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Lansing Sales Tax Election Ballots Due to County Clerk May 16th!

The city of Lansing’s Sales Tax Election is currently ongoing, thanks to a mail-in ballot process initiated by the Leavenworth County Clerk in late April. Active registered voters have until noon on Tues., May 16 to return their ballots to the County Courthouse, County Clerk’s office at 300 Walnut St., Suite 106. What the ballot question means: voters are asked to decide if the city of Lansing should be authorized to impose an additional 0.45 percent citywide retailers’ sales tax, making the total sales tax paid by patrons at Lansing retail businesses 8.95 percent. If ap-

SMITH’S BYLINE By Mayor Mike Smith

By the time this issue of the

proved, the 0.45 percent sales tax increase would terminate 20 years after it commences on Oct. 1, 2017. How much revenue would this increase raise: Based on the most recent projections, the City could see an additional $350,000 to $400,000 per year in sales tax revenue if the 0.45 percent increase is approved by voters. What the additional revenue will pay for: The City Council has designated a portion of the revenue for upgrading Desoto Road, one of the main north/south routes through Lansing; revenue

Connection reaches your mailbox, we will be in the midst of our very important sales tax election. The mail-in ballot should have already arrived at the home of registered voters,

generated by this potential increase would also be used to pay for infrastructure improvements at Lansing parks, including Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park. Who would pay the additional tax: Sales taxes are paid by anyone who purchases goods and services in Lansing, regardless of where the purchaser lives. People from out of town who make a purchase in Lansing would be financially supporting specified local projects. How Lansing’s higher sales tax would compare: If approved, Lansing’s sales tax would increase from 8.5 percent to 8.95 percent.

or will soon. I want to urge everyone who can to cast their vote, regardless of how you vote, so the city of Lansing can continue to chart its path into the future.

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2017 CONNECTION CALENDAR 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 16 ............Sales Taax Ballots Due to County Clerk by Noon May 18 ...........Council Meeting May 25 ...........Council Work Session May 29 ...........Memorial Day - City Offices Closed

JUNE June 1............ Council Meeting June 15..........Council Meeting June 22..........Council Work Session June 30..........Independence Day Celebration

JULY July 4.............Independence Day- City Offices .......................Closed July 6.............Council Meeting July 13...........Council Work Session July 20...........Council Meeting

Even with that increase, Lansing’s sales tax would be lower than Shawnee (9.6 percent), Leavenworth (9.5 percent), Tonganoxie (9.25 percent), Bonner Springs (9.25 percent), the Unified Government of Wyandotte County (9.125 percent) and Edwardsville (9 percent). Nearby shopping districts also have sales tax rates significantly higher than 8.95 percent. (continued on next page)

Those of you who have followed sales tax-related issues know what is at stake. Those of you who may now just be familiarizing yourself with the issues still have opportunities to learn more about what’s on the ballot and what it all means. The last of three sales tax election forums will take place on Thurs., May 11 beginning at 7 p.m. at Lansing’s City Hall. If you can’t make it to the forum, there are several other sources for election information – including the city of Lansing website. There is a Frequently Asked Questions section, as well as city tax documents that provide the “big picture” when it comes to your taxes. The City’s Facebook and Twitter feeds also provide a wealth of information. The Leavenworth County website has information on the mail-in tax ballot itself, including the deadline for mailing your ballot back. Now, to the issue at hand – a decision will be made about how we go about improving our infrastructure so that future residents, including our children, continue to live in a topnotch community. Some of the revenue raised from this additional .45 percent sales tax increase (estimated at about $350,000 annually) will go to improve Desoto Rd. Some of the revenue will be used to im-

Mayor Mike Smith prove our Parks facilities, including Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park. Other park facilities will also see improvements, through added amenities. Make no mistake, the city of Lansing will continue to grow and pay for infrastructure improvements. The method and formula for how we pay for these improvements can and will be affected by voters, who have the opportunity to set the path for this City into the next decade. No matter where you fall on this issue, please take the time to fill out your ballot and send it back to the Leavenworth County Election Office so it arrives no later than noon on Tues., May 16. Thank you in advance for being a part of our local government process.

