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Lansing DAZE/Brew, Blues & Bar-B-Q “MAKIN’ THE SMOKE” for 16 years…!

The 16th Annual Lansing DAZE Festival and Brew, Blues, & Bar-B-Q Cook-Off opens on Fri., May 4 and runs through Sat., May 5. This year’s event will feature live music (until 11 p.m.) and a special southern rockthemed fireworks display featuring the music of Molly Hatchet, the Allman Brothers, Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd (Fri. at approximately 9:30


p.m.). Beer, food and beverage vendors are available both days. Kids' rides and inflatables will be open both days, with affordable options to come back and play the second day. A People's Choice BBQ tasting (open to the public) is scheduled for Saturday. Don't forget to come by the Petting Zoo and see Lil' Milton!

This will be different from past articles I’ve written. I want to write about the City Council, Staff, and Lansing citizens.

By Mayor Mike Smith

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

I have been fortunate enough to work in one capacity or another for the city of Lansing for the past four decades. Over

New this year! Rides will be open until 10:30 p.m. on Friday night! Wristbands will be available for $15, $25 for 2. Beer, beverages and food will be sold until 11 pm.

wristband on Friday night). These prices for Saturday are only available if you purchased a wristband the night before. Rides start at 10:00 a.m.

On Friday night we are having a Lawrence invasion. Truckstop Honeymoon and Sky Smeed will be performing, and there will be a total tap takeover by Lawrence's Free State Brewery.

On Saturday, beer and food will be available starting at 11 a.m. Come see local southern rock band Split Decision, and the first ever Lansing DAZE/A Ride For The Wounded Cycle Show. This will only be $5 to enter (including a kickstand plate), and there will be raffles and a kids' coloring contest.

Also, brand new for Saturday- 2nd day wristbands will be $10 per wristband. (You must present a certificate which will be given with purchase of

the past year I’ve noticed ALL council members have been engaged in all of our agenda items. This open communication between council members stating all of their concerns with each issue ensures we are making the right decisions for the City as a whole. Some of


May 3..........Council Meeting May 4-5 ......Lansing DAZE/Brew, Blues & .....................Bar-B-Q May 12........Fishing Derby at KWB Park May 17........Council Meeting May 24........Council Work Session May 28........Memorial Day- City Offices Closed


June 2 .........Libraries Rock! Kickoff Event June 7 .........Council Meeting June 8 .........Lansing City Limits @ Ichiban June 21 .......Council Meeting June 28 .......Council Work Session June 29 .......Independence Day Celebration

JULY July 4 ..........Independence Day- City Offices .....................Closed July 5 ..........Council Meeting July 12 ........Council Work Session July 19 ........Council Meeting

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the decisions are easy, some are challenging, but I want the community to know that each agenda item is given thorough consideration before the final vote takes place. In my opinion the City staff is second to none. From part-time employees to the City Administrator, I was fortunate enough to have hired more than 75 percent of the employees currently on staff now. Many folks don’t know that many city employees have been with the city of Lansing for 15 to 20 years – or more. One example is Jeff Focht, our Streets Division Superintendent, who has been with the City for more than 37 years! I mention Jeff because he is an example that the longer we keep our employees, the more knowledge they gain about Lansing – and how best to serve the City. These employees are a major reason why Lansing was listed as one of the top 100 cities to live in, according to Money Magazine in 2007. Safety is my number one priority and as such, I am concerned about turnover in our Police Department. I am hopeful the City Council and I can continue to come up with new ideas to help alleviate that problem. One thing which continues to make me proud is our City volunteers. It is amazing that in

Mayor Mike Smith one year, we can count on 170+ volunteers who help Lansing be the great city it is. We have numerous volunteers who coach, serve on boards and committees, etc. These great people give us their time (without pay) to help make Lansing a desirable place to live. As I write this, we do have a few volunteer positions open. Please go to to see what might interest you. I want to end this column by inviting folks to share their thoughts or concerns with me on any City-related items. Email me at mayor@lansing. and I promise a prompt response. Thank you all for allowing me to serve Lansing. I want to wish everyone a fantastic spring and summer.

