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Sanitary Sewer Project Updates Many residents may have noticed the large stockpiles of green PVC sewer pipe at locations around the City in the past few months. These stockpiles were placed at strategic locations by the contractor, Linaweaver Construction of Lansing, Kans. Work began at the Lansing Wastewater Treatment Facility on K-5 Highway, and includes an additional junction structure to allow the larger sewer pipes to enter the plant’s pump station. The junction structure is nearly complete, and will be finished in the coming

weeks once the concrete has cured sufficiently to apply an epoxy liner to the interior. At the same time the junction structure was under construction, field crews began the installation of a new 36” sewer line to the west through the Lansing Correctional Facility. This line is nearly complete, and will connect with existing sewers near Lansing City Park. From that location a crew will work southwest along 7-Mile Creek, cross under K-7 Highway near Ida Street, and ultimately end at the Lansing Mid-

KIRBY’S BYLINE By Mayor Gene Kirby

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

I am sitting here looking out the window, the temperature is four degrees and there is snow on the ground. The only thing I can think of is summer - I've

dle School property. At the same time as the southwest branch

had enough of winter. I really shouldn’t complain because it’s been a very mild winter so far. One benefit of the mild winter is the cost savings to you. Mild winters mean less treating of City streets. Less material to spread, less time spreading and

By Anthony Zell, Wastewater Utility Director

is being installed, crews will work northwest from City Park to Main

and Connie Street. The project will once again cross under K-7 High-

way, and terminate near the east side of the golf course. All told, the project includes the installation of nearly 13,000 feet of new sewer, which will replace aging pipes that were installed 35 years ago. The work is scheduled to be complete in 270 days, weather and ground conditions permitting. The project is being financed through a general obligation bond at a cost of $4.2 million, and will be paid for by the utility’s rates.

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plowing. Plowing can be hard on our roads, so the less the better. I want to take this opportunity to once again thank all of you who contributed to the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund. Despite an increase in the num-

2016 CONNECTION CALENDAR FEBRUARY February 4........Council Meeting February 15......Presidents Day - City Offices CLOSED February 18 .....City Council Meeting February 25......City Council Work Session

MARCH March 3 ............City Council Meeting March 17 ..........City Council Meeting March 24 ..........City Council Work Session

APRIL April 1 & 2 .......Citywide Garage Sale April 7...............City Council Meeting April 9...............Annual Clean-Up April 21.............City Council Meeting April 28.............City Council Work Session

MAY May 5................Council Meeting May 6 & 7 ........Lansing DAZE/Brew, Blues, & Bar-B-Q May 14..............Fishing Derby – KWB Community Park May 19..............City Council Meeting May 26..............City Council Work Session May 30..............Memorial Day - City Offices CLOSED

ber of eligible children this year, we were able to take care of everyone's needs. Work continues on the Wastewater infrastructure upgrades. As is the case with many large projects, we have hit a few snags along the way. That being the case, we believe this project will come in on time. Volunteer opportunities are still available. The Library Board currently has one opening and the Museum also offers several opportunities for volunteers. Check out the City website for more information. I want to take this opportunity to welcome Jeff Rupp to the city. Jeff is our new Public Works Director. He comes to us from Spring Hill, Kans., where he served as the Assistant Public Works Director. Jeff replaces John Young, who retired. We wish John nothing but the best. I want to remind you of the various ways to keep up with City happenings. Along with the website, we also have a Facebook page and the weekly E-Blast. Call Ken Miller at 727-5488 and he will be glad to answer any question you may have with these communications tools. The City Council has met with representatives from Deffenbaugh regarding the recent trouble many of us are experiencing. It is our expectation that these issues will be resolved quickly. Our questions were satisfactorily answered for the time being. That said, we will have to see how things

progress from here. Other upcoming events include the Citywide Garage Sale and Annual Clean Up. Watch for more information on these events. I have also been asked about the Independence Fireworks Show/Celebration. After Council discussion and a vote, the event will occur on July 1, 2016. Be on the lookout for further details. As always, City staff and the Council continue our work to make Lansing a great place to live. We are often faced with making decisions, some quite easy and others that are difficult. There are numerous decisions that have to be made that affect us all in one way or another. We are working to move the City forward despite challenges we encounter along the way. Moving forward and eagerly awaiting summer. Gene Kirby