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US Lansing Sales Tax Election Ballots (continued from page 1)

Due to County Clerk May 16th!

Atchison and Basehor would have fractionally lower sales tax rates. Statewide sales tax rates available at: pdf/pub17000417.pdf What it means for local residents when shopping: If approved, the Lansing portion of

sales tax on a $100 purchase would increase from $1 to $1.45. The Lansing portion of sales tax on a $1,000 purchase would increase from $10 to $14.50. *Keep in mind that sales tax revenue is shared by several localities, including the City, Leavenworth County and the State of Kansas.


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?

7-Mile Creek Sanitary Sewer Action Plan

Complete By Wastewater Dept. Director Anthony Zell

I wanted to send a BIG thank you to all residents, property owners and businesses that endured the effects and sounds of large equipment operating near their property while the City’s contractor, Linaweaver Construction, worked to complete the 7-Mile Creek Action Plan in 2016. The project began at the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant on K-5 Highway in September of 2015 with a modification to the existing pump station. Pipe crews worked west from that location through the Lansing Correctional Facility and City Park. From City Park, work continued along Seven Mile Creek, under Main St. just south of Ida St. and finished in the soccer fields at the Lansing Intermediate School. Another large sewer pipe was replaced from City Park to the northwest and crossed underneath Main St. near Connie St. All told, the 7-Mile project included the installation of nearly 13,000 feet of new sewer, which will replace aging pipes installed 35 years ago. This should allow for uninterrupted service for existing customers and provide for future City growth. The work took slightly longer to complete than anticipated, but the project came in under the anticipated budget. 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. Questions regarding this project can be directed to Anthony J. Zell, Jr., Wastewater Utility Director at 913-727-2206.

Sewer Rate Increase Effective on June 1, 2017 billing statements, residential and commercial customers will see a $5 increase to the base charge and an increase of $.75 per unit for wastewater fees. Based on an independent consultant study, a recommendation was made to adjust Lansing wastewater (sewer) “Per Unit” rates (with one unit defined as 750 gallons of wastewater usage), and corresponding “Base Fee” rates for both commercial and residential accounts. Incremental increases were scheduled for 2013 through 2017. New Residential Sewer Rates** Base Charge $21.00 + $6.75 for each unit 2 Units . . . . . . . . . . . .$34.50 3 Units . . . . . . . . . . . .$41.25 4 Units . . . . . . . . . . . .$48.00 5 Units . . . . . . . . . . . .$54.75 6 Units . . . . . . . . . . .$61.50* 7 Units . . . . . . . . . . . .$68.25 8 Units . . . . . . . . . . . .$75.00 9 Units . . . . . . . . . . . .$81.75 10 Units . . . . . . . . . . .$88.50 *New Residents will be charged 6 units **This does not include the amount billed for trash service The June 1 billing will also reflect the new usage averages. Once a year, the city averages each household’s actual water usage for the months of December through March and adjusts the usage for the year. Residents may request a re-averaging at any time during the year by bringing in 3 consecutive water bills. Please contact the Lansing Finance Department at 913-727-3233 with questions.

Selecting A Contractor Or Consultant For Flood Protection Work 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 Community and Economic Development Department at (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.


Lansing city code requires all dogs and cats over the age of four (4) months to be licensed by the City. Proof of current rabies vaccinations is required. Licenses are issued for one year from the date of issuance, expiring the last day of the month a year from the date of issuance. Renewal reminder statements are mailed to residents. Pay for pet licenses at the Lansing Police Department, 800 1st Terrace.

Lansing Parks and Recreation will be hosting the 16th Annual Fishing Derby at Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park on Sat., May 13 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Fishing will occur from 9 - 11 a.m., at which time lunch will be served. Award presentation will follow lunch.

