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Packages and Porch Pirates in Lansing By Ken Miller, Public Information Officer By now, most of us know that just because the delivery service says your package is by the front door doesn’t mean it’s actually there. Unfortunately, the 2010s have brought us an updated term for thief – the “porch pirate.” The growth of online retailers and their “free shipping” perk means more of us are shopping by smartphone and picking up the package as we return home. Except when we can’t. The city of Lansing is not immune to this trend. Police Chief Steve Wayman saw incidents of porch piracy over the past few holiday seasons and decided to do something about it. “We’ve worked


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By Mayor Mike Smith This edition of the Lansing Connection marks the end of another calendar year. I’ve been the

with homeowners in the past to set up a sort of ‘sting’ operation. We called it ‘Operation Krampus,” said Wayman. It works like this: an officer will place an authentic looking, but empty box by the front door of a cooperating resident. Police wait until someone scopes out and then tries to take off with said package. The thief is then apprehended. “We had one case last winter in which we took a young woman into custody after she attempted to steal a porch package,” said Wayman. That police report drew the attention of Kansas City media and two stories were done on the Lansing incident by television stations. “The City and the police

Mayor of Lansing for almost three years now and one of the best things about that time is reporting the successes we’ve had regarding both commercial and residential development. As I write this, the Leavenworth County Co-Op is making final preparations to move its facility to the industrial area just off E. Gilman Rd. in Lansing. In a cor-

Lansing Police Lt. Mike Dickason was part of a “porch pirate” operation in 2018.

department have received a lot of good feedback on this operation,” said Wayman. “I think we will be doing it again this holiday season.” If

any Lansing resident is interested in letting the police department use their front porch, contact Chief Wayman by email at sway-

responding move, Quik Trip is beginning site work at the corner of Eisenhower Rd. and Main St. (K-7) to locate its newest store there. Meanwhile, new homes are sprouting in different parts of Lansing. If you look east from City Hall, you can see heavy equipment clearing a path for a new subdivision. Work is also

slated for new homes in both northwest and southwest Lansing. Just as important are the renovations we are seeing at homes sprinkled throughout Lansing – people reinvesting in their properties, improving them and in the process improving the look of their neighborhoods as well. The recent development successes did not happen overnight – it literally took years to come to fruition as elected leaders and staff, past and present, can all take pride in these achievements. All in all, life is good in Lansing. But even with this rosy report, we need to remember particularly at this time of year, there are folks less fortunate in our community. That’s why it’s my duty and pleasure to remind everyone about the Mayor’s Christmas Tree program. In October, Lansing staff began accepting and reviewing applications from families in need this holiday season. These participating families will receive groceries, clothing, coats and toys for children – as well as

2019 - 2020 CONNECTION CALENDAR NOVEMBER Nov. 5 ..........Election Day Nov. 7 ..........Council Meeting Nov. 11 ........Veterans’ Day - City Offices Closed Nov. 21 ........Council Meeting Nov. 28 ........Thanksgiving Holiday - City Offices Closed

DECEMBER Dec. 1...........Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 5...........Council Meeting Dec. 19.........Council Meeting Dec. 24.........Christmas Eve - City Offices Close @ Noon Dec. 25.........Christmas Holiday - City Offices Closed

JANUARY Jan. 1.............New Year’s Day - City Offices Closed Jan. 2.............Council Meeting Jan. 16...........Council Meeting Jan. 20...........Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - City Offices Closed Jan. 30...........Council Work Session

man@lansingks.org. Police will then see if the neighborhood is suitable for that operation.

Mayor Mike Smith bicycles provided by the Lansing Correctional Facility. I urge everyone to give what they can and to join us at 6 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 1 at City Hall for the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. I have been involved with this program for decades – before I was Mayor – and can tell you the help and hope it provides is one of the best things about the Lansing holiday season. I hope to see you there.


