John Sweet, Part 1: Wellington should start a ‘land bank’ to clean up the town

The Wellington City Council invited John Sweet, a Lyons city administrator, to a work session Tuesday to discuss ways to improve the state of housing in Wellington.

His suggestion? Wellington should create an incentive based “land bank” system, in which the city cleans up old property no longer in use and gets them back on the Wellington tax rolls.

Sweet, who is a former U.S. Marine, is considered one of the state’s premiere and progressive city administrators. He took the job at Lyons 12 years ago and has spent countless hours implementing various programs in the central Kansas community of about 3,700 people.

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