Reasons to license your pet • A license tells everyone that your pet is not a stray. • Licenses help link finders of lost animals with pet owners. A license may prevent a lost pet from being turned in to a shelter. The minimum cost of a shelter stay is $70. • Licenses help law enforcement to protect neighborhoods from dangerous dogs and investigate dog bites. • License fees are used to care for animals and investigate complaints about stray animals.

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 are available at the Lansing Parks and Recreation office, located inside the Lansing Activity Center and may also be downloaded at:

Cost to register your pet • Altered (i.e. spayed/neutered) - $7.50 • Unaltered - $15.00


Special Pet Permit A special use permit is required to house more than four (4) animals at any residential address in the city of Lansing. A special use permit is $25, with an annual renewal fee of $25. This is in addition to the normal licensing fee. Applications are available from the City Clerk at Lansing City Hall, 800 1st Terrace.

If you have any questions about this event contact the Parks and Recreation Dept. 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.

The Lansing Parks and Recreation Dept. will be taking registrations for fall sports on the below listed dates. Specific program information follows: YOUTH CHEERLEADING: Registrations will be taken July 3 – 31. Youth 5 to 12 years of age on Aug. 31, 2017 are eligible to participate. This program will be cheering at the Parks and Recreation youth football games. Participation fees are $75 per youth for Lansing residents, which includes the complete uniform. Non-residents are welcome to register for the increased fee of $85 per youth. TACKLE YOUTH FOOTBALL: Registrations will be accepted June 1 – 30. The participant’s BIRTH CERTIFICATE must be provided at the time of registration. FEES: 3rd/6th graders: 8 to 11 years old (tackle) - $105 (Non-Resident $115) **Age guidelines set forth by NEKAA ** 3rd/4th Grade and 5th/6th Grade: A player shall not be ten (10) years of age prior to January 1 of the current year to participate

in the 3rd/4th grade division. A player shall not be twelve (12) years of age prior to January 1st of the current year to participate in the 5th/6th grade division.

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grade may register, (6 – 7 years old). Fees are $50 for Lansing residents and $60 for non-residents.

FLAGYOUTH FOOTBALL: Registrations will be accepted July 3 - 31. The participant’s BIRTH CERTIFICATE must be provided at the time of reg-

YOUTH SOCCER: Registrations will be taken July 3 – 31. Cost is $35 per youth for Lansing res-

idents. Non-residents are welcome to register for the increased fee of $40 per youth. Registration fees include a jersey and socks. Please see division chart for participant eligibility.





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Season of play for fall activities will be late August through October. Registrations will be accepted between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Parks and Recreation Office, located in the Lansing Activity Center, 108 S. 2nd Street. Late registrations may not be accepted. If late registration is accepted, a late fee of $10 per participant will be assessed. Assistance is available for qualifying individuals. Please visit our website to download the information flyer along with the application for the Scholarship Program, or call for more information. All scholarship requests must be received by Friday, June 16 – Tackle Football Friday, July 14 – Cheerleading, Fall Soccer & Flag Football Refunds will NOT be offered after the uniform/equipment order is placed on: AUG. 4, 2017 Registration forms are available online at: For more information on any of our programs, call 7272960 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can also email at:


Lansing Community Library By Library Director Terri Wojtalewicz


We have great things planned for this summer for families! The Summer Reading Program theme this year is “Build a Better World.” Be sure to check our calendar on the website ( for our summer lineup, which includes: • June 3, 2 p.m.: Kick Off with Mad Science • June 17, 3 p.m.: Reggie Grey • June 24, 2 p.m.: Draw Along with Kyle Tiernan • July 15, 2 p.m.: KC Zoo • July 29, 2 p.m.: Dino O’Dell 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an ongoing program that families can join at any time. Stop in to get your log sheet. It can be the same book 1000 times or 1000 different books. It is a great way to read together and have fun as a family. Sizzlin’ Summer tickets will be on sale June 1. They can be picked up at the Parks & Rec office or at the library during normal business hours. The shows will be on Thursdays from June 29 – July 27 at the Lansing Middle School, 220 Lion Lane. • June 29: Kevin Horner • July 6: Reggie Grey • July 13: Surprise Performer – Stay tuned for the exciting news! • July 20: Brian Wendling • July 27: Dino O’Dell The Master Gardeners are continuing their series at the library on the first Tuesday of each month, beginning at 6 p.m. They are beginning to work on the new butterfly garden we are establishing at the Library, around the time capsule. Be sure to stop by and see the progress. Monthly topics will be posted on social media and the website. To keep up to date on all the exciting thing going on at the Library, you can register for our monthly newsletter on our website and follow us on social media. See you at the library! Terri Wojtalewicz, Director