Tim Vandall I learned how to play chess in fifth grade. I was recently at a conference where the speaker mentioned that after each player has made four moves, there are billions (with a B) of board combinations. The game of chess forces a player to strategically think two, three, and four steps ahead. Strategy in a game of chess is not unlike work in local government. City officials and the City Council are always striving

to forecast issues that may arise two, three, and four steps ahead. In 2014, our City completed a wastewater master plan that outlined many of the projects we needed to tackle to maintain compliance with our sewer system. Lansing has completed three projects outlined in the master plan. While tackling these projects has been a great achievement, we also knew unforeseen things would arise. We wanted to ensure our wastewater utility was agile enough to address areas that we could not have never foreseen in 2014. Fast forward to now, we are able to pay for a wastewater project to service three commercial properties without issuing debt. We are also in the planning process of another project to service additional homes in eastern Lansing without issuing debt or raising wastewater rates. The City had no idea these commercial or residential devel-

opments would be occurring in 2014, but by trying to see the chessboard four moves in advance, we are now prepared for new growth in Lansing. Speaking of trying to see the chessboard four moves in advance, we are working now to address traffic issues that haven’t even occurred yet! As most of you know, we expect to see commercial growth in the NW quadrant of K-7 and Eisenhower Rd. Throughout this process, the City has communicated traffic forecasts and concerns to folks in that area. Existing entrances will change, and a dedicated right turn on the north end of QT’s property will be installed (similar to the deceleration lane at Home Depot). Even with an added right turn lane and pushed back entrances, it’s not enough. Lansing staff is actively working with Leavenworth staff on ideas to further improve the intersection once Desoto Rd. is complete.

Some ideas include a new southbound right turn lane for folks to access Eisenhower without slowing down the K-7 traffic. Another idea floated has been a northbound double left turn lane. Ideas are still percolating, and traffic will continue to be congested while the Desoto project is ongoing, but we are working to improve traffic now in anticipation of future construction. Part of what makes Lansing great is our Parks and Recreation facilities and programs. It was incredibly important to the City Council that we strive to reach as many citizens as possible. Over the last few months, we have sent out mailers, conducted an online survey, had consultants attend youth soccer games to get in person feedback and attend the Fall Festival. On Oct. 24, the City Council reviewed many of the concepts and ideas that were the result of this citizen feedback. I am so proud of

the way our staff has engaged people throughout Lansing. What we do in Bernard Park, Willow Park, and City Park now will not only impact Lansing today, but in the next 50 years. Talk about seeing the chessboard several moves in advance! Well, I’m still not a great chess player. But the strategy is great, and it’s a great way to spend time in person with a friend or family member. Speaking of meeting up in person, be on the lookout for the next Coffee with the City Administrator in January. These are great opportunities to converse in person about what’s going on in Lansing, and for me to hear about how we can improve our great city. I’ll make sure to bring the coffee and donuts, and I’ll make sure to bring a chessboard, just in case! Tim Vandall City Administrator tvandall@lansing.ks.us

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 (100-year) 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”.

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 www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program/how-request-flood-haza rd-determination-review-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. Federal financial assistance programs affected by the laws include loans and 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. 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 re-

view 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. 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. Governmentsponsored enterprises, such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, have stricter requirements. The mandatory purchase requirement does not affect loans or financial assistance

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.


So, let’s begin this issue with congratulations to Cecelia (Marie) Caraccilo and Hannah Kirby.

Both young women are current students at Washburn University and graduates of Lansing High School. They have been selected as 2019 Millennium Fellows. They were chosen from among 7,000 worldwide applicants selected from 1,209 campuses and 135 countries. They represent the only school in Kansas to have students selected for this program. They were selected by the Millennium Campus Network and the United Nations Academic Impact program. Among other requirements, these students illustrate exemplary leadership on sustainable development-

related projects. Once again, we congratulate you and wish you well on the journey ahead. Hopefully by the time you read this, Quik Trip will be on the ground removing tanks and preparing for building the new store. A representative from Quik Trip attended our last council meeting and laid out a timeline starting Oct. 28 forward. As is the case with construction, weather will play a big role in this. The thought right now is for QT to be open May 1, 2020. In case you weren’t aware, Leavenworth County Co-Op has already begun construction on their new facilities on E. Gilman

Rd. They are staying in Lansing. Then there are the not so well known but necessary projects that go on. Expansion of the wastewater lines continues. The not so glamorous but needed work to carry us on for a better, brighter future. We had earlier retained the services of a consulting firm to assist us in reaching out to other businesses with the hopes of enlarging our commercial base. I have been impressed with what has happened so far. It takes so much more than just contacting a business we would like to see move here. We are getting great assistance and more insight into approaches we should

take. And so it goes with running a city. I know the issues with 4H Rd. weren’t on anyone’s radar. It happened, was dealt with and we moved on. Things happen all at once, no warning, they just happen. The good news is that we were able to do the repairs thanks to a reserve fund. That’s the way life goes sometimes. The unexpected, things we weren’t expecting, things we had no idea would come up. The good things are easy to handle - pleasant surprises always are. It’s the not so good stuff. Things that cause a disruption, make you stop and think.

