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Another “Coffee with the Administrator” in the Books By Ken Miller, Public Information Officer

Lansing City Administrator Tim Vandall answered questions from about a dozen citizens during the latest “Coffee with the Administrator” on July 7, 2018. The occasional roundtable discussion is part of an effort to keep local residents informed about what’s going on in Lansing. Besides the City Administrator, council members Andi Pawlowski and Don Studnicka took part in parsing current issues. The event was also broadcast on Facebook Live, with up to 40 people following online. Questions from the


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Facebook audience were included in the forum. Most of the two-hour discussion focused on the transition from Fire District #1 to a new Lansing Fire Department. Issues including Desoto Rd. improvements, updates to Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park and developing plans for a potential connection from K-7 to I-435 were also discussed. “This is the third “Coffee” we’ve done and was by far the best attended, both in person and online,” said Vandall, who led the discussion. “I like being able to engage our residents in this informal setting. I think

When this issue of the Connection arrives in mailboxes, the August Primary election will be upon us. The respective political parties will choose their candidates for the General election, taking place in November. A lot of names will fill

it lends itself to more thoughtful commentary. I think we will do more of these get-togethers in the future.” Vandall also said that even if residents missed the “Coffee,” they can

the November ballot; but I want to discuss an issue that will also appear: potentially adding two commission seats/districts to the Leavenworth County Commission. This summer, numerous dedicated volunteers criss-

2018 CONNECTION CALENDAR AUGUST Aug. 2..........Council Meeting Aug. 7……..Primary Election Day Aug. 16........Council Meeting Aug. 30........Council Work Session

SEPTEMBER Sept. 3 .........Labor Day (City Offices Closed) Sept. 6 .........Council Meeting Sept. 20 .......Council Meeting Sept. 21-22..Citywide Garage Sale Sept. 22 .......Lansing City Limits at Lansing Lumber Sept. 27 .......Council Work Session

OCTOBER Oct. 2 ..........Volunteer Recognition Dinner Oct. 4 ..........Council Meeting Oct. 13 ........Fall Festival - Angel Falls Trail Oct. 18 ........Council Meeting Oct. 25 ........Council Work Session Oct. 27 ........Spooky Center atLansingActivity Center

still let him know their opinions. “Call 913-727-3233 anytime during business hours or email me at” he said.

crossed the County, seeking petition signatures to get this issue on the ballot. In early July, County Clerk Janet Klasinski announced that enough signatures on those petitions were valid – so it appears the paperwork (and legwork) has been completed, and County voters will decide whether to expand the County Commission from three to five seats. I have followed this issue for months now and in my opinion, the question of potentially expanding the number of County Commission seats should draw even more voters to the polls in November. Even if the ballot initiative is successful, it remains to be seen how these new districts would look from a boundary perspective. Then there’s also the 2020 Census to consider, which will change boundaries altogether due to population shifts within the County once

Mayor Mike Smith all the numbers are counted. Ultimately it will be Leavenworth County’s (and the cities within) registered voters who decide the expansion question. Regardless of which way citizens lean on this issue, I do encourage everyone to make the effort to get out and vote in August and November.


Tim Vandall 2019 is shaping up to be a busy year in Lansing, Kansas. No, that is not a typo, I really did mean to write 2019. Quite often, when people do not see very many new homes, new businesses, or big projects, they assume the City is not doing anything, but many of the items we laid the groundwork for in 2017 and 2018 will be coming to fruition in 2019! We expect bids for DeSoto Rd. to be opened on September 19. We have been working on making improvements to DeSoto Rd. from Ida to Eisenhower for over a decade, so while this is a few months later than we originally anticipated, we are excited to see movement. This road will make the DeSoto & Eisen-