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Keep an eye out for more details as the event gets closer at Lansing, Kansas Happenings on Facebook! There will be teasers, music videos, links and stories from some of the partners and vendors. The event will also feature a variety of family-friendly activities while the KCBS barbeque tournament is going on. There will also be a Quilt Show at the Lansing Activity Center, 108 S. 2nd St. The children’s inflatable rides are

available both Friday evening and Saturday. The event ends on Saturday at 3:30 pm. Rides: $1 per ticket, $15 for a wristband, $25 for two wristbands (wristbands only good for day of purchase). General admission both days is free. The event will take place at Kenneth W. Bernard Park 15650 Gilman Rd., Lansing, KS 66043 (located north of 4H Road about 2.5 miles west of Main Street / K-7.)

Lansing Is A Tree City USA Honoree Again Warm Weather Means Pools Open By Ken Miller, Public Information Officer For the 18th year, the city of Lansing has been recognized as a Tree City USA community. Lansing was honored for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Lansing has again met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community: having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least two dollars per capita and an

Arbor Day observance/ proclamation. On Thurs., April 5, 2018 at 10 a.m., Lansing leaders

By Rebecca Savidge, Building Inspector and members of the Tree Board met outside Lansing City Hall for a short ceremony during which a tree was planted. Parks

and Recreation Department staff planted a Japanese Tree Lilac on the north side of the City Hall property, next to Lansing Ln.

Summertime is just around the corner and with warm weather comes the installation and opening of pools. Everyone is looking for a way to cool down in the hot weather. Citywide, we have seen an increase in pools installed that do not meet city of Lansing ordinances. These regulations pertain to any type of pool that is capable of holding 24� or more of water. Most people have the misconception that blow-up pools or temporary pools are exempt, but that is not the case. All pools are accessory structures and must be located in rear yards only. A pool permit is also a requirement of the ordinance. The following are the requirements for putting up a pool within the city of Lansing: 1. Pool/Hot Tub must be enclosed by minimum 6' fence with lockable gate. 2. Gate must be locked at all times when not in use. 3. No electrical overhead or under-

ground power within 15' of pool/hot tub. 4. Electrical equipment must be used with GFCI outlet and cannot be used with more than a ten foot extension cord. 5. All pools/hot tubs must be 8' off of property lines. 6. Must call for inspections. Please be safe this summer and bring any non-permitted pool into compliance for your safety as well as the safety of others. All that is needed to make application for a permit is a site drawing of the proposed placement of the pool with property lines, power line designations, and size/ volume of pool being installed. If you have any questions, contact Rebecca Savidge at 913-727-2400 or

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US Dealing with Trash and Yard Waste in Lansing 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. Community-based 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 injury. Grass clippings and yard waste should only be placed temporarily in the rightof-way, using some of the following

On the Other End of the Phone… By Ken Miller, Public Information Officer

The City of Lansing often utilizes contractors to provide services to residents and businesses. It is in everyone’s best interest to work hard to deliver services as efficiently and seamlessly as possible. Most of the time, that’s how it goes – services are delivered and no one thinks twice about it – until something goes wrong.

problem isn’t even the result of human error. Equipment failure and weather are much more likely to cause a problem as opposed to contractor staff making mistakes,” she said. Brown added, “Communication is key! It’s so much easier for us to help resolve an issue if a resident can calmly and clearly explain the situation.”

So, when the trash and recycling isn’t collected, the most common response is to call (or email) Lansing City Hall. When residents call, they are most often greeted by one of three people: Angelia Frazier, our Utility Billing Clerk; Georgia Brown, our City Accountant; or Beth Sanford, the Finance Dept. Director.

The City wants citizens to call when there is a service issue. We log those calls; it’s how we track the job our contractors are doing. Eventually, all City contractors come up for review. Their customer service record is taken into account when the City Council and City staff make decisions on who to hire in the future. Your opinion does matter!

