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17th Annual Lansing DAZE & Brew, Blues & Bar-B-Q Cook-Off Coming Up The Lansing DAZE Festival and 17th Annual Brew, Blues, & Bar-B-Q Cook-Off runs from Fri., May 3 - Sat., May 4. General admission is free; the event will take place at Bernard Park – 15650 Gilman Rd. The Festival starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and will feature a spectacular fireworks display (beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m.) Musical acts include BQ Ocean Blu and Cowtown County Club. Food and beverage vendors are available both days. More than 25 barbeque teams are expected to compete. A People’s Choice bar-b-que sampling event (open to the public) is scheduled for Saturday at about 11 a.m.


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By Mayor Mike Smith Patience is a virtue – and truly, it is one of the most challenging virtues

The event will also feature a variety of family-friendly activities during the KCBS-sanctioned barbeque tournament. The children’s inflatable rides are available both Friday evening and Saturday. There will also be a Quilt Show at the Lansing Activity Center, 108 S. 2nd St. The event ends on Saturday at 3 p.m. Rides: $1 per ticket, $15 for a wristband, $25 for two wristbands (wristbands only good for day of purchase). This year on Saturday - 2nd day wristbands will be $10 per wristband. (You must present a certificate which will be given with purchase of wristband on Friday night). These prices for Saturday are to practice. But in the case of Lansing, Kansas, we have waited patiently – and now the good development news can be shared. Quik Trip is coming to Lansing, at the intersection of Main St./K-7 and Eisenhower Rd. Work on that site – where the Leavenworth Co-Op currently resides – should begin late this summer. If all goes well, we should see a grand

only available if you purchased a wristband the night before. Rides start at 10:00 a.m. The children’s inflatable rides are available both Friday evening and Saturday. Tickets or wristbands for rides will be available – tickets are $1; wristbands are $15 for one, $25 for two. General admission to both events is free. For more information, contact the Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau at (913) 7275488 or cvb@lansing.ks.us.

SCHEDULE Friday, May 3 (unless noted, events at Bernard Park, 15650 Gilman Rd.)

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Children’s Inflatables, Games, & Rides (Tickets or Wristbands Available)

6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Food, Beverages 6:30 p.m. – 9:20 p.m. – BQ Ocean Blu Approximately 9:30 p.m. – Fireworks Show Saturday, May 4 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Craft, Commercial & Non-Profit Booths Lansing DAZE/Centurions Cycle Show Children’s Inflatables, Games, & Rides (Tickets or Wristbands available) Petting Zoo (with Lil’ Milton)

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Food and Beverages 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – People’s Choice Competition 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Cowtown Country Club 3:00 p.m. – Barbeque Competition Awards Ceremony opening in early 2020. As a bonus, the Co-Op is staying in Lansing, off E. Gilman Rd. in the southeastern part of the City. And if that activity, in that area, wasn’t enough, Aldi has also announced plans to expand its grocery store in the near future. With these recent announcements, Lansing leaders are focusing on how best to keep the

2019 CONNECTION CALENDAR MAY May 2 ..........City Council Meeting May 3-4.......Lansing DAZE/Brew, Blues & Bar-B-Q May 10 ........Kids’ Outdoor Movie Nite May 11 ........Fishing Derby at KWB Park May 16 ........City Council Meeting May 27 ........Memorial Day- City Offices Closed May 30 ........City Council Work Session

JUNE June 1-30 ....Tackle Football Registration June 1..........Library Summer Reading Program Kickoff June 6..........Council Meeting June 7..........Lansing City Limits Music Series @ Ichiban June 20........Council Meeting June 27........City Council Work Session June 28........Independence Day Celebration - Firework

