By Ken Miller, Public Information Officer
Under blue skies and a gentle breeze, Lansing officials and staff formally opened Angel Falls Trail on Tues., Aug. 11 in front of about
60 onlookers. Lansing Mayor Gene Kirby thanked the public and private partners who made the Trail possible, citing the project’s final cost of $580,000 – paid for entirely by
Federal funds. City Council member Jesse Garvey also spoke at the event, pointing out that Angel Falls Trail is just one part of a much larger trail system that en(Continued on following page)
2015 CONNECTION CALENDAR PRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID Permit No. 28 Leavenworth, KS 66048
AUGUST August 18...............City Employee Picnic ................................(City Offices Closed 11:30-12:30) August 20...............City Council Meeting August 27...............City Council Work Session
SEPTEMBER September 3..............City Council Meeting September 7..............Labor Day (City Offices Closed) September 16 ...........Citizens’ Academy Registration ...................................Deadline September 17............City Council Meeting September 18............Citywide Garage Sale ...................................Registration Deadline September 24............City Council Work Session September 25 & 26 ..Citywide Garage Sale
OCTOBER October 1...............City Council Meeting October 10.............Lansing Fall Festival ................................(formerly Autumn in the Grove) October 12.............Staff Development Day ................................(City Offices Closed) October 15.............City Council Meeting October 22.............City Council Work Session October 24.............Spooky Center October 31.............Winter Basketball Registration ................................Deadline
KIRBY’S BYLINE By Mayor Gene Kirby Hello to all. I hope you have had a great summer filled with some fun and excitement. My family and I took a trip to South Dakota to see among other things the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, and some of the most beautiful places in our country. It has been a busy time at City Hall.As you are aware, our new City Administrator began work on July 1. Tim Vandall and his family are moved in and getting acclimated to their new home and our City. We feel very fortunate to have Tim working for us. He is excited to be here and is looking forward to doing a great job for us. He is anxious to meet as many of you as possible as time allows. Also new to the City is Jennifer Myer. She is our new Supervisor at the Lansing Historical Museum. She brings a new energy and excitement to her position. She is planning new programming, so be on the lookout for new things going on there. As you may be aware, we also have a new Library Director. Although she is in a new position, she is not new to the library. Terri Wojtalewicz has been with us for two years and became the director due to the resignation of our former Director. Terri has been very instrumental in many of the new programs going on at the Library and we are very lucky that she has agreed to take the Director position. We also want to thank Mike McDonald for all that he accomplished in his time with us and wish him the best in his new job. We continue to try to meet the demands of a growing city (Continued on page 3)
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hances the lives of both Lansing residents and visitors to our City. Angel Falls Trail is approximately one-half mile in length and features a bridge with a great view of Angel Falls. It runs from Ida St. (near the intersection with Desoto Rd.) on the north end to W. Mary St. on the south. The concrete walk is
perfect for walking, jogging and biking. Here’s an early headsup: save the date for the 2015 Lansing Fall Festival (formerly Autumn in the Grove), on Sat. Oct. 10, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Angel Falls Trail will be the location for the event – we look forward to seeing you out there!