As Utility Billing Clerk, Frazier takes the majority of calls related to resident accounts. “Most people calling in are pleasant and respectful,” she said. “We do have the rare occasion when a resident is very frustrated, and the easiest thing for them to do is vent.” Staff understand that frustration, but want residents to be aware that they are not directly responsible for service disruptions. Also, City staff wants any issues resolved as quickly as possible. Sanford added, “Many times, the

“I think it’s very important to reiterate that the vast majority of people are wonderful,” said Frazier. “Our goal is to provide excellent service to our residents. When there are problems related to contractor services, we want to get the issues resolved just as quickly as you do. We also want people to remember that the City staff on the other end of the phone are their neighbors and real people who genuinely want to help.”

Lansing’s Finance Dept. staff – from left to right: Utility Billing Clerk Angelia Frazier; City Accountant Georgia Brown and Finance Director Beth Sanford.

guidelines. By code, items should only be placed, beginning at 6 p.m. the night before trash service. It is also a good idea to use paper bags, not plastic bags, for disposal of yard waste. Oftentimes WM/Deffenbaugh staff on the recycling truck will not pick up the plastic bags, thinking they are filled with trash. The good news is that residents can now put out 12 yard waste bags per week, every week, for all months. Yard waste may also be disposed of at the Leavenworth County Transfer Station, 136 E. Gilman Rd. The city of Lansing wants to remind everyone of some basic rules from our waste and recycling contactor, Waste Management/Deffenbaugh Industries. Please see trash and recycling poster below this story for more information. 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-ofway the evening before scheduled pickup, and it is recommended to schedule it at least a week in advance. Customers may also take materials to the Leaven-

worth County Transfer Station. For questions regarding fees, call 913-7272858. 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 involved may be different than it used to be or different from other cities’ policies. However, learning and subsequently following the rules eventually becomes second nature. Communitybased code enforcement is not only about following minimum nuisance codes. It’s about treating neighbors 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 warfare, please contact 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 913-631-3300 or email

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US From the City Administrator by reading the statistics on the back of their baseball card. Lansing also has some great statistics that outline what a promising community we are, and what we need to do in order to be better.

Tim Vandall I loved baseball cards growing up. What I loved most about them was reading the statistics on the back, learning about each player’s batting average, homeruns, or RBIs. You can usually get a pretty good idea of what kind of player someone is

One of Lansing’s best qualities is our location. We see nearly 25,000 vehicles going up and down K-7 every day. This is great visibility for our business community. Additionally, we have nearly 12,000 people who reside in Lansing, and another 35,000 people just north of us. We are a mere 26 miles to downtown Kansas City, 26 miles to Kansas City International Airport and 12 miles to the Legends in KCK. What a great location!

More statistics…last year, Lansing generated $846,000 in local sales taxes. We generated about $3.285 million in property taxes. To put this simply, the more money we generate from sales taxes, the less funds we need from property taxes. Additionally, did you know commercial and industrial buildings generate more property taxes than the same priced residential structure? It’s true! Every time we support Lansing businesses and every time a new business comes to town, it helps us hold the line on property taxes. It helps give us the ability to fix drainage problems or repair our streets. It helps us to pay our staff and purchase new vehicles for our police department. In fact, the City’s property tax rate has decreased

each of the last two years, from 41.838 mills in 2016, to 41.82 in 2017, to 41.556 for this year. Now a statistic we need to improve upon. As of Dec. 31, 2017, the City has $22,980,000 worth of debt. Much of this is wrapped up in our wastewater treatment plant and our recent sewer projects, which were mandated by KDHE. While this is significant, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Much of our debt drops off within five years. Additionally, all of the projects that we need to tackle in the next few years should not result in any utility rate increases or property tax increases. Another statistic we are working to improve is our number of new homes per year. The last few years we have hovered between 16-18 new homes

per year. It’s important to our council to continue to see increased growth throughout Lansing, and we hope the number of new homes will increase for 2019, 2020, and beyond. There was nothing more exciting as a youngster than to open a pack of baseball cards and find an all-star player with impressive statistics from your favorite team. Lansing is consistently working to improve our statistics to make our community a better place to live, work, and play. If you ever have any questions, feel free to give me a call at City Hall, I’d love to hear from you. Tim Vandall City Administrator

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 Lansing Community and Economic Development Department can provide this information and is the local permitting agency if the proposed work requires a permit.

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.

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.

These methods are called floodproofing or retrofitting. More information is available at the Lansing Community Library and the Community 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

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.