Happy Fall! This month I think it’s time to talk about how we attract business to Lansing. Different businesses have their own demographic needs for success. Their business plans dictate the markets where their stores should have the best chance for success. This is our biggest hurdle. Many of those requirements involve “number of rooftops.” They generally determine that number by zip code. Traditionally, businesses use site location specialists or commercial brokers to scout locations that fit the criteria they deem to be best for their operations. Other data utilized is education level of commu-

nity, household income, age demographics and other comparable stores or facilities in the surrounding area. The corporations utilize the best data for their type of establishment. I see online comments from unknowing people about why cities won’t bring specific businesses to our area. These days, all cities are begging businesses to locate in their jurisdiction. If it is a matter of an incentive package, that could be a different story. Cities want more development to broaden the tax base, spread out the costs of running the city, and give their residents more places to shop and eat. On the topic of incen-

tives - there are many different types. One we have used is called a “redevelopment area.” Simply put, this is an area that is blighted or underdeveloped. A lot of Lansing’s Main Street would fall into this category. The taxes paid on the improvement (over and above current level of taxes paid to the City) is rebated back to the developer on a decreasing scale, depending on the cost of the development. There are other options - we have generally used the redevelopment option on past projects because it is easy to understand, implement, and the City would still get the tax dollars on the previous value. The City wouldn’t lose income and over a 10-

year period would gain an increasing share of the change in value. In the “news that is no longer secret” file, the CoOp is moving to E. Gilman Rd. and should be open by the time this article is published. Quik Trip is opening a long-anticipated store in Lansing and construction will begin soon. Desoto Rd. should be open for the winter by mid-November. Next spring they will finish this roadway and complete the state mandated changes to the intersection at Desoto and Eisenhower. We know this has been a real pain for our residents, but the eventual benefit will be worth it. Aldi has completed their expansion and the grocery

store is beautiful and open for business. We have a new liquor store - Happy Hour Wine and Spirits, which opened in October. Meanwhile, Platinum Automotive has expanded AND Oasis Pools and Spas is still open for business. The Leavenworth County Humane Society animal rescue group is opening a new facility at Gilman and Main. This is a group exercise. It isn’t one person who leads the charge, it is a group of people who have, as a goal, the betterment of our community and expansion of our tax base. To have better parks, trails and ball fields we need money. An expanding tax base will give us

Fall 2019 By the time you read this, the Fall Festival will be over. I hope many of you took the opportunity to get out and enjoy the day. We had our first freeze of the season that morning, but the sun came out and turned it into a beautiful day for all of us. I hope you enjoyed it! Also, the Annual Spooky Center will have taken place

at the Activity Center on Oct. 26. This is a great venue for you to bring your kids out for some safe trick and treating. Our City staff puts in a lot of extra time and effort into these events, so when you see them around town, give them a big “Atta Boy!” The big news is that Desoto Rd. (147th St.) will be open to through traffic beginning on

Nov. 15. The project is not done, but this is the scheduled shutdown of the project for the winter season by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT.) This is a scheduled shutdown mainly because the asphalt plants shut down for the winter. However, our contractor will continue to work, weather permitting, on other things around the

roadway. It is still a two-year project and will start up again in March 2020. At that time the northern end of the road will again be closed for work on the roadway and the intersection at Eisenhower. The holiday season is upon us and I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy

it’s the national, state or local level, you swear an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. In a local election, you swear to represent your constituents to the very best of your ability. My constituents are the taxpayers of Lansing. When I was elected, I took this oath seriously and have done my best to keep the city’s best interest at the forefront of every single vote I have taken. I do my homework. If I don’t understand something, I reach out and make every attempt to educate myself before voting. Why do I do this? I do this because I take my job as a council member

very seriously and I want to get it right. This brings me to the crux of why I am writing this article. I want you, the citizens of Lansing, to be informed when you vote for a council member. I want you to vote for a candidate in your ward who is running for the right reason. Do your research. Find out the reasons as to why someone wants to serve on the City Council. Now I would like to move onto the second part of my article. The drama that has unfolded over the past year and a half regarding the Lansing City Council’s decision to terminate

