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KIRBY’S BY-LINE By Mayor Gene Kirby

PRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID Permit No. 28 Leavenworth, KS 66048

As I write this article, there is a dusting of snow and the wind chill hovers around 0 degrees. I have discovered the older I get, the less tolerant I am of Old Man Winter. Relatively speaking, this has been a mild winter so far. That’s good news for some of us. Others I know would like to see more snow. The good news is the mild weather is better for the streets. Less snow usually equals less road repair, but it’s only February so there’s still time for lots of snow. I hope you all had a great Christmas and holiday season spent with those dear to you. I want to take one more opportunity to thank all of you who participated in the annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree program. Thanks to all of you who assisted, we had a very successful year. We were able to provide food, clothing and some toys to those less fortunate. We actually purchased 85 coats for children. As is always the case, we have a lot of things coming up in the City. The main topic for now will be implementing our Waste Water plans. Unfortunately, these improvements come with a price tag. However, they are needed to replace old lines and the building of new lines for our continued growth. Speaking of growth, things are looking good at the new high school. It will be a place to be proud of. Freddy’s, our latest restaurant addition, is doing very well. We are looking forward to the opening of the Ichiban restaurant on Eisenhower Rd. We are receiving more inquiries from other businesses looking to possibly locate here. We were happy to see the one cent sales tax renewal passed. Thank you. Last year we received around $800,000 from this revenue source. I believe it shows a trust in us that we are doing a good job with your money. I don’t know what we would have done if we lost that revenue. We also have an election coming up this spring, VOTE. You can make a difference. We do our best to keep you informed of the happenings going on. We have a Facebook page, a web site, as well as a Twitter account. We also put out an E-blast every Friday with some of the latest information about what’s going on and what’s coming up. Contact our Public Information Officer, Ken Miller and get signed up. If you have any questions regarding any issues in the city, please contact City Hall at 7273233. They can get you pointed in the right direction. Spring is just around the corner - keep warm.

2015 CONNECTION CALENDAR FEBRUARY February 16 . . . Presidents Day – City Offices Closed February 19 . . . City Council Meeting February 26 . . . City Council Work Session

MARCH March 5 – City Council Meeting March 19 – City Council Meeting March 26 – City Council Work Session March 27 & 28 – Citywide Garage Sale

APRIL April 2 – City Council Meeting April 3 & 4 – Annual Clean-Up April 16 - City Council Meeting April 23 – City Council Work Session

MAY May 1 & 2 – Lansing DAZE/Brew, Blues, & Bar-B-Q May 7 – Council Meeting May 9 – Fishing Derby – KWB Community Park May 21 – City Council Meeting May 25 – Memorial Day - City Offices Closed May 28 – City Council Work Session


Fri., May 1st and Sat., May 2nd, 2015 We will have music by Blues 88, County Road 5, and Rock, Paper Scissors along with a fantastic fireworks show. The event will provide fun for the whole family! If you are a crafts vendor, food vendor or BBQ contestant, go to to register for Lansing’s biggest event of the year. For more information, call 913-727-5488 or email

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US Lansing Parks and Recreation will be accepting registrations for the Summer 2015 Youth T-Ball, Baseball and Softball programs March 2 through March 31. Registrations may be completed in person at the Parks and Recreation office, located in the Lansing Activity Center at 108 S. 2nd St. in Lansing. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registration forms are also available online at: Completed registration forms may be mailed with payment (checks or money orders made payable to the City of Lansing) to: Lansing Parks & Recreation 108 S. 2nd St., Lansing, KS 66043 AGE DIVISIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS, (ALL AGES AS OF JUNE 1, 2015): T-Ball (co-ed)

5 – 6 years

BOYS BASEBALL Coach Pitch 7-8 years 10 and under 9-10 years 12 and under 11-12 years 14 and under 13-14 years

GIRLS SOFTBALL 8 and under 7-8 years 10 and under 9-10 years 12 and under 11-12 years 15 and under 13-15 years

Registration fees are $40.00 per youth; Registration fee includes jersey. A scholarship program is available for qualifying individuals; for more information please contact our office. The deadline for scholarship applications is Mon., March 16. Practices will begin mid-April; practice times are dependent upon the coach. Games begin the end of May and run through mid-July. Late registrations may not be accepted. If late registrations are accepted a late fee of $10.00 per participant will be assessed. Refunds will NOT be offered after the uniform/equipment order is placed on APRIL 15, 2015. Please contact us with questions at: 913-727-2960 or by Email at:


On Fri., Jan. 30, 2015 the city of Lansing hosted the 11th Annual Salads & Solutions luncheon at the Lansing Community Center. This event is held every year to thank Lansing businesses for their support and service to the residents of Lansing. The event also provided an opportunity for business leaders to meet with City staff and elected officials. Lansing Mayor Gene Kirby gave a presentation regarding area projects that have been completed and discussed future projects and goals. The event was well attended and provided an opportunity for business leaders to network with other members of the Lansing business community.

