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Code Enforcement Educational Campaign From November through April, the Community & Economic Development Department will be rolling out an educational campaign to inform our community about our codes and regulations in regard to property and housing maintenance. We have a terrific community where many take pride in their homes and properties. Often residents want to do the right thing, and they may not be aware that an activity is prohibited by city codes. For example, to keep a street or driveway more clear, residents may park on grass next to their driveways. However, parking a vehicle on grass is not allowed. Also, many do not
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By Mayor Mike Smith
As we round out 2017, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the important events of the past year. The Lansing sales tax vote was an extremely important step for the City in finding revenue to con-
know that most backyard pools require specific types of fencing. Additionally, some residents do not have the physical or economic means to address issues on their property. If you are part of a civic or faith-based organization and would like to help some of our residents in need, please let us know. We can contact your group when we have a citizen that needs assistance. We have had great relationships with organizations, and these groups have really made a difference in our neighborhoods. Over the next few months, the Department will address many of the common violations we see in
tinue improving and growing our infrastructure. The revenue generated by the additional .45 percent will go to improving Desoto Road, as well as improving our Parks system. I want to again thank the voters in Lansing who saw fit to trust us to get these jobs
2017-2018 CONNECTION CALENDAR NOVEMBER Nov. 2..........Council Meeting Nov. 7..........Election Day Nov. 10........Veterans Day – City Offices Closed Nov. 15........Joint City Council/ Planning Commission Meeting Nov. 16........Council Meeting Nov. 23........Thanksgiving – City Offices Closed
DECEMBER Dec. 3 ........Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 7 ........Council Meeting Dec. 14 ......Council Work Session Dec. 21 ......Council Meeting Dec. 22 ......City Offices Close at Noon Dec. 25 ......Christmas - City Offices Closed
JANUARY Jan. 1 ........New Year’s Day - City Offices Closed Jan. 2-31 ...Spring Soccer Registration Jan. 4 ........Council Meeting Jan. 15 ......Martin Luther King, Jr. Day City Offices Closed Jan. 18 ......Council Meeting Jan. 25 ......Council Work Session
the community, and education will be accomplished through door hangers, social media, and other public relations. The City of Lansing will have a Clean Up Event in April that will allow no-cost disposal of unwanted goods at the County Transfer Station by Lansing residents. Our hope is that through our educational campaign, residents will be encouraged to clean up properties and then utilize the free Clean Up Event to dispose of yard debris and items stored on a property. If you have any ideas for our educational campaign or questions about code enforcement, please contact us at CED@lansing.ks.us or 913-727-2400.
done. And for those of you who don’t know, all of the revenue generated by the additional tax is put in a special fund so that it will be very transparent how much funding is raised, and that the money is dedicated to the projects promised. While on the subject of infrastructure improvement, I want to point out that oftentimes we at the City are making improvements that may not be obvious to our residents. Case in point: we are doing a lot of work right now to improve our sanitary sewer system. Both the 7-Mile and 9-Mile Creek projects are completed. We need these types of projects to promote growth in both a residential and commercial sense. Sewer projects certainly aren’t “Hollywood,” but in many cases they are just as, if not more, important than projects more obvious to the naked eye. We are also working with Lan-Del to bring a waterline to Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park. This project must be completed before we can start ramping up the other improvements at KWB – like new and improved ball fields – so more residents can enjoy that recreational gem. I also wanted to mention the City’s recent record when it comes to retaining long-term, valuable employees. There was a time several years back when Lansing employees would get valuable experience here, but in the blink of an eye would move to another, often larger, locality. We have made some improvements in compensating employees so that
Mayor Mike Smith Lansing is no longer a “training ground” for other Kansas City-area cities and counties. By keeping our best and brightest employees here, our residents benefit. I also want to give recognition to those on staff who work so hard to make our City events so memorable. In mid-October we had another successful Lansing Fall Festival. That event really shows how great Angel Falls Trail is. Along with Lansing DAZE, the Independence Fireworks Show, our Spooky Center Halloween activity and other events, I feel confident saying our city events are true highlights each and every year. Lastly, I want to shine a light on our City volunteers. We had a dinner in early October to celebrate those who step up to improve the City without monetary compensation. It’s the least we can do to thank those who really help make Lansing a great place to live.
