Lansing Sales Tax Election Information The Leavenworth County Clerk will be mailing out sales tax question ballots to active registered voters of Lansing 20 days before the ballot due date of May 16, 2017. Ballots can be mailed back to the County or dropped off at the County Courthouse, County Clerk’s Office at 300 Walnut St, Suite 106, during normal business hours, Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ballots are due to the County Clerk by no later than noon on May 16, 2017. If the ballot question is approved, the sales tax will terminate twenty (20) years after its commencement. For those residents who are not currently registered to vote, you will have until April 25, 2017 to
SMITH’S BYLINE By Mayor Mike Smith
The city of Lansing has
register. You can register at the City Clerk’s Office, 800 First Terrace, or the County Clerk’s Office, 300 Walnut St., Suite 106. If you are a college student or
will be out of town during the mail ballot election, you can contact the County Clerk’s Office at 913-6840421 to request your ballot be mailed to a different location. For more information, please check
Shall the following be adopted? Shall the City of Lansing, Kansas, be authorized to impose a 0.45 percent (0.45%) Citywide retailers’ sales tax (the “Sales Tax”), the proceeds of which shall be used only to finance recreation improvements and infrastructure improvements, including but not limited to improvements to DeSoto Road (collectively the “Project”), the collection of the Sales Tax to commence on October 1, 2017, or as soon thereafter as permitted by law, and to terminate twenty years after its commencement; all pursuant to K.S.A. 12-187 et seq., and K.S.A. 25-431 et seq., as amended?
moved into an already busy new year – and I want to thank every citizen who voted in the November election for being part of a very important process. I take the responsibil-
ity you have placed upon me very seriously. As Mayor, I look forward to working with everyone to grow Lansing and maintain our high standard of livability.
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FEBRUARY February 16....Council Meeting February 20....Presidents Day - City Offices Closed February 23....Council Work Session
MARCH March 2 . ........Council Meeting March 9 ..........Sales Tax Election Forum March 16 .......Council Meeting March 30 .......Council Work Session
APRIL April 1 - 30 .....Annual Clean-Up April 6 ............Council Meeting April 7 - 8 .......Citywide Garage Sale April 13 ..........Sales Tax Election Forum April 20 ..........Council Meeting April 27 ..........Council Work Session
MAY May 4 .............Council Meeting May 5 - 6.........Lansing DAZE/Brew, Blues & Bar-B-Q May 11 ...........Sales Tax Election Forum May 13 ...........Fishing Derby at KWB Park May 18 ...........Council Meeting May 25 ...........Council Work Session May 29 ...........Memorial Day - City Offices Closed
As many of you know, the Lansing City Council passed a resolution calling for a sales tax election in May. This election will take place by mail-in ballot, with ballots being due by Tues., May 16. The City is seeking to raise Lansing’s sales tax rate 0.45 percent, which would make the total local sales tax rate 8.95 percent. Projections indicate this small increase would raise about $330,000 per year in additional revenue. What would the City use this money for? Infrastructure improvements. We need to improve Desoto Road, and we need to continue to improve the rest of our street network, among other things. Continued improvements at Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park would also be funded through this additional revenue. We must lay a strong foundation for continued growth and that means investing for the future. Now, I understand no one likes tax increases. But consider that a small sales tax increase would be absorbed by everyone – including visitors to Lansing. Also keep in mind that even with this small increase, Lansing’s sales tax rate would still be lower than many of our neighboring communities. Please mark on your calendars several events we have coming up in the next few months. We will have the
Mayor Mike Smith Spring Citywide Garage Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8. Then, there’s the Lansing DAZE and Brew, Blues and Bar-B-Q the first weekend in May. Finally, I want to thank all business owners and representatives who attended our “Lansing Power Lunch” on Feb. 3. Local Lansing businesses are a major part of our community and it is my honor and pleasure to show our business community how much it means to all of us. I also want to show my appreciation to all of the volunteers who call Lansing home – so many folks serve on our various boards and commissions. We couldn’t make this City what it is today without our volunteers.
FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US By City Clerk Sarah Bodensteiner
2016 Mayor’s Christmas Tree By City Clerk Sarah Bodensteiner
Annual Clean Up
Then-Lansing Mayor Louis E. Kirby hosted the 30th annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 4. 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 $3,500 to help support Lansing families this past holiday season. This was an extremely successful event for 12 families, including 31 children in Lansing. City Hall and the Lansing Community Library 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 the Lansing Boy Scouts and students from the Lansing schools. 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.