Community-Based Code Enforcement during the Growing Season As summer approaches, Lansing residents will be busy cleaning up their yards after seasonal storms and controlling quickgrowing grass and shrubbery. The Community Development Division of the Public Works Department asks that citizens in residential areas manage and promptly dispose of their accumulated brush and yard waste during the growing season. Also, please remember that it is against city code to harbor noxious weeds or to permit the growth of vegetation over 12 inches in height. Property owners should remove all grass clippings, brush, and downed limbs and trees from their properties in a timely manner. Yard waste is not allowed to be placed in the streets, alleys or drainage ways, and should only be placed temporarily in the right-of-way in preparation for regular trash service. Remember, yard waste and unmaintained vegetation may harbor vermin or become a fire menace. There are many alternatives for removal of debris and yard waste. Recyclable bags and bins labeled “YW” or “Yard Waste” can be set at the curb for regular trash service. It should be noted that Deffenbaugh, the company that provides trash service to the residents of Lansing, will not accept yard waste in plastic bags. Limbs may be placed in recyclable bags or yard waste bins, or they can be tied in 2 foot by 4 foot bundles. Please keep the weight of each bin or bundle under 65 pounds. There are many other rules and regulations concerning disposal of yard waste and other items. For questions or concerns regarding disposal of items, please contact City Hall at 913-727-3233. Deffenbaugh can be reached at 913-631-3300 or Items can also be taken to the Leavenworth County Transfer Station at 136 E Gilman

Road. The phone number for the transfer station is 913-727-2858. Dead or diseased trees and limbs, along with yard waste, should be removed from the property in a timely manner. These problems can be considered nuisances under city code and citations may be issued. Most importantly, they can potentially become financial burdens and safety concerns for the property owner and the community. Neighbors and insurance companies are frequently involved in civil lawsuits regarding downed limbs and trees. Placing any kind of debris or fill in drainage easements and base flood zones is illegal and can cause flooding and erosion. Preventative maintenance involving trees, and learning about the diseases and insects that they may harbor, is the responsibility of property owners. Leavenworth County is currently under quarantine because of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle and transfer of firewood across the county line is prohibited. One of the best tools to have as a property owner, besides the Internet, is the Leavenworth County K-State Research and Extension Office. It is located in Lansing, at 613 Holiday Plaza, and can be reached at 913-364-5700. A list of arborists licensed within the city limits can also obtained from City Hall. For residents who are financially burdened, handicapped, or elderly, there are alternatives for help during the growing season and throughout the year. Neighbors, church groups and the VFW will offer help to maintain structures and properties. For assistance in contacting the VFW, or for questions regarding minimum property maintenance codes, please call the Public Works Department at 913-727-2400.

Community-based Code Enforcement requires that residents, workers, and owners take responsibility for what they can. Please take the time to communicate with your neighbors to alleviate concerns in your part of town. Nearly all concerns can be addressed by the cooperation of affected parties. Also, look for an opportunity to help those in need; sometimes they are unable or unwilling to ask for help. Use your churches and groups to contribute to the betterment of the community. Most importantly, if you or your group would like to volunteer to help, or know of a group that will be willing to provide maintenance on the streets and properties of Lansing, please call the Public Works Department. The city of Lansing already has several organizations involved in the Adopt-a-Street program. This provides a valuable service

and offers a great way to promote those organizations. The Public Works Department provides scheduling, safety vests and trash bags. Signs are placed by the Streets Division at the designated area of roadway that the volunteer organization maintains. There are many other primary streets throughout the city that could use the community’s help. Community-based Code Enforcement during the growing season requires, perhaps, more busywork than any other time of the year. It asks the property owners, citizens, businesses, organizations and various divisions of government to work together for the benefit of all. When all of the various components of the city of Lansing work together with respectfulness and diligence, it only helps to continue to make the community one of the best in the state of Kansas.

Annual Clean Up By City Clerk Sarah Bodensteiner Spring is around the corner and residents will be completing their spring cleaning. To assist in this endeavor, the city of Lansing will have their Annual Clean Up on Fri., April 3rd from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sat., April 4th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Leavenworth County Transfer Station on E. Gilman Road. This is a free service for all Lansing residents. Residents must bring their driver’s license with current residency to verify they are a resident of Lansing. If your driver’s license does not reflect your residency, you may bring your current month’s city of Lansing sewer and trash bill.

The Transfer Station will accept most items for disposal except motor oil, concrete waste, or items containing hazardous materials such as refrigerants. All truck beds and trailers MUST be covered with a tarp. Document shredding will be available on April 3rd only, beginning at 8 a.m. It is first come, first served for the document shredding until 2 p.m. or earlier if the shred truck is full prior to 2 p.m. Please visit our website at for further details on this event. If you are disabled or age 65+, you may call Lansing City Hall at 913-727-3233 by Fri., March 27 to make an appointment to have your items picked up.

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US Portion of K-7 Renamed “Kenneth Bernard Memorial Highway” By City Administrator Mike Smith I recently had the opportunity to provide testimony to the Kansas Legislature to rename the portion of K-7 which runs through Lansing as Kenneth Bernard Memorial Highway. Here is a portion of that testimony: Kenneth W. Bernard was elected Mayor of Lansing and held office for 29 years, before he retired in January 2013.

new 127-acre city park was named after him. Mayor Bernard started the city sidewalk program and citywide trail system – working hard on funding both. He cared about children – The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, which he started and continues to this day, provides toys, clothing, and food to low-income families every year in the Lansing area. He also helped co-

ordinate the Lansing Correctional Facility’s Bicycle program, which inmates build and repair bikes for local children. Mayor Bernard was at City Hall every morning before any other employee. He often spent his own money to attend meetings and events where it was important for Lansing to be represented. When the City needed something, it was often Mayor

Mayor Bernard lived for the city of Lansing. He understood the importance of high public image. Through his time as Mayor, Lansing continued to grow into a proactive community with more than 11,000 citizens. Today, Lansing features many infrastructure improvements, including the K-7/Main Street Enhancement Project, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility, citywide trails system, and a 127acre park which bears his name – Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park.