From the City Administrator

Tim Vandall By City Adinistrator Tim Vandall

My Dad served in the First Armored Division (Old Ironsides) in the 1970s and as I grew up, I remember him telling me the Five P’s; Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance! The City has taken this military adage to heart, as we continue to work to plan ahead to pre-

vent poor performance as well as create growth in our community and efficiencies within our different departments. The City has been in contact with three different entities recently inquiring about new residential growth in Lansing. One thing people often forget is that large residential developments require substantial investments to cover the costs of dirt work, infrastructure, utilities, etc. In the past, many of our wastewaster lines did not have the capacity to service new growth, which put a stop to some potential projects. Since the City has been undertaking substantial wastewater improvements over the last few years, many of our wastewater lines now have better capacity to service potential new housing developments. This is a great example of how planning ahead is putting Lansing in a great position for future

growth. City staff is working to spark and enable commercial growth as well. Although we continue to work hard to facilitate growth and bring in new businesses, there are times when things beyond our control happen that delay or cancel projects the City has worked on for months. We are trying to take these past disappointments and learn from them. Although citizens are unable to see the fruits of our labor right now, the City’s staff is diligently planning ahead and working behind the scenes so we will be ready when the next opportunity arises. Finally, the City has an important mail ballot sales tax election coming up on May 16. Approval of the sales tax would result in Lansing’s total sales tax rate going from 8.5% to 8.95%. To put that in perspec-

tive, Leavenworth’s sales tax rate is currently 9.5% and Tonganoxie’s rate is 9.25%, so even with the increase, Lansing’s rate would still be lower than most surrounding communities. We expect this to generate $350,000-$400,000 per year. The revenue from this sales tax would go towards making improvements to DeSoto Rd., and further improvements at Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park. The City has planned on making improvements to DeSoto Rd. for well over a decade, and we are nearly ready to proceed. The total projected cost of DeSoto Rd. is $6.2 million, but the City received a federal grant several years ago for approximately $2 million. The DeSoto Rd. project would add a turn lane to DeSoto from Ida to Eisenhower as well as add sidewalks on both sides of this busy traf-

ficway. Additionally, this project is slated to improve the traffic flow on Eisenhower and make the DeSoto/Eisenhower intersection safer and more efficient. Approval of the sales tax issue allows the City to maintain our current levels of service in our departments while also funding improvements to DeSoto Rd. and Bernard Park. It is an honor to work with the Lansing City Council and the Lansing City staff. Agree or disagree, I work hard to listen to the perspectives of all of our citizens. If you ever have a problem or issue you want to discuss, please feel free to contact me at my email address, Tim Vandall City Administrator City of Lansing


WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Andi Pawlowski

This time I would like to discuss public involvement. We, as a society, aren’t very good at it. “Back in the day,” everyone took the local newspaper. When I was a kid, Kansas City had a paper in the morning and one in the evening The KANSAS CITY STAR and THE KANSAS CITY TIMES.