Lansing City Administrator My name is Tim Vandall and I am the new City Administrator for the city of Lansing. I took over full time on July 1 of this year. The last two months have been a whirlwind and I have loved every minute of it! Prior to my time in Lansing, I was the City Administrator of Ellsworth, Kansas for six years. I have a B.S. in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of South Dakota. I have been married to my wife, Allison, for nearly five years. We have two children, Everett (3) and Ben (1.5), and a dog named Rusty. When we first decided to move to Lansing, there were many different selling points for our young family. First, Lansing is a safe, family friendly community. Second, Lansing has beautiful parks and exciting community events. Third, Lansing has an award winning school district, and the
community is dedicated to quality education. Finally, I truly believe our city council has a vision to move Lansing forward and improve our city. We are excited to be here and eager to become a part of the community. I have enjoyed getting to know our staff, governing body, and citizens. Our City has a solid foundation, and I believe we are going to make Lansing even better. We are going to be responsive. We are going to be transparent. We are going to be trustworthy. We are going to be fiscally responsible. Good things are happening, and I hope you all are as proud as I am to be a part of Lansing. Sincerely, Tim Vandall City Administrator City of Lansing firstname.lastname@example.org
Lansing Community Library Update By Library Director Terri Wojtalewicz
“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” - Dr. Seuss. The children and teens in the community took that statement seriously as they read over 78,000 pages this summer through the Summer Reading Program. The adults who participated weren’t going to be outdone – over 175 books were read. This couldn’t have been accomplished without the help of The Friends of the Lansing Community Library. They purchased the online calendaring system and the webbased summer reading logs. They also sponsored the educational entertainment for the summer. Reggie Gray the Magician, Dino O’Dell, and the Nightshift by Operation Wildlife were just a few of the outstanding programs offered. The programs brought the fun of magic, song, and learning together for all ages. The children had so much fun making superhero foods with Ms. Brenda from the Kansas State Extension Office and learning how to train like a hero with Ms. Karen from Sagasu Family Martial Arts. While that was going on, the teens participated in the first CSI: Lansing Library Teen Edition program sponsored by the Lansing Police Department. Officers Ontiveros and Olmos-Molina shared the history of crime scene investigation, trained the teens in fingerprinting, collecting evidence and interviewing. We are looking forward to bringing it back to the Library this school year. We are thankful for the community businesses who helped out by providing fun end-of-the summer prizes for our reading participants. We were able to give away a grilling set from Westlake Ace Hardware, a massage courtesy of Bella Vita Salon and Day Spa, kindles from the Friends of the Lansing Community Library, gift cards from Harbor Lights Coffeehouse and Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers. The Teen Book Club is up and running. The group is having fun choosing their books and thus far have read Fearless, All Fall Down, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. The Friends of the Lansing Community Library again sponsored a pizza and movie night for the teens after they read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. The teens are working on the new Harper Lee book, Go Set a Watchman, for the August session. So, if you are a teen
or know a teen who loves diving into books and sharing their thoughts, this might be the place for fun! Be sure to check out the current library calendar on the library website, www.lansing.ks.us for details. Over the summer, we introduced a new program for school age children – Read to a Dog with The Human Animal Bond team. It has been a great hit with children. They are able to practice their reading fluency skills and gain confidence in their abilities. We will continue it twice a month in September. The next sessions are Saturday, August 22nd at 10:30am and Tuesday, August 25th at 4:30pm. Registration is highly encouraged so we know how many dogs we need to have available. Please to do so through our online calendar or at the Library. Volunteer guidelines and applications are now available for both students and adults. We are always looking for volunteers to help with programs, shelving, and preparations for storytimes. The applications are available online and in the library. Be sure to check the website and Facebook page (Lansing Community Library) for upcoming events and updates about your community library! As always, I look forward to working with you and encourage you to come to the library, and share your ideas and suggestions.
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WARD 1 NEWS
The school year is upon us and this year we have a new High School that possesses all the needs, wants, and hopes of Lansing residents. Having toured most of the facility - inside and out - the entire area is as impressive as any of the more affluent high schools and more impressive than most. The future of Lansing's school system just took a giant leap forward and the voters who approved the new school should be proud of the new facility. This years' budget has been
set and this was my first year of being involved in the process from start to finish. I would like to thank all of the department heads for their presentations, the council for doing the things necessary to get the budget completed on time and for encouraging input from the “new guy.” There are times during the discussion period where it can be a little intimidating for someone going through it for the first time. Being asked directly about what I wanted to talk about
kept me from becoming timid and allowed me to feel more comfortable as a council member. As most of us know, the education system is going through some "logic" and funding changes. Lansing has always been strong when it comes to top level education. When issues arise with students and educators, parents and educators, educators and other educators, whatever the scenario, there is usually a gray area where one or more items of discussion can
This earmark could only be used on this road and the City would have to match the funds. However, $30 million would be needed to improve that road from McIntyre Rd. to Eisenhower Rd. in its entirety. So, we at the City have been working on ways to eat the elephant, one bite at a time. We started about two years ago to move forward with improvements. We decided to concentrate on the portion of 147th Street from Ida Street, north to Eisenhower Road (Phase I). At this time the Engineering and Design work is completed. The next two steps for the city will be to acquire right-ofway and then have the utilities moved. A note here is that we will probably take the majority of right-of-way on the west side
of the road, and that property is not in the city but in Leavenworth County. Total cost of this phase is estimated at $10.7 million, and construction is hinged on the City getting grant money from the Mid-America Regional Council’s Transportation Improvement Program of 2016. Since the School Bond has been passed we at the City have worked closely with our School District about improvements to 147th Street at the new High School location. This part of 147th Street has been done. The corner of 4H Road and 147th Street has already been made a four way stop for the start of this school year. We still need to improve this corner and place a signal light there. Moving further north, the
bridge located just north of West Mary Street will have to be replaced (estimated with the associated earthwork and paving required for the project at $7.7 million). The City's goal is to improve 147th Street all the way from Eisenhower Road to McIntyre Road. We are moving forward, but it is a slow process. Again, you are invited to YOUR City Council Meetings which are held the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at: email@example.com or call 727-2907.