hower intersection much safer and easier to use. Additionally, for folks who love to walk or ride bikes, there will be a 5’ sidewalk on the west side of the road and an 8’ trail on the east side of DeSoto. This new trail on the east side of DeSoto will tie in to other existing points in our trail system, making Lansing safer for pedestrians. Our latest engineering estimate for this project was approximately $6.3 million, but we have about $1.7million remaining in KDOT grant funds, so we anticipate our net construction cost to be about $4.6 million. Thanks to diligent planning by the City Council, we will be able to fund this major road improvement without any increases to property taxes. Speaking of holding the line on property taxes, our City Council recently concluded our second budget work session. These evening meetings give our elected officials a chance to dig into our annual budget to see where all of these funds go. The General Fund budget, which pays for the Police Department, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Administration, and several other things, totals about $7.3 million. Our Debt Service Fund totals $3.1 mil-

lion, much of which funds our recent sewer infrastructure and Wastewater Treatment Plant (which is paid off in 2025!) Our Capital Improvement Fund Budget is projected to be $757,000 for 2019. These funds go to pay for asphalt overlays, repairs to curb and gutter, and storm water system repairs. Although I am tossing around some pretty big numbers, this will be the third consecutive year the City Council has approved a budget that keeps property taxes stable or slightly lowers the tax rate. Another substantial change folks will notice over the next 18 months is that of the City’s participation in Leavenworth County Fire District #1. The local firefighters of LCFD#1 have done a great job of keeping our community safe over the last 15 years. The City views this as a change in the leadership structure of the Department and wants to keep as many things with operations as similar as possible. The City wants to retain the employees the District currently employs, and we also want to work with the surrounding townships for the same price they currently pay to LCFD#1. Simply put, the City Council felt that a body

who levies taxes should be responsible directly to voters. We have always been impressed by the bravery and determination of the firefighters of LCFD#1 and we all hope we can move forward as one community. The last thing I want to touch on is the excitement happening with residential development in Lansing. We currently have three different subdivisions in different stages of the platting process. Eisenhower Crossing in western Lansing is currently slated for 26 new homes, generally located south of the retention pond near the Eisenhower Crossing Medical Building. Just south of the existing Fairway Estates Subdivision, a recently platted subdivision with 79 homes is anticipated in the next year. This developer does work in Lansing and has built many stunning homes in the area. We are looking forward to another beautiful neighborhood. In eastern Lansing, Saddle Ridge Estates (where Lost 80 Park was previously located) is platted for 148 single family homes. This developer has briefed staff on his ideas for the subdivision and we anticipate an appealing and successful neighborhood on the property. In addition to the 253 platted

homes in the three subdivisions, new homes are being built in some of the older parts of Lansing. We are excited to see these new homes revitalize neighborhoods and expand the City’s tax base where vacant lots once stood. In early July we had our third Coffee with the City Administrator. This was our most well attended “Coffee” event. Additionally, the informal gathering was broadcast on Facebook live, so residents at home could chime in with questions and hear responses in real time. Did everyone around the table agree on everything? Of course not, but it was a positive forum for everyone to talk in an open setting discussing questions they had. It’s great to live in a community where people can disagree without being disagreeable. Plus, nothing beats donuts, coffee, and good company on a Saturday morning! Feel free to give me a call at City Hall or shoot me an email at if you ever have any questions. Tim Vandall City Administrator

Get Out and Vote! By City Clerk Sarah Bodensteiner July 17 was the last day to register to vote for the August 7 Primary Election. To find out if you are currently registered or to find your polling place, you may contact the City Clerk’s Office or visit You may also request an Advance Voting Application at City Hall, the Leavenworth County Clerk’s Office, or online at

Even When The Heat Is On By Ken Miller, Public Information Officer Every summer, the Lansing Streets Division works to fulfill the jobs they get based on that year’s City budget. In 2018, the city of Lansing budgeted several hundred thousand dollars for street and drainage maintenance and repair. Filling potholes, building curbs, laying down asphalt… it’s all part of the job and it needs to get done. Even if the heat index is threatening triple digits. Just ask Jeff Focht, Lansing’s Streets Superintendent. He’s served the city of Lansing for more than 35 years. “I have been here a long time, and I can tell you about some summer days where it was just plain brutal out. But the job has to get done.” Focht and his crew of five employees are responsible for much of the street maintenance in Lansing. Jobs can range from the aforementioned road projects, to removing tree limbs from City right-ofway. “Back during the flooding about ten years ago, we were filling and slinging sand bags to protect property,” said Focht. “Those are the types of jobs that don’t

