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Join us for the 29th Annual

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 6th Join Mayor Gene Kirby at 6 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 6 for the Annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, celebrating the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program. Every year the community helps support this program through their generous donations. Your support helps Lansing-area families during the holiday season. All gifts and donations along with the tags must be brought to City Hall by Wed., Dec. 9. We are also accepting non-perishable food items and monetary donations. Please help us again by selecting a tag indicating each child’s wish from the Angel Tree, located in the lobby of City Hall, at the Lansing Community Library, and IHOP in Lansing.

KIRBY’S BYLINE By Mayor Gene Kirby

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Hello everyone. As I write this article, I can look out my window and see the changing of the season is upon us. The leaves are changing color and then dropping to the

ground, only to be cleaned up, again and again. The vegetable plants have stopped producing, the grass is beginning to slow. Winter will soon be here with all of the changes and challenges that brings. The daylight hours will be shorter and the darkness longer. There will soon be fewer outdoor activities as the temperatures cool down and winter sets

in. Yet, we move on. We are at the time of the year when we begin our work on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund. It is a program that I am very proud of. It is our wish to provide for those who are facing difficulties in their lives. Last year, we were able to provide assistance to 25 families and 48 children. With your help, we

2015 - 2016 CONNECTION CALENDAR NOVEMBER November 10 ..........City Council Work Session November 11 ..........Veterans Day – City Offices Closed November 19 ..........City Council Meeting November 26 ..........Thanksgiving – City Offices Closed

DECEMBER December 7 ............Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting December 3 ............City Council Meeting December 17 ..........City Council Meeting December 24 ..........Christmas Eve – .................................City Offices Close at Noon December 25 ..........Christmas – City Offices Closed

JANUARY January 1................New Year’s Day – City Offices .................................Closed January 4................January 29 – Spring Soccer .................................Registration January 7................City Council Meeting January 21..............City Council Meeting January 18..............Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – .................................City Offices Closed January 28..............City Council Work Session

provided clothes, shoes, toys, and coats for these children. Many of our local civic organizations assist us as well. The Lansing Correctional Facility also provides us with refurbished bicycles. Soon you will see Christmas trees at City Hall, the Library and some local businesses. These trees will have tags on them with specific information you need to help out with items. Please consider assisting us in any way you can. No child deserves to be forgotten at Christmas. The Fall Festival was a huge success. Once known as Autumn in the Grove, we moved it this year to the Angel Falls Trail and renamed it. We had such a large turnout that we had to get more pumpkins for the children to decorate. We want to thank Saint Francis Church for allowing us to use their parking lots. Thanks as well to all of the city staff who worked hard to make this event a success. Construction has begun on an update to our wastewater system. Old lines are being replaced, moved and added to. We will always need to make changes and update things as we move forward. We realize this may cause concerns for some of you but these are things we must do. It is with great pleasure that I can announce Tony Zell, Wastewater Director, has been named City Employee of the Year. Tony has played a very critical role in the daily operations of and the growth of that department. Tony has been with the city since 1997. He has been a loyal and dedicated employee. He played a big role in assisting me during our transition here at City Hall. Congratulations and thanks to Tony.

I would also like to take this chance to congratulate Tony and the entire Wastewater Department. They have been awarded the Class 5 Waste Water Treatment Facility of the Year. The Class 5 award is for the largest facilities within the State, besting the City of Manhattan, Kansas for the award. Congratulations to Tony and the entire Waste Water staff. Let me also tell you that Janette Labbee-Holdeman was named our City’s Volunteer of the Year. Among some of the many things Janette does on a volunteer basis is serving as past President of the United Way, Chair of the Carnegie Arts Center, Lansing Lions Club and many other volunteer activities. She has also served as a Lansing City Council member. Janette is truly a valuable member of our community. Congratulations and thanks to Janette. On behalf of the City, let me wish you a safe and happy holiday season. Gene Kirby


