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The council heard from public speakers Hayley Foltz and Piper Smith, former lifeguards at the pool, concerning treatment they say they allegedly received from other life guards following the banning of Stephanie Smith from the pool.

Smith said she was followed by other lifeguards and confronted in the bathroom; further stating she has video evidence of the interaction.

Foltz was accused of having a vaping instrument in her purse and being underaged. She stated she is 18 and it is legal to possess at her age.

Foltz said when asked what she wants, “Respect.”

Councilman Jake Mattingley said it was commendable that the two girls, now former lifeguards at the Pleasanton pool, came to the council meeting. He said they would look into it and asked that any evidence be given to them to look at.

City Administrator Teresa Whitaker said the East and West Lake dam reports came back and it shows normal rodent activity and tree growth. Both will be taken care of in cooler weather.

Whitaker and Public Works Director Joey Morrisey commented on the change in flood plains by FEMA.

“It will affect 16 homeowners or businesses by the flood plain change,” said Whitaker. “Some areas are not in the flood plain, other new areas are in it.”

She urged everyone to go to https://gis2.kda.ks.gov/gis/linn/ to look at the map to see if their property is affected by the flood plain change. The change is not finalized and FEMA is looking for input from businesses, organizations, cities, etc. on the changes made to the map.

The 2023 budget was finalized and the city will stay revenue neutral. See separate story in this edition.

The council and Morrisey discussed how they are keeping water from turning brown and tasting bad. They complimented Morrisey on his proactive actions dealing with keeping water quality good.

Morissey reported they are continuing to attack potholes and said they have two truckloads of patching material coming.

The council sold a non-working 60” Hustler mower to an employee for $300. Neal Manufacturing did not want the mower as a trade-in.

They approved giving Public Works employee Taylor Robinson a $1 per hour raise effective Aug. 21, 2022.

MEETINGS

Linn County Commissioners - Monday, August 8, 2022

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The commissioners met for their regular Monday meeting minus Commissioner Danny McCullough who was absent. They paid bills in the amount of $184,046.69. Sheriff Kevin Friend sent his weekly inmate report showing 17 total prisoners with 16 in-house. Fire Chief Randy... [More]

Pleasanton USD 344 - Monday, Aug. 8, 2022

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Members of the Pleasanton USD-344 school board met on Monday, August 8, for their regular monthly meeting. Christine Teagarden of Truly Insurance provided a brief presentation to the board concerning insurance for the district. The insurance company is called EMC Insurance,... [More]

USD 346 School Board - Monday, Aug. 8, 2022

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(From board notes.) The USD 346 School Board met on Monday, Aug. 8, with the first order of business being the approval of the consent agenda which included: - Approved the agenda - Approved minutes of previous meeting(s) - Approved paying bills and payroll - Approved... [More]

NEWS

STARS technical academy ribbon cutting Friday

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What was a dream a year ago has come to fruition with a ribbon cutting and open house scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. The Southeastern Technical Academy for Rural Students (STARS) is now a reality located in the former Cox Motor Company building at Laurel and 17th Streets... [More]

Staff, advisors excited for opportunities STARS Academy offers students

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With the ribbon cutting and open house of the new STARS Technical Academy in Pleasanton slated for Friday, Aug. 12, the staff and instructors at the school opened up recently about their roles and what the program means to them. Phil Mitchell, who will be teaching Construction... [More]

County real estate taxes still under state value

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After sending the Linn County Commissioners an email explaining county real estate compliance with state values, the commissioners visited with Linn County Appraiser Kathy Bridges Monday. After initial conversation on the 2021 final ratio study concerning commercial and residential... [More]

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SPORTS

Demo Derby starts off Linn County Fair and Rodeo week

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The Linn County Fair and Rodeo started this past week with the traditional demolition derby. There were two nights of demo derby action as team derby, modified and figure eight races took place on Aug. 5 while the compact, semi-modified and bone stock took place on the evening... [More]

Total Effect Softball ready for action

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Linn County has a new competitive softball team, Total Effect Softball, which will be based out of Mound City. Jayhawk-Linn head softball coach Kris Holt started the team and will be the head coach of Total Effect. Holt had multiple reasons on why he wanted to start a competitive... [More]

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