Editor’s Note: If the legislation is successful, signs renaming the highway in Lansing will be posted at both the northbound and southbound city limits

By City Administrator Mike Smith

I want to remind Lansing residents that the last day to register to vote in the April Election is March 17. You can request a Voter Registration form to register to vote at Lansing City Hall via the City Clerk’s Office, or online

Mike Smith

One Cent Countywide Sales Tax Overwhelmingly Renewed By City Administrator Mike Smith

There were about 9,700 votes in favor of the extension and about 4,700 votes against it. That means the renewal of the sales tax was approved 67 percent to 32 percent. That’s a huge difference.

It is for these reasons and more that I support renaming of K-7 Highway through Lansing.

Lansing City Elections Coming Up

He attended all local events, from City little league games to state legislative breakfasts. He championed issues which resulted in upgrades for citizens – that’s why the

In early February, Leavenworth County voters overwhelmingly approved a 20year extension of the 1-cent countywide sales tax. From all of us here at the City of Lansing, I want to thank voters for showing their faith in the job we do by extending this important revenue source for 20 years. Voter approval of the sales tax extension will renew the sale tax which was set to expire at the end of 2016. The sales tax will now be extended through 2036.

Bernard who led efforts to make sure things got done.

Revenue from the 1-cent sales tax will be divided among the county government and the cities within the county based on a state formula. The County has approved a charter ordinance mandating that some of the revenue from this renewal go to three specific road projects – improvement of 147th St. from Fairmount Rd. to Parallel Rd.; improvement of McIntyre Road from K-7 to K-5; and improvement of Eisenhower Rd. from 20th St. to County Rd. 5. All three of those projects will benefit Lansing. And the city of Lansing will use revenue from this sales tax renewal to improve roads that connect to the County’s designated projects, as well as pay for improvements to our Parks and to help with our Economic Development plans.

14th Annual Fishing Derby in May!

I think it’s interesting to note the votes were cast using mail-in ballots. According to County Clerk Janet Klasinski, voter participation in the election was about 42 percent – a much better participation rate than many of our traditional walk-in voting at your designated precinct. I am always looking forward to the future of Lansing and Leavenworth County – and with this dedicated revenue source now guaranteed for 20 additional years, we are set to grow this great community well into the future. Again, thanks to the voters of Lansing and Leavenworth County who have once again shown faith in our mission to make a great City and County even better.

Lansing Parks & Recreation will be hosting the 14th Annual Fishing Derby at Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park on Sat., May 9 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Fishing will occur from 9 - 11 a.m., at which time lunch will be served. Awards presentation will follow lunch. Registration for this event is $5 per child. Cost includes bait and a picnic lunch – be sure to bring chairs or a blanket! Youth up to the age of 15 years may participate in the Derby. All participants will need to bring a fishing pole and MUST be accompanied by an adult. Only one fishing pole per participant will be allowed. Anyone not participating but attending may purchase a lunch ticket for $3 on the day of the Derby. Registration forms for this event are available at the Lansing Parks and Recreation office, located

You can return your completed form to the city of Lansing or the Leavenworth County Clerk. The election is April 7. One seat in each Ward is up for Election. Current Councilmember Kevin Gardner is running unopposed, Councilmember Andi Pawlowski is running against Kevin Jensen and Joel Young. Councilmember Jesse Garvey is running against Robin Jackson, and Councilmember Gregg Buehler is running against Kyle Deere. Councilmember terms are 4 years. If you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 913-727-3036.

inside the Lansing Activity Center at 108 S. 2nd St. You may also download the forms at: and bring them to the Parks and Recreation Office. ONSITE REGISTRATION ON THE DAY OF THE DERBY WILL BE OFFERED FOR AN INCREASED PARTICIPATION FEE OF $10 PER CHILD. PRE-REGISTRATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY 4:30 P.M. ON MAY 8. If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 727-2960 or by email at: In the event of inclement weather on the day of the Derby, please call the information line at 7275555 for cancellation notice.

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US 147th Street (a.k.a. Desoto Rd) For many years, the improvement of 147th Street has been a hot topic of discussion at the City level. What has held us up from doing anything has obviously been money. Around 2007 or 2008 we were able to get a federal earmark grant of $2 million to help us improve that street. This earmark could only be used on this road and the City would have to match the funds. However, $30 million would be needed to improve that road from McIntyre Rd. to Eisenhower Rd. in its entirety. So, we at the City have been working on ways to eat the elephant, one bite at a time. We started about two

years ago to move forward with improvements. We decided to concentrate on the portion of 147th St. from Ida St., north to Eisenhower Rd. (Phase I). At this time the engineering and design work is completed. The next two steps for the city will be to acquire right-of-way and then have the utilities moved. A note here is that we will probably take the majority of right-of-way on the west side of the road, and that property is not in the city but in the county. Total cost of this phase is estimated at $10.7 million, and construction is hinged on the City getting grant money from the

weather here is Lansing, Kansas. On the day I am writing this, we are waiting for snow. I am hopeful that some spring weather is just around the corner!

WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Andi Pawlowski

Hopefully this letter finds all of you happy, healthy and enjoying some sunshine and warm

We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and had a great start to 2015. There is a lot going on in the City right now. On Friday, January 30, the City hosted the annual Salads and Solutions luncheon. The City invited local business owners to lunch and Mayor Kirby gave a presentation about ongoing and future City projects. We believe that passage of the county wide sales tax extension will help fund many of our high priority projects. The City’s infrastructure maintenance and improvements remain our top priority. We will be developing a more detailed list of projects during our strategic planning meeting in February, which will provide the community with more specifics on the planned use of those sales tax dollars. At our last council meeting in January, a concerned resident addressed the council about the City’s breed specific dog ordinance. His concern is that the way the ordinance is written, it

I have a friend/constituent who has experienced something none of us should have to. In telling her story, I am hoping everyone can see why I have had this topic in my column several times over the years. They hired a contracting company, who came recommended. The signs said "licensed, bonded and insured." After many thousands of dollars of work, jewelry came up missing. That was the start of a chain of discoveries ending with a startling fact. They were not licensed by the city, bonded or insured by any-

keeps people from properly registering their pets due to the requirements in the breed specific ordinance. He cited multiple cities, nationally and locally, including Spring Hill and Roeland Park, which have changed their ordinances from breed specific ordinances to more general aggressive dog ordinances. The council has agreed to discuss the ordinance in a future work session, and we would like to hear your opinions either for or against changing the current ordinance. The recent cold temperatures have reminded us all the winter is still here, and if you believe the groundhog, it will be here for another six weeks. While our snowfall has been very limited so far this year, please remember Lansing City Code requires sidewalks to be cleared 24 hours after a snowfall. We have a lot of children walking to and from school and bus stops, often in the dark. Walkers tend to take the path of least resistance, so if the sidewalks are full of snow, they are likely to walk in the street.

Mid-America Regional Council Transportation Improvement Program of 2016. Since the School Bond has been passed, we at the City have worked closely with our School District about improvements to 147th Street at the new High School location. The road there has been widened and a signal is being placed there to help with traffic when the school opens in late 2015 for students. The corner of 4H Road and 147th St. will be made a four way stop until such time as we can improve that intersection and put a signal there. Moving further north, the bridge located just north of W.

one. They also had failed to get building permits, so none of the work had been inspected. Since then, the homeowner has gone through the permit process and has discovered the structural work was not according to code and in fact was not safe. There were also electrical issues. In addition to the money already paid, they have to hire another contractor (who is licensed and insured!) to fix the floor joists that were cut and beams that cannot handle the load. The city inspection process exists for the safety of our residents. The cost of the permit covers the manpower cost of the inspection. Is it a pain? Yes. Does it make you plan a little in advance? Yes. Could it save you

While it doesn’t make the shoveling any easier, or enjoyable for that matter, our motivation to get a path through the snow is to ensure the safety of our children. Also, the drastic temperature changes we’ve been experiencing result in something we all dislike: potholes. As spring approaches, and temperatures get warmer, please inform the City of any potholes you may encounter so our Public Works Department can repair them. This will both help out our Public Works Department and save everyone unnecessary wear and tear on their vehicles.

Mary St. will have to be replaced (estimated with the associated earthwork and paving required for the project at $7.7 million) The City’s goal is to improve 147th Street all the way from Eisenhower Rd. to McIntyre Rd. We are moving forward, but it is a slow process. Again, you are invited to YOUR City Council Meetings which are held the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. If you have any questions please e-mail me at: or call 727-2907. Don Studnicka Councilman, Ward 2

money in the long run? Absolutely. A personal story. We had our furnace replaced. I made sure the contractor charged me for a permit and he said the city would be in contact to come over and inspect. About 3 weeks later I called Public Works (727-2400) because no one had contacted me. The company had never applied for or paid for the permit. The city called the firm and it was taken care of. I am not a HVAC specialist, I don't do plumbing and I sure as heck don't mess with electricity! The safety of my family and other worldly possessions is worth the time and energy to make sure it is done correctly. Any real estate agent can tell you, if it isn't done according to code, when you sell

WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Don Studnicka

your home, an inspector can call off the whole sale. When you pay the permit fee you are paying to make sure you are protected and to make sure the installer or contractor did the work according to code. The fees are minimal compared to the cost my friend will have to pay. Most residents don't know what they need a permit for. Sometimes I don't either. Call Public Works. Cindy is very nice and informative. If you have any problems, feel free to call or email me or any other council member. or 913-683-0662. Happy Spring to you! Andi

WARD 4 NEWS Councilmember Gregg Buehler


Councilmember Tony McNeill

Construction continues on the Ichiban Japanese Restaurant in Eisenhower Crossing. Our economic development department does great work getting new businesses moving into Lansing. We are looking forward to Ichiban opening in the early March timeframe.