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Lansing Fall Festival SHINES ... Despite Weather By Ken Miller, Public Information Officer
Despite rain, wind – and maybe because of an early rainbow – the 2017 Lansing Fall Festival will be remembered as an event with plenty to do and see. Hundreds of people walked Angel Falls Trail on Sat., Oct. 14 and dodged rain drops in the afternoon. This year’s Festival featured more music than ever… highlighted by Sky Smeed and John Svoboda playing together along Angel Falls Trail. Harpist Wujeong Duncan had a premiere spot right by the bridge while William Reed, Leah Marie, Emma Huskey and the destructable Ben Rassum a.k.a Kris Bennetts also entertained festival goers.
“Buskerville” turned out to be a hit, where music and magic intersected on the Trail. The kids had more than enough to do during the day, with a petting zoo, crafts area (thank you, Lansing Community Library staff), and a kiddie train provided by a Deere
Place, which hosted its first-ever Fall Funzone at the Festival. Lamborn Farms supplied pumpkins which were turned in to works of art by local youth at the Amphitheatre. Food was plentiful – and most attendees were able to successfully eat without Lil’ Milton getting a taste of their meal!
There were numerous sponsors this year who deserve a big thank you from City staff and local residents. Included are Linaweaver Construction, District 40 Rep. Debbie Deere, Platinum Automotive, Tiffany Andrews State Farm, St. Luke’s Cushing Hospital, Exchange
Bank & Trust, St. Francis de Sales Church, Lansing Photo Works, Holiday
Inn Express & Suites and Kansas Gas Service.
FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US From the City Administrator eral projects, with more on the horizon.
Tim Vandall By City Administrator Tim Vandall
As I grew up, autumn was always my favorite season. I love the baseball playoffs, college football, brisk weather, and the stunning colors outside. Beyond that, fall is also a time for the City to begin planning for 2018 and beyond. We have recently wrapped up sev-
One thing citizens may not realize is how hard our council and staff have worked to improve the City’s financial position. We recently received an A1 bond rating, which is very positive for a community our size. What does this mean for our citizens? In the last 24 months, we have received incredibly low interest rates on our large scale debt issuances. The difference between 3 and 3.25% rates is incredibly significant on $7 million worth of sewer projects. On a smaller level, while we needed to go through lease-purchase agreements for updated equipment in past years, this year we have the funds available to purchase outright, savings citizens financing costs. We now have the re-
sources available to incentivize the right kind of growth. Our staff and council have done a good job preparing us to facilitate new development. Many of you may have noticed we wrapped up two major wastewater projects in September. These projects help put us back in compliance with wastewater compliance issues we experienced due to our rapid growth over the last 20 years. We are looking at another, smaller project, on the west side of town to accommodate future growth, but at this time we do not believe we will need to finance the improvement. Paying for projects up-front rather than issuing debt saves our taxpayers thousands of dollars! We are working on new housing options and commer-
cial development throughout Lansing. In order for these projects to work, we need to ensure that it is a good business decision for all people involved. We regularly have citizens asking us why we do not do something with one piece of property or another, and in all instances, the City does not own the property and we cannot force a private property owner to sell their property. We are working to facilitate new projects, but there are times when this is challenging because we are not the buyer or seller of the property. Although we have had ups and downs, rest assured, we are working hard to create growth behind the scenes. As we all gather around the table this year with our loved ones, we have much to be thankful for. My family and I
are thankful to live in the greatest country in the world. Beyond that, Lansing residents can be thankful that we live in one of the safest communities in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Lansing residents also live in a community with one of the best school districts in Kansas and Lansing residents can be thankful we live in a community that cares for all of its citizens. We always love hearing from citizens, so please feel free to drop me a line or give me a call to let me know what you love about Lansing, or what we can do to improve.
Tim Vandall City Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org
The city of Lansing held its 24th Annual Recognition Dinner on Mon., Oct. 2, 2017 at the Lansing Community Center. The event shows the City’s appreciation for volunteer organizations and committees. The theme this year was
“Volunteers are the City’s Treasure!” Mayor Mike Smith and City Administrator Tim Vandall recognized the various volunteers and their representatives during the event. An Invocation was provided by Pastor Nathan Gunter. The 20 Year Service Award was presented to Council Member Donald Studnicka. Volunteer of the Year was awarded to James and Jeannette Fricke. Thanks to Lansing PhotoWorks for supplying the images.