excellent education here from our Lansing Schools. As for other things going on in Ward 3, you may have noticed that Gamble Street from the Carriage Hills Shopping Plaza to Ida Street is complete. As this road is right in my own backyard, I can tell you that it has greatly improved the flow of traffic and the noise level. If you are a person who enjoys walking, you can also check out the new sidewalk that was installed as part of the Gamble Street renovation. The project was not only completed within the budget of $325,000 but was also completed ahead of schedule.
Hopefully you know the Angel Falls Trail and bridge over 7-Mile Creek are complete and open for everyone to enjoy. If you haven’t taken a walk, jog or bike ride through the Trail, I encourage you to get out and give it a try. This large, concrete trail is easily accessible to everyone. The Trail is approximately one-half mile long running from Ida to Mary Street. Federal funds covered the entire $580,000 budget for this project. With all of these improvements, it is a great time to be a resident of the city of Lansing the City with a future!
be seen in different ways. With the burden put on the school system and educators, this could be a good time for parents and students to help out by being a little more understanding, considerate and attentive when the opportunity presents itself - while maintaining our values or viewpoints. Thank you and enjoy the new school year. Kevin Gardner
Councilmember Kevin Gardner
Repeat! 147th Street (a.k.a. Desoto Road) I felt it was appropriate for me to dust off this article I wrote about six months ago about 147th Street. With the ribbon cutting for the new Lansing High School and a new school year starting, I wanted to remind folks that we still have work to do. We at the City are moving forward to improve 147th Street and this article shows some of the costs involved. 147th Street has been a hot topic of discussion at the City level. What has held us up from doing anything has obviously been money. Around 2007 or 2008 we were able to get a federal earmark grant of $2 million to help us improve that street.
WARD 3 NEWS Councilmember Jesse Garvey
As another summer draws to an end, a new school year has begun and this year will bring many changes. This year’s 9-12 graders will be the first to attend the brand new Lansing High School. Over the next year our elementary and middle school students will also be adjusting to new grade configurations in new buildings. I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say after they have had a chance to tour the new high school and see all of the modern upgrades that it has. I am confident that no matter what grade level your student is, they will receive an
WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Don Studnicka
Thank you Don Studnicka
If you are interested in attending a council meeting, or ever have a concern to bring forth, we meet the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month at 7 p.m. If you would like to contact me personally, I can be reached at my city email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can reach me at my home number 913-727-1883. You can also follow my Facebook page... Councilman James – Jesse Garvey Jr. Thank you Jesse Garvey
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as evidenced by infrastructure improvements. It was necessary to install wastewater lines for the new High School. This line has been sized for ultimate development, which means it will handle new development from the south and west of the school, including Kenneth Bernard Community Park. The 7-Mile project will replace old lines that don’t have needed capacity and is sized to allow for future growth for the foreseeable future. The pipe that will be installed from the plant all the way to K-7 Highway is the largest pipe necessary for the ultimate buildout of the watershed. We have just completed our work on the 2016 budget. As always, it is difficult to work through the process and determine what we need to do versus what we would like to do. Initially, we had settled on an increase of 1.5 mills.
After more discussion, we have set our budget for next year with a 1.0 mill increase. In order to get to this level, about $40,000.00 was removed from the Public Works Department budget. It is always a difficult task to accomplish. This will allow us to, among other things, replace the aging roofs at City Hall, fill a vacancy in the Police Department that has been open for about 5 years, replace worn out air conditioning units and buy a camera to be used to inspect underground piping. This piece of equipment will reduce the need to send our employees into unsafe conditions and make the necessary inspections. I want to thank our Council and our City Staff for their hard work and cooperation. As is the case in these types of things, no one got all they would have liked but we all worked together, made some compromises and ended with a result we thought was fair.