Lansing Community Library Update By Library Director Terri Wojtalewicz

We would like to thank everyone who came out to the Lansing Fall Festival! What a wonderful way to start the new season. The Library staff and volunteers enjoyed being able to see our friends and meet new ones in our community. Be sure to check our calendar online at the city website ( for upcoming event details. Nov. 12 is a busy day for book clubs at the Library. The teens will meet at 4:30 p.m. for about an hour. They have chosen the brand new Rick Riordan series, Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard. The Sword of Summer is available through the library system if you decide to check it out. The adult book club is meeting at 5:30 p.m. and is

currently reading The Seamstress: A Memoir of Survival by Sara Tuvel Bernstein. It is a tale of an Auschwitz survivor. There is always lively discussion, food, and fun meeting new friends. The LAST Read to a Dog event of the year will be on Nov. 21 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. What a perfect way to practice reading out loud and on fluency in a relaxed environment with Bo, Max, Dozer and many others! We have 16 slots available, so call us or register online. The Gingerbread Contest is back! We are looking for the most traditional and the best Star Wars inspired gingerbread houses in the community. The Friends of the Lansing Commu-

nity Library are ready to award prizes for the best! Turn in your houses the week of Nov. 30! Voting will begin on Dec. 7. The awards will be presented during our Holiday Open House on Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m.. We hope you can join us for some delicious hot chocolate, apple cider, and holiday treats. While you are in the library to drop off your gingerbread house or to vote, pick up a tag off the Mayor’s Christmas Tree for a family. Be on the lookout for information on a Star Wars program in December! We will be having some trivia fun, movies, and programs during the month of December in preparation for the release of the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, on Dec. 18. There will be daily trivia questions in the library and posted online. Each right answer get an entry into the movie ticket drawing – courtesy of the Friends of the Lansing Library! And one final note, we are looking for your help in creating a logo for the library! The Library Board will be announcing the details of a logo contest in early January. Help us create a visual for 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.

December 15th 5:30 p.m.

Anthony Zell Lansing Mayor Gene Kirby (L) and City Administrator Tim Vandall (R) congratulate Wastewater Director Anthony Zell on being named the 2015 Lansing Employee of the Year. The ceremony took place during Lansing’s 22nd Annual Appreciation Dinner on Mon., Oct. 19, 2015.

Janette Labbee-Holdeman Lansing resident Janette LabbeeHoldeman accepts the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award from Lansing Mayor Gene Kirby (L) and City Administrator Tim Vandall during the Annual Appreciation Dinner.


WARD 1 NEWS Councilmember Kevin Gardner

This fall, as the weather chills and the days grow short, it is a good time to appreciate those we see daily and those we see occasionally. The Fall Festival is a chance to enjoy nature, see people you may not have seen for a while, watch kids having

WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Andi Pawlowski

I can't believe it is the start of the holiday season already! This quarter has been pretty quiet, so I have decided to just list some reminders and everyday FYI's! *The Mayor’s Christmas tree is coming up. We have people in our community that can use some assistance. Food, gifts, help with utilities, clothing for kids. Several organizations (scouts) will collect food door to door that they present at the kickoff event. We will also have a tree in the lobby at City Hall, with gift suggestions. Please be generous and buy a gift or leave some funds with Sarah, our City Clerk and our staff will fill in to make sure these families have something under the tree. * It is that time of year, RUT. Please be careful at dusk and dawn. The deer are busy chasing each other and forget to watch for cars! I saw some accident information recently and I believe the most accidents in the county involve a deer/car collision. *Brush fires. It is pretty dry. Remember you need to contact the Fire District to get a burn permit. 913727-5844. Please be safe. *Snow off sidewalks. By ordinance, we all have to scoop our sidewalks if

fun, and just have a good time. The Spooky Center is always a treat for the young, and young at heart. An annual dinner for volunteers and employees was also in October and is a very nice gesture by the City to recognize those who truly make Lansing great. The weather has been great overall and that helps make these events even more special. The Activity Center has just recently installed a new floor in the gym and has new procedures to help ensure that USD 469 residents can enjoy this great facility. This project has been in the works for a few years, and now that it has been finished, we are sure that those residents who have used the gym before will notice the improve-

ment. Our new Lansing Historical Museum Director has new exhibits on display which include antique woodworking tools and photographs of Kansas City jazz artists. She is also taking exhibits mobile with a traveling truck series that will reach out to schools, daycare centers and community groups. The City staff and council continue to address and work together to resolve issues to help Lansing progress into the future. New things are happening now and others are in a process to help ensure growth. Enjoy the weather, stay warm this winter, and be safe through the holidays.