I sincerely hope that everyone has had a safe and enjoyable spring so far. I have been out and about in the neighborhood and have been very impressed by how well the yards are being maintained. The majority of the neighborhood really looks nice - thank you all for your efforts. I would like to remind everyone that according to our City Code 9-320 – Bush and Lawn Trimmings: “No grass trimmings shall be blown or deposited on any public street, sidewalk, or in the drainage ways or banks of drainage ways.” I know that this may appear to be a harmless act, but this can and does have a negative effect our storm water system and over

Our parents watched the evening news at 5:30 and the local news at 6. Most people had the opportunity to be informed. With technology you would think we are more informed. Unfortunately, we are less informed as a society and the information we do consume is oftentimes not factual or is really entertainment. This is a topic we have struggled with at the City and I know they also struggle with the same topic at the Lansing School Board. How do we get out information? How does the public prefer to get their information? How do we reach anybody or everybody? A few important thoughts: We have a .45 percent sales tax on a mail in ballot in May. This money will keep us from

time will lead to additional repairs. Currently, the City does not have a storm water utility (another tax) to fund these repairs, and I, much like you, would certainly like to keep it that way. So if you do see someone who might be unknowingly violating this code, please help get this information out to them. For the Mayor, City Council and City Staff, late spring and summer represents the timeframe for planning the City’s annual budget. We are all trying to keep property taxes stable and at the same time, come up with funding options that will enable us to do that and at the same time, continue to improve our City. One of

having to raise the mill levy rate for the improvements made to Desoto Road. The improvements will be in three phases: Ida to Eisenhower, Mary to Ida and 4H to Mary. This has been on the table for ten years, and finally the council pushed the issue over a year ago. The roadway design is almost done, the right-of-way is being acquired and we will be bidding out the project later this year. Phase 1 is estimated at $6.4 million. We don’t have the room in our budget to bond that kind of expense, which is why we are asking for a 20 year sales tax increase. A little over one half of the money will go for the road and the rest will go to pay for upgrades at Kenneth Bernard Park - restrooms, irrigation, baseball fields, shelters. Those are all in

the options under consideration is to increase the City’s Sales Tax. If you have not yet seen the mailer on that option, please check out the information on the City Website @ CivicAlerts.aspx?AID =1462. The funding from the Sales Tax increase option (if passed) will provide the funding for the Desoto Road improvement project and also provide funding for improvements to our City parks. The other option to fund the projects would be to increase property taxes, which I am sure all of us would agree is not a favorable option. The small proposed sales tax increase would allow us

the next phase. After we make sure Desoto Road is covered, we will use the balance for the Park. I am very hopeful we can complete the next phase in total with these funds. As you are reading this article, I hope no one is surprised about this ballot issue. We sent a flyer to every home in Lansing about it last month. Did you receive it? Did you read it? Another problem with the “news” is what we have all dealt with our entire lives. Rumors. This is the original fake news! I personally have heard some great ones! I always like the ones about me the most, not because they are about me, but because they are the most entertaining! FYI: Each council member has one vote and there are eight of us. The Mayor doesn’t

move forward with the project, without having to put the costs solely on backs of the property owners. The costs would instead be shared by anyone who purchases something in our City. If you should have any questions on this issue, please give me a call or send me an email, I would be happy to get you any additional information you might need to help you make an informed decision on the issue. Additionally, I would urge you to attend the council meetings during the budget season to voice your opinions to the Mayor and the rest of the City Council members. As a reminder, the City’s Public Information

vote except in cases of a tie. He runs the meetings. This is the truth and it is in the city code, which is available online at the city website. Eight council seats, eight council members, one vote each. I don’t get extra because I am the only girl. I would like it, but that isn’t the way it works. :) The staff at City Hall is as good a staff as we have had since I moved here 31 years ago. They really want to make the City a better place for all of us to live and work. Same with the City Council. We all strive to make decisions that will positively impact the lives and property values of every Lansing homeowner. This is a little bit of a change from the days of the past. We encourage people to come to the Council and voice