Lansing Mayor Mike Smith congratulates Council member Don Studnicka on serving the city of Lansing 20 years.
Attendees show their appreciation for City volunteers during the 2017 Volunteer Recognition Dinner.
Common Sense Approach to Zoning and Subdivision Codes By Mike Suozzo, Planning Commissioner, and Stefanie Leif, Community & Economic Development Director
The Planning Commission has been working with land use consultant Gould Evans to rewrite our zoning and subdivisions regulations. The goal is to combine these two documents as well as other city codes that deal with land development into one cohesive docu-
ment that is more straightforward for the public and developers to navigate and understand. The process looks at our City’s Comprehensive Plan (our “blueprint for growth”) and ensures that the new codes follow in line with the land use goals of the city. We do
not anticipate radical changes, but the new code, called a Unified Development Ordinance, will consolidate to reduce redundancy, update and make changes where necessary, and ensure it conforms to state and federal legal requirements. The end result should be a
“one stop shop” document! Please stay tuned for more information on ways to be involved in the process and follow along with the progress thus far at www.lansing.ks.us/970/Unified-Development-Ordinance-Process-20.
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Thrills Fans By Tim Dossey, Events and Marketing Coordinator
We hope attendees enjoyed our first edition of the Lansing City Limits music series. It was a great September night of fun and entertainment, with creative musicians doing original material. Jake’s Place, at the Leavenworth Golf Club (on Eisenhower Road at the edge of the City limits) proved to be a great venue for the concert. The audience enjoyed great drinks, food, and staff as DJ Jeremiah Nichol emceed for our three fantastic acts. Please follow Lansing, KS Happenings on Facebook for info and fun stuff about all of our events. Also, we spotlight local and partner businesses with Lansing, KS Happenings, so there is always something “happening” on that page. Thanks to LaDuron Lens for the images. Keep an eye out next year for the return of Lansing City Limits!
The DESTRUCTABLE BEN RASSUM – who is really Lansing employee Kris Bennetts – entertains during Lansing City Limits.
EMMA HUSKEY was one of three featured acts at the inaugural Lansing City Limits show in September
The band “PEOPLE WATCHING” headlined the Lansing City Limits show at Great Life in Lansing in September.
Lansing Connection, Social Media Survey Results By Ken Miller, Public Information Officer
City staff completed a survey in early September tracking how Lansing residents – and those interested in Lansing – access traditional and social media information produced by staff. The results show a pattern of increasing social media usage when it comes to getting news about the city of Lansing – without a dropoff in the viability of more traditional media, a.k.a the Lansing Connection. Based on the results, the City will continue to provide hardcopy of the Lansing Connection to residents through the U.S. Postal Service.
The first question asked if respondents had read the Lansing Connection, the City’s quarterly newsletter mailed to each residential address, in 2017. Seventyfive percent of respondents answered yes, 18 percent answered no and 6 percent were not sure. The second question asked what format people used to read the Connection. Sixty-seven percent of respondents indicated they read newsprint; 35 percent reported digital use (total is more than 100 percent owing to multiple formats used by some respondents.)
The survey, which was available in both digital and hardcopy form, consisted of five total questions. 125 total responses were received, which topped the number received in the 2016 survey by more than 30 percent.
The third question dealt with a hypothetical – if the newsprint version of the Lansing Connection was no longer available, would users seek the digital version? Just over 47 percent indicated they would, while just under 53 percent would not or were not sure.
The final multiple choice question asked respondents to rank which media they used most to access city of Lansing news. The city of Lansing Facebook page was the clear winner, with 42 percent of respondents saying it was their number one choice. Lansing Email news releases, the Friday e-blast newsletter and the Connection also ranked highly as the primary sources of information. You can put the following link in a browser to see the breakdown of all questions and responses: www.lansing.ks.us/DocumentCenter/View/6058 Lastly, the survey provided space for written comments. Those comments are also accessible through the above link. Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out and submit a survey.
WARD NEWS - CHECK OUT WHAT YOUR COUNCILMEMBERS HAVE TO SAY...