March 27-28 – Citywide spring garage sale May 1-2 – Lansing Daze and Brews, Blues and Bar-B-Q July 3 – Lansing Independence Day celebration

Here are a few upcoming items for your calendars: March 2 - Summer sports registration begins

It truly is an honor to represent you as members of the city council. As a reminder, council meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd

Thursday of the month. If you have issues or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Gregg can be reached at 2500540 or by email at and Tony can be reached at 727-2524 or by email at

WARD NEWS - CHECK OUT WHAT YOUR COUNCILMEMBERS HAVE TO SAY... Spring is just around the corner. As our cabin fever starts to come to an end and we transition to outdoor activities, the new Angel Falls Bridge/Trail project will be under construction. As a member of the Negotiating Committee in the planning stages of this project, I am extremely excited to see its completion. If you have driven by Ida and Desoto Road lately, you may have noticed some construction going on. The Angel Falls Bridge will be located between Ida and Mary Street spanning across 7 Mile Creek. The natural limestone waterfall will provide one of the most beautiful features on the trail. With the im-

proved trail connection and its proximity to the elementary school, it will provide an opportunity for an outdoor nature experience for the students. We are able to complete this project because of a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation, therefore it is being completed without any local tax funding. The project should be complete and in use by summer.

and this is helpful in a lot of ways as people try to lead healthier lifestyles. According to the National Trails Research, a recent study shows that 79% of home buyers want walking and biking paths. A recent study by the National Association of Realtors shows that walking and biking trails are the #1 amenity desired by homeowners, so this will be a great addition to our city.

Research regarding city trail systems shows there are many benefits to the surrounding community. Studies have shown that people who have access to trail systems report they have increased their amount of walking

The April 7th election is approaching quickly and you will no doubt start to see political signs around town for city boards and council positions. I would encourage you to get out and VOTE.

If you have never attended a council meeting and would like to know what it’s all about or if you have a concern, our regular meetings are the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to contact me personally, I can be reached at my city email or you can reach me at my home number 913-727-1883. You can also follow my Facebook page, Councilman James – Jesse Garvey Jr. Jesse Garvey Lansing City Councilman-Ward 3

WARD 3 NEWS Councilmember Jesse Garvey

Workers have replaced the spillway and armored the lake at Lost 80 Park in the eastern part of Lansing. Repairs stopped water from leaking under the spillway and will reduce erosion. The project was funded by the city of Lansing and the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

FLOOD SAFETY TIPS 1. Do not walk through flowing water. Six inches of moving water is enough to knock you off your feet. 2. Do not drive through a flooded area. Two feet of water will carry away most cars. One foot of water can displace 1,500 pounds of weight. A that car weighs less than 1,500 pounds could float in a foot of water. 3. Stay away from downed power lines and also electrical lines in your own home. Electrical current can travel through water.

CONSEJOS DE SEGURIDAD EN CASO DE INUNDACION 1. No camine a través de la corriente de agua. Seis pulgadas de agua en movimiento es suficiente para tumbarlo de sus pies.

4. Watch for animals and snakes. Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in your home.

2. No maneje a través de un area inundada. Dos pies de agua podría arrastrar casi cualquier tipo de vehiculo. Un pie de agua podría desplazar un peso de 1,500 libras. Si un vehiculo pesa menos de 1,500 libras, podría ser arrastrado por un pie de agua.

5. Watch your step. After a flood the ground is covered with debris including broken glass and sharp objects just below the mud. Wet or muddy steps can be slippery.

3. Manténganse alejado de postes de energía eléctrica caídos y tambien de líneas Eléctricas en su casa. La corriente eléctrica puede viajar a través del agua.

6. Use a flashlight to check for gas leaks. Soapy water on gas lines will reveal leaks as soap bubbles form. Don’t use candles or smoke until you are certain there are no gas leaks.

4. Cuidado con animales y serpientes. Animales pequeños que han sido desplazados por la inundacìon pueden buscar albergue en su hogar.

7. Have an evacuation plan for yourself and family members. Choose a route and a meeting place.

5. Cuidado cuando camine. Despuès de una inundacìon el terreno esta lleno de escombros incluyendo vidrios quebrados y objetos punzantes debajo del lodo. Caminar en lo mojado o en le lodo puede ser resbaloso.

8. Prepare an emergency kit in a portable container. Make it small enough to grab quickly and go. Suggested items for such a kit include portable radio, flashlight, spare batteries, spare car keys, spare pair of glasses, prescription medication, nonperishable food items, bottled water, first aid kit, blanket, list of important numbers, and copies of important papers. 9. Shut off utilities before hand. Make sure family members know how to shut off gas at the meter and power at the breaker box. 10. Consider buying flood insurance now. Normally, there is a 30-day waiting period before policies go into effect.

6. Utilice una linterna para reviser las fugas de gas. Agua con jabòn en las tuberias de gas podria reveler si hay fugas de gas, pues el jabon produce burbajas. 7. Tenga un plan de evacuaciòn para usted y los miembros de su familia. Escoja una ruta y un lugar donde reunirse. 8. Prepare un botiquìn de emergencia en un recipiente portátil. Hágalo Suficientemente pequeño para agarrarlo rápidamente e irse. Artículos sugeridos para este botiquín on, radio portátil, linterna con baterías de repuesto, llaves del carro de repuesto, lentes de repuesto, prescripciones medicas, articulos de comer no perecederos, botellas de agua, botiquín de primeros auxilios, cobija, lista de números importantes, y copias de papeles importantes. 9. Apague todos los servicios públicos de ante mano. Asegúrese que otros miembros de la familia sepan cerrar las llaves del gas en el medidor y la electricidad en la caja de fusibles. 10. Considere comprar pólizas de seguro para inundaciones. Normalmente hay un periodo de 30 días de espera antes de que la póliza tome efecto.