and when it snows. We have 24 hours after the snow stops to do it. It is for the safety of people who walk. If you need assistance, call the Public Works Dept. at 727-2400. *Trash. Deffenbaugh, our trash contractor, allows 12 bags of yard waste per week until Dec. 31. After that date they will not pick up yard waste until March 3, 2016. Last year they did extend the date because the trees didn't let go of the leaves on Deffenbaugh's schedule. We will post any changes on the city's web site. *Sewer lines. We have completed a Master Plan of our main sewer lines. Currently, Linaweaver Construction is upgrading and replacing along what we call the 7-Mile Creek line. A lot of the work will be east of K-7 highway, but there will be some near Ida and some other near Connie/Debra. Just be aware, this is to fix some of the bottlenecks and sizing issues. We are very hopeful it will allow more development to the west and keep problems from happening in the future with backups caused by overloaded lines. We do have the 9-Mile Creek plan also, and are in the bidding process currently. 9-Mile Creek runs through the Rock Creek and Fawn Valley subdivisions and behind the Methodist Church. The new High School extension is connected to the 9-Mile interceptor. *Traffic. We are still working with the State on traffic lights at Gilman, the widening of Desoto Road from Ida to Eisenhower, and are continuing to watch the traffic coming off the new High School. It was a mess the first few days, but it seems to have calmed down considerably. Please let me know if this is not the case. The County is slated

to improve McIntyre Rd. from K-7 to the Knollwood subdivision, sometime next year. My understanding is the east side will be done in a similar manner to the west side of McIntyre, which was done about 10 years ago. It will be a headache, but well worth the pain for the people who live along that stretch and those of us who use it! *Strategic Plan. Lansing has had some changes and we will have more. Change is good and healthy for any organization. We need to grow and not stagnate. That being said, the Council and staff would really appreciate input from residents. Call any of us or send an email. Even if it is a complaint - we can't fix it if we aren't aware of it! On the city web page there is a FixIt Form and it is anonymous! You can post problems, complaints or even good things! Our City Administrator gets those and he sends them to the appropriate folks. *City Administrator. It seems like Tim has not been here for four months! There is quite a learning curve for our new leader and he has done a great job so far! If you haven't met him out and about, come to the Christmas Tree lighting on December 6 at 6 p.m. I will introduce you to him. The city of Lansing exists to provide services to our residents. The staff and the City Council want everyone to love living here, in the Safest City in Kansas! As always, my cell is 913-683-0662; email is and the city web site is ; follow the city on Twitter (Lansing, KS) and Facebook as well. Have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

Kevin Gardner


Meetings I have been asked recently about how the City Council handles and conducts its meetings. As published, the City holds its meetings the first and third Thursdays of each month. We sometimes have a work session on the last Thursday of the month or when otherwise scheduled. Note: no business or votes can be taken at a work session. If we need to have another meeting out of our scheduled ones during the month, we publish that in the newspaper, on our web site, etc. and then hold it. Notification to the public must be at least two weeks prior to the meeting. The key here is that ALL OF OUR MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! The real question that was put to me was when the Council goes into Executive Session. An Executive Session is when the Council is permitted to discuss certain subjects in private. This session may only take place once the Council has convened an open regular meeting. A motion must be made to enter into the Executive Session and that motion must be voted on and entered into the minutes of the meeting. The motion must also have the following three parts: The Justification: A brief description of the

topic to be discussed in the session without revealing confidential information. The Subject: A reference to one of the permitted topics for the session contained in the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA). The Time and Place: The time and place at which the open meeting will resume. As stated in the second bullet above, KOMA allows seven general topics to be discussed: *Personnel matters relating to non-elected personnel. *Consultation with an attorney for the council or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship. *Matters relating to employee-employer negotiations. *Confidential data relating to the financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts, and individual proprietorships. *Matters relating to action affecting a person as a student, patient or resident of a public institution. *Preliminary discussion relating to acquisition of real property. *Matters relating to security measures that protect specific systems, facilities or equipment including persons and private property if related to the

I have learned so much during these past six years while serving on the Lansing City Council as a representative for Ward 3. Sometimes, though, the decisions we make as a Council cause me to wonder if our votes truly represent what our constituents believe. With every vote I make, I attempt to represent the interests of my Ward and the Lansing community as a whole. A difference of opinion among council members is normal and furthers discussion to bring us to a decision that best serves the residents of Lansing. Last year, the council decided against funding Saint Vincent Clinic and the Alliance Against Family Violence. It is important to note that each and every council member fully recognized the great benefits these organizations provide to our community. We contemplated giving each of these organizations $3,500. As a principal at the middle school in Lansing, I am well aware of the service these agencies provide for Lansing