WARD 1 NEWS Councilmember Gene Kirby
WARD 4 NEWS Councilmember Tony McNeill
We sincerely hope that everyone has had a safe and enjoyable year. We appreciate all your patience over the summer as the City has had
WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Andi Pawlowski
The year has just flown by! The staff of the City has been very active making Lansing a better place to live and work! We have tackled some major problems this year that had been, truthfully, ignored. A segment of Valley Drive had sunk over the years. Finally, last budget cycle, we programmed it to be fixed. It has been completed and it makes a massive difference in the way that area looks. We have completed our annual road milling and overlay, along with some curb and sidewalk replacement. The big dollars were spent over the last two years on sewer line up-
From the look and feel of things, fall is here. The days and nights are getting cooler; the leaves are changing colors and beginning to drop from the trees. Change is coming. Change, the one constant in our lives. In our home, we are into the final year of high school. Lots to do, plenty to think about, and decisions to be made. What lies ahead for our daughter, where will she go to college, how will we pay for it all? Major decisions to be made, for sure. Right now there are more questions than an-
many projects underway. Fall is upon us and school has started so please be aware of the bus stops in your neighborhoods. As the days get shorter, many of the children walk to the bus stop and wait for the bus in the dark. As we get toward winter, use extra caution, especially if there is snow on the ground. Fall also brings about Election time. Everyone has seen the campaign signs throughout the City. Don’t forget to vote on November 7. As we mentioned earlier, thank you for your patience during the sum-
grades. Several years ago, we discovered that many of our sewer lines were undersized for the development that had already occurred. The governing body was shocked at this revelation. The result was our system was backing up and was dangerously close to affecting (and some already had been affected) properties in the lower lying areas. Over the last two years we upgraded 13,000+ feet of pipe along the 7Mile Creek line and 9,000+ feet of pipe on the 9-Mile Creek line. We upsized those pipes to the maximum they will need to be to handle future growth in those areas. The system is still not perfectly sized, but the problems we were having are contained to the point that we aren’t on the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment’s radar. The State is now happy with us! We can now work on the non-emergency lines as funds allow. We all know our sewer bills are high and I can go into a long explanation, but let me explain it this way: this City Council decided to quit tip toeing around
swers, but change is coming. Will the decisions we make be the right ones? Will they make sense? There has been and will continue to be a lot of things to be decided. We will study all of the options, think things over, make our choices and move forward. We will take our time, do our best, and make the changes. By this time next year, my wife and I will be empty nesters (again). We are doing our best to make the changes in our lives the right ones.
mer with all the City projects. The City has been working to replace old curbs, gutters and sidewalks throughout Lansing and it is a slow process. We have money set aside in the CIP fund so we will be making these improvements over the next few years. In the long run it will be worth the detours and delays to get these areas repaired. Regular Council meetings are held the first and third Thursday of every month and those meetings along with any scheduled work sessions are open to the public. Any resident can attend
the problems and deal with them. Sewer rates have stabilized and because our staff does an excellent job, we are cash flow positive and under control, finally. The next big project is Desoto Road. We have a plan, have revenue identified to pay for it out of sales tax proceeds and hope to start early next year. McIntyre Road will be improved by Leavenworth County in 2018 as well. We will do flow monitoring on the sewer line, to see how the new improvements have affected the flow to the wastewater treatment plant. This will be used to program future line replacements and upsizing so we don’t find ourselves in the same mess. One of those projects is the line that runs through the Country Club. We have it as the number one project from our last system study. Planning, rather than crisis management, gets us a better return on our investment. For example, when your water heater goes out (always on the weekend!), most people go with whoever can fix it quickly, not necessarily
Change is everywhere, all of the time. Have you noticed any changes in the City? Do you know we have completed two new, major Wastewater line projects? Have you heard about the changes coming to DeSoto and McIntyre Roads? Are you aware that we have a new representative on the County Commission? As a father, I take my responsibilities with my daughter seriously. Her opinion is heard and respected but, at this time in her life, she is my daugh-
the 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 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, please let us know prior to the actual meeting. You can always call us or shoot us an email. We don’t mind discussing issues after we vote on them, but we would much rather you call before we actually
the best price. On the other hand, if you knew your water heater was going out, you could get several prices and make a decision that isn’t based on immediate need. Planning makes financial sense for Lansing. We are also starting a campaign to inform residents of city code violations. This includes
ter and still my responsibility. My wish for her is to do the right things in life and grow into a mature and successful person. It is my job to help her achieve her goals. We won’t always agree and I get that. I approach the decisions that I make on the City Council just as I do here at home. Gather as much information as possible. Ask the right questions, make my voice heard, take things seriously and cast what I hope is the right vote. Al-
vote so we can make a more informed decision. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. As a reminder, the City’s Public Information Officer sends out a weekly “eBlast” via email on Fridays. The city of Lansing also has a Twitter feed and several Facebook pages. These are all great ways to stay connected. If interested, you can access any of these via the City website, www.lansing.ks.us/357/ Public-Information.
