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The Pleasanton City Council began with the swearing in of newly appointed council member Kimberly Herring by City Clerk Becky Hegwald.

City Administrator Teresa Whitaker explained to the council members present that there is a CBDG (Community Development Block Grant) grant available for the pool reconstruction and they are waiting to hear on bids, but would like approval to apply for the grant. Council gave unanimous approval on the application for the grant.

Whitaker reported that at some point over the weekend the hay ground on the south side of the lake had been burned off and they have no idea how or by whom.

Whitaker spoke regarding a bid from Ka-Comm on the installation of equipment on the 2016 Chevy Impala that was purchased for the police department. Following a short discussion, council approved the bid not to exceed $7,711.08.

Whitaker reported a street survey will soon be conducted and then recommendations will come to council from there regarding repairs and overhaul. Whitaker noted that a possible sales tax increase could cover the yearly costs of a CBDG that would allow the city to overhaul nearly every street in town; however, discussions need to be held in regard to putting that on the ballot.

Council then held a 10-minute executive session for personnel matters with Pat Huntley and returned with no action taken.

Commissioner Danny McCullough then spoke to the council requesting recommendations for someone to serve on the county housing committee.

Council approved the consent agenda, including the agenda for the meeting; the minutes of the last meeting; regular disbursements of $7,987.65; payroll disbursements of $21,683.35; and mandatory disbursements of $38,002.86.

Council then discussed recommendations from the City Planning Commission regarding 602 Main but tabled the matter until council member Jake Mattingley arrived.

Council discussed and approved making the codes and animal control position full-time with hours split between several city departments as set out by Whitaker for $15 per hour plus benefits.

Council then heard from Nancy Brixey regarding a plan to open a motorcycle riding academy on property currently owned by the city. (See related article in this edition.)

Council then reopened the request for a CUP for 602 main which the planning commission approved with conditions for one year. After a brief discussion and hearing from Becky Grant, applicant, on the matter, the council opted to send the CUP back to the commission for a rewrite  with approval for only a three month time frame.

Council approved upgrades to the computer system and security option for the city at a cost of $25,511.

Council revisited the request from Ali Hamilton for a donation toward signage commemorating the Walter Scott Brown Memorial Highway and opted to donate $1,500. 

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 approve motion to change chairperson

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Early on in the meeting of the Linn County Commissioners on Monday, June 10, Commissioner Jim Johnson made a motion to replace Commissioner Jason Hightower as chairperson with Commissioner Danny McCullough. McCullough seconded the motion and it carried on a 2-1 vote with Hightower... [More]

Pay scale creates Pleasanton council disagreement

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A discussion on pay scales took several discussions throughout the Pleasanton Council meeting Tuesday, May 28 when a new pay scale chart was introduced by Mayor Mathew Young. The chart was an effort to make pay more fair across the board for employees and allow the city to budget... [More]

Linn Valley Council discusses location of proposed new city hall

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The Linn Valley City Council met Monday, June 10 for their first meeting of the month and among many other items discussed the idea of building a new city hall. Mayor Lew Donelson brought up the idea looking for a proposed location and the feasibility of a new city hall. He... [More]

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SPORTS

Mound City hosts youth fishing derby

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The City of Mound City hosted the Youth Fishing Derby on June 8 as part of the Jayhawk Blast celebration. The derby started with registration at 9 a.m. and the derby itself running from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. There were four age groups in the derby, up to 5 years old, 6-10... [More]

Prairie View baseball and softball receive All League honors

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The 2024 Pioneer League All League baseball and softball teams were announced recently and the Buffalos were represented in both sports. In baseball senior Gabe Murillo earned second team All League honors. Murillo was the senior leader on the team and was one of the team’s... [More]

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