& Leavenworth County. In 2014 alone, Saint Vincent Clinic served 111 Lansing residents. The Alliance Against Family Violence graciously supports our Police Department when they are called to a domestic dispute. I have no issue with using tax payer money because I believe it is the right thing to do. Some of my fellow council members felt differently. Please remember that this was a disagreement as to whether or not it is appropriate to use tax payer money to fund these organizations. Again, NEVER was there a doubt regarding the services they provide. After pondering the council’s decision to discontinue monetary support for these agencies, I decided that I would like to know if our decision truly represents our constituents. Therefore, I am asking the citizens I represent to take a moment and provide your feedback to me. Please email me at... or call me at 913-6839211. I would like to

WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Don Studnicka

agency. The Council may include others in the Executive Session if needed, such as an attorney, employee, etc. If you wish to know more about the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA), or the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA), the Kansas Attorney General has published a guide and you can find it at As always, you are invited to YOUR CITY COUNCIL meetings, held on the first and third Thursdays of the month. If you have other questions or concerns for me, you may reach me at 913-727-2907 or Donald F. Studnicka Councilman, Ward 2 Thank you Don Studnicka

WARD 3 NEWS Councilmember Kerry Brungardt

know your thoughts on this issue. You can also take this opportunity to discuss any other issues facing the Council. The completion of Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park and the provision of a pool/water park for the residents of Lansing are just two of many issues I would like to discuss with you. As always, it is an honor and pleasure to serve the residents of Ward 3 and the city of Lansing. Respectfully, Kerry Nick Brungardt


The fall colors were in full bloom at the city of Lansing’s 10th Annual Lansing Fall Festival (formerly Autumn in the Grove), located at Angel Falls Trail. All along the trail both children and adults enjoyed over 50 craft vendors, live music from State Line Drive, a magician, pumpkin decorating, a caricature artist, and a petting zoo. Several of our vendors were offering mouthwatering treats, including funnel cakes, hotdogs, brats, sno-cones, and nachos. Everyone had a great time! Thank you to everyone who attended the Lansing Fall Festival and we will see you next year! THE CITY OF LANSING WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS: - Exchange National Bank & Trust - Friends of the Lansing Community Library - Lansing Correctional Facility - MEGA Industries Corporation - Mike Smith - Personalized Lawn Care/ Leavenworth Lansing Nursery - St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church

It’s almost time to think about when the snow and ice starts to fly Storm Season Is On the Way! SIDEWALKS: Clearing sidewalks after winter storms is mostly about being a good neighbor. As a matter of practicality and safety, it is the responsibility of owners/residents of property adjacent to a public sidewalk to remove snow and ice from the sidewalk following each winter storm. When everyone does his or her part by clearing the sidewalks following a snow or ice storm, all of our pedestrians, from children to the elderly, benefit by having a safe place to walk, and property owners’ liability for falls is reduced. Property owner/resident responsibility for clearing sidewalks is formalized in the City Code. The reason this task has been codified as a property owner responsibility is that it is both impractical and far too large a tax burden for the city to clear all the sidewalks in the city. We know of no city that clears sidewalks city-wide with taxpayer resources. The city does, however, include most of the city trail system and certain sidewalks that are not immediately adjacent to properties in its snow and ice removal operations. These are shown as Priority 5 on the City’s Snow Removal Map which may be found at Center/View/3156.

The city does not attempt to inspect every sidewalk in town following storms to determine if they have been cleared, but does follow up on all complaints about sidewalks that have not been cleared within a reasonable amount of time following snow or ice storms in accordance with the City Code. If you have questions about removal of snow & ice from sidewalks or wish to submit a complaint, please call 727-2400. STREETS: To expedite snow and ice removal operations, many streets throughout the city are designated as Emergency Snow Routes. Signs are posted identifying these routes. City ordinance prohibits parking on emergency snow routes during a winter storm emergency, and vehicles parked, or stuck without chains or snow tires on these streets, may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense. When these routes are kept free of parked cars, emergency crews can get them cleared more quickly and move on to clear other streets. On all streets, citizens can assist in assuring that snow is effectively removed by parking in their garages or driveways away from the curb, placing snow they remove from their driveway to the sides of the driveway instead of in the street, keeping personal property away from the curb, and staying clear of snow removal equipment when it is operating. Placing snow in the street is a violation of City Code. Snow and ice removal is an emergency operation. The operators work under difficult conditions with limited visibility and limited traction, and your consideration is greatly appreciated. If you hire a con-

