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The council opened the meeting with a five-minute executive session for non-elected personnel pertaining to employee performance. After no action, Mayor Mike Frisbie presented a Distinguished Service Award to Police Chief Tristan Snyder due to a police chase he was in that went into Miami County. The suspect passed a stopped school bus with kids unloading and Snyder chose to slow down to be safe by the children. 

“He, with his calm disposition, is a valuable part of the city of Pleasanton. Thanks for being an integral part of the city,” said Frisbie.

The council swore in new police officer Ivan Squire who will make $18 per hour and go to the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center possibly in January.

They also hired Charles Stokes as the new code officer/animal control at $17.50 per hour.

They approved the cereal malt beverage license for Casey’s.

The council then recessed from the regular meeting to hold a public hearing with Mike Higgins concerning property located at 301 E. 12th Street. See separate story in this edition.

City Attorney Burton Harding spoke of a Kansas Open Meeting Act alleged violation. See separate story in this edition.

Councilman Jake Mattingley told the council that he’d asked Harding to work on a city proclamation that their police force would not assist warrantless searches of homes. “We won’t allow our officers to promote any of that.”

He continued concerning the KOMA violation that was turned in and said, “The KOMA deal was just vindictiveness. Brandon McGinnis got run out of town. We’d have had three to four $350,000 houses out there now; but because of three to four 10 percenters overriding the 90 percent of good people – nobody stands up to them.”

City Administrator Teresa Whitaker announced the Trunk or Treat Halloween event scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 30 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A portion of Main Street from Eighth to Ninth will be closed for the kid’s event.

The Light Up Pleasanton Christmas event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10 from 6 – 10 p.m. with the parade at 6:30 p.m. The council waived the Community Center fee for the event.

Mattingley spoke on the Soldiers for Jesus event and suggested residents in the city could rent their homes to people, AirBnB like, during the event if it becomes a two-day deal. The city also discussed renting the entire RV park behind city hall and using it for attendees.

Public Works Administrator Joey Morrisey spoke on the drought and said he’s seen the lake much lower than it is right now. He said no drought warnings have been issued and people may begin conserving water if they want to.

He said the drought is creating issues with pipes breaking around town.

The council approved the purchase of a Rycom utility locater for $3,495. They also approved the purchase of a nine-foot snowplow for $7,421.30 that will attach to the front of one of their one-ton pickups.

A five-minute executive session for trade secrets relating to acquisition of real estate was taken with no action.

The council approved the renewal of their Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance contract for $7,391.54 per month. Employees pay 10 percent of the cost of their insurance premium.

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

Solar income to Linn County estimated to be $25 million

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Commission to vote on remote voting policy

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The Linn County Commission is scheduled to vote at next Monday’s 9 a.m. meeting on a policy concerning remote participants in all board meetings. At their weekly meeting Tuesday, delayed a day because of this Monday’s federal Presidents’ Day holiday, Chris... [More]

Kansas to hold Presidential Preference Primary

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With what is set to be a tense Presidential election November 5, 2024, the Kansas Secretary of State has produced information to help voters navigate the upcoming Presidential Preference Primary. The information from Scott Schwab’s site answers several questions. “What... [More]

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SPORTS

Jayhawk boys' wrestling win Eureka Regional and qualify seven for State

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The Jayhawk boys' wrestling team traveled to Eureka on Feb. 17 to compete in a 3-1A Regional tournament.   This tournament decides who goes to the 3-1A State tournament in Salina on Feb. 22-24. The Hawks had a good day to say the least. Not only did seven Jayhawk... [More]

Prairie View boys' wrestling sends two to State

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  The Prairie View wrestling team traveled to Independence on Feb. 17 to compete in a 4A Regional tournament. This tournament decides who goes to the 4A State tournament in Salina on Feb. 22-24. The top four places from each weight class qualifies and the Buffalos... [More]

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