8th Annual Citizens’ Academy Completed

recommendations for contractors or consultants but can provide helpful information on how to find and select a contractor or consultant to assist you with your storm water or flooding situation. Property protection, retrofitting advice, property protection site visits, and flood insurance information can be requested by contacting Matthew Schmitz, Floodplain Manager, at 730 First Terrace, Suite 2, Lansing, Kansas; 913-727-5488; or

On April 19, 2018, six participants graduated from the 8th annual Lansing Citizens’ Academy. They are, from left to right, Dionne Smith, Camalla Leonhard, Jeanne Im, Linda French, David French, and Tereasa Brown. The Citizens’ Academy is open to all citizens who work or live in the City and will begin again next September. Interested in participating? Please contact

Lansing Wastewater Utility Update By Anthony Zell, Wastewater Director Over the winter, the Lansing Wastewater Utility Department began cleaning and television inspection operations of the sanitary sewer network across town. As of this writing, there are some hard to reach areas that have yet to be completed, due to the location of the work and the need for specialized equipment. At the conclusion of this project, nearly 30 of the 60 miles of sanitary sewer will have been cleaned, inspected, and evaluated. The inspection reports will be used to adjust future maintenance activities and will provide guidance on repair and/or rehabilitation projects. The City thanks everyone for their patience and understanding during this important work. Additionally, the City is currently working on two design projects for replacement sewers to accommodate future growth and eliminate surcharges (backups) of old clay sewer mains in north Lansing. The project will begin by replacing pipe at the east end of Emile St., run through the wooded areas north of Timbercreek subdivision, and cross Main St. near La Mesa Restaurant and The

Groggery. Initially, the project was planned to run through the middle of the golf course. However, after careful evaluation, the route has been shifted to the south. This should equate to less disruption to those of us who chase the little white ball around the course. New sewer will be installed along the southern edge of the Great Life Golf Course and connect to existing sewers near Meadow Rd. and Oakmont Dr. At this location new sewers will be installed north and west to Merion Dr. in Fairway Estates, and south along the wooded property to near the intersection of Holiday Dr. and Fairlane. All affected homeowners will have received a project notification letter from either George Butler Associates or Professional Engineering Consultants. A map illustrating the proposed project is attached. If there are questions about sewer service, the projects mentioned above, or if residents want to know more about the process of wastewater treatment, please call Anthony J. Zell, Jr., Wastewater Utility Director at 913727-2206 or email .



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WARD NEWS - CHECK OUT WHAT YOUR COUNCILMEMBERS HAVE TO SAY... April. Kansas weather don’t you just love it?

WARD 1 NEWS Councilmember Gene Kirby

I sincerely hope that by the time you read this, spring will have finally arrived. Imagine the shock of many when we had snow two times in

This spring sure has been a rollercoaster ride concerning the weather. One day it is 80 degrees and the next it is in the 30s and we are scrapping frost off car windshields. My plants and flowers seem to be a little confused also. Some are coming up and those that were already up seemed to have gotten bit by the changing temperatures. Even with this crazy spring weather we are having this year, it seems that the dandelion always

WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Andi Pawlowski

Happy Spring, finally! It has been the longest, weirdest winter and I’m afraid we will go directly to summer. I’m going to enjoy the nice days while we have them! This time I will tackle the topic of code enforcement. The staff has been trying to get the word out on some of the most common enforcement issues. I drove around the City today and I’m not sure everyone has been paying attention. Back “in the day,” most of our enforcement actions were complaint generated. There are some problems around town that have become so bad, they are health hazards. Therefore, this is my topic for this quarter.