JULY July 1-31.......Flag Football, Cheerleading, Soccer Registration July 2.............City Council Meeting July 4.............Independence Day - City Offices Closed July 11 ..........City Council Work Session July 18 ..........City Council Meeting

momentum going. There are additional efforts underway, efforts I can’t provide details for at this time – but suffice to say, our recent “victories” lend even more validity to what Lansing is trying to do in terms of commercial development. Another effort that helps with development (both commercial and residential) has to do with infrastructure enhancement. Later in this issue of the Connection, readers can get details on what our sanitary sewer system improvements will mean for development. Additionally, as just about all of you know, work is well underway on the Desoto Rd. improvement project. This two-year project will improve Desoto Rd. from just north of the 7-Mile Creek Bridge to Eisenhower. I know that detours are never fun (particularly for residents on Desoto Rd.), but when the cold weather returns late this year, the detour will temporarily go away until Spring 2020. Then, about a year from now, contractors will re-mobilize and finish this phase of the Desoto Rd. project – including improvement of the Desoto/Eisenhower intersection. Keeping with the development theme but changing gears just a bit, I want to draw attention to the city of Lansing’s efforts to “network” with those folks who can help us with our goals. City Administrator Tim Vandall and his staff are “plugged in” when it comes to

Mayor Mike Smith regional organizations like the Kansas Dept. of Transportation, the Mid America Regional Council, the Leavenworth County Port Authority – not to mention relationships we have developed with state lawmakers in Topeka. I have recently been elected President of the Kansas Mayors Association, which is part of the League of Kansas Municipalities. It’s a great opportunity to see what other Kansas cities are doing and network at the same time. It has been an eventful start to 2019 locally and at this point the news has been good. When I sit down in late July to write my next Connection article, I am hopeful there will be more good news to share. As always, I invite citizens to share their thoughts with me, either in person at City Hall, or by sending email my way at mayor@lansing.ks.us.


Tim Vandall It’s a busy time of year in Lansing! Spring is in the air and projects are moving forward. Many of the projects that our City Council and City staff have been working on for years are finally becoming reality. Construction of DeSoto

Road kicked off in early March. This project has been a major priority for the Council dating back to 2005. Former Councilman Bob Ulin, the late Mayor Kenneth Bernard, and Senator Pat Roberts were instrumental in Lansing securing a $2.2 million grant to offset many of the construction costs for this project. Construction of DeSoto will make the road safer for drivers and pedestrians, as well as improve drainage and traffic flow. It’s great to see this project that has been a focal point of our City Council for so long coming to fruition! Thanks to diligent planning by our staff and governing body, this $6 million improvement is being constructed with no property tax increase to our citizens! Although DeSoto Road construction is a substantial project, there are several smaller projects that will

take place later this year or are a bit further down the pipeline. We recently repaired and replaced a drainage pipe on 2nd Street, just across from the USD 469 administration building. This pipe eroded significantly, causing the sidewalk above the pipe to begin sinking. This project was tackled in early April. We also plan on making repairs to the Bittersweet Bridge over the summer. While the bridge is in terrific shape, the approaches to the bridge shifted a bit. This project is scheduled to take place over the summer and we are hopeful it is complete by the time school begins. Finally, we have heard a great deal from our citizens about 4H Road in the last two months. The City was originally hoping the surfacing on 4H Road would last another two years, but the winter weather

had other ideas. 4H Road will be overlaid this summer, along with several other roads throughout the community. Speaking of infrastructure improvements, we currently anticipate large scale sewer improvements throughout northwest Lansing in late 2019 and early 2020. These projects will allow the construction of two new subdivisions and 105 new homes in northwest Lansing. In addition to servicing the new homes, the new sewer line will also take wastewater flow from The Willows and parts of the Maples subdivisions. By diverting the flow from these existing subdivisions to a newer, larger sewer line, we are increasing the capacity of the existing sewer line servicing homes along Woodland and Highland, thus alleviating the chance of sewer backups in the area.

There are so many great things happening in Lansing right now! In addition to the residential and commercial growth we expect to see in the next 18 months, we are also making improvements to Highland Park in central Lansing this spring. We are also working on a Parks Master Plan, which will serve as a roadmap for which parks projects we can tackle in a fiscally responsible way in the next few years. Be on the lookout for opportunities and surveys to share your ideas for ways we can improve our parks! Lansing DAZE is currently scheduled for May 3-4, and the Fishing Derby is currently scheduled for May 11. Both events take place at the beautiful Bernard Park. Tim Vandall City Administrator tvandall@lansing.ks.us

“Coffee with the Administrator” Scheduled in May By Ken Miller, Public Information Officer Lansing City Administrator Tim Vandall will host another “Coffee” at 8 a.m. on Sat., May 18 at City Hall, 800 1st Terr. Vandall and City senior staff take part in the roundtable discussion, as do several city council members. All topics are on the table, as these forums usually last for about 90 minutes. “We’ve hosted about a half-dozen of these sit-downs,” said Vandall. “Many times, my staff and I learn things about what our community is thinking, on top of being able to answer citizen questions. It is definitely time well spent for us.” Attendance usually hovers around ten or more residents. Coffee and donuts are provided. If you have questions about “Coffee with the Administrator,” contact Vandall at 913-727-3233 or tvandall@lansing.ks.us.