happen every year – but they’re also the jobs you never forget,” said Focht. The Lansing Parks and Recreation Dept. is also busy maintaining City property during the summer months – everything from mowing grass out at City parks, to prepping baseball and softball diamonds prior to recreational games. Parks and Recreation Dept. Director Jason Crum has been with Lansing long enough to go through numerous summer heat waves. “We try to do outdoor work early in the morning when we know it’s going to be a hot one. But sometimes there is so much to do that some tasks will need to be done in the afternoon. And one of the last places people want to be is in the middle of the infield prepping for games later that day. It’s hot!” Whether it’s the Streets crew or employees with the Parks and Recreation department, the vehicles look the same – white or red trucks sporting the city of Lansing logo. Next time it’s really hot outside and you see City employees working, give them a wave to let them know they are appreciated.

To register for the November 6 General Election, you may request a Voter Registration form at Lansing City Hall, Mon. – Fri. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or online at You must re-register each time you change your name, address or party affiliation for voting. You may return your completed application to the city of Lansing or the Leavenworth County Clerk. If you choose to register, your information will be kept confidential and will be used for voter registration purposes only. According to the Voter Registration Instructions issued by the Office of the Kansas Secretary of State, to register to vote you must:

• Reach the age of 18 years before the next election. • Receive final discharge from imprisonment, parole, or conditional release if convicted of a felony. • Have abandoned your former residence and/or name. VoterRegistrationcloses21dayspriortoanelection. For additional information regarding voter registration, contact the Lansing City Clerk’s office at (913) 727-3036.

• Be a U.S. citizen and a resident of the State of Kansas. •


The Mandatory Purchase of Flood Insurance Requirement NFIP: This community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which makes federally backed flood insurance available for all eligible buildings, whether they are in a floodplain or not. Flood insurance covers direct losses caused by surface flooding, including a river flowing over its banks, a lake or ocean storm, and local drainage problems. The NFIP insures buildings, including mobile homes, with two types of coverage: Building and contents. Building coverage is for the walls, floors, insulation, furnace, and other items permanently attached to the structure. Contents coverage may be purchased separately, if the contents are in an insurable building. Mandatory Purchase Requirement: The Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 and the National Flood Insurance

Reform Act of 1994 made the purchase of flood insurance mandatory for Federally backed mortgages on buildings located in special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). It also affects all forms of Federal or Federally related financial

assistance for buildings located in SFHAs. The SFHA is the base (100year) floodplain mapped on a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). It is shown as one or more zones that begin with the letter “A” or “V”.

grants from agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Farmers Home Administration, Federal Housing Administration, Small Business Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA.

The requirement applies to secured mortgage loans from financial institutions, such as commercial lenders, savings and loan associations, savings banks, and credit unions that are regulated, supervised or insured by Federal agencies such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of Thrift Supervision. It also applies to all mortgage loans purchased by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac in the secondary mortgage market.

How it Works: Lenders are required to complete a Standard Flood Hazard Determination (SFHD) form whenever they make, increase, extend, or renew a mortgage, home equity, home improvement, commercial, or farm credit loan to determine if the building or manufactured (mobile) home is in an SFHA. It is the Federal agency’s or the lender’s responsibility to check the current Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) to determine if the building is in an SFHA. Copies of the FIRM are available for review in most local government buildings or planning departments. Lenders may also have copies or they may use a flood zone determination company to provide the SFHD form.

