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By JACKIE TAYLOR

Linn County News

jackielcn@ckt.net

 

Following an hour-long training session given by Kansas Attorney General council Philip Michael on the Kansas Open Meetings Act for the Pleasanton City Council, due to violations in how executive sessions were handled, four of five council persons continued with regular business beginning with discussion of the Angel Tree Christmas project. See separate story in this edition.

The council heard from City Administrator Teresa Whitaker that a conditional use permit hearing dealing with residential living in a commercial building was scheduled for the next council meeting Nov. 28.

Light Up Pleasanton is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with details coming.

Light Up Pleasanton’s committee was approved to close Main Street Saturday, Dec. 10 for the festivities and parade.

Whitaker said she was going to talk to the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce concerning the city’s Christmas lighting contest to see if more people could be involved.

She continued that City Attorney Burton Harding had drawn up a no-trespassing policy regarding unruly people; the policy is designed to stop people from coming into and being disruptive at city hall.

Councilman Jake Mattingley said he had no problem protecting city employees and proceeding with the policy.

Councilman Joe Whitaker gave notice that his last day on the Pleasanton City Council would be Monday, Nov. 28. He said he and wife, Teresa, were forced to move out of city limits after plans to live in the RV park east of city hall fell through.

Teresa Whitaker said costs to build the new RV were exorbitant and they were forced to move to an apartment in Prescott until January when they would look for an RV and proceed with living at the park in Pleasanton.

The city approved sending two letters to Mike Higgins concerning the property at 301 E. 12th Street and money the city gave Higgins to work on the dog park. See separate story in this edition.

Mattingley asked if the council was still interested in giving a free water bill to a deserving family for Christmas. Whitaker asked for their list so she could work on it.

Police Chief Tristan Snyder mentioned a U.S. Hwy. 69 shooting incident his department was involved in, see separate story in this edition. He also reported several drug cases they’ve worked and that new officer Mason Roberts is scheduled to graduate Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) in December.

Officer Ivan Squire will attend KLETC Jan. 23 to April 9.

Codes Officer Charles Stokes said he will be performing a ride-along with La Cygne Code’s Officer Allison Fox learning how she does her job. He said he is clearing several things off of the Code’s violation list.

Public Works Adminstrator Joey Morrisey reported on a dock grant that was available, see separate story in this edition. 

He also reported that the state of Kansas has changed how they handle copper and lead water lines and sampling from city mains into houses and that change could cost the city a large amount money. He has been working with Kansas officials who suggested he wait and let larger municipalities, like Johnson County, figure out how to proceed.

If enacted, the new KDHE policy could mean that the city would be responsible for replacing any lead or copper lines from meters to homes.

The short-term rental agreement for Airbnb, personal rentals, etc. was tabled until the next Nov. 28 meeting.

Dollar General was approved for a cereal malt beverage license renewal.

MEETINGS

LINN VALLEY CITY COUNCIL - Monday, March 27, 2023

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The Linn Valley City Council met Monday and heard from City Clerk Karen Siffring concerning meeting dates. She said the Kansas League of Municipalities (KLM) said governing bodies can’t cancel meetings prior to the meeting date, as in the case of a lack of a quorum; she... [More]

LINN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS - Monday, March 27, 2023

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The Linn County Commissioners met on Monday, March 27, and began their meeting with the approval of the minutes of last week’s meeting followed by the approval of the payment of claims in the amount of $372,248.40. County Clerk David Lamb then presented adds and abates... [More]

LINN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS - Monday, March 20, 2023

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Linn County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 20, and began their meeting with the approval of the minutes of the last meeting followed by the approval of claims in the amount of $208,590.69. The commissioners then approved adds and abates 2021-178 and 2022-878-... [More]

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NEWS

Special: Governor issues declaration of disaster emergency due to threat of wildland fires

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  Governor Laura Kelly issued a verbal declaration of disaster emergency this morning, March 31, due to the potential for wildland fires and severe storms in the state. The declaration will allow the state to preposition assets for a quicker response to any fires... [More]

Commissioners discuss Pleasanton meal site options

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During the latter part of the meeting on Monday, March 27, Linn County Commissioners discussed the walk-through on Wednesday, March 22 at the former Memaw’s Kitchen located at 6th and Main Streets in Pleasanton. Economic Development Director Jessica Hightower read notes... [More]

Linn Valley moves forward with water, sewer project

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“Positive ramifications” for the city   Following a 15-minute legal session called by Linn Valley Mayor Cindy Smith at their Monday meeting, the mayor announced a preliminary agreement with Rural Water District #1 for water rights in Linn Valley. Smith... [More]

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SPORTS

Prairie View competes at State Powerlifting meet

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The Prairie View Buffalos competed in the State Powerlifting meet on March 25. The meet had 285 total lifters and the Buffalos took 16 boys and nine girls to the event. Prairie View had two lifters place second in their respective weight divisions at the meet. Rhett Jackman,... [More]

Jayhawk softball and baseball open season against Southeast Cherokee

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The Jayhawk baseball and softball teams opened their 2023 season at home against Southeast Cherokee on March 27. Both softball and baseball teams played a double header and the boys split while the girls swept the Lancers. Baseball won their first game 3-0 but lost the second... [More]

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