tractor to clear your driveway, please let him know that it is against City Code for him to put the snow in the street. Plowing snow from the street is a continuous operation that produces a continuous windrow of snow and does not present an opportunity to avoid placing the windrow in front of driveways. Parking in or part way in the street severely slows our removal operations and limits the portion of the street that can be cleared. Parking in cul-de-sacs during snow storms severely slows the operation and limits our effectiveness, as cul-de-sacs are very time consuming to clear even without obstructions and we have a multitude of them in our city. If a street or cul-de-sac is obstructed so that we cannot operate safely, our policy is to skip that street until the obstruction is removed by the owner. Please share this information with your neighbors who park in or part way in the street and help us avoid delays in clearing your street. Please note that some cul-desacs where we have experienced repeated problems have been posted “No Parking During Snow,” and violators may be ticketed and towed from these locations. Mailboxes, if damaged from contact by city equipment, will be replaced. Mailboxes damaged by the force of the snow itself from removal operations are the owner’s responsibility to replace. Every winter storm has a unique and individual character, depending on road surface temperature, air temperature, wind chill, form of precipitation throughout the storm (rain, freezing rain, sleet, wet snow, dry snow), rate of precipitation, time of day, amount of

traffic on the street at various times during the storm, and weather conditions following the precipitation event. Emergency snow and ice removal operations are tailored to the specific conditions encountered with each storm. The City’s Snow and Ice Removal Policy sets priorities for snow and ice removal. Priority of operations is depicted on the Snow Removal Map which may be found at DocumentCenter/View/3156. We physically check and take appropriate action on every inquiry or complaint we receive about road conditions. We have an answering machine to take after hours inquiries during snow and ice removal operations. Messages will be checked periodically at 727-1700 when emergency staff returns to the shop. During normal work hours you may call 727-1700 or 727-2400 with your inquiries. We pledge to do our best to provide safe streets. Please help us make this a safe winter season by allowing extra time for your drive, and using extra caution when snow and ice are present.


On Sat., Oct. 24, the Lansing Parks and Recreation Department and the Lansing Community Library hosted the annual Spooky Center at the Lansing Activity Center. Once again, two sessions were conducted to better serve the community. The first session was for youth up to and including third grade. Youth in this age group were able to play carnival games, visit a “Trick-Or-Treat Village,” and enjoy refreshments free of charge. The second session had youth in grades four through eight participating in carnival games, a haunted house, a photo booth, and refreshments that were also free of charge. The event was a huge success thanks to our many sponsors, supporters and volunteers. We thank everyone for their efforts to make this possible. SPONSORS: American Legion 411 Creative Promotions VFW Auxiliary 12003 Lansing Kiwanis Club Mike Smith Smith Chiropractic Varsity Sports Walmart

Ameriprise Financial Services Friends of the Lansing Community Library Lansing Sonic Petro Deli Taco John’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12003

Lansing Mill Levy

This graphic representation shows the mill levy paid by Lansing residents from 2011 to 2015. For clarity, the darker blue field at the top of each bar graph represents Leavenworth County Fire District #1, while the lighter blue shade at the bottom of the bar graph represents the city of Lansing’s portion of the mill levy. The total annual mill levy is represented by the numerals in black on top of each year’s bar graph.

For our Veterans on November 11…

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US 2015 Lansing Citizens’ O wn a Academy Underway 4 Legged Friend? By Economic Development/CVB Director Stefanie Leif

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

Reasons to license your pet • A license tells everyone that your pet is not a stray. • Licenses help link finders of lost animals with pet owners. A license may prevent a lost pet from being turned in to a shelter. The minimum cost of a shelter stay is $70. • Licenses help law enforcement to protect neighborhoods from dangerous dogs and investigate dog bites. • License fees are used to care for animals and investigate complaints about stray animals. Cost to register your pet • Altered (i.e. spayed/neutered) - $7.50 • Unaltered - $15.00 Special Pet Permit A special use permit is required to house more than four (4) animals at any residential address in the city of Lansing. A special use permit is $25, with an annual renewal fee of $25. This is in addition to the normal licensing fee. Applications are available from the City Clerk at Lansing City Hall, 800 1st Terrace.

