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In addition to hearing about options for marketing a city-owned residential lot, a report located elsewhere in this issue, La Cygne councilmen also approved an annual city insurance premium of $66,067 to Truly Insurance, La Cygne.

At their regular meeting last Wednesday, March 15, the council approved the payment, a $2,916 increase from last year’s, on a 4-0 vote, with Jerome Mitzner not present. 

Noting only one available quote to consider, Danny Curtis, council president, alluded to discussion a year ago about having multiple quotes.

Jodi Wade, city clerk, said that EMC Insurance is “the predominate underwriter in the municipal world.” She said a change in company would not produce a different underwriter, “just a different agent.” 

In reaching out to other cities, she found only one that is not insured by EMC but rather by an insurance pool that tends to be geared toward large municipalities.

“It’s not just about prices but also about loyalty,” said Wade, noting where a different company, following “a big event, drops you afterward or raises premiums significantly.”

Noting last year’s property valuation increases, Dan Nasalroad, public works superintendent, suggested that “some of our structures maybe we should self insure. You might save enough over time to be able to rebuild fully.” He also suggested that vehicle deductibles be raised to save on premiums.

In other business before the council:

--Mayor Debra Wilson related that advertising for bids for a potential new fire station were let March 6, with a 10 a.m. Thursday pre-bid meeting and the opening of bids at 1 p.m. April 11. Wade anticipates council consideration of a bid award at its 7 p.m. regular meeting April 19.

--In her report, Tina Fenoughty, police chief, said that Achilles Ferrell, full-time police officer, will begin academy training next Monday at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, Hutchinson, with a June 30 graduation date.

--As animal control officer, Fenoughty announced that the annual Dog Days veterinary clinic will run from 10 a.m. to noon April 15.

--Wilson announced a “Build Our City” open house from 4-7 p.m. April 12 at the local library’s Swan Room and asked for “as many council members there as possible.”

--Wilson praised Jenn Vogt, deputy city clerk, for her utilization of social media to promote this past Sunday’s downtown Spring Fling Pop Up Shop (small business expo).

--Council action rectified conflicting policy guidelines that will now both state that the role of a council member does not include direct city employee supervision.

--Wade said that the annual in-house audit for the previous fiscal year was conducted last week.

--No public action followed three executive sessions totaling 25 minutes for non-elected personnel individual employees’ performances.

MEETINGS

LINN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS - Monday, October 23, 2023

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The Linn County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Oct. 23, and began their weekly meeting with the approval of the minutes of the last meeting followed by the approval of claims in the amount of $272,818.97. Linn County Rural Fire Chief Randy Hegwald presented... [More]

LA CYGNE CITY COUNCIL - Wednesday, October 18, 2023

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Among actions at the regular La Cygne council meeting last Wednesday, Oct. 18, was a split vote in which the city accepts a draft agreement for title search and warranty deed preparation of seven lots at 402 S. Broadway in exchange for absorbing a $16,400 house demolition bill.... [More]

LINN VALLEY CITY COUNCIL - Monday, October 23, 2023

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The Linn Valley City Council held its bi-monthly meeting at 7:00 PM on Monday, October 23, 2023, with Mayor Cindy Smith presiding and all council members present.    Following approval of the October 9th and October 14th meeting minutes, Mayor Smith opened the floor... [More]

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NEWS

Commissioners hear from landowners, representatives on Hell’s Bend Bridge grant

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Last week Linn County Public Works Administrator Shawn West spoke to commissioners on the Hell’s Bend bridge project noting that a decision needed to be made that day as it was due the previous Friday. West had requested and received an extension until that day. At that... [More]

Executive sessions dominate commissioners meeting

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Several resulting from commissioners’ issues with road department   This week’s meeting of the Linn County Commissioners was dominated by lengthy executive sessions; two, near the beginning were for legal advice from County Counselor Mark Hagen. The third... [More]

La Cygne sets permanent sewer project bonds

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Separate action adopts bond-related charter ordinance   Authorization providing for permanent issuance of general obligation bonds for the $6.261 million sewer rehabilitation project was unanimously approved at last Wednesday’s regular La Cygne council meeting.... [More]

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SPORTS

Jayhawk Linn track qualifies 20 for State

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The Jayhawk Linn track team traveled to Erie on May 17 to compete in the Erie 2A Regional track meet. The Hawks did very well as 20 individual athletes qualified for the State track meet in Wichita on May 24-25. The boys as a team placed third at the meet with 66 points while... [More]

Prairie View track sends 13 to State

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The Prairie View track team traveled to Fredonia on May 17 for the Fredonia 3A Regional track meet.  The meet decided who makes the 3A State track meet in Wichita on May 24-25 and the Buffalos did very well as a total of 13 athletes will compete at the State track meet.... [More]

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