Spring is around the corner and many residents will be doing some spring cleaning. To assist in this endeavor, the city of Lansing will offer the Annual Clean Up at the Leavenworth County Transfer Station on E. Gilman Road. To alleviate traffic jams that occurred in previous years, the Clean Up will be a month long, beginning April 1 and concluding on April 30. Residents are allowed to take one (1) load per household to the Transfer Station during this time at no cost. 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. Transfer Station officials will verify and record this information to ensure every household receives one (1) load at no cost. Any trip to the Transfer Station after the one time free drop off will be the responsibility of the resident. 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. We will be limiting tire disposal to residential five (5) tires per car/truck load. Also we will not be accepting vehicles or watercrafts. Additionally, on Sat., April 22, 2017, from 8 a.m. to noon, the Leavenworth County Solid Waste Household Hazardous Waste trailer will be at Lansing City Hall for residents to dispose of their household hazardous waste. This is also at no cost. Household hazardous waste items include paint, paint thinner, anti-freeze and other automotive products, pesticides, herbicides, and other yard products, as well as household cleaning products, and batteries. Please note that all items must be marked and in the original container. Please visit our website at www.lansing.ks.us for further details on this event. You can also contact the Leavenworth County Transfer Station at 913-727-2858 with questions on items that can be or cannot be dropped off. If you are disabled or age 65+, you may call Lansing City Hall at 913-727-3233 by Mon., April 17 to make an appointment to have your items picked up.
May Events in Lansing
will be hosting the 16th annual Lansing Parks and Recreation nard Community Park on Sat., Fishing Derby at Kenneth W. Ber ing will occur from 9 - 11 a.m. May 13 from 9 a.m. - noon. Fish ed. Award presentation will folat which time lunch will be serv low lunch. child. Cost includes bait and Registration for this event is $5 per chairs or a blanket! Youth up to a picnic lunch – be sure to bring in the derby. All participants the age of 15 years may participate and MUST be accompanied by will need to bring a fishing pole per participant will be allowed. an adult. Only one fishing pole nding may purchase a lunch Anyone not participating but atte y. ticket for $3 on the day of the derb forms will be available at the Beginning April 17, registration ce, located inside the Lansing Lansing Parks and Recreation offi also be downloaded at: Activity Center and may www.lansing.ks.us THE DAY OF THE DERBY ONSITE REGISTRATION ON INCREASED PARTICIPAWILL BE OFFERED FOR AN . PRE-REGISTRATION TION FEE OF $10 PER CHILD ., MAY 12. P.M 0 MUST BE RECEIVED BY 4:3 this event, contact the Parks and If you have any questions about 60 or by email at: parks@lansRecreation Department at 727-29 ing.ks.us on the day of the Derby, call the In the event of inclement weather cancellation notice. information line at 727-5555 for
BREW, BLUES & BAR-B-Q COOK-OFF & LANSING DAZE CELEBRATION The Lansing DAZE Festival and 15th Annual Brew, Blues, & Bar-B-Q Cook-Off opens on Fri., May 5 and runs through Sat., May 6. This year’s event will take place at Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park – 15650 Gilman Rd. The celebration will feature several bands on Fri. night and Saturday. Food and beverage vendors are available both days. Approximately 30 barbeque teams are expected to compete. A People’s Choice event (open to the public) is scheduled for Saturday. The event will also feature a variety of family-friendly activities. In the past, the Festival has included a craft show, car and cycle show and children’s inflatable rides. The Kiwanis Club served breakfast at the Lansing High School, 1412 147th St. in 2016. Other events and guests are being contacted and potentially scheduled as well.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US Baseball, Softball and T-Ball in Lansing Lansing Parks and Recreation will be accepting registrations for the summer 2017 Youth T-Ball, Baseball and Softball programs 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. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registration forms are also available online at: www.lansing.ks.us. 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, 2017): T-Ball (co-ed)
5 â€“ 6 years
BOYS BASEBALL Coach Pitch 7 â€“8 years 9-10 years 10 and under 12 and under 11-12 years 14 and under 13-14 years
GIRLS SOFTBALL 8 & under (machine pitch) 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 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 Fri., March 17. Practices will begin mid-April; practice times are dependent upon the coach. Games begin in late May and run through mid-July. Age divisions other than T-ball and Boys Coach Pitch Baseball will potentially travel to the following: Basehor, Bonner Springs, Edwardsville, Tonganoxie and Turner. Late registrations may not be accepted. If late registrations are accepted, a late fee of $10 per participant will be assessed. Refunds will NOT be offered after the uniform/equipment order is placed on APRIL 14, 2017. Please contact us with questions at: 913-727-2960 or by email at: email@example.com.