The 2015 Lansing Citizens’Academy is off to a great start this year. The city of Lansing offers this class as an opportunity for City residents and Lansing business owners to learn more about City operations, get to know the City staff, and learn about civic involvement opportunities. This year’s class has twelve participants, and the class will participate in seven separate sessions with City departments, from September 2015-April 2016. The September opening class heard presentations from Mayor Gene Kirby, City Administrator Tim Vandall and City Clerk Sarah Bodensteiner. In October, the class learned about the operations of the

Public Works Department, led by Public Works Director John Young. The group enjoyed a tour of the City Garage and a description by Street Superintendent Jeff Focht of the city equipment and discussion of Street Division responsibilities. They also heard from Community Development Superintendent John Jacobson on building inspection, code enforcement, and planning and zoning activities. Following completion of the program, the class will graduate in May and receive recognition from the City Council for their time and commitment to the program.

Lansing Street Division Superintendent Jeff Focht (far right) shows Citizens’ Academy students equipment in the City Garage during the October 2015 class.

Lansing Activity Center has a New Gym Floor

The Lansing Activity Center has taken on a new shine! The much anticipated replacement of the gymnasium floor is complete. The Activity Center will resume the Open Gym hours on the new floor on Oct. 28 with a new user system also in place. Open Gym is available to residents of USD 469 and will require that all users be registered for a pass card. Users 18 and over must register at the

Parks and Recreation office during regular business hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and pay a onetime fee of $5 for a pass. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian register them. A lost card fee of $10 will be assessed for replacements. Proof of identity and residency will be required at the time of registration. To prove identity and residency, a state or govern-

ment issued ID with address will be required along with one of the following: tax bill, rental agreement, utility bill,

pay stub, award letter or Skyward profile with address. No one will be admitted without an open gym pass. Open

Gym hours will change seasonally. Contact the Parks and Recreation office for current information on hours at

913-727-2960 or by email at:

Youth Soccer

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US YOUTH SOCCER: Registrations will be taken Jan. 4 – 29. 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. If you have questions about your child's division placement, please contact our office at 913.727.2960

Lansing and Deffenbaugh Trash Collection Update

Season of play will be late March through mid-May. 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. Late registrations may not be accepted. If late registration is accepted, a late fee of $10 per participant will be assessed. Assistance is available for qualifying individuals. Please visit our website to download the information flyer along with the application for the Scholarship Program, or call for more information. All scholarship requests must be received by Fri., Jan. 15, 2016 Refunds will NOT be offered after the uniform/equipment order is placed on: Feb. 19, 2016 Registration forms are available online at: For more information on any of our programs, call 727-2960 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can also email at:

next twenty years. I hope you all The City are enjoying the has also been brisk weather. It working to alleis a busy time in viate storm Lansing and we water issues. are excited about We had many some of our fucitizens attend a ture projects and work session improvements. earlier this year For starters, to discuss storm you may have water problems noticed we have Tim Vandall and possible solukicked off a pretty City Administrator tions. Our City substantial sewer Engineer has been busy locating project. Our Seven Mile Creek obstructions along Nine Mile sewer project began in September Creek in an effort to catalog poand is currently in full swing. The tential problem areas. We plan to low bid on the project came in at work with the Lansing Correc$4,185,646. While this is a subtional Facility to remove obstrucstantial amount of money, these tions in the upcoming months. improvements will help the City The City has several buildings become compliant with Kansas that also consistently need mainDepartment of Health and Envitenance. We recently completed ronment (KDHE) regulations and an overhaul of the gym floor in allow our community to continue the Lansing Activity Center at a to grow in the future. Many of cost of $55,434. We also plan on the sewer lines we are replacing replacing the roofs at City Hall were installed decades ago, when and the Lansing Community Liour population was significantly brary in 2016. smaller. While sewer lines are In everything we do, we strive often not as noticeable as a new to be responsible to our taxpayers. road or playground equipment, We continually look for the best they are a vitally important piece prices and most efficient way to of a city’s infrastructure. do things. I value citizen input, We are also working to find love meeting new people, and allong-term solutions to DeSoto Rd. ways have a pot of coffee on, so It is very important to our staff please feel free to swing by if you and governing body that we find ever want to discuss anything. reasonable solutions and make sure we live within our means. Sincerely, Currently, we are reviewing proTim Vandall jected future traffic counts and City Administrator population estimates to see what City of Lansing kind of improvements will be needed for DeSoto Rd. over the

Bulky items can be collected by Deffenbaugh!


Do you need to dispose of an item that is too large to fit into your trash cart? Each household is provided one complimentary bulky item pickup per year. Residents should call 727-5000 to schedule this pickup.