the inter-local agreement with Leavenworth County Fire District #1 has been controversial to some of our citizens. I believe the controversy is centered on citizens who are unable to differentiate between fact and fiction. Our reason for terminating the agreement is simple. The Fire District Board members are not elected officials, and they do not have to answer to the taxpayers. Our current system is an example of “taxation without representation.” Taxation without representation is at the backbone of why our country was formed. It is important every citizen of Lansing re-

alize that the city council made it clear to the fire district board that they needed to curtail their spending. We were ignored. The entire city council adamantly believes that, in the end, this will be cost neutral to Lansing taxpayers. Fire protection for our residents will not be diminished, nor will your insurance rates increase. The current council would NOT make a decision that would adversely affect your pocketbook or endanger the safety and well-being of your family. Remember, this affects our pocketbooks and our families as well. Thank you again for

WARD 1 NEWS Councilmember Gene Kirby

WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Don Studnicka

Lansing Patrons, It has been an honor to serve on the Lansing City Council the past ten years representing Ward 3. Submitting an article for the Lansing Connection is something I am remiss in doing because I seldom believe I have anything to say that hasn’t already been said. Admittedly, it has been some time since I have written an article; however, I believe I now have something to say that is important as it affects every single taxpayer in the city of Lansing. More on that subject later in my article. When you run for an elected office, no matter if

How am I going to deal with that? What’s the answer? Where do we go from here? How do we fix it, make it right? Do we handle things in a calm and rational way? Do we think things through before we act? When something unexpected happens, when the news is bad, hang in there. Remain calm and breathe. May peace of mind, good health and prosperity be yours in the days ahead. Gene Kirby “A bright future beckons. The onus is on us, through hard work, honesty and integrity, to reach for the stars.” - Nelson Mandela

WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Andi Pawlowski

that revenue without having to increase property taxes. Win, win! As always call, text or email me if you have any questions! Andi_p@earthlink.net 913-683-0662.

New Year! Remember, YOUR City Council Meetings are held the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 913-727-2907 or e-mail me at dstudnicka@lansingks.org Don Studnicka City Councilman, Ward 2

WARD 3 NEWS Councilmember Kerry Brungardt

giving me the honor to serve you. Kerry Nick Brungardt Councilmember—Ward 3

WARD NEWS - CHECK OUT WHAT YOUR COUNCILMEMBERS HAVE TO SAY... As summer draws to a close and old man winter is eager to rear his ugly head, I hope this article finds you and your family well. As we get deeper into the winter months, we can feel the holiday season approach. Before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving and Christmas. I hope you and your family have a great Holiday Season. I know everyone is tired of the road construction and the good news is we will get a break over the winter. DeSoto Rd. will temporarily reopen mid-November until construction resumes after the cold weather is gone. It

WARD 4 NEWS Councilmembers Tony McNeill & Gregg Buehler

We sincerely hope everyone has had a safe and enjoyable year. We appreciate all your patience over the summer as

will be fully open all the way from Eisenhower to 4H Rd. Another construction project has been completed with the McIntyre Rd. opening. Now you can access K-5 from K-7 on a clean, hard surface road. The speed limit is just 35 m.p.h., so please watch your speed and enjoy this new road. At the Oct. 3 city council meeting we were briefed by a Quik Trip representative on the progress of the new Lansing location. The Co-Op should be off site by the end of October and construction is scheduled to begin to transform the location to the new QT.

Once the construction starts, it should be about six months before the official opening. We should have a fully functional QT by next spring. You may have noticed that the Leavenworth County Humane Society has moved from Main and Eisenhower to the corner of Main and Gilman. This property has been vacant for some time now and it is great to see the Humane Society move into their new home. Stop by and visit them and take home one of their loving animals. We continue to work on infrastructure projects. For those of you that fre-

quent La Mesa, you may have noticed the construction in the back and the large pipes laying around. That is all part of a new sewer project. This will help with the businesses on the north end of town and additionally with the expansion of the Fairway Estates Subdivision. I am so proud that our Wastewater Treatment Plant is self-sustaining and the current sewer rates are enough to keep the plant running. There shouldn't be a need to increase sewer rates for some time. If you see anything around Lansing that needs to be addressed or if you want to report a problem,

you can go to the city web page or the app and fill out a Fix-It Form. This form will go to the City Administrator and the corresponding department so they can look at the issue and see what can be done. As you read this article, we should only be a few days away from the Nov. 5 election. With this not being a major election, I am hoping we will still have a large turnout. Please get out and make your vote count. If you have any questions, concerns or would just like to just talk, please email me at jgarvey@lansingks.org or call me at 913-727-1883.