2016 Youth T-Ball, Baseball and Softball

2016 Fishing Derby Scheduled

Lansing Parks and Recreation will be hosting the 15th annual Fishing Derby at Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park on Sat., May 14 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Fishing will occur from 9 - 11 a.m., at which time lunch will be served. Award presentations 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 will be available beginning Fri., April 15 at the Lansing Parks and Recreation office, located inside the Lansing Activity Center and may also be downloaded at: 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 13. 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 727-5555 for cancellation notice

Lansing Parks and Recreation will be accepting registrations for the summer 2016 Youth T-Ball, Baseball and Softball programs from March 1 - 31. Registrations may be completed in person at the Parks and Recreation office, located in the Lansing Activity Center at 108 S. 2nd St. 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, 2016): T-Ball (co-ed) 5 – 6 years BOYS BASEBALL GIRLS SOFTBALL Coach Pitch 7-8 years 8 and under 7-8 years 10 and under 9-10 years 10 and under 9-10 years 12 and under 11-12 years 12 and under 11-12 years 14 and under 13-14 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 18. Practices will begin mid-April; practice times are dependent upon the coach. Games begin in late 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, 2016. Please contact us with questions at: 913-727-2960 or by Email at:


Lansing Community Library Update By Library Director Terri Wojtalewicz

Thank you to the community for letting us serve you last year! It is because of you that we are able to do what we love and share the love of lifelong learning. It is very apparent that our community loves to read, listen to audiobooks, and watch movies, as well as attend our 300+ programs! We welcomed over 31,000 community members into the Library in 2015 with more than 65,000 items circulating. We added a few new programs to the line-up: Mother Goose on the Loose, a baby lap-sit program, the after school Lego Club, a teen book club, and a book club for adults.

In 2016, we have several fun programs coming up. On Wed, Feb. 10 from 2 5p.m., we will be hosting a Create-AValentine Craft Party. We have several craft designs chosen for you to make and take with you. In March, we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Our storytimes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be packed full of nonseussical fun and stories.

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We have two popular programs continuing this year – the After School Lego Program and the newly renamed Read to a Dog Program, Dog Tales. We provide the Legos, creative idea books, themes and a Lego movie while the children have fun building their imagination. Drop in any Wednesday at 4 p.m. for an hour of fun. On the fourth Tuesday and Saturday of each month, the Human Animal Bond Teams bring their dogs to the Library for an hour of reading. This is a great opportunity for children to strengthen and improve their reading skills in a relaxed atmosphere. Bring your favorite book or borrow one of ours. Buddy, Dallas, Elmo, and Max love listening to the great stories the children read. There are 16 slots available each day so registration is strongly encouraged. One last note, a huge thank you to the Friends of the Lansing Community Library for their support and dedication! It is because of them, we are able to recently purchase new, comfortable seating and new toys for the children’s area. We appreciate all they do to make the Library feel inviting! Planning for their upcoming annual book sale is beginning now. If you would like to be involved, just call the Library at 913-727-2929 or stop in to find out how you can join in this great cause.

We look forward to serving you this year. Be sure to stop in and say hello!

Also currently under design is the replacement of nearly 9,000 feet of sewer that serves the southern half of the City. This project will run south from the treatment facility to E. Mary St. and then west to near E. Mary and S. 2nd St. Plans and easements should be complete in the coming weeks, and the project is scheduled to begin in 2016. More information can be found at or by contacting Anthony Zell, Wastewater Utility Director, at 913-727-2206 or


BY: Friends of the Lansing Community Library WHEN: Friday, April 15 ~ 5-8pm This is members’ Preview Night. Memberships may be purchased at the door for $5.00

Saturday, April 16 ~ 8am-5pm Sunday, April 17 ~ Noon-5pm Sack Day, $5.00 a sack. (Books can still be purchased individually) WHERE: Lansing Activity Center gym 108 South 2nd Street, Lansing DIRECTIONS coming from the NORTH: Take Highway 7 (Lansing’s Main Street) south to the Mary Street stoplight; turn left (east), follow signs. DIRECTIONS coming from the SOUTH: Continue on Highway 7 (Lansing’s Main Street) north to the Mary Street stoplight; turn right (east), follow signs.

PRICES: Most books priced 50¢ - $1.00. A few specially priced. Books are sorted, on tables.

We estimate over 7,000 books!