Federal financial assistance programs affected by the laws include loans and

If the building is in an SFHA, the Federal agency or lender is required by law to require the recipient to purchase a flood insurance policy on the building. Federal regulations require building coverage equal to the amount of the loan (excluding appraised value of the land) or the maximum amount of insurance available from the NFIP, whichever is less. The maximum available for a single-family residence is $250,000. Government-sponsored enterprises, such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, have stricter requirements. The mandatory purchase requirement does not affect loans or financial assistance for items that are not covered by a flood insurance policy, such as vehicles, business expenses, landscaping, and vacant lots. It does not affect loans for buildings that are not in an SFHA, even though a portion of the lot may be. While not mandated by law, a lender may require a flood insurance policy, as a condition of a loan, for a property in any zone on a FIRM. If a person feels that an SFHD form incorrectly places the property in the SFHA, he or she may request a Letter of Determination Review from FEMA. This must be submitted within 45 days of the determination. More information can be found at What the City is Doing: The city of Lansing Public Works and Community and Economic Development Departments have an active floodplain management program. Through a combination of mitigation planning, regulation, public outreach, capital improvements, and maintenance, the Public Works and Community and Economic Development Departments have successfully enrolled Lansing in FEMA’s Community Rating System. As a rated city, Lansing residents currently receive a 15% discount on their flood insurance premiums.


Dealing with Trash issues Lansing city codes states that trash must be collected at least once weekly at all properties. Containers, cardboard, recyclable bags and limbs bundles may be placed at the curb at 6 p.m. the night before pickup day.

fenbaugh. ✓Trash bags that will not fit into the cart require bag tags (overage stickers), which are available for purchase ($1.25) at City Hall. Ten tags may be purchased for $12.

The city of Lansing wants to remind everyone of some basic rules from our waste and recycling contactor, Waste Management/Deffenbaugh Industries:

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 913-6313300 to schedule a special pick up. Customers are allowed one free bulky or large item pick-up per year, and more than one item can be included in a bulky pick-up. Bulky items should only be placed in the right-of-way the evening before scheduled pick-up, and it is recommended to schedule it at least a week in advance. Customers may also take materials to the Leavenworth County Transfer Station. For questions regarding fees, call 913-727-2858.

✓Yard waste should be placed in cans marked as “yard waste” or “YW,” or in biodegradable bags.All limbs should be bundled with biodegradable twine and no longer than 4’in length. ✓ Bags/containers should not weigh more than 65 lbs. ✓ Eight bags/cans of yard waste are allowed weekly from March 1-Aug. 31. Twelve bags are allowed weekly from Sept. 1-Dec. 31. ✓Additional bags/containers of yard waste require a bag tag, available for purchase at City Hall. ✓All trash should be bagged and placed inside the 95 gallon cart provided by WM/Def-

WM/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 viola-

tion 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 then, subsequently, following the rules eventually becomes second nature. Community-based code enforcement is not only about following minimum nuisance codes. It’s about treating 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 913-727-5488. For more information regarding trash pick-up, contact the Lansing Finance Department at 913-727-3233. Residents can also call WM/Deffenbaugh Industries at 913-631-3300 or email

Basketball Registration in October The Lansing Parks and Recreation Dept. will be conducting registration for youth in grades one through six for the 2018-19 winter basketball program. Registrations will be taken Oct. 1 - 31, Mon. through Fri., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lansing Activity Center, 108 S. 2nd Street in Lansing. Participation fees are $45 per registrant, due at the time of registration. Non-residents are welcome to register at an increased registration fee of $50. Registrations made after Oct. 31 may not be accepted. If late registrations are accepted, a late fee of $10 per participant will be assessed. Practices will begin in December with games starting after the holiday break in January. There will be NO end of season tournament for any of the age divisions. Assistance is available for qualifying individuals. Visit our website to download the information flyer along with the application for the Scholarship Program or call the Parks office for more information. All Scholarship requests must be received no later than Friday, Oct. 19. Refunds for this program will NOT be offered after the uniform/equipment order is placed on Nov. 16. For more information about this program, call 913-727-2960 or send email to:


WARD 1 NEWS Councilmember Gene Kirby

By the time this article comes out, I hope we actually have a fall-like weather pattern, instead of the winter to summer we had earlier. Exciting things are being worked on, nothing to announce yet, but the rumors are entertaining, as always! Updates with the sanitary sewer collection system: As you probably are aware, we have spent big bucks updating and upgrading the lines for our collection system. This does not reach the daily discussion of most residents, unless you have a sewer line issue and unwanted results. The easiest way to explain what happened is this: over the last 30 years or so when Lansing had a lot of growth above ground, the below ground system was not considered. We started having issues several years back and