regulations like you can’t park on your grass, you can’t have a gravel driveway or parking pad, and you cannot park your boat on the grass, in the front yard or on the street permanently. There have been lots of complaints. In some areas, our City looks junky! It affects property values, and in some cases, isn’t healthy or safe! You will be see-
though Lansing is not my home town, it is where I have lived for twenty years. I love it; I want to do right by it. I want to see this City grow and prosper and I am doing what I can to help make it happen. We won’t always agree on the correct path, but I respect your hopes and dreams for our home town. Change - it is coming. Ward 1 News Council Member Gene Kirby
Ward 4 News Council Members Tony McNeill and Gregg Buehler
WARD 4 NEWS Councilmember Gregg Buehler
ing more from our staff. Have a safe and happy Holiday Season. As always, call me if you have any comments or questions!
Ward 2 News Council Member Andi Pawlowski
9-Mile Creek Sanitary Sewer Action Plan Complete By Anthony Zell, Wastewater Utility Director
I just wanted to send out a BIG thank you to all the residents, property owners, and businesses that had to endure the effects and sounds of large equipment operating near their property while the City’s contractor, Linaweaver Construction, worked to complete the 9-Mile Creek Action Plan this year. The project began at the City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility on K5 Highway and worked south through the Lansing Correctional Facility to just north of E. Mary St. The project then turned west into the residential neighborhood near S. 3rd St. and E. Kay St. and finally back south to
cross E. Mary St. near the School District offices. In all, the project included the installation of nearly 9,800 feet of new sewer, which replaced pipes and manholes that were at least 35 years old, and some of which were much older. Now that the project is complete, this should allow for uninterrupted services for existing customers and provide for future City growth. The project was completed on time and under budget, and will be financed through a general obligation bond, which will be paid for through the utility’s rate structure.
FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US Mark Your Calendars! Join us for the 31st ANNUAL MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY ON DECEMBER 3! Join Mayor Mike Smith at 6 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 3rd for the Annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Mayor will recognize invited guests, accept donations, and ask everyone to join in singing traditional carols while watching the lighting ceremony. Those wishing to donate to the
Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program are encouraged to bring their donations to the Lighting Ceremony. Private individuals, civic organizations, and businesses are encouraged to participate in the fund drive. City of Lansing employees will be selling baked goods to raise funds for the program. Everyone is invited to enjoy complimentary hot chocolate. Join us in celebrating the holiday season! 31st ANNUAL MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS TREE PROGRAM Every year, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program benefits Lansing families
in need during the holiday season by providing them with nonperishable food, toys, clothes and grocery store gift cards. Beginning Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, Angel Trees will be located in the Lansing City Hall lobby at 800 1st Terrace and the Lansing Community Library at 730 1st Terrace. Those interested in participating can pick up a tag at one of the locations listed, purchase the gifts on the tag and return the new unwrapped gifts to Lansing City Hall by Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Gifts must be new items in original packaging or with tags attached. You may also bring in mone-
tary donations or request to adopt a family for the holidays and purchase all of the family’s requested gifts. Please consider participating in this important program. Your assistance will help brighten the holiday season for these local families. If you have questions, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 913-727-3036.
Important Information for Citizens of Lansing! Lansing residents still need to be prepared for winter, particularly with so many mild winters in recent years. There is still a good chance this winter could present many challenges with cold temperatures and winter storm conditions. As a community, it is important that not only city staff be prepared for the season, but its residents should be too. Plan ahead and get the supplies you will need during a winter storm ahead of time. If you need help, seek it out from a friend, family member or neighbor. If you are disabled and lack the financial means to address snow removal, and if you cannot find help, please contact our code enforcement officer at 7272400 and he will try to help you out. 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 Lansing’s Snow Removal Map which may be found at lansing.ks.us/DocumentCenter/View/3 156. 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 and ice from sidewalks or wish to submit a complaint, please call 727-2400. Fix-it forms are also available at www.lansing.ks.us.