Lansing to Unveil New City Website By Public Information Officer Ken Miller

In mid to late March, Lansing residents will see a new City website that will look great whether it is accessed from a desktop computer, tablet or smartphone. City staff, along with website contractor Civic Plus, have been working on the new website since late 2015. Several citizen volunteers have also provided input, in an attempt to make the new website more efficient – meaning that users can access the information they want with fewer clicks. “We think it is important for users to get information

and answers from the website as quickly as possible,” said Lansing City Administrator Tim Vandall. “It’s also important that our website look good and operate efficiently whether you are using a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.” Website users will still be able to conduct City business – whether it’s paying their utility bill online or registering for City events, or accessing youth sports registration forms. Up-to-date news will also be prominent on the City webpage’s homepage, so you will know

From the City Administrator

Tim Vandall City Administrator It is a busy time in Lansing, and we are currently working on many different projects. Our 7-Mile Creek sewer project continues to make progress and is currently on schedule to finish on time. While sewer projects are not as exciting as a new road or playground, they are vitally important to our community. Many of the sewer lines that are being replaced are old, outdated and were installed when our population was significantly smaller. Once the 7-Mile Creek project is completed, our 9-Mile Creek sewer project will commence. These improvements will help to accommodate our growth over the next several years. Our staff has also been busy laying the groundwork for improvements to DeSoto Rd. Currently, we are working with our engineer to design DeSoto Rd. as a threelane roadway. We believe improvements along DeSoto Rd. can make the roadway safer and improve the flow of traffic. We also want to be sure any improvements to DeSoto are done in a financially responsi-

ble way. We are reviewing different options to make these improvements without a significant increase to property taxes. Improvements like these take time, and substantial improvements to DeSoto would likely not take place for a few more years. Our governing body recently discussed implementing a formal economic development policy at our January work session. This is a step in the right direction as we continue to make our community business friendly. This policy outlines different incentives and programs we can offer certain businesses. We constantly work to assist new businesses in coming to Lansing, but also try to assist our existing businesses whenever possible. When local businesses succeed and prosper, the City’s tax base expands, and the likelihood of significant property tax increases decreases. I want to close by saying we greatly value citizen feedback and always strive to keep our residents informed. Our City Facebook page always has up-to-date information. We also have Facebook pages for our Museum, Library, and recreation programs. The city of Lansing is also on Twitter, and we are currently redesigning our Website, with an expected launch date in March! Feel free to contact me if you are ever curious about anything in the City. It’s a great time to be in Lansing! Sincerely, Tim Vandall City Administrator, City of Lansing

in advance about changes to trash collection schedules, City event schedules and the like. “The city of Lansing website is extremely important because it is the main source of information that all of our social media and email alerts send users to,” said Vandall. “Even as our public communication efforts evolve based on technology improvements, we will continue to use our City website as the main repository of information into the foreseeable future.”

2015 Mayor’s Christmas Tree Celebration By City Clerk Sarah Bodensteiner Lansing Mayor Gene Kirby hosted the 29th annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 6. The celebration included hot chocolate and a bake sale 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 $6,000 to help support Lansing families this past holiday season. This was an extremely successful event for 23 families, including 67 children in Lansing. City Hall, the Lansing Community Library, 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 Angel Tree recipients. Donations for the program also included nonperishable 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.


WARD 1 NEWS Councilmember Kevin Gardner

Another year of challenges and accomplishments is here with hopes that the holidays were safe and enjoyable for all. We continue our journey to improve Lansing as a city and the quality of life for all resi-

dents. The improvements in our sewer system that service current and future requirements, the new High School and the ability to handle future growth, along with increased financial standing and opportunities, are all positive signs that will keep Lansing progressing. Another sign of progress is the ability to work together on issue resolution. Last year concerned citizens brought a problem to the city concerning effects of flooding due to excessive rain. Issues were raised, opinions voiced, options and limitations discussed, and a plan was set. The area in

question was surveyed and evaluated, and final steps concerning labor and weather conditions should bring yet another improvement to the city. Special thanks to Matt Harding for responding to citizens’ concerns in a timely manner. This year is also an election year and a good opportunity for all citizens to raise concerns, voice opinions, and vote. The city council will again continue to work with staff, deal with issues as they arise, plan for the future, and do our part in representing the citizens of Lansing. Thank you, Kevin Gardner