WARD 3 NEWS Councilmember Jesse Garvey

We sincerely hope that everyone has had a safe and enjoyable summer so far. Hope you had the chance to make it to Lansing DAZE and the fireworks at KWB Park – both were great events and well attended again this year. If you weren’t able to make it, hopefully you’ll be able to attend one or both of next year’s events. For the Council, summer is one of our busiest times of the year…as it is ”annual budget” time. We are aware of the increases levied by other taxing entities over the past few years, in addition to the rate increases associated with our wastewater utility – so we are continuing to hold the line on your property taxes. Feel free to contact us

As I sit here to write this article, I realize it has been one month and a day since I had hip replacement surgery. What an experience for sure. In the beginning, I was told that the recuperating time would be eight to ten weeks. Of course, like most people I know, I would knock a few weeks off that time frame. Wrong! I have had to be reminded of what I had been through and what it

will take to fully recuperate. Take your time, think it through, and get it right the first time.

termine the needs of the City, and remember where the money comes from.

It’s like the approach I take when doing the city budget. We should take our time, think it through, and get it right the first time. A lot of work and effort goes into setting a budget. It takes a great amount of effort from the city administrator and staff to choose wisely, de-

This year’s budget will come without an increase in the mill levy. Thanks to all involved who put in the time and effort to come up with a budget that will have no mill increase. Just as the costs to take care of your family’s wants and needs has to be weighed, the City faces

did a City-wide flow study to get the big picture of our issues. We looked at the entire City and identified the largest issues. KDHE had some serious concerns and we created a plan to once and for all fix the huge problems. We did that and completed both the 7-mile and northern leg of the 9-mile sewer mains last year. Of course, those weren’t the only issues, just the critical issues. Now we have to fix a line that runs through the northern part of the City and through to Great Life golf course. It’s going to be a couple million dollars but will fix issues that were created with the addition of the Maples and Fairway estates subdivision. It was on the radar 15 years ago, and was preventing further development, in addition to the current problems with that line. This next project will

allow for Eisenhower crossing and Fairway estates to be developed and should fix that entire drainage basin permanently. The Lansing Wastewater Department is in the design phase; exact costs are unknown at this time. We planned on updating the flow study to see if our improvements alleviated downstream backups. We need rain to make those studies worthwhile. Since we had a very dry spring, the plan is to reset the meters and try again next year.

not be completed prior to the start of school and will be scheduled for next summer. Those dollars will not be spent on another project (I asked!) and carried over on next year’s schedule and budget.

I sincerely hope that everyone is having a great summer and getting a chance to get out and enjoy all the things we have to do in Lansing. I know with the HOT weather a lot of people don’t feel like getting out, but if you don’t you are really missing out. We had two major events at Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park. On May 4, we had our annual Brew, Blues, and Bar-B-Q; and who could forget the fantastic fireworks display on June 29. Both events had some great food, entertain-

ment, and FIREWORKS. Along with the event, KWB Park has really become a go-to place in town. There is a 2.8-mile trail that is great for all ages to walk, run, or hike. We continue to work on improvements to the Park and hope to have facilities with running water sometime in the future.

with any questions or input you may have concerning the budget – your input is always helpful and welcome. We all may have different views when it comes to priorities for our City, but we are your representatives and would certainly like to hear what your priorities are as a resident ofWard 4. Before we know it, summer will draw to an end and our schools will begin ramping up, so please be aware of the children walking to school or waiting at the bus stops. The City continues to put an emphasis on getting our curbs and sidewalks repaired to help ensure the safety of those children having to walk to school and we have included in our plans the con-

Desoto Rd. has been delayed because of a paperwork filing error by the engineer, and the bid will be let in the fall. This means the two-year project will start next year. No one is happy about it. The repair to the bridge approach on Bittersweet could

I know the buzz in Lansing is the New Lansing Fire Department and the parting of ways with Fire District #1. I know there are a number of questions that people want to ask