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US CITY OF LANSING Flood Protection Information Dear Lansing Resident: It is easy to forget about flood risks and the need to be prepared for flooding. When the ground is dry or frozen is a good time to make preparations and take actions that may minimize flood risks. Clearing out brush and debris from storm drainage areas is a good example. In wet periods, it is often difficult or impossible to access some parts of drainage areas that need attention, so now may be the best time if you have such an area on your property. Take the time to assess the risk of any type of flooding that might affect your property, and take any needed actions for protection or insurance. We don’t know what the weather will bring in the next few months, but at some point wet weather will return, and flooding will occur in some locations in the community. Flooding in our community comes from four primary sources. 7-Mile Creek leaves its banks in some locations during and after heavy rainfall events, sometimes overflowing 155th Street, encroaching on yards in the Clear Creek Mobile Home Court, encroaching onto a portion of the City Park on North 2nd Street, and sometimes overflowing K-5 Highway. 9-Mile Creek leaves its banks in some locations during and after heavy rainfall events, sometimes encroaching on properties in the Southern Hills, Rock Creek, Fawn Valley, and Hillbrook neighborhoods, as well as the Rock Creek Commercial area and the Wiley Mobile Home Court, and overflowing K-5 Highway. The Missouri River floods from time to time and can breach the levy system, creating flooding over K-5 Highway and into the lower reaches of 7-Mile Creek and 9-Mile Creek. Brief localized flooding may occur in many locations throughout the City during intense rainfall events. (Note: Flood insurance covers all surface floods, even in locations not associated with a mapped floodplain.) Some flooding may occur from heavy snow melt, but is generally less significant than that from heavy rainfall events or flooding from the Missouri River. The city of Lansing has implemented a number of storm water practices and requirements, such as storm water detention requirements for new development, to minimize localized flooding and to avoid increases in the 1% chance flood. City Services: NEW FLOOD MAPS: The city is in the process of adopting newly revised flood maps. Check your flood risk. Flood maps and flood protection references are available at the Lansing Public Library. You may also visit or contact the Lansing Public Works Department at 727-2400, 730 1st Terrace, Suite 3, to see if your property is within a mapped floodplain. If so, they can give you more information, such as the depth of flooding, past flood problems in the area, and copies of Elevation Certificates for most of the structures constructed in the floodplain since 2004. They can provide you with guidance on how to find an engineer, architect, or contractor to assist you with so-

lutions. If your property is in a floodplain or has had flooding, drainage, or sewer backup problems, check out these sources of assistance to help identify the source of the problem. City staff may have knowledge of locations outside the regulatory floodplain that have experienced localized flooding in the past. Flood information and links to related resources are also available on the city of Lansing website, Flood maps may also be viewed on line from the Leavenworth County GIS website at What You Can Do: The City depends on your cooperation and assistance. Here is how you can help: • Do not dump or throw anything into or onto the banks of the ditches or streams. Dumping in our ditches and streams is a violation of Lansing City Code 8402(A)(1). Even grass clippings and branches can accumulate and plug channels, and smother desirable vegetation, destabilizing stream banks and accelerating sedimentation. A plugged channel cannot carry the water away rapidly, and results in flooding. Every piece of trash and every bit of sediment contributes to flooding. • If your property is next to a ditch or stream, please do your part and keep the banks clear of brush and debris. City Code 8-402(C)(10) requires property owners to do so. In the case of large downed trees in drainage easements, please call the Lansing Public Works Department (727-2400) for inspection and assistance. Aside from managing brush and debris, do not disturb natural drainage ways. Preserving these areas in a natural riparian state helps to alleviate flooding and improve storm water run off quality. Preserving large floodplain areas provides excellent natural habitat for a significant number of species. • If you see dumping of anything, including yard waste, or debris accumulation, or heavy brush in the drainage ways or streams, please contact the Lansing Public Works Department (727-2400). • Always check with the Public Works Department Community Development Division before you build on, alter, re-grade, or fill on your property. A permit may be needed to ensure that projects do not cause problems on other properties. The flood ordinance that regulates development in the floodplain was recently updated, and may be found at documentcenter under Lansing City Code, Chapter 17. • If you see building or filling without a City permit posted at the site, contact the Public Works Department Community Development Division at 727-2400. • Check out the following information on floodproofing, flood insurance, and flood safety. Floodproofing: There are several different ways to protect a building from flood damage. One way is to keep the water away by regrading your lot or building a small floodwall or earthen berm. These methods work if your lot is large enough,