many projects were ongoing in the City. Fall is upon us and school has started, so please be aware of the bus stops in your neighborhood. As the days get shorter, many of the children walk to the bus stop and wait in the dark. As winter approaches, 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 Nov. 5. As mentioned earlier, thank you for your pa-

tience during the summer with all the city projects. The resurfacing of 4H Rd. was an unexpected project, but we needed to get it done. The City staff worked hard to come up with a plan that wouldn’t be too disruptive and we think they did a great job! Desoto Rd. is coming along nicely and the construction crew appears to be slightly ahead of schedule. Since asphalt production stops over the winter and the construction crews won’t be able to work, Desoto will be opening around Nov. 15 and will remain open throughout

the winter. We had a representative from QuikTrip attend the Oct. 3 Council meeting and update us on the project. He told us they are excited to be coming to Lansing and are hoping to begin work at the new site around Nov. 1. 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 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 or shoot us an email. We don’t mind discussing issues after we vote on them, but we would rather you call before we actually vote so we can make a more informed decision. If you have any questions

WARD 3 NEWS Councilmember Jesse Garvey

I hope to see you at a council meeting soon.

or concerns, please feel free to contact us at: amcneill@lansingks.org or gbuehler@lansingks.org. As a reminder, the City’s Public Information Officer sends out a weekly “eBlast” via email. The City also has a Twitter feed and numerous Facebook pages. These are all great ways to stay connected. If you are interested, you can access any of these via the City website at http://www.lansing.ks.us/357/Public-Infor mation. Tony McNeill and Gregg Buehler

Lansing Area Volunteers Honored On Oct. 1, City staff and elected officials came together to honor the many volunteers and their families who make Lansing a great place to live. These volunteers serve on city boards for the Community and Economic Development, Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Library departments. Their responsibilities range from deciding on policy and procedure to determining zoning and code regulations. The positions are vital for the city to run smoothly. Council Members Tony McNeill and Kerry Brungardt were also in attendance to be recognized for their ten years of service on the City Council. The Volunteer of the Year Award was given to AC Byrd this year. Debra Jackman and Jim Cunningham were there to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award in his honor. His nomination letter said this about him, in part: AC has played a large role in the community for many years and his recent passing has left a hole in the fabric of our community. He

was active in many civic organizations including the American Legion, Scouting and the Lions Club. AC was the embodiment of the term “Servant Leader.” His willingness to step up to important leadership roles within organizations he was a part of is an example of this. He was instrumental in bringing many of the American Legion activities to Lansing including Girls & Boys State, Cadet Law, and the Oratorical Scholarship Program. AC never demanded or expected the spotlight while he served the community. He was the consummate team player who accepted any role needed to plan or implement a project. AC was always fully committed to the organizations, community and the youth in our community. The city of Lansing would like to thank all the hard working and dedicated volunteers who put in many hours of work for our community.

AC Byrd is the 2019 Volunteer of the Year. Mayor Mike Smith presents the award to Byrd’s significant other, Debra Jackman, as Jim Cunningham watches.


2019 Lansing Fall Festival Wrap-Up By Ken Miller, Public Information Officer It may have started out as a chilly Saturday morning, but Lansing’s Fall Festival warmed up quickly after vendors were set up and visitors began to appear. The annual free event serves to showcase Angel Falls Trail, which runs from Ida St. behind St. Francis de Sales Church south to W. Mary St. Hundreds of visitors flocked to this year’s Festival on Oct. 12, which featured kids’ activities including a petting zoo, crafts, musical acts, games and food galore. The second Saturday of every October is when the Lansing Fall Festival is scheduled, so mark your calendars for next year! This event could not take place without the generous support of our sponsors, which include Platinum Automotive, Crestline Storage, Linaweaver Construction, Lamborn Farm and Tiffany Andrews State Farm. The city of Lansing also thanks Low -n- Slow Midwest BBQ, Exchange Bank & Trust, the Leavenworth Times, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Speedway Motor Group, St. Francis de Sales Church and Twice the Ice (located in Lansing @ Petro Deli, Leavenworth at Fav Trip).

Spooky Center On Oct. 26, 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 - 5:30 p.m. for toddlers through eighth graders and offered numerous carnival games, crafts, a photo booth, snacks and refreshments. Everything was provided free of charge. The event was a huge success thanks to our many sponsors, supporters and volunteers. We thank everyone involved with “Spooky Center.”