Leavenworth County’s McIntyre Rd. project has been delayed for a little while. The utility companies in the right of way have not finalized their movement so the project can proceed. The road has opened temporarily and will be left open until the contractor can proceed. I have driven it and it is disappointing that the hills will not be flattened in some areas. This is a direct result of making it a 40 miles per hour design speed and not the 45 m.p.h. the City and County agreed on initially. My fear has always been safety, because we all know people

and I say (ask them). I would hope that people would gather all the information they could before coming to a conclusion on the direction the Council has set. Trust me when I say we are looking out for the best interest of the city/residents and want to make this as transparent as possible. This is an 18-month process and I believe at the end of that time, everyone will have all their questions answered and all parties involved will work together and move forward as a team. One of the biggest com-

with the PublicWorks Director.

WARD 4 NEWS Councilmember Gregg Buehler

struction of sidewalks in neighborhoods that currently do not have them. So if you see a needed repair that is posing a safety issue, please let one of us know so we can bring that up

As a reminder, our regular City Council meetings are held the first and third Thursdays of every month and those meetings along with any scheduled working sessions are open to the public.Any resident can attend Council meetings, so if you are interested in sharing your opinion in person, please consider attending one. If you are too busy to attend in person, then please just send one of us an email or give us a call and voice your opinion on the budget or whatever else is on your mind. Also, if there is something on the upcoming agenda that you feel strongly about or if you are bringing something up for a decision at a

the same situations that you see at home. How best can we see to the needs of Lansing and meet them as diligently as we can? To those of you who will be sending a child off to college, good luck to you and them as the Kirbys begin a new chapter in this journey.

left leg and hip. Don’t get behind me in a line where you will have to go through a security scanner. I will set off the alarms and have some explaining to do. As always, please contact me if you have questions. My email address is

On a side note, I now have a titanium rod in my

aren’t going to drive 35 when the average speed (on a gravel road) is already 42. As soon as we know the cost of phase 1 Desoto Road, we should be updating the park master plan and planning for a City aquatic facility. Since the day I was sworn in, “I want a park and a pool.” We have the land; some amenities of a park and it is time for the pool. We passed a .45 cent sales tax last year. It is earmarked for Desoto Rd. and park development. If you are interested in being part of the planning process, email me or another council member or the CityAdministrator. Lansing lacks amenities compared to all surrounding communities it’s time! “My” goal will be for the cost to come out of that sales tax revenue, after Desoto Rd. is paid for. We

plaints I hear as a council member is drivers speeding through residential neighborhoods. My children are grown now, but I still have concerns about the amount of inattentive and speeding drivers traveling down streets with children just feet from the road. All it takes is just one ball in the road and a child could end up right in the middle of the street and in a spot that an inattentive driver could cause tragedy. PLEASE put down your phone and slowdown in these neighborhoods so

Council meeting, please let us know prior to that meeting so we are aware of it. We certainly welcome any input you have either way, but we would much rather you call before an issue is voted on, so we can make a more informed decision on your behalf. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact either myself, (Tony McNeill) or Gregg Buehler at: or As a reminder, the Lansing Public Information Officer sends out a weekly “eBlast” via email, and the City also has a Twitter feed, Facebook pages and participates in the NextDoor neighborhood app.

WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Andi Pawlowski will also look at the new ball fields, which is on the current plan as the next section to be developed. We will need input! Please help us plan for the future! As always, here is my email:

our children can enjoy their time outside. Remember we have regular Council Meetings on the first and third Thursdays. We also have Work Sessions on some other Thursdays. Go to the city web page to see a list of meetings or even better, get the City of Lansing KSAPP. Just go to yourAPP store on your mobile device and search Lansing KS. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings. If you have questions, contact me at (913)-727-1883 or

WARD 4 NEWS Councilmember Tony McNeill

These are all great ways to stay connected. If you are interested, you can access any of these via the City website @ ublic-Information.


FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US Brew, Blues and Bar-B-Q LEFT: Lansing Mayor Mike Smith (center, right) and Event & Marketing Coordinator Tim Dossey (left) help 2018 Brew Blues and Bar-B-Q Grand Champions “The Smoking Hills” celebrate their victory on May 5, 2018. BELOW: The city of Lansing’s Community & Economic Development Dept. is currently working on a promotional video with Mozemak Creative and Black Satellite Studios. Filming occurred at Lansing DAZE in May 2018 and will be used to help promote and market Lansing.