I had the opportunity to participate in the ribbon cutting for the new High School. What an amazing building. It will be a great asset to our City and students. I hope all of our students take advantage of everything this new school has to offer. It will help set the stage for our students - our future - to be well prepared for wherever life takes them. My thanks to all who were a part of this and my special thanks to all of those who choose to educate and prepare our children for the future. My wish is for all of you to have healthy and happy days ahead. Gene Kirby
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IN OCTOBER Lansing Parks and Recreation will be conducting registration for youth in grades 1 thru 6 for the winter basketball program. Registrations will be taken Oct. 1 - 30, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lansing Activity Center, 108 S. Second Street in Lansing. Participation fees are $45.00 per registrant, due at the time of registration. Non-residents are welcome to register at an increased registration fee of $50.00. Registrations made after Oct. 30 may not be accepted. If late registrations are 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 our office for more information. All Scholarship requests must be received no later than Fri., Oct. 16. Refunds for this program will NOT be offered after the uniform/equipment order is placed on Nov. 13, 2015. For more information about this program, please contact us at 913-727-2960 or by email at: email@example.com Registration for boys and girls in the 7th and 8th grade will be taken at a later date to be determined.
Friday September 25 and Saturday September 26 Families, clubs, and organizations are invited to participate in the Garage Sale. The City will advertise each participant by publishing a list of the garage sale locations and placing information on the City's website www.lansing.ks.us. Participants are encouraged to register online at www.lansing.ks.us by September 18, 2015. A map will be available at City Hall, and on the cityâ€™s website. This event is free to participants and will feature garage sales throughout the City and draw treasure hunters from surrounding areas. Permits are not required. Remember, hanging signs on any utility pole is illegal and subject to fines.
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The City held its
13th Annual Golf Tournament on June 5 at the GreatLife Golf & Fitness. The event was a success with 50 participants and a great day for golf! The City would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make it happen: Linaweaver Construction (Presenting Sponsor), Little Joeâ€™s Asphalt (Lunch Sponsor), McAfee Henderson Solutions (Putting Challenge Sponsor), J&J Tech (Hole In One Sponsor), Commerce Bank (Team Sponsor), American Family Insurance/Trent Peter Agency (Team Sponsor), Alfred Benesch & Company (Team Sponsor), Sunflower Financial (Team Sponsor), Kansas City T-Bones, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, Petro Deli, Dasher Garage, Lamborn Farms, La Mesa, Lansing Liquor & Wine, Leavenworth County Humane Society, KARE Pharmacy of Lansing, Westlake Ace Hardware, Re:Design Hair Shop, GreatLife Golf & Fitness and Varsity Sports.
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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES LANSING FALL FESTIVAL At Angel Falls Trail ! Oct. 10, 2015 Watershed Level ($250) Name on Sponsor Banner Name listed in social media posts & post-event thank you advertisement in local newspaper Trailhead Level ($100) Name listed in social media posts & post-event thank you advertisement in local newspaper If you are interested in sponsorship, please call 913-727-5488 or email email@example.com. Sponsorships due by Sept. 18, 2015.
Turn Around, Don’t Play, Don’t Drown Heavy rains and wet soils have resulted in flash flooding in the city of Lansing this year. When you encounter a flooded area, the general rule is Turn Around, Don’t Drown. As a result of the sheer number of lives lost to flooding, the National Weather Service developed a nationwide campaign to improve driver education on the hazards of attempting to cross flooded roadways and bridges. The city of Lansing is asking all residents, and especially parents, to extend that education initiative to the safety of children and teens in re-
gard to floodwater. It only takes six (6) inches of fast-moving water to sweep away an adult . . . less for a child. Two feet of water will carry away most vehicles - including SUVs and trucks. The novelty of floods and flash floods sometimes attracts young people (and adults) and sometimes results in risky behaviors. During and after flood events, we often see images in the media of children playing in floodwater - swimming, riding boogie boards, riding through and jumping into floodwater. These activities are extremely dangerous and children have died due to
Floodwater can also contain things like rubbish, dead animals, sewage, and other contaminants, such as poisons. It is definitely not a place to play during or after a flood.
playing in floodwater. More lives are lost each year due to flooding than any other weather-related hazard. In some areas, such as storm water basins, large volumes of fast flowing water can come and go very quickly, sucking in or trapping anyone who gets close to drains, pipes, or grills. These places are dangerous to play near when flooding. They can be slippery, have strong suction and currents, and can be very hard or impossible to get out of. It is important to educate young and old alike about these dangers.
