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Community Library Gets

By Ken Miller, Public Information Officer

Lansing Community Library patrons were welcomed back Mon., Jan. 8 to a new-look library which will function more efficiently when it comes to service and technology. The Library was closed for about a week at the beginning of 2018 to allow for the construction work. The front desk area can accommodate additional staff and was also provided with new computers. The desk counter top is new and more user-friendly. The project


PRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID Permit No. 28 Leavenworth, KS 66048

By Mayor Mike Smith

We are a little more than a month into the new year, and already we are seeing work on big projects that will impact Lansing and Leavenworth County for years to come.

If you have driven on Desoto Rd., you have seen contractors preparing in the right-of-way for the roadway’s expansion. That project is scheduled to start this spring, and will allow more

2018 CONNECTION CALENDAR FEBRUARY Feb. 1...............Council Meeting Feb. 2...............Power Lunch .........................(Business Appreciation) Feb. 15.............Council Meeting Feb. 19.............City Offices Closed .........................Presidents’ Day Feb. 22.............Council Work Session

MARCH Mar. 1-30.........Baseball/Softball Registration Mar. 1..............Council Meeting Mar. 15............Council Meeting Mar. 29............Council Work Session

APRIL Apr. 5...............Council Meeting Apr. 6-7 ...........Citywide Garage Sale Apr. 14-28 .......Citywide Clean-up (Leavenworth .........................County Transfer Station) Apr. 19.............Council Meeting Apr. 26.............Council Work Session

also included remodeling one of the former Library offices into a new “quiet/reading room.” The project was completed by Excellence in Construction, LLC and Network Computing Solutions, Inc. with a total cost of about $10,000. Much of the remodel project was paid for by the Friends of the Lansing Library, a not-for-profit group that supports the Lansing Community Library.

vehicle capacity to move north and south. There will also be improvements to the Desoto-Eisenhower Rd. intersection, making it safer and more efficient. Lansing residents will also see some new homes going up near the Desoto-Eisenhower area in 2018. Nearly 30 homes will boost that area, as Lansing continues to grow in the northwest portion of the City. The McIntyre Rd. project is already underway, with box culverts being installed to allow for drainage improvements under that road. This Leavenworth County-led project should be completed in 2018. Now, I also want to let everyone know that the City Council and I, along with staff, are working very hard to attract development projects to Lansing. I feel confident in saying that we should have very good news to announce in 2018 about a pretty big project in the south-central portion of Lansing. I can’t go into detail, but suffice to say that I believe if this project comes to fruition, it will be a game changer. No guarantees yet – but we are very close.

Mayor Mike Smith On a somewhat less serious note, it’s been about a year since I became Mayor of Lansing, Kansas. For those who may not know, prior to being Mayor, I was the City Administrator and before that, the Police Chief. Being Mayor is different – in that I feel I am one of the official “faces” of Lansing. Mayor is an elected position here, and I enjoy representing the City at both local and not-so-local events. It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the community and I look forward to the next three years. As mentioned earlier, I think some great things are in store for our community in 2018 – and beyond.


Lansing Staff ’s New Door Hanger Used To Alert Homeowners About Potential Code Violations

Lansing Police Combat Porch Pirates Year-Round We all saw videos prior to the holidays of people stealing packages from front porches across the country. Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman saw those videos, too, and decided to do something about it. The result? “Operation Krampus.” Over the course of three days in mid-December, police officers placed a decoy package on the front doorstep of a house on Holiday Drive. Their first and only hit came within the first hour of the operation. According to Wayman, the Lansing officer saw a vehicle going slow down the street. Then an individual ran up to the front porch, grabbed the box and ran back to the vehicle. An officer moved in

and arrested a woman from Lansing and her 17-year-old daughter. Both face city charges for the crime. “It saved a family from possibly losing — some kids losing some presents right here, right before Christmas,” Wayman said. Perhaps more importantly, Wayman and the Lansing Police Department plan to do similar operations year-round – not just in December. According to Wayman, here are some steps you can take to avoid being a victim:

Have your packages delivered to your place of work. Have the delivery service place the package in a protected area, like in the back yard. Specify a delivery day when you know you will be home to receive the package.