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 contractor 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. If you clear your driveway or sidewalk early, there is a chance that windrow will end up on your property as emergency vehicles clear the streets from curb to curb.
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.
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 culde-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 neigh-
bors who park in or part way in the street and help us avoid delays in clearing your street. Please note that some cul-de-sacs 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. Staff from the Public Works Department will 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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US Finally, the holiday season is coming up and we want to remind everyone about our holiday hours: Veteran’s Day – closed on Fri. & Sat., Nov. 10 & 11.
Lansing Community Library UPDATE
The day before Thanksgiving – close at 5 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 22.
By Library Director Terri Wojtalewicz
Never fear – Autumn is here! We are getting ready for some of your favorite programs - the Lego Contest, Gingerbread Contest, AND the Winter Reading Program. The theme this year for the Lego Contest is “Reach for the Stars.” Design your favorite space-themed Lego creation and bring it to the Library the week of Halloween. Voting begins on Mon., Nov. 6. The Friends of the Library have selected some great prizes for the creations with the most votes. The Gingerbread Contest will have two categories again this year – traditional gingerbread houses and Star Warsthemed. Be on the lookout for details about that and when to drop off yours! There will be some awesome prizes for that event as well.
Ever wonder about the Friends group? They help with fundraising, sponsoring events, and volunteering at the Library. We are always looking for people to help with everything from events to shelving. Interested in becoming involved? Just stop by and see us, check out their Facebook page, or our website. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is going strong! We have several children who are so close to completing the program this year. It can be started at any time and is so much fun. Whether you read sing/songs with your child, repeat nursery rhymes, a different book each time, or the same one over and over again, they all count! We have
fun prizes for the children along the way. Be sure to see Ms. Kim for details about upcoming events for the program. Our Genealogy Series is off to a good start! Cheryl from the Midwest Genealogy Center was here in October to share all of the resources they have available. We learned that it is the largest genealogy center in the area and is open to the public. The second presentation in the series will be held on Tues., Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. The Kansas Historical Society will be here to show us the resources they have available to do genealogy research. We will wrap up the series on Tues., Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. with a live video conference with a librarian from the Kansas State Library in Topeka.
Thanksgiving Day – closed on Thurs., Nov. 23. Christmas – closing at noon on Fri., Dec. 22 & reopening on Tues., Dec. 26
Get ready for a new look here at the library! We will be closed in the beginning of 2018 for a mini-remodel, courtesy of the Friends group. They have raised funds to remodel our circulation area to make it child-friendly. The dates will be determined so be sure to check our Facebook page and website for closings. Remember the 24-hour book drop is on the southeast corner of the Library, 730 1st Terr.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/CONVENTION and VISITORS BUREAU UPDATE
’ On October 28, the Lansing Parks and Recreation Department along with the Lansing Community Library hosted the annual Spooky Center at the Lansing Activity Center. The event took place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. for toddlers through eighth graders and offered numerous carnival games, crafts, a photo booth, snacks and refreshments - all 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: - Friends of the Lansing Community Library - American Legion 411 - VFW Auxiliary 12003 - Lansing Kiwanis Club - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12003 - First National Bank - Katelin Meyers, Realty Executives
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 regard 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
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into floodwater. These activities are extremely dangerous and children have died due to playing in floodwater. More lives are lost each year due to flooding than any other weatherrelated 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.
Lansing Historical Museum The Lansing Historical Museum received this beautiful black walnut trunk in October, donated by the grandsons of Carl and Emma Mills who raised their family in Lansing on Kay Street. The trunk was hand-carved in 1934 by a prisoner at LCF. Carl Mills was a prison guard in the 1930's at LCF, and the inmate carved the trunk for Mr.
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.
Pictured here are the grandsons of Carl and Emma Mills. Two of the grandsons traveled from Phoenix, Arizona, to deliver the trunk to the museum.
Mills to give to his wife Emma. On the inside lid is engraved "Emma Mills 1934." On the bottom interior of the trunk is the inmate's name and number.
Lansing Connection quarterly newsletter for 4th Q. 2017