WARD 1 NEWS Councilmember Gene Kirby

I have seen on social media many comments about the closing of Desoto Rd. I thought I’d explain. Desoto Rd. was at one time a gravel road. At some point in the past, it was chipped and sealed and then black-topped. It was never an engineered road with proper subsurface conditions. It gets a lot of traffic and as Lansing grows, it will get even more. About ten years ago, the Mayor and a former council member came back from Washington, D.C. and said surprise! We got a $2million-dollar earmark for Desoto Rd. Yay! Well, fiscally speaking, ten years ago was not a good time to be planning for a large project. When we found out how much that road would cost, we decided it

WARD 3 NEWS Councilmember Jesse Garvey

Well, I could start off by talking about the weather, but who’s interested in that? It certainly has been a challenging year so far, so let’s hope things get better. I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding regarding the closure of Desoto Road. I realize what an inconvenience it has been and will be until the work is complete. The detour was planned during the design phase and the reason is safety. It was decided this was the best way to go. Desoto carries 8,000 cars daily and it was decided it would be better off to use this route as opposed to dumping up to half that many cars

through the neighborhoods and away from the schools. The plan is to open Desoto back up when the work is shut down for the winter and then close it again next spring when work resumes. The work is currently on schedule; but the weather will have a lot to say in this situation. The work is being done by Lineaweaver Construction, a local company that understands the issues and wants to get this done as quickly as possible. As for 4H Road, this job should not necessitate closing that road. It is scheduled to take about one week, depending again on the weather. It isn’t scheduled to start

until after school is out for the summer. McIntyre Road is scheduled to be done this fall. These things are being done in order to give us a better, safer city to live, work, and raise our families in. Now for the good news. If you haven’t heard (and who hasn’t), Quik Trip is coming to town. This was a long drawn out process, taking about four years to get to where we are today. It was a process that often made me wonder if it would ever come true. Many thanks to our former Economic Development Director, Stefanie Leif who got the ball rolling and to our City Administrator, Tim Van-

dall and current Community and Economic Development Director, Matt Schmitz. Another bit of good news is Leavenworth Co-Op will be staying in Lansing. A win/win for all involved. And yet another feather in Lansing’s cap: Aldi’s is staying here and they will be expanding their store soon. Some odds and ends: A new CBD store has also opened in the Carriage Hills Plaza. From an infrastructure perspective, the replacement of storm water drainage and sidewalks has been completed at 2nd St. and Mary. One other tidbit: congratulations to Chad Schimke, who is the new 4th Dis-

trict Leavenworth County Commissioner, representing Lansing. The City has a lot to offer in terms of events and programs this spring and summer. Lansing DAZE, the Fishing Derby and other programs through the Parks and Recreation Dept. as well as the Lansing Community Library will keep both young and old engaged and busy. I want to end this article with a favorite quote of mine, which seems pretty timely now that Lansing is seeing the fruits of our many labors: “I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.” Marie Curie Have a great summer.

was not the time. The financial strings attached meant we had to spend a lot of local taxpayer revenue in order to be able to use those Federal earmarked funds. So, we didn’t. The City kept asking KDOT (the keeper of the funds) to extend our project because we didn’t have the local matching funds available and other critical projects (mostly sanitary sewer) were rearing their ugly heads. Finally, several years ago, the Council elected to downsize the Desoto project to a 3-lane (the previous administration had planned on a 5-lane, which we didn’t feel was warranted at this time, nor was it affordable). KDOT was pushing us to spend the money or lose

it. So, in total, we have an $8 million ($6 million entirely on Lansing) project for Desoto Rd. from Ida to Eisenhower. They are completely tearing up the road and putting down a new base. We will have a structurally sound road for many years. The next phase will involve the bridge and go from Mary to Ida. The county and city have an agreement to split the cost on the bridge. I believe that will be made to eventually hold four lanes of traffic so we don’t have to build it twice. It will have to span the flood plain, so it won’t be cheap. Meanwhile, we are currently wrestling with the intersection at 4H and 147th/Desoto. There are complaints about the traf-

