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The Pleasanton City Council met on Monday, Sept. 26, and opted to push the annexation hearing to the end of the meeting due to City Attorney Burton Harding running late.

City Administrator Teresa Whitaker then asked the council to jump to number 5 under new business on hiring a new city clerk. After a review of qualifications, the council opted to hire Winona Becky Hegwald at $19.50 per hour for the position of City Clerk. Hegwald worked for the city of Yates Center for 32 years, spending the first 20 years as deputy city clerk and the last 12 as City Clerk.

Whitaker then gave her administrative report, noting that she and Public Works Superintendent Joey Morrisey had reviewed the building owned by Carpenter Chiropractic and had determined the city does not have the equipment to demolish it as requested through the CRRRP program.

Morrisey reported on issues at the water plant and asked if he should spend the $500 fee to have the original company that installed the parts come look at it. Council approved doing so.

Morrisey then noted there had been a water main break at Magnolia and 1oth Streets at approximately 4:30 p.m. last Thursday and it took until after 8 p.m. to repair.

Council then passed resolution 432 authorizing new signers on external accounts, such as Youth Flag Football.

Council also approved Resolution 433 authorizing new signers for the Forfeitures and Seizures account.

Council then approved Resolution 434 authorizing new signers for the warrant checking account.

Council approved Resolution 435 creating an external account for Pleasanton Youth Volleyball and naming authorized signers for the account.

Council approved closing Main Street from 10th Street to the north side of 6th Street for the homecoming parade at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.

Council then discussed and approved moving their meetings to the opposite weeks starting Oct. 17. The council will skip the meeting that would have been held on Oct. 10 and resume meetings on an every other week basis beginning Oct. 17.

Council then gave Whitaker authorization to sign lease purchase agreements for police vehicles in an effort to ease the process each time without having to bring each one to the council to sign.

Council approved a request from Blue Dog Wine to sell their product at General Pleasonton Days. The company is located in-county and has already acquired a special permit through the state to sell unopened products.

Council then discussed the revised food truck vendor permit application. Talk turned to what to do if trucks are located on private property and Whitaker stated they could add back language that requires written permission from the property owners to be there. Council member Jake Mattingley moved to add that language and approve the permit application with that language added.

Council then opened the public hearing on the annexation and heard from two local residents regarding the action.

Following that and discussion amongst themselves, the council opted to pass the annexation on a 3-1 vote with council member Rochelle Schreckhise voting against.

Upon resuming the regular meeting, Whitaker requested a 10-minute executive session for Trade Secrets which were approved on a 4-0 vote. That session was extended five minutes and ended with no action taken.

Council then held a five minute executive session for personnel matters that also ended with no action taken. 


LINN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS - Monday, October 23, 2023


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


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


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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Sunday fires call out all stations


  Burning season is here and with it came multiple call-outs of the Linn County Rural Fire Department and others to help control fires that had gotten out of control. Fire Chief Randy Hegwald reported eight fires on Sunday and two automobile wrecks. The fire that... [More]

Public comment results in a call for recall and termination


Commissioner makes statement     During the public comment portion of the Linn County Commissioners meeting on Monday, Feb. 26, Pleasanton resident Emily Thies noted a timeline of emails and conversations that Commissioner Jason Hightower had with solar companies... [More]

La Cygne sets abatement hearings


  Council has given heir until Aug. 2 to remedy alley trailer   La Cygne city leaders have set April 17 nuisance abatement/condemnation hearings on two identified properties. At their regular meeting last Weds., Feb. 21, the council unanimously passed resolutions setting... [More]

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Prairie View wrestling sends four to State and comes back with two medals


The Prairie View boys’ and girls’ wrestling teams each sent two wrestlers to the 4A State wrestling tournament in Salina this past week, Feb. 22-24. Parker Schwarz, 190, and Josh Goodwin, 215, were the two wrestlers for the boys and Shawna Case, 155, and Whitley Cox-Halliburton,... [More]

Jayhawk boys’ wrestling comes home with three State medals


The Jayhawk Linn boys’ wrestling team traveled to Salina on Feb. 22-24 to compete in the 3-1A State wrestling tournament. The Hawks brought seven wrestlers to State and three of them brought home State medals. Landon Higgins, 106, placed sixth; Andres Flores, 157, placed... [More]

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