Sponsors: Elite Auto Details VFW Auxiliary Kiwanis Knights of Columbus 10834 American Legion Post 411 Friends of the Lansing Library

2020 Youth Spring Soccer Registrations will be taken Jan. 2 – 31. Cost is $35 per youth for Lansing residents. Non-residents are welcome to register for the increased fee of $40 per youth. Registration fees include a jersey and socks. Please see division chart for participant eligibility. 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., Mon – Fri. at the Parks & Recreation Office, 108 S. 2nd St. 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. Visit our website to download the information flyer and the application for the Scholarship Program or call for more information. All scholarship requests must be received by Fri., Jan. 17, 2020. Refunds will NOT be offered after the uniform/equipment order is placed on: Feb. 21, 2020. Registration forms are available online at: www.lansingks.org. For more information on any of our programs, call 727-2960 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can also email at: parks@lansing.ks.us

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


Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program Information By Sarah Bodensteiner, City Clerk The Annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place at the Lansing Middle School Auditorium on Sun., Dec. 1, 2019. The event starts at 6 p.m., so mark your calendars! There will be performances by A Deere Place, Katie’s Dance Studio, and Lansing High School Sound Spectrum. The community is invited to participate in the ceremony. Before the evening ends, we will light the tree and sing some carols. This year, we will also have a 50/50 raffle, with 50% of the proceeds going to the winning ticket holder and the other 50% going to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program. The City Clerk’s Office is gearing up for the 2019 Mayor’s Christmas Tree Pro-

gram. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program is a program for Lansing families in need during the holiday season. The City Clerk’s Office accepts applications from families starting in October, verifies residency and income eligibility status, and promotes the program through Angel Tree Tags and donation jars at various locations in Lansing. This program provides participating families with non-perishable food items, a gift card for groceries, coats, clothing and toys for the children. We are also fortunate that Lansing Correctional Facility can provide many of these children with bicycles through their Bike Program. If you would like more information about the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program or the Tree Lighting Ceremony, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 913-727-3036.

Lansing Snow Ordinance As the leaves begin to change, we are reminded that winter is coming. At this time of year, the city of Lansing would like to remind property owners or occupants of property within Lansing of the snow ordinances and each person’s responsibility for the clearing of public sidewalks adjacent to his or her property. Per Section 14-112 of the City Code: It shall be the responsibility of the property owner of record or the occupant of property immediately adjacent to a public sidewalk on public right-of-way to remove from the sidewalk any snow or ice which accumulates on such sidewalk or obstructs such sidewalk within twenty-four (24) hours after the storm ceases. Where the ice accumulated is of such character as to make removal thereof impossible, the sprinkling or placement of sand and deicer thereon within the time specified for removal in such a manner as to make such sidewalk safe for travel of pedestrians shall be deemed compliant with the provisions of this section. In the case of any property owner of record or occupant refusing or neglecting to comply with the provisions of subsection above for a period of forty-eight (48) hours, and after a verified inspection of a public complaint of such non-compliance, inspection personnel of the Code Enforcement Department shall notify the occupant of the violation(s) and if the occupant is not the

property owner of record, the Department shall deliver or mail a written notice of violation to the property owner of record ordering the prompt removal of the snow or ice. Failure to remove the snow or ice within twenty-four (24) hours after notice of violation has been delivered to the occupant, or if unoccupied, 48 hours after the notice of violation has been mailed to the property owner of record, may result in the citation of the property owner of record or occupant pursuant to subsection below. Violation of the provisions of this ordinance shall be considered a municipal offense and upon an adjudication of “guilty,” the violator shall be fined $20.00. Each day of a continuing violation, beginning with the day after the storm ceases, shall be deemed a separate offense. When shoveling private driveways, please remember to shovel the snow to the sides of the driveway instead of out to the street. The city snowplows are designed to push snow back off the roadway and it will deposit back onto your driveway. Also, if snow is placed into the streets after the plows have completed their routes, this is considered a hazard, and could result in a vehicle losing traction, potentially causing a crash. Also, please keep in mind the parking rules for major snow events. The ordinances state when snow has accumulated on the street to such a depth that snow removal operations

will be required, the following will be enforced. The Mayor, City Administrator, or in their absence, the Chief of Police may declare a traffic emergency and until such traffic emergency is terminated, it shall be unlawful: • To park a vehicle on any street designated an emergency snow route. • To operate a motor vehicle on any