Power Lunch Photos taken during the 2017 Lansing Power Lunch, which celebrated the local business community on Fri., Feb. 3. More than 80 people attended the event, which featured comments from Lansing Mayor Mike Smith. Lunch was provided by Ichiban Restaurant.
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Lansing Community Library: By Library Director Terri Wojtalewicz
What a wonderful 2016 we just completed and it makes us excited about serving the Lansing area in 2017. You, the residents of Lansing and Leavenworth County, made last year a record year for the number of visits and materials checked out through Lansing Community Library. Thank you for allowing us to have fun serving you! In 2017, we have new programs planned that you have asked for. We are introducing a professional development program beginning in February. The first workshop was held on Wed., February 8 and was about cover letter writing and resume building. The workshop was sponsored by Barton County Community College. The Master Gardeners are also starting a series of workshops. The first one focused on cut flowers in early February.
The Master Gardener’s Series: Cut Flowers The New Lego Club returns in February. It will be held on the 1st Wednesday of each month. There will be games, Lego building contests, and other fun antics that Miss Emily has come up with. It is open to all ages but is geared to school-aged children. Friends of the Lansing Community Library are busy planning the next BOOK SALE. Want to help out? The next meeting is on April 12 at 6 p.m. at the library. The book sale is planned for the weekend of April 29 and 30 with member preview night being Fri., April 28. Details are coming soon on the website and on social media.
Did you know that if you cannot find an item in the online card catalog, that we are able to request it from a library outside of the regional network? Interlibrary loan is a free service to all patrons and we are happy to help you find just the right item for you. Just as at the circulation desk for help. The Book Club meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. They are discussing Version Control by Dexter Palmer on March 9. The final Childhood Classics series sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council is scheduled for April 13 at 5:30 p.m. The book, Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame has been chosen. All of these titles can be picked up at the library. You do not have to have attended the previous book talks for this series. Miss Emily is working hard to plan an awesome Summer Reading Program, Build A Better World, for everyone this year. She has scheduled Mad Science, Reggie Gray, Dino O’Dell, the KC Zoo, and Kyle Tiernan’s Draw Along to visit the library this summer. The kick off will be held on June 3 with Mad Science. It starts with air pressure and ends with hover board antics – maybe we can get the librarian to ride it during the show! The events will be added to our online calendar as they are scheduled. We would love to hear from you and how we can serve you better in the upcoming year. Let us know your thoughts and suggestions. Again, thank you for letting us serve you! Terri Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,us Website: lansing.mykansas library.org
Reggie Gray & Kyle Tiernan in action for the Build a Better World Summer Reading Program 2017
WARD NEWS - CHECK OUT WHAT YOUR COUNCILMEMBERS HAVE TO SAY...
WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Don Studnicka
LOST 80 – LOST? As you head east on E. Mary Street or what the county calls Stranger Road, just before the city
limit you find Lost 80 Park on the south side. This tract of land is 93.63 acres and the city only uses 13 acres of it for the park. The City entered into a lease agreement in December of 1974 with the State to use this property as a park. We at the City think the park was probably used prior to December 1974, but have no documentation of this. The State owns this property and the Department of Corrections oversees it. The original lease of 1974 has a clause in it that states the State can terminate the lease with a one year notice.
About three to four months ago the State Department of Administration notified the City that it was going to try and sell this property. The state believes the property is worth $456,000. This is probably an attempt to fill some of the State’s money shortfalls in the budget. At this point the City asked the state if we could buy just the 13 acres that we actually use. The State said no!
The rub for the City comes with a grant we applied for back in 2013. We applied for the Com-
munity Fisheries Assistance Program to fix the spillway and dam. The grant was awarded for $30K with the City’s share being $10K. The application materials state that we would have to pay back $6K for each year (total of five) if the City would breach the grant obligations. Since the area was in use for 2014, 2015, and 2016 we would expect to pay back $12K if it sold in 2017 with two years remaining on the obligation. The State verbally and in an e-mail to the City stated they would take care of this. They also stated that if it was a State
grant with State money, they could easily just waive the $12K payback. However, if it was Federal funding administered through the State, they would pay it back from their proceeds on the sale. Recently, the State gave Lansing verbal assurances that they, the State, will cover any grant penalties the City incurs. Over all these years the City has overseen the whole tract of land and maintained the portion we use, and as I stated above put money into that portion that we use. Until it is sold or not, the City can
continue to use it as a park for fishing, picnicking, playing volleyball or just hanging out. As always, you are invited to your City Council meetings which are held the first and third Thursday of each month. If have questions or concerns you can call me at 913727-2907 or e-mail me at email@example.com. Don Studnicka, City Councilman Ward 2
Capital Projects Update By Wastewater Utility Director Anthony Zell
throughout town were significantly undersized, and had not been replaced since the early 1980s, when Lansing was around 5,000 people.
