presentation to the Derby Chamber of Commerce last week turned into a question-and-answer session for both Sexton and Chamber members.

Sexton also took an opportunity to give an update on the city in terms of its commercial and residential growth. She also gave a look ahead to what’s going on throughout 2016.
To illustrate some of the growth Derby has experienced, Sexton flashed numbers up on a projector screen and asked Chamber members what they meant. The first, 18, signified Derby’s current rank in population among Kansas cities.
… “We’re bigger than Liberal, Pittsburg, Hays, Junction City, Emporia. …”
The second number, 23,000, represented the city’s actual size in population. Finally, the number 22,000 popped up. When no one in the audience seemed to know the answer, Sexton gave in and told them it was about how many cars drive through Derby on Rock Road and K-15 Highway each day.
She said the number is often requested by developers looking to start a business along one of the two corridors.

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