fic backing up. The traffic engineer says the backup is only for about 15 minutes in the morning and the same in the evening. According to KDOT, that intersection doesn’t warrant a light. With the complaints I have heard about the light at Ridge Rd., I don’t want one there either! So, the option is the 4-way stop or add a roundabout. Well, if you want to see people’s heads explode, bring that up in a group discussion. The deal with roundabouts: they are safer. You don’t get Tboned in a roundabout. You might get rear ended, but the injuries are usually not severe. Most people here don’t know how to drive in them, but that isn’t a reason to not have them. The discussion is

ongoing. It also includes a drainage fix that is 100 or so yards to the south of that intersection. The engineer’s estimate we just received is for about $2 million. These numbers are staggering and we haven’t factored in doing anything for expansion going north or south, past this project area. Like I said, the discussions are ongoing and we have not identified funding, so the project is not imminent. No decisions have been made. NONE! We are just gathering information and opinions! If you have an opinion, I’d love to hear it. Contact me at Andi_p@earthlink.net or 913-683-0662.


Happy Spring! After such a long cold winter, I hope you have been enjoying this nice weather. Just when we thought, “could winter possibly be over,” more snow storms rolled in. Let’s hope for a long spring with weather we can really enjoy, to go along with the many spring activities planned in Lansing. The Leavenworth County Clean Up, which runs now through April 2020 will allow you one free trip to the Leavenworth County Transfer Station off of E. Gilman Road. For those of you who are not aware, we have a new representative on the

County Commission. Last year the Give Me Five campaign initiative was approved by voters, and increased our county representation from three commissioners to five. On March 26, 2019 Chad R. Schimke was elected to represent the 4th District. I would like to welcome Mr. Schimke as our county representative. By now I am sure you have noticed the closure of DeSoto Road. I know this is a huge inconvenience for many who travel through this section of the City on a daily basis. Two years sounds like a long time, but I am sure it will be here and gone before

we know it. Many citizens have asked why this project necessitates shutting the whole road down. There are many parts to this project including moving soil from one end of Desoto to the other in order to raise the road level; it is easier to do this with no traffic on the road. I am sure that once the road is open again, we will all be happy and appreciative and the headaches will fade to just a memory. At our April 4th council meeting, we started the preliminary plans on one of the most exciting additions to our community. A Quik Trip will be con-

structed at the current CoOp location at the corner of Main and Eisenhower. I have heard a lot of positive feedback about Quik Trip coming to Lansing and everyone is excited to welcome them to our community. The Co-Op will not be closing their business in Lansing - they will just be relocating to the Lansing Industrial Park off E. Gilman Road. In November, you will be asked to once again go to the polls and elect your ward representatives. Please take time and do research before going to vote. If you have any questions, concerns or would

Happy Spring, FINALLY! Andi Pawlowski

Councilmember Andi Pawlowski

just like to talk, please email me at jgarvey@lansing.ks.us or call me at 913-727-1883. I hope to see you at a Council meeting soon; we have meetings the first and third Thursdays of each month. Jesse Garvey Ward 3 Council member



Fall Sports Registration Around the Corner… The Lansing Parks and Recreation Department will be taking registrations for fall sports on the dates listed below. Specific program information follows: TACKLE YOUTH FOOTBALL: Registrations will be accepted June 3 – 28. 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 **

must be provided at the time of registration. Youth entering 1st/2nd grade for the 2019/2020 school year may register, (6 – 7 years old). Fees are $50 for Lansing residents and $60 for non-residents. YOUTH SOCCER: Registrations will be taken July 1 – 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. Please see division chart for participant eligibility.

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.