Assuming spring will finally arrive, there will be plenty of activities for you and your family to enjoy. Both the Parks and Recreation Dept. and Library are gearing up for the days ahead. Check out their Facebook pages for the latest event going on. Sports and summer reading programs will be on tap for your enjoyment. We will also have our usual family events as well. Brew, Blues and Bar-B-Q and Lansing DAZE are set to go. The annual Fishing Derby is right around the corner, as is the wildly popular Independence Day Celebration.

thrives. Some of us try to slow them down by spraying or just keeping our lawn cut close so they do not bloom, then go to seed. I am also sure most if not all Homeowner Associations have restrictions or take actions to control this pesky weed. The Code of the city of Lansing, in Chapter 8, Health and Welfare, Article 3, Nuisances, Para 8311, A. reads in part: Rank grass, weeds noxious weeds as defined by

Some issues are simple to fix. Keep your trash cans behind the front line of your home; don’t set them out until 6 p.m. the night before pick-up and remove them from the curb in the evening after the trash is picked up. It isn’t hard. It is just basic “adulting.” Newsflash: storage buildings cannot cover more than 30 percent of a rear, or back, yard. There is a size limit for storage buildings where there is a concrete base requirement. There is also a location restriction about how close you can place them to the property line and some also require a permit. Be sure to check your Homeowners requirements or deed restrictions. If you don’t know what those are, call me. I have a lot of the subdivisions requirements that I have saved over the last 31 years. Gravel driveways are not allowed in Lansing, neither are gravel parking pads. If they were present before the city code changed, they are “grandfathered” in as long as they are maintained. We have aerial photos that the staff will be checking because it appears gravel is sprouting like flowers in some areas. Again, there are a lot of

Then there are the not so exciting things going on as well. We have just wrapped up video recording sanitary sewer lines to help us better understand what’s going on down below. Additional work is done measuring the underground flow. I know what you’re thinking right now - BORING. Boring yes but necessary, just the same. We are in talks with developers about additional housing which means more wastewater lines. It is also looking like DeSoto Road will not start as planned due to a technical issue with the state. This has pushed back the start time by a few months. Very frustrating to so many of us who

have worked to get this improvement started. Work will begin soon on the budget for next year. Thanks to the City Administrator, Finance Director and all Department Heads, we were able to reduce the mill levy by .25 mills. We never lose sight of whose money we are spending.

K.S.A.2-1314, and shall include, but shall not be limited by, any noxious weeds as defined by Leavenworth County, and to also include brush and woody vines, indigenous grasses which may attain such large growth as to become a fire menace to adjacent improved property, weeds which bear or may bear seed of a downy or wingy nature, weeds located…….

above, and I want to remind everyone to help keep Lansing the beautiful place we call home and help slow down this pesky weed on the property or properties you own.

The dandelion does fit this definition highlighted

subdivisions that have deed restrictions against anything but hard surface driveways and parking pads. Residents aren’t allowed to park motor vehicles or motorhomes on grass. There is a size limit on how big of a motorhome can be parked in a drive way and there is a time limit for people living in a motorhome on a city lot/in someone’s driveway. Yards are not for storage. Front yards are not for cars that can’t be driven. If there is a car with flat tires in a driveway, it can’t be driven and must be removed. One neighborhood has multiple cars parking routinely in the right of way between the street and the sidewalk. Tires: If they aren’t on a car, they don’t belong in the front yard, the side yard or the back yard. They are a health hazard and is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. JUNK: There are a bunch of houses that just have junk in the front yard, in front of the garage, stacked on the side, staked in the back yard. I am sure the neighbors are tired of seeing it.

I have been with the City for seven years now and a lot has changed. We are growing in homes and businesses. I am sure that many of you feel the same way a lot of us feel we need more commercial business. Ah, if it only was that easy. We’ve been close a few times but couldn’t pull the trig-

The City has two major events scheduled for May and they are our Annual Brew, Blues and Bar-BQ/Lansing DAZE Celebration on the 4th and 5th of May; and our annual Fishing Derby, to be held on the following weekend

Also, houses on wheels are mobile homes, not “tiny houses.” We have zoning and ordinances that allow or don’t allow certain activities because of many reasons, one of them being environmental. Another is safety. The City is not unreasonable, cities follow the same standard set of rules, nationwide. They are in place to protect health and welfare. If in doubt, call our staff and inquire; ask for a copy of the code if you are unsure. Here is the deal. The City is going to step up enforcement. Because the problem is so severe and now that we are at full staff, city staff is going to start enforcement actions. Residents will be cited and will have to go to city court and explain it to the judge if they can’t get it cleaned up in the allotted time. Staff attempted to be nice, put out the ordinances, educate the masses. It’s time for enforcement. People who are too lazy to clean up their messes affect the welfare and the value of the neighborhood around them. No one wants to move into a house that has a junk yard next door, or a motorhome, or a car on jacks, or junk stacked up next to the fence. I was driving down an alley re-

ger. We are talking to some commercial developers on a regular basis. My hope is that sometime soon, things will break our way. Our daughter graduates in a few weeks, having taken full advantage of the opportunities made available to her at Lansing High School. She leaves ready and able to move on. To the surprise of many, she will not be moving on to the University of Kansas - the same school our older kids went to, the same one our nephews attended. That’s the way it has been done in the past.