emergency snow route in such manner or condition that such motor vehicle stalls and is unable to proceed by reason of the fact that the driving wheels are not equipped with tire chains or adequate allweather tires. • The Chief of Police, during a traffic emergency, is empowered to waive or suspend enforcement of parking restrictions. Emergency Snow routes are posted with street signs showing their designation, and you can also find a map of the snow routes in the links under the Public Works Department: https://www.lansingks.org/5/PublicWorks. All vehicles parked on emergency snow routes must be removed within one hour after notice of traffic emergency has been given. Any vehicle parked on an emergency snow route after such period of time may be removed by a police officer to the nearest garage or other place of safety and the vehicle may not be recovered until the towing and storage charges are paid by or for the owner. Please keep in mind, although your street may not be on the emergency list, it does help to move vehicles elsewhere until crews have finished snow removal on your street. Questions? Please call Lansing Public Works at 913-727-2400.


2019 Public Works/Streets Recap By Mike Spickelmier Public Works Director

This past year was a busy one for the Public Works Dept. in Lansing. There were a lot of projects completed, as well as some that are ongoing. We realize this causes some inconvenience, and we really appreciate the patience of the traveling public as we work to make our streets and roadways more efficient and safer for the future. The DeSoto Road project is moving along ahead of schedule. The plan is for the road to open for traffic on Nov. 15, 2019, as part of the winter shut down. Work will continue within the right of way, but traffic will be allowed to pass freely after that date through the rest of the winter. Phase 1 (Ida St. to Holiday Dr.) is nearly complete, with Phases 2A, 2B, & 2C (Holiday Dr. to Kane Dr.) also wrapping up. This leaves Phase 2D (DeSoto and Eisenhower intersection) to be constructed in 2020. The contractor will resume work in the spring once the weather breaks, and work until it is completed in the summer. This final phase will have DeSoto Rd. closed, as well as lane reductions

on Eisenhower Rd. while new turn lanes are added and the traffic signal(s) upgraded. The annual pavement management program resulted in a little over three miles of streets being resurfaced across the City. This process typically consists of 2” of the existing asphalt being milled out and replaced with another 2” of fresh surface. The longest segment was the work on 4-H Rd. between DeSoto and Main St., resulting in a very smooth surface with new pavement markings. Another project completed in 2019 was the curb repair and asphalt surface on Bittersweet Rd. between Ida and Mary streets. These, along with the other pavement management projects, have a design life of 10 to 15 years, depending on the traffic volume and condition of the underlying road base. It is through these pavement preservation projects that the City protects and extends the life of our valuable transportation infrastructure assets. In 2020, we will have a similar effort with finalization of the projects to occur in the spring after winter damage is assessed and evaluated against the current pavement conditions.

Photo taken from just north of W. Mary St., looking north toward Eisenhower Rd.

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

Sanitary Sewer Project Updates By Anthony Zell, Wastewater Utility Director

The Northwest Relief Sewer project is well underway. As of Oct. 18, 2019, approximately 1,500 feet of new sewers and ten manholes have been installed. In fact, some of the new infrastructure has already been put in service. This project is probably most noticed by the equipment and materials being stored to the north and east of La Mesa. In the coming weeks, the pipe crew will emerge from the woods and begin work east and north of La Mesa and south of the Groggery. Tentatively, crews plan to begin work along the southern edge of the golf course sometime in November, weather permitting. This $2.1 million project is being constructed by Linaweaver Construction, Inc., of Lansing. Funding for the projects came from a bond issue, to be repaid by the utility’s user fees. A much smaller project is also underway. The Eisenhower Sewer Extension will replace existing sewers that have been exposed near a creek bank and relocate them to protect them from future damage.

This project also includes a sewer extension on the west side of Tractor Supply, under Eisenhower Rd., and north to Aldi. This project will also provide sewer service for the new Quik Trip and the vacant land to the west. The project is being constructed by Westland Construction of Basehor, KS, and should be complete by the end of 2019. These projects will be extremely

beneficial to current customers and position the City for future growth. The projects will reroute some existing flows from overloaded pipes, which we feel will reduce the chances of backups into homes and businesses throughout the city. I want to thank all of the property owners and residents for their patience and understanding during these projects. If you haven’t been

directly notified by the City, your property will not be directly affected. All necessary temporary and permanent easements have been acquired. More information can be found at www.lansingks.org or by contacting Anthony Zell, Wastewater Utility Director, at 913-727-2206 or azell@lansingks.org


