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A full council met Monday night to learn that councilman Aaron Portmann would be missing several meetings the rest of the year due to first, summer ball for his kids, and second, a new work schedule that had him working Monday nights. The council discussed allowing him to use Zoom during the meetings.

During public comment Virginia Haynes asked that Thunder on the Street incorporate all of Main Street businesses next year. She said where the barriers were located lessened sales at This & That by $300 last Saturday.

She next asked why City Administrator Teresa Whitaker was at the eviction of Always & Furever Pet Rescue when it was a private matter.

Whitaker and the council discussed that when Always & Furever called the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on gas tanks that had already been taken care of, that potentially involved the city.

The council heard from building owner Brandon McGinnis who explained why he evicted Always & Furever; see separate story in this edition.

Councilwoman Melanie Staton commented after McGinnis said he was done helping with projects in Pleasanton, “I have pure frustration with people who push back on that man; he does nothing but try to help Pleasanton and now he’s done.”

Councilman Jake Mattingley echoed the same sentiment stating that “I thought several houses needed to be torn down and Brandon rehabbed them. The lake community was a good idea. Now look at Pete’s – it’s the nicest building in town. He’s one of the few people that have tried to improve the town.”

Whitaker said that Fire Chief Rob Dent agreed to stay on the fireworks committee for three more years in order to train city employees John Harrington and possibly Dustin Ridenour. The two will apprentice with Dent.

The council approved paying $5,000 for the fireworks display, with Whitaker stating fireworks have gone up in price a lot, and approving to pay $1,000 to volunteers who light off the display.

The council discussed the Soldiers for Jesus Thunder on the Streets event at length and commented that the group has printed cards with three more years of dates on them, intimating they will stay in Pleasanton for the future.

Whitaker said by drone footage and other methods, it was estimated the crowd hit 4,500 to 5,000 on Saturday.

Public Works Director Joey Morrisey said the pool pump is not working. He said they turned it on, it worked for a while and then quit. He is reaching out to other pool experts to try to figure out why the 60 year old pump is apparently sucking air.

The council approved paying lifeguards for 25 hours per week to keep them employed during the down period.

Whitaker mentioned the Pleasanton Business Expo coming Saturday, June 18 that will give local businesses a chance to show some of their products to the community. The expo will go from noon to 4 p.m.

Street repair was briefly discussed with Mattingley questioning if they could pour a concrete base on portions of Ash Street then overlay it with asphalt. Councilman Joe Whitaker said that would be good, but concrete was very expensive at this point.

City Attorney Burton Harding said he found out that Kansas Department of Transportation owns U.S. 69 Hwy. and he is in contact with their attorneys concerning Pleasanton annexing the highway to patrol.

Police Chief Tristan Snyder reported several cases including five drug cases that resulted in four pounds of THC, marijuana and $8,200 in cash being confiscated. He said they are handling more calls this year than last.

The council questioned Snyder about school shootings and he said the procedure is to stop the shooter, then secure the premises.

The council approved several zoning changes including land in front of Cox Motor Company to CP2.

Dennis Clayborn won the hay bid at East and West lakes bidding $2,235; Umphenour Farms bid $1,518.

Diversion fees that were designated to go to Olive’s Hope were approved to go to the Angel Tree Toy Express project. Plus, $100 in the account will go to the same place.

The council thanked the city employees, volunteers, etc. for all of the hard work to make the Thunder on the Street event a success.


LINN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS - Monday, October 23, 2023


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


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


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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Commissioners approve resolution on one-year moratorium on commercial solar farms


During the Nov. 27 meeting of the Linn County Commissioners, County Counselor Gary Thompson requested a 15-minute executive session for legal matters to review the resolution he had drafted, in response to and to set in place, the moratorium that was decided on by a 2-1 vote... [More]

USD 362 to seek more 4-day week info


At the direction of its board of education, Unified School District 362 administration will be seeking information from school districts now utilizing a four-day school week. Hearing at the board’s regular monthly meeting Nov. 21 that most districts using the four-day... [More]

Commissioners approve resolution for bond refinance


Joey McLiney with McLiney and Co., a division of SAMCO Capital, spoke to commissioners on Monday, Nov. 27, noting they are ready to go public on the sale of the bond refinance that was previously approved by commissioners. McLiney noted that they had been waiting to do so in... [More]

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2023 All Linn County high school football team


The high school football season has concluded and it is time for this year’s All County high school football team. This year there were plenty of good players to choose from as all three local teams, Pleasanton, Jayhawk Linn, and Prairie View, had winning seasons. ... [More]

Miami teams split season openers


The start of the competitive basketball season is still more than a week away for the three Linn County schools, but across the Missouri state line, the Miami girls’ squad has already equaled its on-court victory total from last year. Rebuffing a Hermitage second-half... [More]

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