on May 12. Both events will be held at Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park and I hope all of you can come out for them! Also remember that you are invited to YOUR CITY COUNCIL Meetings held the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, starting at 7 p.m.!! If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at or call me at 913-7272907.

cently and a small skunk came out of a backyard walked right in front of my car. It was cute but we all know looks are deceiving! As a mom, I was thinking about rabies, and how many more are there? If there are skunks, are there snakes and what else? We have many great neighborhoods and lovely neighbors, and then there is that “one” that drives everyone

Reminds me of conversations I have had with lifelong residents of Lansing. “Why change, why try something different. Why rock the boat?” As in life, things change, better ways are found. To not change is to stand still. The answer is really very simple: what worked before does not always work today. So if you are one of those who will ask me where my KU hat is, hold on. While I will still wear my KU gear, don’t be surprised when you see me in a Washburn University hat. Go Ichabods! That will take some getting used to. Change for the better.

WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Don Studnicka

crazy. Let’s fix it. If you have a home in your area that is violating the city’s codes, send a Fix-it Form on the www.lansing, website or send me an email . I will keep the anonymity of sender. I will turn it in. The Fix-it Form is anonymous too. Let’s clean up Lansing and enjoy the great outdoors.

LCF Groundbreaking Draws Local Leaders

Lansing elected officials and staff participated in the groundbreaking for the new Lansing Correctional Facility on Thurs., April 19. Pictured from left to right are City Administrator Tim Vandall; Public Works Director Jeff Rupp; City Council member Andi Pawlowski; City Clerk Sarah Bodensteiner; Wastewater Director Anthony Zell; Mayor Mike Smith and Community & Economic Development Director Matt Schmitz.

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US The Lansing City Limits Music Series is continuing... By Tim Dossey, Event and Marketing Coordinator The Lansing City Limits Music Series began in 2017. The inaugural event was held at Leavenworth Golf Club in September. The series simultaneously helps to promote local businesses, regional artists and provide a great community event geared towards adults (kids are still allowed!). Lansing City Limits 2018, Part 1, will be held on Fri., June 8, 2018 at Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse. The evening begins at 6:00 p.m.

Wuejong Duncan, a local harpist who loves to take different popular songs (What? Is that a song by the Cure?) and make them her own, will be performing first. If you don't know her already, you will love her vibrant personality. Following up Wuejong will be Erica McKenzie. Erica performs all around the KCarea, and plays original compositions- along with songs by artists like Norah Jones, K.T. Tunstall, Adele and Stevie Nicks. Using a guitar,

Look for Ichiban to have some drink and sushi specials just for the event. Admission is free. Tips are welcomed for the artists and Ichiban.

event will be from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., in conjunction with their Builders' Flea Market and the Lansing Fall Citywide Garage Sale. Country artists such as Rachel Louise Taylor and William Duncan are scheduled to perform. Admission will be free.

And, also tentatively, Lansing City Limits Part 2 will be held Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Lansing Lumber. This

Stay tuned to Lansing, Kansas Happenings on Facebook for more info and music as the events approach.

laptop, pedals, and her phenomenal voice she can fill a room with the sound of an entire band.

Members of Grow Leavenworth County Development Corporation and Lansing city officials recently presented a $66,000, no interest loan to Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse. Pictured, left to right, Lisa Haack, Leslie Howell, Tim Dossey, Taylour Tedder, Joy Hu, Amy Baker, Kim Baker, Tina Diekmann, Mayor Mike Smith, City Administrator Tim Vandall, Wendy Scheidt, and Trent Peter.

