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In addition to a codes officer resignation and a councilman’s code-violation letter grievance, both reports located elsewhere in this edition, La Cygne city leaders passed Ordinance No. 1510 that codifies a May 3 vote to charge a $200 flat fee for repair costs to damaged water meters.

The ordinance passed on a 4-0 vote, with Jerome Mitzner not present, at the regular council meeting last Wednesday, May 17. Dan Nasalroad, public works superintendent, admitted that some repairs will be less than $200 and some more, but he considers the $200 flat fee as a “break even” for the city.

In a corresponding action, the council approved Resolution No. 454 to amend the city’s fee schedule to reflect the $200 flat meter repair fee.

On another 4-0 vote, the council approved Ordinance No. 1509 that defines a mobile food vehicle. Danny Curtis, council president, asked and received clarification that a current mobile food kitchen operated by Darlene Engert at 1002 E. Market St. is under a conditional use permit and thus independent of the new ordinance. Jodi Wade, city clerk, said the new ordinance primarily pertains to transient vehicles.

A 4-0 vote approved a $750.26 invoice payment to Midwest Engineering Group, Sapulpa, Okla., for professional services between March 19 and April 29 for the water treatment plant settling ponds project.

Another 4-0 vote approved pay application No. 11 to Nowak Construction Co., Inc., Goddard, general contractor for the sewer rehabilitation project, of $6,483.75 for a 31-day work period ending April 20.

However, the council will postpone a $6,825 sewer project change order for concrete work on driveways and sidewalks damaged during the project and since repaired or replaced. Nasalroad questioned about such work also needed new manholes, and Councilman Thomas Capp said a repair contingency “should have been in the bid.”

On a 3-1 vote, with David Brenneman dissenting, the council approved a deed restriction/covenant agreement for city-inherited property at 602 N. 5th St. Nasalroad has since met with a local realtor and is expected to bring a property listing price to the council for their 7 p.m. June 7 regular meeting.

During special projects discussion of the new fire station, Mayor Debra Wilson read that the notice of the $911,900 construction bid award has been signed by both construction contractor Hofer & Hofer & Hofer Associates, Inc., Humboldt, and engineering firm Zingre & Associates, Fort Scott.

During discussion prompted by Burton Harding, city attorney, La Cygne will have a one-year warranty following the project’s substantial completion, and Wade said the mayoral signing of the bid award notice will occur after the city’s reception of performance bonding.

During the council’s street committee report, Wilson urged the committee of Capp and Mitzner to schedule time “to do some preliminary planning for the scope” of a “big street project.” Capp said that the city still has “a lot to talk about stormwater yet.”

In her mayor’s comments, Wilson reminded patrons that any grass over 12 inches in height is subject to a codes violation letter and urged residents to do the mowing.

Wilson also said that dog permits are included in a City Hall binder and said that one of the permits’ purposes is that “we want to be able to find the dog’s owner if an accident happens.”

She also noted that Farmers’ Market is conducted from 4-7 p.m. every Friday at the La Cygne Library’s Swan Room. She reported that the season’s first two markets had been “fairly well attended, with a few vendors every week so far.”

During notes and communications to the council, Wilson noted upcoming Memorial Day weekend events--the library’s summer kickoff block party from noon-4 p.m. Friday, the swimming pool’s season opening at noon Saturday, the La Cygne Historical Society Museum “Notorious” exhibit running through Monday, and Monday’s 10 a.m. Memorial Day service at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

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

Mine Creek Battlefield Foundation to hold music festival

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The Mine Creek Battlefield Foundation was started in 1995 by Dr. John Spencer. With the help of Arnold Schofield they formed a Foundation to raise money to procure land and save the Battlefield grounds. Through their fundraising efforts the Foundation was able to purchase... [More]

SEKMH presents outreach program to commissioners

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The Linn County Commissioners heard from Director Nathan Fawson and Bryan Cook with Southeast Kansas Mental Health (SEKMH) during their regular meeting on Monday, Apr. 8, regarding a new outreach program they have been working on. Fawson told commissioners that SEKMH was formed... [More]

Linn Valley residents respond to council appointment

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At Monday night’s Linn Valley City Council meeting, the first item on the agenda was the appointment of a new council member to fill the vacancy created by the recent resignation of former Council President Brenda Muncy.   Mayor Lew Donelson announced his appointment... [More]

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SPORTS

Jayhawk softball sweeps Crest

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The Jayhawk Linn softball team traveled to Crest on Apr. 4 for a league double-header against the Crest Lancers. The Hawks won both games of the double-header as the first game was 7-0 and the second game was 21-4. In the first game both teams were scoreless through the first... [More]

Prairie View track takes on tough challenge at Paola

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The Prairie View track team traveled to Paola on April 4 to compete in the very challenging Paola Invitational. The Buffalos did well as the girls team placed fifth with 56 points and the boys placed 10th with 11 points. The girls were led by Laney Schaffer and Bree Allen.... [More]

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