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City Administrator Becky Hegwald addressed the council, following the public forum on streets (see story in this edition), concerning landlord licensing and said that since former City Administrator Teresa Whitaker was no longer in town, the city needs someone trained to inspect rental homes that can look at electrical, plumbing, etc. 

Hegwald was hesitant to sign off on adequate housing when she is not trained in what to look for. City Attorney Burton Harding said that falls under the purview of Codes Officer, but new Codes Officer Candy Houtman is not trained in that area either.

Houtman said she is willing to take classes, but the city left the topic discussing possibly hiring a company to do the periodic inspections until they can train an employee.

Police Chief Tristan Snyder reported several arrests, 21 drug cases, and handling 900 more calls this year than last at this same time.

He discussed with the council adding a handheld radio that acts as its own repeater in the car; the council held off on that decision when County IT Director Chris Martin said the county was replacing radios with other models the Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department are going to use.

Council member Melanie Staton asked why no fireworks allowed on city streets was implemented. She said that is one of the reasons people enjoy living in a rural community. She suggested the council “pick their battles” on issues.

The city’s budget hearing is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. 

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

Pull Tabs for Pound Puppies

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     The City of Pleasanton is raising funds to help make needed renovations and repairs at the city pound. To do so they are collecting tabs from aluminum cans at various businesses in the city.      All participating businesses will have collection... [More]

Linn County Planning Commission proceeds with prohibiting commercial solar fields

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The Linn County Planning and Zoning Commission began their April 9 meeting by relooking at the Sunshine Meadows preliminary plat that last month was turned down by the commission because of outcries from surrounding neighbors. Sunshine Meadows is proposed to be a housing development... [More]

Commissioners send CUP for rock quarry back to P&Z again

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Stephanie Walker reviewed the reasons she and her family do not want the new quarry, Mulberry Limestone that recently applied for a conditional use permit to do business at near Linn Valley to be located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 69 and 2200 Road. Planning and Zoning... [More]

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SPORTS

Prairie View track has strong performance at Anderson County

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The Prairie View track team traveled to Anderson County on April 11 to compete in the 17th Annual Anderson County Invitational. The girls’ team placed third with a score of 83 while the boys’ team placed fifth with a score of 37. Spring Hill won for the girls with... [More]

Jayhawk track wins Pleasanton Invitational

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The Jayhawk Linn track team traveled to Pleasanton on April 9 to compete in the Pleasanton Invitational. The Hawks had a very good day as both the boys’ and girls’ teams won the invitational. The girls’ team placed first with a score of 107 while the boys... [More]

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