Officer sends out a weekly “eBlast” email. This email covers upcoming events, city office closures, holidays, trash delays, as well as other useful information and links. If you are interested in receiving this information, this URL will take you to the sign up page: FormCenter/EMailBlast-List-4/Email-BlastList-Request-Form-38 . You can also access the sign up page from the City website: Regular Council meetings are held the first and third Thursday of every month, and we also will be having several budget work sessions (on either

their opinion. We want feedback, we want email, we want you to have a say in how Lansing moves forward. Over the last almost two years we have made many changes to make Lansing a more professional work environment for our staff and a more receptive City to our residents. I truly hope you have noticed the changes. The eight members of the Lansing City Council struggle with how to reach out so everyone is informed, so no one is surprised. I am sure every one of us would welcome your suggestions. We all have email. Mine is: or call me at 913-683-0662. Andi Pawlowski

WARD 4 NEWS Councilmember Tony McNeill

the 2nd/4th Thursdays). These meetings are all open to the public. If you have any questions please shoot me an email at Tony McNeill

Flood Protection Information for Lansing Residents 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 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 Community Library and the Com-

munity and Economic Development 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 city does not make recommendations for contractors or consultants, but can provide helpful information on how to find and se-

lect a contractor or consultant to assist you with your storm water or flooding situation. Property protection, retrofitting advice, property protection site visits, and flood insurance information can be requested by contacting Stefanie Leif, Floodplain Manager, at 730 First Terrace, Suite 2, Lansing, Kansas; 913-727-5488; or


Dealing with Trash and Yard Waste in Lansing than it used to be or different from other cities’ policies. However, learning, and then, subsequently, following the rules eventually becomes second nature. Community-based code enforcement is not only about following minimum nuisance codes. It’s about treating neigh-

bors with respect, educating others, showing pride in the city, and using common sense. It benefits all Lansing residents if we work with Deffenbaugh. If you have questions, call. For questions about city codes regarding health and welfare, please con-

tact the Community and Economic Development Department at 913-727-2400. For more information regarding trash pick-up, contact the Lansing Finance Department at 913727-3233. Residents can also call Deffenbaugh Industries at 913-6313300.

The City of Lansing WANTS TO REMIND EVERYONE OF SOME BASIC RULES FROM OUR WASTE AND RECYCLING CONTACTOR, DEFFENBAUGH INDUSTRIES: - As summer approaches, Lansing residents will be busy cleaning up their yards from seasonal storms and maintaining the quickly growing grass and shrubbery. City code requires that property owners in residential areas maintain their grass. It is unlawful to harbor noxious weeds or permit growth of vegetation over 12 inches, which may harbor vermin or become a fire menace. Communitybased code enforcement asks that property owners follow city codes and report violations, particularly those that are safety-related. City code requires property owners to remove excess grass clippings, brush, and downed limbs and trees from their property in a timely manner. Grass clippings and leaves are not allowed to be blown/raked and deposited on streets, alleys or in drainage ways. Placing items in rights-of-way is considered criminal littering, and if you are part of an active Home Owners’ Association there may even be stricter policies and penalties. There is also the possibility that placing or blowing clippings or yard waste can cause an accident or an injury. Grass clippings and yard waste should only be placed temporarily in the right-of-way, using some of the following guidelines. By code, items should only be placed beginning at 6:00 p.m. the night before trash service. Yard waste

may also be disposed of at the Leavenworth County Transfer Station, 136 E. Gilman Rd. Construction, demolition material, or other large and/or heavy items should not be set out with regular trash. There is an additional fee for these items. Please call 913-631-3300 to schedule a special pick up. Customers are allowed one free bulky or large item pick-up per year, and more than one item can be included in a bulky pick-up. Bulky items should only be placed in the right-of-

way the evening before scheduled pick-up, and it is recommended to schedule it at least a week in advance. Customers may also take materials to the Leavenworth County Transfer Station. For questions regarding fees, call 913727-2858. Deffenbaugh will not pick up items if the rules are not followed. Not maintaining your property, or following the rules for disposal of debris and waste, is a violation of city code. The City of Lansing’s trash service and the rules in volved, may be different

• Yard waste should be placed in cans marked as “yard waste” or “YW,” or in biodegradable bags. All limbs should be bundled with biodegrad able twine and no longer than 4’ in length. • Bags/containers should not weigh more than 65 lbs. • Eight bags/cans of yard waste are allowed weekly from March 1Aug. 31. Twelve bags are allowed weekly from Sept. 1-Dec. 31. • Additional bags/containers of yard waste require a bag tag, available for purchase at City Hall. • All trash should be bagged and placed inside the 95 gallon cart provided by Deffenbaugh. • Trash bags that will not fit into the cart require bag tags (overage stickers), which are available for purchase ($1.25) at City Hall. Ten tags may be purchased for $12. • Additional carts are available for $5.00 per month.