Lansing's Independence Day Celebration FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018

Come on out for the Lansing Independence Day Celebration, traditionally held on the Friday before the 4th of July. The event begins at 6 p.m. with inflatables and rides for the kids along with lots of food and beverages.

This year's event is sponsored by Speedway Auto Group & a Ride for the Wounded. This is one of the largest displays in the area & is timed to music. Local DJ Jeremiah Nichol will provide music for the evening.

The 2018 celebration will take place at Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park, 15650 Gilman Road, located north of 4-H Road about 2.5 miles west of Main Street (K-7 Highway). The event has free parking until 7 p.m. and free admission. Parking is $1 after 7 p.m. The field opens to the public at 5:30 p.m. There will be motorcycle and ADA parking on the field. There will be free parking and a shuttle from Lansing High School.

Bring your chair! The last shuttle from LHS is at 9:15 p.m., and the gates close at 9:30 p.m. For kids' inflatables, tickets are available for $1 each, wristbands are $12. Please be patient after the event. There are a lot of vehicles trying to leave and only one exit. The rain date is Sat., June 30. For more info, call 913-727-5488 or email

Fall Sports Registration Information TACKLE YOUTH FOOTBALL: Registrations will be accepted June 1 – June 29. The participant’s BIRTH CERTIFICATE must be provided at the time of registration. Fees: 3rd/6th graders: 8 – 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.


Uniform and equipment rental fees are included in the registration fee.

All scholarship requests must be received by: Friday, June 15th – Tackle Football Monday, July 16th – Cheerleading, Fall Soccer & Flag Football

FLAG YOUTH FOOTBALL: Registrations will be accepted July 2 – July 31. The participant’s BIRTH CERTIFICATE must be provided at the time of registration. Youth entering 1st/2nd grade for the 2018/2019 school year may register, (6 – 7 years old). Fees are $50 for Lansing residents and $60 for non-residents.

Refunds will NOT be offered after the uniform/equipment order is placed on: AUGUST 10, 2018 If you have questions about your child's division placement, please contact our office at 913.727.2960.

YOUTH SOCCER: Registrations will be taken July 2 – July 31. Cost is $35 per youth for Lansing residents. Non-residents are welcome to register for the increased fee of $40 per youth. Registration fees include a jersey and socks.

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 & Recreation Office, located in the Lansing Activity Center, 108 S. Second Street. For alternate options to register, please contact our office. Late registrations may not be accepted. If late registration is accepted a late fee of $10.00 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.

YOUTH CHEERLEADING: Registrations will be taken July 2 – July 31. Youth 5 – 12 years of age on August 31, 2018 are eligible to participate. This program will be cheering at the Parks & Recreation youth

football games. Participation fees are $75 per youth for Lansing residents, which include the complete uniform. Non-residents are welcome to register for the increased fee of $85 per youth.

Registration forms are available online at: For more information on any of our programs, call 727-2960 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can also email at:

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US Lansing Launches New and Improved Online City Code By Sarah Bodensteiner, City Clerk The City is excited to announce the launch of our new and improved online City Code! The new version is much more user friendly for anyone wanting to learn more about the City Code. Searchability has been substantially upgraded; for instance, you can type a word or phrase in the search bar and every reference to what you typed will show up. Now you don’t have to know what chapter to be in, as the search engine checks the code in it’s entirety.

Another new feature is the use of pop-up bubbles along with hyperlinks, and both functions make it a lot easier to reference other sections and different chapters of the code without having to start your search over. For example, if you are looking at Sec. 13109 of our City Code about having a special event at one of our Parks, you are required to follow the special event permit process referenced in Sec. 13-118; without having to search for that section or scroll down until you find it, you can place your cursor

over the Sec. 13-118 and a pop-up bubble appears with the language from 13-118. Or if you prefer to see it in a larger window, you can click on the hyperlink and takes you directly to Sec. 13-118 There are so many great new features, and we are very excited to be able to bring them to you. You can access the City Code through the city of Lansing website, so check it out today.


New Community and Economic Development Director in Place

Lansing Community Library UPDATE By Library Director Terri Wojtalewicz

Happy Spring! Congratulations to our “Libraries Rock” bookmark contest winners. Be sure to stop in and pick up the new bookmarks designed by Evie Stockton, David Heath, and Emily Hedberg. Thank you for making National Library Week so much fun.