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The 14th Annual Fishing Derby was held at Kenneth Bernard Community Park on Saturday, May 9. After a morning of rain, the young anglers donned their boots and came out for a successful morning of fun and fishing. All participants were provided their very own container of gooey night crawlers for two hours of fishing. When the final horn sounded signaling the end of the timed fishing event, anglers were served a picnic lunch of hot dogs, chips, cookies and a drink. Prizes were then awarded to the
Youth participants in select age groups for most fish caught, longest fish caught and raffle prizes were awarded as well. There was a short ceremony following the fishing event that highlighted the unveiling of a plaque officially naming the lake as Billy Blackwell Lake for former Mayor Billy Blackwell, who passed away in 2014. The plaque is placed just inside the park entrance, where all that enter can see the monument.
Kansas Municipal Election Changes By Sarah Bodensteiner, City Clerk
The 2015 Kansas legislative session brought forth some changes to how and when Kansas municipal elections are held. With a concern that voter turnout in spring elections was increasingly low, a bill was passed to move municipal elections to the fall of odd numbered years. Beginning in 2017, city primary elections will be held on the first Tuesday in August, with the general election being held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. The bill also changed when elected officials termsâ€™ will commence, changing them from the first regular meeting of the Governing Body after an election to the second Monday of January following the election. A provision was made in the bill to extend the terms of elected officials whose term would
have expired in April of 2017 and moving the term expiration to January of 2018, so that a fall election could be held. This bill does not affect the 2016 Mayoral election, nor does it address the terms for the recently elected officials whose terms are set to expire in April of 2019. The bill does keep local elections non-partisan, but allows cities to make them partisan if they so choose. Other changes the bill brought forward was to change the filing fee for candidates from $10.00 to $20.00, and to change the location of candidate filing to the County Clerk. The City is working with the League of Kansas Municipalities, which will be requesting further legislation when the session resumes, to address necessary follow up action and aid the city in a smooth transition to the new election cycle.
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Community-based Code Enforcement isn’t Ticky-Tack, it’s a Matter of Fact
By Tim Dossey, Code Enforcement Officer
Let’s talk about Aunt Marcie. Aunt Marcie was driving the other day and was going 6 mph over the speed limit when she passed a police officer. This was recorded on the radar gun. What can the officer do? From this simple story, a lot of things can happen. The officer can make eye contact and wave a shameful finger or can pull the car over and issue a verbal or written warning. A ticket can even be issued. But to get to the resolution of the problem, a multitude of questions can be asked regarding the situation by the officer. What is the speed of the rest of the traffic? Are there weather conditions that could be affecting the drivers? Does the license plate show a history of violations? Is there a more important emergency being discussed on the radio? Is this a school or construction zone? Should Aunt Marcie even be driving at all? Now if the police officer was following the law strictly, everyone that he saw at that point of time, including Aunt Marcie, should be pulled over and ticketed. It is against the law to travel faster than a posted speed. However, when taken before the municipal court, if the officer wasn’t able to determine and record the exact speed of all those drivers and didn’t pull them over using the proper procedures, most of the tickets wouldn’t even stand. That officer’s credibility with the judge, his supervisor and maybe
even the public would be in question. Police officers subjectively address every violation that occurs and must make decisions of prioritization on a constant basis. The officer knows very few individuals consistently follow every single law. Code officials, just like police officers, have to make the same kinds of decisions on a daily basis. They may not have to be split-second decisions, or they may not be matters of life-and-death. These decisions require common sense, skill and experience. Sometimes safety factors can even come into play. The code official knows that very few individuals follow every single code. So now let’s talk about Uncle Hank. Uncle Hank takes care of his yard pretty well, but lives in an older part of town. He mows pretty regularly, but sometimes he doesn’t feel like trimming in the backyard. His grass and weeds sometimes get tall around the trees and fence. His niece doesn’t like the way his yard looks, so she calls in an anonymous complaint to City Hall saying that he has 4’ tall weeds everywhere. Eventually, it’s passed along to the Code Enforcement Officer. From the vantage point of the road the officer sees that the grass, in spots, is around 2’ tall. It’s at this point that the Code Enforcement Officer can make a decision based on common sense or go strictly by the book. The Lansing City Code states that it is unlawful