Friday, June 30 Lansing’s Independence Day Celebration

Kenneth W. Bernard Park * 15650 Gilman Road Located north of 4-H Road about 2.5 miles west of Main Street (K-7 Highway) Celebrate the summer and the birth of our nation with family and friends. The festivities run from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be inflatables, rides and games for the kids. We will also have more food vendors than last year, including trucks from the KC Food Truck Mafia. There will also be plenty of cold beverages and treats. Fireworks begin at dusk. We always have a huge turnout, so plan on coming early and don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs. Parking and admission are free!

TREE CITY USA Lansing Designated

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Lansing City Staff work together to plant a tree on the west side of City Hall, near K-7 Highway, on March 31, 2017. The city of Lansing recently celebrated being designated a “Tree City USA” for the 17th year.


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Lansing Historical Museum Update By Site Supervisor Jennifer Myer

The exhibit “Faces of the Kansas State Penitentiary” is fascinating, raw and relevant and has received national attention. KCUR – Kansas City’s public radio station - aired a segment highlighting parts of this exhibit on Kansas Public Radio early in January. This interview was picked up and broadcasted on Here and Now out of Boston later that month. From these radio segments, local television programs and a national film company have come out to view and film the exhibit. There is still time to see the exhibit if you have not done so yet. Due to the

national recognition, we will be keeping the exhibit open through fall of 2017. For those of you who have already visited, we have also recently updated our exhibit. Come back to read the stories, as told by the inmates, explaining the reasons for their arrests. To listen to the original KCUR segment on this exhibit, visit or to find out more about the museum, visit

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Citizens’ Academy Class of 2017 Graduates

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The 7th Citizens’ Academy graduation took place on Thurs., April 20 before the regular City Council meeting. Photo shows this year’s class as they prepared to tour the Lansing Wastewater Treatment Plant on Wed., April 12.

Grow Leavenworth County (GLC) is a nonprofit organization in partnership with the NetWork Kansas’ ECommunity program. It provides no-interest loans to small business owners in the community funded through the sale of tax credits. GLC has recently expanded into Lansing and Leavenworth County, but has given loans to several businesses in the City of Leavenworth since its inception in 2011. NetWork Kansas works with communities through its E-

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Grow Leavenworth County Board members, joined by Lansing city officials, present a check to Trenton Peter, business owner of the Trenton Peter Agency – American Family Insurance, 612 N. Main St., Lansing. The check represents a no-interest loan for $45,000 funded by tax credits. The agency has been in business in Lansing since 2009 and sells American Family-brand products, including auto, homeowners, life, business and farm/ranch insurance.

information about NetWork Kansas is available online at www.networkkansas. com. Local contact for businesses in the City

of Leavenworth is Taylour Tedder, Assistant City Manager, 913-680-2602 or Contact for businesses in the City of Lansing and all other areas of

Leavenworth County is Tim Dossey, Lansing Community & Economic Development Department, 913-727-5488 or

Paul Backs, center, president of Grow Leavenworth County, presented a check to Matt and Vanessa Reid, business owners of Platinum Automotive, 105 B. West Gillman Rd., Lansing. The check represents a no-interest loan for $38,000 funded by tax credits. Platinum Automotive, 105 B West Gilman Road in Lansing is an auto service business that opened last year. They perform diagnostics and work on all vehicle makes and models, including European cars.

2nd quarter 2017  

City of Lansing 2nd Quarter newsletter

2nd quarter 2017  

City of Lansing 2nd Quarter newsletter