if flooding is not too deep, and if your property is not in the floodway. The Public Works Department can provide this information, and is the local permitting agency if the proposed work requires a permit. Another approach is to make your walls waterproof and place watertight closures over the doorways. This method is not recommended for houses with basements or if water will get over two feet deep. A third approach is to raise the house above flood levels. The cost for raising a small or moderately sized house may be far less expensive than the uncovered loss from flooding. Some houses, even those not in the floodplain, have sewers that backup into the basement during heavy rains. A plug, standpipe, or check valve can stop this in many situations. A licensed plumber can help you determine the appropriate method of protection and make the installation for you. The Public Works Department or Wastewater Department may be able to provide helpful information about these kinds of problems. These methods are called floodproofing or retrofitting. More information is available at the Lansing Public Library and the Public Works Department. If you know a flood is coming, you should shut off the gas and electricity and move valuable contents upstairs. It is unlikely that you will get much warning, so a detailed checklist prepared in advance would help ensure that you don’t forget anything. Flood Insurance: If you don’t have flood insurance, talk to your insurance agent. Homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover damage from floods. However, because Lansing participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, you can purchase a separate flood insurance policy. This insurance is backed by the Federal government and is available to everyone, even for properties that have previously been flooded. Some people have purchased flood insurance because it was required by the bank when they got a mortgage or home improvement loan. Usually, these policies just cover the building’s structure and not the contents. During the kind of flooding that happens in Lansing, there is usually more damage to the furniture and contents than there is to the structure. Coverage for contents is available. Don’t wait for the next flood to buy insurance protection. There is a 30-day waiting period before National Flood Insurance Program coverage takes effect. Contact your insurance agent for more information on rates and coverage. If you are covered, check out the amount and make sure you have contents coverage. Remember: Even if the last flood missed you or you have done some floodproofing, the next flood could be worse. Flood insurance covers all surface floods.

If your flooding problem is caused or aggravated by sewer backup, check out a sewer backup rider to your homeowner’s insurance policy. More information on flood risks and flood insurance may be found at Flood Safety: Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths, mostly during flash floods. Currents can be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. If you walk in standing water, use a pole or stick to ensure that the ground is still there. Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else. Don’t drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out. Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. The number two flood killer after drowning is electrocution. Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to the power company or City emergency management office. Have your electricity turned off by the power company. Some appliances, such as television sets, keep electrical charges even after they have been unplugged. Don’t use appliances or motors that have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned, and dried. Look out for animals, especially snakes. Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours. Use a pole or stick to poke and turn things over and scare away small animals. Look before you step. After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris, including broken bottles and nails. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be very slippery. Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Don’t smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated. If you have any questions, please contact this office at 727-2400. John W. Young, P.S., C.F.M Director of Public Works/Floodplain Administrator

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US Selecting a Contractor The Mandatory or Consultant for Flood Purchase of Protection Work Flood Insurance Requirement NFIP: This community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which makes federally backed flood insurance available for all eligible buildings, whether they are in a floodplain or not. Flood insurance covers direct losses caused by surface flooding, including a river flowing over its banks, a lake or ocean storm, and local drainage problems. The NFIP insures buildings, including mobile homes, with two types of coverage: Building and contents. Building coverage is for the walls, floors, insulation, furnace, and other items permanently attached to the structure. Contents coverage may be purchased separately, if the contents are in an insurable building. Mandatory Purchase Requirement: The Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 and the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 made the purchase of flood insurance mandatory for Federally backed mortgages on buildings located in special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). It also affects all forms of Federal or Federally related financial assistance for buildings located in SFHAs. The SFHA is the base (100-year) floodplain mapped on a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). It is shown as one or more zones that begin with the letter “A” or “V”. The requirement applies to secured mortgage loans from financial institutions, such as commercial lenders, savings and loan associations, savings banks, and credit unions that are regulated, supervised or insured by Federal agencies such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of Thrift Supervision. It also applies to all mortgage loans purchased by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac in the secondary mortgage market. Federal financial assistance programs affected by the laws include loans and grants from agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Farmers Home Administration, Federal Housing Administration, Small Business Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA. How it Works: Lenders are required to complete a Standard Flood Hazard Determination (SFHD) form whenever they make, increase, extend, or renew a mortgage, home equity, home improvement, commercial, or farm credit loan to determine if the building or manufactured (mobile) home is in an SFHA. It is the Federal agency’s or the lender’s responsibility to check the current Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) to de-

termine if the building is in an SFHA. Copies of the FIRM are available for review in most local government buildings or planning departments. Lenders may also have copies or they may use a flood zone determination company to provide the SFHD form. If the building is in an SFHA, the Federal agency or lender is required by law to require the recipient to purchase a flood insurance policy on the building. Federal regulations require building coverage equal to the amount of the loan (excluding appraised value of the land) or the maximum amount of insurance available from the NFIP, whichever is less. The maximum available for a singlefamily residence is $250,000. Government-sponsored enterprises, such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, have stricter requirements. The mandatory purchase requirement does not affect loans or financial assistance for items that are not covered by a flood insurance policy, such as vehicles, business expenses, landscaping, and vacant lots. It does not affect loans for buildings that are not in an SFHA, even though a portion of

the lot may be. While not mandated by law, a lender may require a flood insurance policy, as a condition of a loan, for a property in any zone on a FIRM. If a person feels that an SFHD form incorrectly places the property in the SFHA, he or she may request a Letter of Determination Review from FEMA. This must be submitted within 45 days of the determination. More information can be found at n-review-fema What the City is Doing: The city of Lansing Public Works Department has an active floodplain management program. Through a combination of mitigation planning, regulation, public outreach, capital improvements, and maintenance, the Public Works Department has successfully enrolled Lansing in FEMA’s Community Rating System. As a rated city, Lansing residents currently receive a 10% discount on their flood insurance premiums.