for weeds or grass to be over 12”. So, the officer can handle this in a number of ways. The officer can let Uncle Hank know there is a complaint about him not trimming around his trees and fence. The officer can leave a notice regarding the violation at the door, or through certified mail. This can lead to a citation or an abatement on the property. The officer can remind Uncle Hank that there is a new invention out, and it’s called a weed trimmer. But, to get to the resolution of the problem, the Code Enforcement Officer can ask a multitude of questions about the property. What are the general aesthetics of the neighborhood? Are there weather conditions that could be affecting the timely maintenance of the property? Is there a history of nuisance violations on this property? Are there other more serious violations occurring at other properties? Is there some other issue preventing him from finishing his yard work, like broken equipment or health problems? There are many subtleties to enforcing code that include case law, state and federal regulations, and policies set forth by the City Council and City Administrator. Police Officers and Code Officials are all able to initiate warnings of violation of code, then subsequently initiate citations and/or order a remediation to resolve a violation. They are all asked to use their best judgment
when executing minimum traffic, safety, and nuisance codes. They are asked to educate, serve and protect the community. It’s a gray world and we as human beings, by nature, try to address things in black and white. We write codes and laws, often for good reason, to simply be able to legally address problem issues. Conflict has always been present throughout mankind’s history. Countless laws have been spoken and written to provide resolution, yet, amazingly, there is still conflict. With Community-based Code Enforcement, Police Officers and Code Officials must use common sense and decency to protect all of the citizens they represent, including the ones that aren’t following the laws and codes to the exact letter. Officers and officials must also protect themselves, and the municipality or agency they represent against safety and legal issues. Even though Aunt Marcie and Uncle Hank violated laws and codes, they are still a part of the community. Simply put, Lansing has a lot of laws. It’s important that the citizens understand the laws, just like the officers and officials. It’s imperative that people understand the ripples that they make in the lake, and how that affects others. Most importantly, members of a community should understand that common sense and communication often lead to the best resolutions within the community.
Community Volunteers are Invaluable to Lansing By Tim Dossey, Code Enforcement Officer
Lansing is known as a successful community. Its schools are recognized as some of the best in the State, the per capita income is one of the highest in the State, there are new businesses being started, and homes being built and remodeled constantly. Lansing is a vibrant and growing city. However, just like in every part of the world, there are those that need help. There are many integral parts to a community, but one of the most important is volunteerism. There are many kinds of volunteers, like those who donate money to large charities or those who just offer to help an elderly neighbor carry in their groceries. These are all great things. Then there are volunteers that really help within a community. They roll up their sleeves and get to work. They work outside of their normal comfort zone, they help individuals that they may not even know, and they devote time unselfishly. These are the kinds of volunteers that can rally or even change the aura of a community. One group like this includes members of Crossroads United Methodist Church in Lansing, and they have started a regular activity called “Community Service Day.” Every month, the lead member of the group acts as a facilitator to find someone in the community who needs help, finds out what kind of work needs to be done, and communicates with that person to get permission and schedule the event at the property.