We just completed our annual Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Activity Center. Many thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make it a resounding success. This year set a record for the Friends group – we had 695 people and more than $3,800 was raised for programming and events at the library. Thank you also to the community for supporting such a fun event. Thank you to the Leavenworth/Lansing JROTC cadets and WalMart employees who helped with moving boxes of books, unpacking, and then carrying boxes out to cars. We couldn’t have done it without their help. Mark your calendars for April 5th – 7th for the next book sale.

The Friends will host another Paint & Sip event on June 8th at 6:30 p.m. at the Lansing Community Center. We will be painting “Barn Door Blossoms” this time. The link to register will be up soon. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for socializing. The Friends will provide light snacks for the evening and you are welcome to BYOB – whatever you choose that to be. Children under 21 are required to have an adult with them.

Wondering about the Friends group since I have mentioned them so many times? It’s the group that helps with fundraising for the Library, sponsors events, and volunteers at the library. We are always looking for people to help with everything from events to shelving. As a member of the Friends group, you can register early for events like our Paint & Sip Night, come to the book sale on Friday night for a first look/buy and have fun in planning new projects. Interested in getting involved? Just stop by and see us, check out their Facebook page or register on our website.

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is going strong. We have several children who have already completed 1000 books this year. Congratulations to CJ Waters, Salena and Jaxon McLilly. It is a program that can be started at any time. Whether you read sing song books with your child, repeat nursery rhymes, a different book each time, or the same book over and over again, they all count! We have fun prizes for the children along the way. Be sure to see Ms. Kim for details about upcoming events for the program.

Matthew Schmitz started working for the city of Lansing as the Community & Economic Development Director on March 6, 2018. Schmitz was formerly employed by the city of Shawnee, Kans. as a Management Analyst. During his 12year tenure at the city of Shawnee, Schmitz oversaw the Right-of-Way Management program, the Capital Improvement Program, and the deployment of Capital Improvement Management Software. Schmitz was also heavily involved with the Nieman Now! group of projects, which consists of four storm water projects, and two street projects, and a cap-

ital outlay of approximately $38 million, as well as the Google Fiber rollout across the entire City. Schmitz graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Business Administration in May of 2017 and is currently working on his Master of Public Administration at the KU-Edwards campus in Overland Park. He also holds two associate degrees from Johnson County Community College, one in Construction Management, and one in Civil Engineering Technology. Schmitz has been married to his wife Jamee since

2005 and has three children. Tyler, his oldest, is a junior at De Soto High School. Ryan, his middle child, is a fifth grader and Kaylee, his youngest, is a third grader. Both Ryan and Kaylee attend Belmont Elementary in Shawnee.

Matthew Schmitz

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Summer is going to be here soon and we have so many things planned. Be sure to keep an eye out on the website and social media for details. It all begins on Sat., June 2 with an outdoor concert featuring The Penny Black Band. Join us for a fun evening of singing, dancing, and food in the library parking lot. The Lansing American Legion and VFW organizations will be there to sell food and snacks for the evening. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets for the evening. We will also have fun this summer with the Kansas City Zoo, Mad Science, Drum Safari, and a Tea Party is planned. Back by popular demand, we will also have tie-dying, outdoor painting, CSI – Lansing Library Teen Edition, and Storyboarding. More information to register for these events and the reading program is coming soon.

The Parks and Recreation Dept. and the Library are partnering again for Sizzlin’ Summer. It will take place at the Middle School, 220 Lion Ln. each Thursday in June. Mr. Stinky Feet, Dr. Laugh, Happy Faces, and Kevin Horner are sure to be crowd pleasers. Tickets go on sale on Mon., May 14 at both the Library and Parks offices.

We look forward to seeing you at the events coming up. As always, share your suggestions and comments with us via email, website, or in person. We love hearing how we are doing and how we can serve you better!


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2nd quarter 2018  

Lansing, Kansas Connection - quarterly newsletter sent to each City residence

2nd quarter 2018  

Lansing, Kansas Connection - quarterly newsletter sent to each City residence