Flood Protection Assistance There are several different ways to protect a building from flood damage. One way is to keep the water away by regrading your lot or building a small floodwall or earthen berm. These methods work if your lot is large enough, if flooding is not too deep, and if your property is not in the floodway. The Public Works Department can provide this information, and is the local permitting agency if the proposed work requires a permit. Another approach is to make your walls waterproof and place watertight closures over the doorways. This method is not recommended for houses with basements or if water will get over two feet deep. A third approach is to raise the house above flood levels. The cost for raising a small or moderately sized house may be far less expensive than the uncovered loss from flooding. Some houses, even those not in the floodplain, have sewers that backup into the basement during heavy rains. A plug, standpipe, or check valve can stop this in many situations. A licensed plumber can help you determine the appropriate method of protection and make the installation for you. The Public Works Department or Wastewater Department may be able to provide helpful information about these kinds of problems. These methods are called floodproofing or retrofitting. More information is available at the Lansing Public Library and the Public Works Department. The Lansing Public Works Department and City Engineer are available to examine your storm water or flooding circumstances and provide information on how you may be able to protect your property. The Lansing Public Works Department does not make recommendations for contractors or consultants, but can provide helpful information on how to find and select a contractor or consultant to assist you with your stormwater or flooding situation.

A state licensed consultant with expertise in flood protection design, and/or a reputable contractor with experience in flood protection construction can be a great benefit in protecting your property. The city of Lansing does not recommend specific contractors or consultants, but can share the following tips on selecting someone to assist with your project:

Pick the right professional for the type of project you have. If minor surface flooding and other storm water runoff is the issue, many times a full service landscape professional may be best able to address it. On the other hand, if things like structural elements of your building or need for significant floodwalls are involved, you may need a structural engineer, an architect, or a civil engineer to assist you. A licensed land surveyor can assist you with elevation certificates, letters of map amendment, and determining how the topography of your property is involved with flooding. Ask landscape professionals for references and look at work they have done. Ask engineers, architects, and surveyors if they have experience or specialize in the type of work that you need designed. Well-qualified local professionals and those from the immediate region may be more familiar with the specifics of flooding in this area. Always ask contractors about their experience in the type of work you need done, their local license, and references and locations where you can see similar work they have done. Ask about their warranty policy. Be sure they are properly insured. If you know of others who have had similar work done, ask them who they used and how satisfied they are with the work. It is prudent to get quotes or bids from more than one contractor for your work, but always consider quality of work and other factors along with price. In many cases, communication throughout your project may be more convenient with local contractors or those from the immediate region. Key words for yellow page or Internet searches: Engineer - Architect - Surveyor - Land Planning Landscape Contractors - Building Contractors Excavating Contractors - Flood proofing Concrete Contractors Always check with the Lansing Public Works Department (913 727-2400) well in advance of your project to determine what permits are needed, what the local requirements are for the type of work, and what information you need to provide with permit applications.


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COMING UP! The City of Lansing will host a City Wide Garage Sale on Fri., March 27 and Sat., March 28, 2015 Families, clubs and organizations are invited to participate in the Garage Sale. The City will advertise each garage sale by publishing a list of the garage sale locations in the local newspaper and on the City's website – A map will be available at City Hall, and on the city’s website. This event is free to participants and will feature garage sales throughout the City and draw treasure hunters from surrounding areas. This unique community event is fun for collectors, families and bargain hunters. For more information, call 913-727-5488 or email Permits are not required. Please note: hanging signs on any utility pole is illegal and subject to fines. Find good bargains! Shop the Citywide Garage Sale!

By City Clerk Sarah Bodensteiner Lansing Mayor Louis E. Kirby hosted the 28th annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 7, 2014. The celebration included cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate for everyone to enjoy. Employees donated baked goods to raise funds for the program. Guests also enjoyed performances by A Deere Place Daycare, Katie’s Dance Studio, and members of the Lansing High School Sound Spectrum. Overall, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program raised more than $6,900.00 to help support Lansing families this past holiday season. This was an extremely successful event for 22 families, including 57 children in Lansing. City Hall, the

Lansing Community Library, the Lansing Historical Museum, and IHOP had Angel Trees from which area citizens and organizations selected tags providing information on the needs of children in Lansing. Many generous gifts of new toys and clothing were brought to City Hall for distribution to the Angel Tree recipients. Donations for the program also included non-perishable food items and monetary contributions. The non-perishable food donations were provided thanks to students from the Lansing schools and the Lansing Boy Scouts. We would like to send a special thank you to the Lion’s Club, Kiwanis, and Lansing PRIDE for their assistance with distributing the donated items to all of the families, as well as the

many local businesses that allowed us to place a donation jar at their locations or adopted a family for the holidays. An extra special thank you also goes to the many generous citizens in the area that provided so many wonderful gifts to these families in need. Without the generosity of the citizens, businesses, and organizations in the area, this event would not be possible.

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