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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 VALLEY CITY COUNCIL - Monday, March 27, 2023


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


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


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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Commissioners discuss Pleasanton meal site options


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


“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]

USD 362 leader asks to broaden policy


Possible April vote would make nepotism additions   A vote may occur next month on broadening a Unified School District 362 nepotism policy as urged by its superintendent. At the monthly board of education meeting earlier this month, Rex Bollinger, Ed.D., laid out... [More]

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Prairie View competes at State Powerlifting meet


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


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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