Birth Year Age Group 2015 U6 2014 2013 U8 2012 2011 U10 2010 2009 U12 2008 2007 2006 U15 2005**

FLAG YOUTH FOOTBALL: Registrations will be accepted July 1 – 31. The participant’s BIRTH CERTIFICATE

**2005 participants are only eligible if enrolled in 8th grade for the 2019/2020 school year

YOUTH CHEERLEADING: Registrations will be taken July 1 – 31. Youth 5 – 12 years of age on August 31, 2019 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. Nonresidents are welcome to register for the increased fee of $85 per youth. 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. All scholarship requests must be received by: Friday, June 14th – Tackle Football Monday, July 15th – Cheerleading, Fall Soccer & Flag Football Refunds will NOT be offered after the uniform/equipment order is placed on: AUGUST 12, 2019 Registration forms are available online at: www.lansing.ks.us. For more information on any of our programs, call 727-2960 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can also email at: parks@lansing.ks.us

Fishing Derby Coming Up

Father and daughter enjoying Lansing’s Annual Fishing Derby at Bernard Park.

The Lansing Parks and Recreation Dept. will host the 18th Annual Fishing Derby at Bernard Park on Sat., May 11 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Fishing will occur from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., at which time lunch will be served. Award presentation will follow lunch. Registration for this event is $5.00 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 $3.00 on the day of the Derby. Registration forms are currently available at the Lansing Parks and Recreation office, located inside the Lansing Activity Center (108 S. 2nd St.) and may also be downloaded at: www.lansing.ks.us ONSITE REGISTRATION ON THE DAY OF THE DERBY

WILL BE OFFERED FOR AN INCREASED PARTICIPATION FEE OF $10 PER CHILD. PREREGISTRATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY 4:30 P.M., MAY 10. If you have any questions about this event, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 727-2960 or by email at: parks@lansing.ks.us In the event of inclement weather on the day of the Derby, please call the information line at 727-5555 for cancellation notice.

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US Wastewater Utility Update By Anthony Zell, Director

May is here, and I can’t believe that this year is one-third over! Spring time is budget time, and as I look ahead to program projects for the remainder of 2019 and beyond, I wanted to take a few moments and give an update on the recently completed projects within the Wastewater Utility Department. Since the fall of 2017, the City has contracted to clean and televise nearly 135,000 feet of sanitary sewer pipe. As the data and video from this work is analyzed, repairs and rehabilitation projects will be programmed for upcoming budget cycles. Additionally, 36,000 feet of pipe has been treated with chemical root control to prevent roots from clogging the sewer mains. Later this spring we will clean

and inspect the large sewer main that runs down the middle of Main Street. This work will be completed in the middle of the night to minimize traffic impacts and for worker safety. Once completed, nearly 30 of the 60 miles of sewer will have been cleaned and inspected. In addition to the annual maintenance program, there are larger infrastructure projects that will kick off in 2019. In the 4th quarter of 2018, I wrote about the Northwest Relief Sewer Project and the Golf Course Sewer Extension Project. These projects will be extremely beneficial to current customers and position the City for future growth. The projects will reroute some existing flows from overloaded pipes, which we feel will reduce the chances of backups into homes and businesses. The start date for

these projects has been extended to Aug. 1, 2019, with a completion date late in the spring of 2020. I want to thank all of the property owners and residents for their patience and understanding during these projects. Before I close, I would be extremely remiss if I didn’t ask if you can do me a favor and make sure those “flushable wipes” end up in the trash can and not in the toilet. Contrary to popular belief, those products are not biodegradable, and cause significant damage to the collection system and the equipment at the treatment facility. More information can be found at www.lansing.ks.us or by contacting Anthony Zell, Wastewater Utility Director, at 913-727-2206 or zell@lansing.ks.us

Tree Plantings

Lansing Parks and Recreation Dept. employees are joined by Lansing Community Library patrons during our annual Arbor Day tree planting. This tree was planted on the east side of the Library on April 12, 2019.

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US Desoto Road Project Update By Ken Miller, Public Information Officer

The Desoto Road project in Lansing has been underway for just about two months and progress has been steady between just north of the bridge and Holiday Drive. The road is completely blocked just north of Holiday (see photos). Once this first of three total segments is completed, the current twoyear project will result in a safer road featuring three lanes and sidewalks. The scope of this segment runs from north of the bridge to the Eisenhower Road intersection. Additional segments, which include improvements all the way to McIntyre Road will be planned and executed once funding is available.

Photo taken on April 12 from just north of Holiday Dr., looking north toward Eisenhower Rd.

The Desoto Rd. project is being administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation. As many of you know, the work requires a detour: On the south end, motorists

More On Flood Protection‌ 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 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 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 mschmitz@lansing.ks.us.