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Items that can be picked up include, but are not limited to: small appliances (not containing CFC’s or Freon) furniture swing sets—must be disassembled carpet—cut in four foot lengths, rolled and tied large pieces of glass—must be broken down and boxed. For safety, please mark container as “broken glass” paint—must be dried in cans with lids left off

All bagged, boxed or bundled items must be less than 65 lbs. Items that can NOT be collected include, but are not limited to: • car batteries, parts, or tires • wet paint, oils, or automotive fluids • solvents and all other household hazardous materials • fireplace ashes • appliances containing Freon or CFC’s • large quantities of remodeling or construction debris—such as sheetrock, concrete, and wood. • yard debris—such as: dirt, rock, soil, tree limbs, etc…

YARD WASTE Effective December 31, 2015, yard waste collection will end. Currently, residents may dispose of up to 12 bags of yard waste weekly. Please make sure the yard waste is placed in an appropriate sized container, or recyclable paper bags, weighing no more than 60 lbs. All branches should be cut into four (4) foot lengths and bundled. The yard waste program will be reimplemented beginning March 3, 2016. CHRISTMAS TREES AND TRASH Lansing’s trash and recycling contractor, Deffenbaugh Industries, will collect up to two (2) live Christmas trees per residence on the two consecutive trash days (December 31 and January 7) following Christmas Day. Christmas trees must be cut in half. Deffenbaugh will pick up a maximum of six (6) extra trash bags (outside the trash cart) without requiring bag tags on December 31. HOLIDAY TRASH SCHEDULE Deffenbaugh trash pick-up in Lansing will be affected by the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular service which usually occurs on Thursday, November 26 will take place on Friday, November 27. Since Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on a Friday this year, trash pickup in Lansing will not be affected. A reminder: residents can sign up for Deffenbaugh Industries alerts related to trash collection. Go to, scroll down to the bottom of the page, click on Email & Alerts, fill in your information, and submit. For more information, contact the city of Lansing at 913-7273233.


Lansing Historical Museum By Jennifer Myer Museum Site Supervisor

Fine Art of Jazz Opens at the Lansing Historical Museum The Fine Art of Jazz, an exhibition showcasing the names and faces synonymous with the Kansas City tradition of American jazz, opens November 10th at the Lansing Historical Museum. The museum is located at 115 E. Kansas Avenue and is open Tuesday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The exhibition is free to the public. Private viewings and special events can be scheduled at the Lansing Historical Museum by calling 913-250-0203

or by emailing the Museum Site Supervisor at Charlie Parker. Pete Johnson. Mary Lou Williams. Count Basie. Jay McShann. Booker Washington. These and many more musicians and vocalists associated with Prohibition-era jazz found a welcome home in Kansas City nightclubs, bustling with crowds eager for the entertainment. The Roaring 20s saw local and out-of-town musicians forge a distinctive Kansas City style of jazz as they enjoyed the camaraderie of all-night jam sessions with boisterous, noisy clubs as the backdrop. Many of the musicians who got their start in Kansas City’s jazz hub became household names across the nation in the 1930s and 1940s as jazz exploded in popularity, but the genesis of the movement also left its mark forever on the Kansas City music scene. Today the tradition jams on, with clubs across the city featuring jazz nightly. It is this mixture of activity, tenacity and nostalgic charm that moved Pulitzer Prize winner Dan White to spend almost 20 years photographing and interviewing renowned jazz musicians. “I began photographing jazz musicians in 1987, hoping to create a visual record of these talented artists and to help preserve Kansas City’s tradition as a birthplace of jazz,” White says. “I’d been listening, watching and talking to those in the local jazz scene for quite some time. They were very open to passing along their knowledge and traditions

with anyone who shared their love of the music; I wanted to capture some of this feeling before it slipped away. Players like Rusty Tucker, Speedy Huggins, Milt Abel and Pearl Thuston. They had a certain sound. When they were on, there was nothing like it. I’ve shot more than 50 portraits of these players and singers over the past twenty years. It’s a good feeling to have captured part of Kansas City’s history.” The result of White’s work is a series of 50 black-and-white portraits of Kansas City jazz musicians and vocalists, complete with com-

mentary from exhibition curator Chuck Haddix, co-author of Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to BeBop – A History. The exhibition is organized and toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of MidAmerica Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 20 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-size communities each year. Mid-America is the oldest nonprofit regional arts organization in the United States. More information is available at and

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