So far, they have worked on debris removal, brush and limb cutting, mulching, and small fix-it projects. They are scheduled to assist another local church with work inside and outside of their building. It is a non-denominational effort, being performed simply for the benefit of the community. Another area group is the VFW. They perform work to assist the elderly, disabled, veterans and the families of veterans. They perform similar work to the group that attends Community Service Day, including yardwork and small projects. The VFW was instrumental recently after storms knocked down a lot of trees and limbs. The area municipalities took care of debris in the right-of-ways and roadways, but there was a lot of debris left in people’s yards. The VFW was able to network and have small groups travel around both Lansing and Leavenworth to handle clean-up for those that didn’t have the strength, manpower or money to deal with the issue. As a result, the community was able to recover much faster. The city of Lansing already has several groups involved in the Adopt-a-Street program. Others are interested. Kiwanis, Lions Club and local Boy Scouts have all adopted sections of the City, and work to remove trash and debris that collects in the right-of-way and roadway. These groups all do other great things throughout the world. There are many other great volunteer
groups in the area, there are even some working under the radar within our community. All of these groups want others to know about the good things they do, but not for fame and fortune. They want to help, and they want people to share in the experience of doing good things. They want others to do good things, even if they want to do it in a different way. My name is Tim Dossey. I get paid to be the Code Enforcement Officer for the city of Lansing. When I took this job, I promised to myself that I would try to educate, communicate and help the community, as much as possible, within the capacity of my duties. I will help you to adopt your own street, if you want. I will help your group find those that need help. If you want help, I will offer you real advice and solutions. My name is not important, though. My number is. Please call the Community Development Division of the Public Works Department at 913-7272400 if you would like some help or want to help.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/CONVENTION and VISITORS BUREAU UPDATE
Lansing Historical Museum By Jennifer Myer Museum Site Supervisor
The Lansing Historical Museum has been busy offering new educational programs and special events this summer. The museum has started a new educational program series, History Alive, which explores history through hands on learning. Our first History Alive summer camp, designed for upper elementary aged children, was offered the last week of July and turned out to be a great success. During the week children learned about the Great
WW1 History Alive Campers creating a trench diorama.
War through activities such as bi-plane building, knitting, games, and more. The camp was free, and campers put together their own display in the museum temporary exhibit room. The
museum will continue to offer History Alive camps, workshops, and classes, so continue to check our facebook page for up to date event information. One big event coming up at the Lansing Historical Museum is the On the Run 5K. This 5K race is hosted by the Lansing Historical Society, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3). The 5K race will bheld on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 8:00 a.m. and the kids dash will start at 9:15 a.m. The beginning and finishing line are in front of the Lansing Historical Museum, 115 East Kansas Avenue, and the course runs through prison grounds. Proceeds from the event support the Lansing Historical Museum. Check out the On the Run 5K facebook page
Persuasion and Propaganda”. September 19 @ 2 PM • History Alive Workshops for kids ages 5-12. * 10-11:30 AM @ the Lansing LiUpcoming Museum Events brary- September 14, October 2, No• On the Run 5K. September 13 5K vember 7 @ 8 AM, Kid’s Dash @ 9:15 AM * 10-11:30 AM @ the Lansing Mu• Guest Speaker: Dr. Lorraine Mad- seum- September 12, October 7, Noway “World War I on the Homefront: vember 2
for up to date race information (www.facebook.com/ontherun5k). Race registration can be completed online at www.enter2run.com.
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2015-2016 CITY OF LANSING CITIZENS’ ACADEMY SCHEDULE All classes will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Locations listed below. September 23, 2015 “Admin in Action”: Class will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 800 1st Terrace. Program presented by the Mayor, City Administrator, and City Clerk. October 21, 2015
“Out of sight, Out of mind”: Class will be held at the Wastewater Treatment Facility, 555 N. Highway 5. Program presented by the Wastewater Utility Director.
November 18, 2015
Lansing Community Library: Class will be held at the Lansing Community Library, 730 1st Terrace. Program presented by Library Staff. Finance Department: Class will be held at the Lansing Community Library. Program presented by the Finance Department.
January 20, 2016
Parks & Recreation: Class will be held at the Lansing Activity Center, 108 S. 2nd. Program presented by the Parks & Recreation Department.
February 24, 2016
Economic Development: Class will be held at the Lansing Historical Museum, 115 E. Kansas St. Program presented by Economic Development, Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Historical Museum Staff.
March 23, 2016
“Moving Life Forward”: Class will start at the City Garage, 400 Santa Fe Dr.,and move to the Council Chambers at City Hall. Program presented by the Public Works Dept., Street Division, and Community Development Division.
April 20, 2016
“Lights & Sirens”: Class will be held at the Lansing Community Center, 800 1st Terrace. Program presented by the Chief of Police. Human Resources: Class will be held in the Lansing Community Center. Program presented by the Human Resources Director.
May 5, 2016
Graduation: Graduation reception open to graduates and their family and friends. Graduation reception will be held at City Hall and the ceremony will be held during the regular City Council meeting.
For more information and to register, please visit www.lansing.ks.us or contact Stefanie Leif at 913-727-5488 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations due by Sept. 16, 2015.
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