Once project is completed, slope from Desoto Rd. will be much less severe.

use 4H Rd. to K-7. On the north end, drivers will use Eisenhower to K-7. During the winter of 2019-2020 the road will re-open to traffic. Des-

oto Rd. will be closed for work resuming in the Spring of 2020 and will be closed during the final phase of construction from Holiday Dr. to Eisenhower Rd.


Lansing Community Library Update By Terri Wojtalewicz, Library Director

Happy Spring – at least that is what the calendar says! Congratulations to our “Universe of Stories” bookmark contest winners! Be sure to stop in and pick up the new bookmarks designed by Charlie Y., Rachel S., and Ainsley Y.! 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 the wonderful volunteers who helped make it a resounding success. This year was a record for the Friends group – We had an estimated 900 people (we were so busy helping we forgot to count sometimes) shop at the book sale this year and $3,851 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 Lansing High School National English Honor Society, Leavenworth/Lansing JROTC cadets and the 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 3 – 5 for the next book sale. The Friends’ next event will be another Paint & Sip event on June 14. Doors open at 6 p.m. and painting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Lansing Com-

Lansing Community Library’s young patrons having fun with “slime.”

munity Center. We will be painting “Calm at the Beach” this time. Registration is now open. Check our website (www.lansingkslibrary.org) and Facebook page (LansingCommunityLibrary) for the link or call 913-727-2929 to register. The Friends will provide light snacks for the evening and you are welcome to BYOB – whatever you choose that to be. This event is for adults 18 years of age and older. Participants under the age of 21 are required to have an adult over 21 with them. Are you wondering about the Friends organization since I have mentioned them so many times? They are 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

Some of Lansing’s artists showing off their work during the Library’s “Kids Create” event.

Night, come to the book sale on Friday night for a first look/buy, and have fun in planning new projects. Interested in becoming involved? Find out more at our next meeting on May 15 at 6 p.m. at the Library or stop by and see us, check out their Facebook page, or register on our website. Summer is going to be here soon, and we have so many things planned. Be sure to keep an eye on the website and social media for details. It all begins on Sat., June 1 with an ice cream

social followed by a performance by Mr. Stinky Feet. We will have lots of fun this summer - Mad Science, The ScienceTellers, and a Princess Tea Party are all scheduled. Back by popular demand, we will also have tiedying, outdoor painting, and Kid’s Create. More information to register for these events and the reading program is coming soon. The Dept. of Parks and Recreation and the Library are partnering this year to offer summer camps for youth entering 3rd – 5th grade for the 2019/2020 school year. Campers may only register for ONE session. The two sessions offered will be June 17 – 21 or July 15 – 19. Campers will report to the Lansing Community Library at 9 a.m. and stay until noon each day of their chosen session. They will be crafting, painting, creating and enjoying fun performances! A pizza party will be held on the final camp day for all participants. Cost for the camp is $45/child. Spots are limited, so select your session and register early. Registration for the camps will be taken at the Lansing Parks & Recreation office, 108 S. 2nd St. Registration will begin May 1 for both sessions. Questions? Call 913-727-2960. 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.

Animal Control - Did You Know * ALL dogs & cats (4 months and older) residing in the Lansing city limits (including annexed areas) are required to be licensed and have a current rabies vaccination. (Ord. 1015.2-507) * Annual licenses can only be obtained through the Lansing Police Department. Current rabies certificate must be provided at time of purchase.

* License fees: Spayed/Neutered $7.50 ~ per animal Intact $15.00 ~ per animal * Permit required for more than 4 dogs, cats, or other non-prohibited animals or combination of animals (Ord. 1015.2-501). (Except in annexed areas) OWNERS OF UNLICENSED ANIMALS ARE SUBJECT TO A

NOTICE TO APPEAR/CITATION For more information, please contact Lansing Animal Control at 913-727-3000 or email ACO Wendy Burr at wburr@lansing.ks.us. Visit https://library.municode.com/ks/lansi ng/codes/code_of_ordinances and click on Chapter 2 to find out about animal control and regulation in the city of Lansing!

Lansing Animal Control Officer Wendy Burr and her friendly Rocky

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Lansing Connection 2nd Quarter 2019  

The latest news from the city of Lansing Kansas.

Lansing Connection 2nd Quarter 2019  

The latest news from the city of Lansing Kansas.