Tim Vandall By City Adinistrator Tim Vandall
The last few months have been busy in Lansing. The City Council recently voted to call a mail ballot election for a proposed 0.45 percent sales tax election. The election will take place on Tues., May 16. If approved by Lansing citizens, this would increase Lansing’s sales tax rate to 8.95% and would generate approximately $355,000 per year. This money would be earmarked for infrastructure improvements (primarily DeSoto Road), and park improvements. Although nobody really enjoys increases in taxes, our sales tax rate would still be less than most of our neighboring communities (http://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/pub17000117.pdf. Feel free to peruse the data online to learn more about the rates throughout the area. Another aspect of the proposed sales tax election people may not realize - sales taxes are generated by all people who travel through Lansing. Somebody who lives in Wyandotte or Johnson County would be contributing to improvements in Lansing. Be on the lookout for community forums in the next few months to learn more about this important issue.
Linaweaver Construction is currently placing wastewater pipe for our Nine Mile Creek Action Plan. Much of the work we have been doing to our wastewater collection system the last few years was mandated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we are hopeful the remainder of the project is completed without any complications. The City’s economic outlook continues to improve. As we closed out our 2016 financial year, I was proud to see our reserves in nearly every fund continue to improve. Our General Fund closed 2016 with nearly $1.5million dollars in reserves. What does this mean to our citizens? It means we are prepared in case a major unexpected event occurs. It means we can start being more aggressive in our economic development and recruitment. And finally, it means we are responsible with our resources, and we don’t spend money for the sake of spending money. We continue to work hard for our citizens. We strive to improve the infrastructure throughout town, but also work behind the scenes to recruit and encourage new commercial growth. Significant improvements never happen overnight, but instead, require time and patience. Please feel free to call or email me if you have any concerns regarding City business. We value feedback from our citizens. Sincerely,
We have also been busy working to resolve some of our longstanding wastewater issues. Many of our wastewater lines
Tim Vandall City Administrator City of Lansing
Over the course of 2016, nearly 13,000 feet of new sewer pipe was installed in Lansing. The 7 Mile Creek Sanitary Sewer Action Plan replaced pipe that was 35 years old, at a final cost of $4.5 million. Construction of this project is complete, and the new 36” pipes are now in service. The contractor is working to finish up the last remaining punch list items this winter, in preparation for the spring seeding season. Additionally, the 9 Mile Creek Sanitary Sewer Action plan began in November. This project includes the replacement of nearly 9,000 feet of pipe that is 35 years old, ranging in diameter from 8 inches to 21 inches. This $2.5 million project begins at the Wastewater Treatment Facility and heads south through the Lansing Correctional Facility to East Mary Street, and then west toward South Second and East Lois St. The project is scheduled to be complete this summer. Both of these projects are necessary to protect public health and your environment. Once completed, these pipes will ensure the delivery of sewage from homes and businesses to the treatment facility,
and poise the city for growth well into the future. The city of Lansing wants to thank all the property owners and residents for their patience and understanding during these projects.
More information can be found at www.lansing.ks.us or by contacting Anthony Zell, Wastewater Utility Director, at 913-727-2206 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US Lansing City Council Appoints Newest Member
During its Feb. 2, 2017 meeting, the Lansing City Council appointed Gene Kirby to fill the vacant Ward 1 seat. Kirby, who earlier served as a Ward 1 council member as well as Mayor, fills the position formerly held by Kevin Gardner.
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 quickly growing grass and shrubbery. The city 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. 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 rightof-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 email@example.com. 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.
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 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.
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.
The City of Lansing already has several organizations involved in the Adopt-a-Street program. This
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.