Community-based Code Enforement During the Growing Season As spring approaches, Lansing residents will be busy cleaning up their yards after seasonal storms and controlling quickly growing grass and shrubbery. The Community and Economic Development 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 the property owners. Leavenworth County is currently under quarantine because of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle, 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 913364-5700. 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 other groups, such as Hammers of Hope or the VFW, will offer help to maintain structures and properties. For assistance in contacting one of these groups, or for questions regarding minimum property maintenance codes, please call the Public

SIDEWALKS The City’s Subdivision Regulations, Article 7, paragraph 1, sub-paragraph (B) states: Sidewalks shall be installed on both sides of all arterial and collector streets, and sidewalks shall be required on one side of all other streets. All sidewalks shall be not less than five (5) feet in width and shall comply with the current edition of the City of Lansing Technical Specifications and Design Criteria for Public Improvement Projects. Sidewalks shall be located in the platted street right-of-way, six (6) inches from the property line. Walks shall also be installed in any pedestrian easements as may be required by the Planning Commission. What this is really saying is that if you build a house, you need to put

in sidewalks on the street side of the property. Thus is the problem: in the last couple of months the Council has been asked to waive this requirement due to the fact that the neighborhood in which the new homes were being built did not have any sidewalks at all. In other words, the neighborhoods were put in before these regulations came into play. In both cases the Council waived this requirement. In the next couple of months the Council will take this problem into a work session to come up with a standard way to handle this in the future. If anyone out there has any ideas, suggestions, or knows of solutions from other cities, please let the City know or come to the work session and weigh in. This way we can keep from piece-mealing

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 Community and Economic Development 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

WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Don Studnicka

decisions on this and have a uniformed way of handling them - being fair to all our citizens. As always, you are invited to YOUR City Council Meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. If you have any questions, please call me at 727-2907 or e-mail me at Don Studnicka, Ward 2

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. There are also a growing number of trails in the city parks and between areas of the community. If you or someone else would like to be part of a group willing to assist in clean up and maintenance of Lansing’s trail system or areas of city parks, we will help you get started. 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.

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.) 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 has adopted newly revised flood maps, which were effective July 16, 2015. 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 solutions. 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 (7272400) 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 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. Due to floodplain regulations put in place by the Lansing City Council that are more stringent than the minimum required by FEMA, and due to the Lansing Public Works Department's exceptional efforts in enforcement, permitting, outreach, and public information regarding the floodplain and flood hazards, Lansing has achieved a FEMA Community Rating System score that provides a 10% discount on flood insurance premiums for Lansing property owners, which is reflected in the published rates. Some people have purchased flood insurance because it was required by the lender 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. You may wish to consider additional coverage for contents. 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 PERMITS: Always check with the Lansing Public

Works Department at 727-2400 prior to beginning any improvements to find out if a permit is required. 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 must 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. As a public service, the city of Lansing will provide you with the following information upon request: • Whether a property is in or out of the Flood Hazard Area (FHA) as shown on the current Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) of the County. • Additional flood insurance data for a site, such as the FIRM zone and the base flood elevation or depth, if shown on the FIRM. • A handout on the flood insurance purchase requirement that can help people who need a mortgage or loan for a property in the SFHA. • Copies of elevation certificates for new and substantially improved structures in the SFHA since 2004. • Updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps as needed when revisions are made to the maps. • Information for additional FIRM information, problems not shown on the FIRM, flood depth date, special flood related hazards, historical flood information, and natural floodplain functions. If you would like to make an inquiry, please tell us the street address and, if available, the subdivision, lot and block number. We are open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call us at the Department of Public Works, 913-7272400, or drop by the office 730 First Terrace, Suite 3, Lansing, Kansas. There is no charge for this service.


Save the d a t e!


Lansing Daze and Brew, Blues & Bar-B-Q will take place on Fri., May 6 and Sat., May 7

Kenneth W. Bernard Park AT A NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR!

(15650 E Gilman Rd., Lansing, KS 66043)

We will have live music, great food, lots of craft vendors, fun rides, and a fantastic fireworks show. The event will be 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

Thinking About

Photos of Flora and Fauna from Lansing’s Towne Center Drive in Warmer Times!

Fri., May 6th and Sat., May 7th, 2016


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1st quarter 2016  

Lansing Connection Quarterly Newsletter