Holiday Fireworks at KWB Park By Ken Miller, Public Information Officer

Multi-colored fireworks lit up the night sky over Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park on June 29. Thousands of residents and visitors to Lansing enjoyed the show, which was put on by KaPow Fireworks out of Inman, Kans. Besides the pyrotechnics, visitors enjoyed food and inflatables on the field just west of the area where the fireworks were shot. For the second year in a row, Lansing staff collected one dollar from each vehicle driver entering the Park after 7 p.m. Funding from that parking fee will help offset the cost of running two full-sized buses from Lansing High School to KWB. More than 120 people took advantage of the free shuttle, which helped reduce the number of cars in the Park – and also helped shuttle users get home a little earlier! “I think we were able to get people out of the Park faster this year than any previous year,” said Tim Dossey, Event and Marketing Coordinator for Lansing. “Thanks to the police officers and staff who worked the event, we were able to avoid some of the log jams we had in the past and get everyone out of the Park by 11:30 p.m.” Planning has already begun for the 2019 Fireworks show, which will tentatively take place the Friday evening before the fourth of July.


#librariesrock by Terri Wojtalewicz Library Director If you have been in the Lansing Community Library recently, you may have noticed the new artwork hanging in the study room and in the computer area. We are grateful to the two local artists who have allowed us to display their artwork. Tom Lauhon began sharing his photography with us earlier this year and rotates his work out in the study room. Candace Valverde recently allowed us to display her watercolor prints in the computer area. Be sure to stop by and see these displays. The 2018 Summer Reading program appears to be a huge success. We have 223 people participating in the reading portion of the program so far this summer and had over 400 people attend the various programs. We could not have done this without the support of our sponsors this year. People have been reading and collecting tickets to put into the jars to earn the cool baskets that have been graciously donated. Please take a moment

Candace Valverde

when you see them to thank them for their support. • Karma Cakes • La Mesa • Dairy Queen • The Howell Family • The Fricke Family • LCL Advisory Board • The Friends of the Library • LCL Book Club • Manes by Macy • Northeast Kansas Library System • Human Animal Bond Group • Leavenworth County Humane Society • Sis’ Sweets • Mike Nielsen • Str8 Edge Barber Shop • The Lauhon Family • Innova Beauty Bar • The Cupp Family • The Kansas City Royals • Massage by Melissa • The Penny Black Band • Lauren Ashley • Sheri Muzzy • Kansas State Library

GoLansingKS! • Our mobile app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android Tablet and Phone Users • It is Free! • Register for City Events • Find Contact Info for City Offices • Connect with Local Businesses • Fill out a Fix-It Form Instantly Happy participants at Lansing Community Library during Art Night Out.

Daniel. She will walk us through how to do different art projects. The first one was a dreamcatcher and in July the group worked with plaster casting. Registration is required for planning purposes and there is a $20 fee to cover all supplies needed for the project. Be sure to check the newsletter, social media or website for information the upcoming projects.

The drawings will take place during the first week of August so be sure to check the website, social media, or at the Library for the list of basket winners. We cannot wait to announce the winners.

Another popular fundraiser for the Library is coming back in November. The Friends of the Library is hosting another Paint & Sip. Registration information will be available soon. This is a BYOB event so anyone between the ages of 18 - 20 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Friends organization will provide snacks and water for the evening. The doors open at 6 p.m. and painting starts at 6:30 p.m.

After receiving multiple suggestions, we have added an art night at the Library. On the last Thursday of each month, we will be hosting an Art Night Out with Liz

As always, we look forward to seeing you at the library and welcome suggestions on how we can serve you better. You can reach me, Terri Wojtalewicz, at

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Lansing Connection 3rd Quarter 2018  

The latest news from the city of Lansing, Kansas - 3rd Quarter 2018

Lansing Connection 3rd Quarter 2018  

The latest news from the city of Lansing, Kansas - 3rd Quarter 2018