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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 Community and Economic Development Department at 727-5488, 730 1st Terrace, Suite 2, 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, www.lansing.ks.us. Flood maps may also be viewed on line from the Leavenworth County GIS website at https://leavenworth.integritygis.com/. 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 8-402(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) or the Community and Economic Development Department (727-5488). • Always check with the Community and Economic Development Department or Public Works Department 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 http://lansing.ks.us/documentcenter under Lansing City Code, Chapter 17. • If you see building or filling without a City permit posted at the site, contact the Community and Economic Development Department at 727-5488 or the Public Works Department at 727-2400. • Check out the following information on floodproofing, flood insurance, and flood safety. Flood proofing: 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 or Community and Economic Development 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 Community and Economic Development 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 and Community and Economic Development 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 15% 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. For flood insurance information, please contact Stefanie Leif, Floodplain Manager, at 730 First Terrace, Suite 2, Lansing, Kansas, at 913-727-5488; Public Works at 727-2400; or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on flood risks and flood insurance may be found at www.floodsmart.gov. Permits: Always check with the Community and Economic Development Department at 727-2400 or 727-5488 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 into water covered roads or 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 Community and Economic Development, 913-727-5488, or drop by the office 730 First Terrace, Suite 2, Lansing, Kansas. There is no charge for this service.
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Lansing Historical Museum Update By Site Supervisor Jennifer Myer
New Year, New Hours Thank you to all who responded to our online survey, and told us when you would like to see the museum open. The Lansing Historical Museum is now open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Groups can also visit the Museum outside of those hours by calling and making an appointment at 913-250-0203. In addition to new hours, the Museum has also started a new “Visitor Pass” program. This free visitor pass is available at the Museum, and can be punched each time you visit or attend a Museum-related event. After ten punches, the pass can be returned for prizes. Visit the Lansing Historical Museum for more information, or to pick up your museum pass today.
Historical Museum Highlight The Lansing Historical Museum’s exhibit, Faces of the Kansas State Penitentiary, was featured in a KCUR interview which aired on KPR in early January. The interview focused on the implementation of an early quarantine law in Kansas and is still available for listening on the KCUR website, kcur.org/post/faces-long-gonewomen-tell-new-story-kansas-stateprison#stream/0. The exhibit will be available for viewing at the Lansing Historical Museum from now until the end of May. Nicole Perry from the University of Kansas will also be speaking at the Lansing Historical Museum at 4 p.m. on Sat., March 25 about her research regarding the social inequalities of the implementation of this quarantine law in Kansas. This event is free and open to the public. More information about this event, as well as other museum programs can be found on the website www.lansinghistoricalsociety.com.
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Community & Economic Development Department Update –
We are pleased to continue to offer the following programs to our businesses and citizens:
• The City renewed the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan to offer multi-year property tax rebates on improvements to properties in Lansing. Residential: The program applies to existing residences in northeast Lansing. If you are planning improvements to your home in NE Lansing, please visit the city’s website or contact the CED Dept. or City
We have new 2017-18 Lansing Visitor and Relocation Guides fresh off the press and available for use in your business and organization. Please stop by the Community & Economic Development Dept. at 730 1st Terrace to pick up copies for your needs, or call us at 727-5488. Please help us get the word out about our wonderful Lansing community! Display them at your business, share them with visitors to Lansing, and distribute them beyond our city limits!
Clerk’s office to find out if you are eligible. Commercial: Up to a 95% rebate for years 1-6 depending on the value of the improvement on your property. This applies to new buildings as well as improvements to existing buildings. More information is available by visiting www.lansing.ks.us and clicking on “Doing Business” at the top of the homepage
By Stefanie Leif Community and Economic Development Director
1st Quarter 2017
• Grow Leavenworth County: A zero percent loan program for new and existing Lansing businesses. Loans up to $45,000 are possible to eligible businesses. More information is available at www.lansing.ks.us and clicking on “Doing Business” at the top of the homepage. • The City has identified neighborhood revitalization and removal of dilapidated structures as one of the city’s priorities for 2017. The city adopted a Structure
Removal Cost-Share program to aid in this process: If you are aware of a dilapidated building that may meet the City’s criteria for demolition, please contact the Community & Economic Development Department at 727-2400. The City is offering up to $4,000 or 50%, whichever is less, towards the cost of demolition of structures that have been identified by the city as dilapidated, unsafe, and creating blight for a neighborhood.
2016 In Review: Community & Economic Development by the Numbers (Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2016) • Building Permits issued: 307
• Code Enforcement actions*: over 1,000 *actions include but not limited to warnings, official notice of violation letters, compliance checks, court actions, citations & abatements
• Total construction valuation: $6.96 million
• Total visits to the City of Lansing website (www.lansing,ks.us): nearly 100,000
Lansing Connection first quarter of 2017