Lansing Community Library Update #librariesrock By Terri Wojtalewicz, Library Director

It is hard to believe we are in the last quarter of 2019 already. We loved seeing everyone at the Fall Festival and Spooky Center. These are some of our favorite City events to participate in. Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week (Nov. 11 – 16) is an annual event promoting reading to all Kansas children from birth through age five. We will have a special Storytime guest reader here and pass out the book, I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont to each child. Our Bedtime and Saturday Storytimes have been increasing in popularity and we love seeing the families at these events. We will continue them through the winter and look forward to another Teddy Bear Sleepover after a Bedtime Storytime. Dates and times are posted on our Activity Calendar online at www.lansingkslibrary.org. The Winter Reading Program will be starting soon. Each Saturday in November we will have a gnome movie or activity for children. Event registration is required to ensure we have enough supplies. Reading logs will be available at the Library. Come in often for your reading stamps and prizes! Check the online calendar or pick up a paper copy for details. Both the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, Winter Reading, and Storytime activities fit nicely into

Paint & Sip.

Monarch butterfly garden

the ongoing 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. There are several young patrons who are almost ready to receive their 1000 Books t-shirts for completing the program. Be sure to look online to participate or pick up a sheet to log

your child’s books at the Library. Liz Daniel has some fun activities for Art Night Out (ages 16+) and Kids Create (ages 6+) planned. Space is limited for the adult program and there is a $20 registration fee to cover all supplies needed for the activity. The Kids Create program is free for all patrons and is made possible by the Friends of the Library group and the fundraising they do throughout the year. Thank you so much for supporting their fundraising efforts by frequenting the Book Sale Nook in the Library, the annual book sale, and participating in the Paint & Sip activities. In December, we are honored to have Mrs. Claus visit for a special storytelling, singing, and reindeer

decorating event. Registration is required for this event. Bring your camera! Finally, our holiday hours for the rest of the year are as follows: • Closed on Mon., Nov. 11 • Close at 5 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 27 • Closed on Thurs., Nov. 28 • Close at Noon on Tues., Dec. 24 • Closed on Wed., Dec. 25 • Close at 5pm on Tues., Dec. 31 • Closed on Tues., Jan. 1 Thanks to everyone for all the fun we’ve had in 2019. We look forward to a prosperous 2020. 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 at twojo@lansingks.org.

New Videos Promoting Lansing Available By Ken Miller, Public Information Officer This summer, staff and a videographer traveled around Lansing and Leavenworth County collecting photos and videos of people and places that highlight what our area has to offer. The “CGI Community Video” is a

series of six short videos featuring different sectors – education; quality of life; parks and recreation; and economic development to name a few. “The crew spent the better part of three days traveling around the area and getting shots of all kinds of activities,” said Lansing City Administrator Tim Vandall. “Whether it was video of

kids playing ball at the park, or patrons using computers at our Library, the content really gives a good look at life in Lansing.” The videos can be accessed on the city of Lansing’s website, lansingks.org, and all of them can be viewed in fewer than ten minutes.

LANSING TRADITIONAL & SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION 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

City Website Features • Check out the city of Lansing Website • More Modules so Residents Can Interact with their City Government • Use the Web Calendar to Check on Dates for City Events and Meetings

• View the Latest City Council Meetings and Newsmaker Interview Shows • Pay Your City Bills Online • Report a Pothole or Other Maintenance Issue • Register for youth sports leagues or city events!

City’s Social Media Update • Lansing now has a NextDoor Presence Accessing 1,020+ residents! • Lansing’s Facebook Page has more than 3,860+ Follows • Lansing’s Twitter Feed has more than 1,050+ Followers • Links to City Videos • Check out photos from city staff and the community • City Job Opportunities Announced

• Updates from Lansing and KDOT Tweeted Instantly! • “Like” Our Library, Parks, Police and Happenings Facebook Pages, Too

LGTV - Channel 2 Update • Local Time and Temperature Instantly! • City Council Meetings Rebroadcast 10 Times per Week • Legislative Forums • Historical Documentaries about Lansing & Leavenworth County • Get Your Local Weather Forecast • Cool Music to Get Your Day Started • Complete Program Guide on www.lansing.ks.us.

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Lansing Connection 4th Quarter 2019  

Lansing Connection 4th Quarter 2019