McIntyre Road Project Moves Forward

By Public Information Officer Ken Miller

Contractors for Leavenworth County are making wintertime progress on the McIntyre Rd. project. Work is nearly complete on the first box culvert (a concrete “box” that protects drainage infrastructure), which facilitated the need for a through-traffic detour – see the accompanying map. Once this box culvert is complete, work (and the detour) on the second box culvert will take place east of the first location – this time, work takes place around 133rd St. This box culvert

should be completed by mid-April, weather permitting. Leavenworth County Public Works staff anticipates that full road construction will begin in April. Staff cautions that at times, through traffic will not be able to traverse McIntyre Rd. (east of K-7), while at other times traffic may be reduced to one lane, one direction. This traffic control plan is necessary to protect drivers and contractors.


Trash and Recycling Services owners who have accounts that are 60 days delinquent or more. Renters with accounts that are 60 days delinquent or more will be submitted to the state setoff program or a thirdparty collection agency.

As of March 1, 2018, the City has agreed upon a 3year contract for solid waste collection services with Waste Management, formerly known as Deffenbaugh Industries. This new contract will keep the rate from rising for at least two years.The following information is a brief overview of collection services and City billing. MONTHLY STATEMENTS Sewer, trash, yard waste, and recycling are all included on one statement. Statements are mailed on or about the 5th of the month and are due by the 25th of the month. If the balance is not paid by the 25th a delinquent fee of 10% will be added. Payments (cash, check, or money order) can be mailed to Lansing City Hall, 800 1st Terrace. A drop box (no cash, please) is located in front of City Hall for residents wanting to drop off payments after business hours or on weekends. Payments with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover can be made at City Hall or through the city website. The card processor charges a 2.5% convenience fee. The City also offers Automatic Payment Withdrawal at no charge. Payment withdrawals will be made between the 18th and the 21st of each month. Please provide a voided check to set up this service. The City mails out quarterly delinquency notices. The City will assess the property tax rolls for property

CURBSIDE TRASH SERVICES All trash must be bagged inside the cart. Position your trash and recycling carts with the handles facing your house side-by-side and at least 3 feet apart and 1 foot from the curb. Trash must be placed in plastic bags inside the large black lidded poly-cart. Any bags (33 gallons or less) which do not fit inside the cart require overage stickers which are available at City Hall for $1.25 each or in sheets of ten for $12.50. RECYCLING SERVICES All recyclables should be placed loosely inside the cart, not in bags. Acceptable recyclables include newspaper, magazines, cereal boxes, soda cartons and plastics labeled with the numbers 1-7. For guidelines on acceptable recyclables please refer to the yellow lid of the cart or to the Waste Management website. Recycling is unlimited so any overflow can be placed next to the cart in containers that are clearly marked ‘recycling’. No overage stickers are required. No glass. YARD WASTE SERVICES March 1 to November 30 - Residents can put up to 12 containers/bio-degradable bags or bundles of yard waste per week at the curb. Branches and tree limbs should be cut into lengths of 4 feet with a diameter of 4 inches or less. Bundles should be tied not to exceed 18 inches in diameter or 65 lbs. No dirt or rocks.

degradable bags or bundles of yard waste at the curb. Branches and tree limbs should be cut into lengths of four feet with a diameter of 4 inches or less. Bundles should be tied not to exceed 18 inches in diameter or 65 lbs. No dirt or rocks. BULKY ITEM PICK-UP Residents may place one small bulky item (no bigger than 3’x3’) outside their trash cart for pickup on the first collection day of each month. Residents are allowed one complimentary large item per year, per house. Bulky items allowed for collection include: small household appliances, washers, dryers, chairs and mattresses. To schedule a bulky item pick-up please call Waste Management directly at 913-631-3300. EXTRA PICK-UPS Waste Management will pick up 6 overflow bags on the collection days following July 4th and Christmas Day. Overage stickers are not required on these bags. Additionally, Waste Management will pick up 2 Christmas trees per residence for the 2 collection days after Christmas Day. Trees over 6ft tall must be cut in half. HOLIDAYS THAT AFFECT TRASH SERVICE When the following holidays fall on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, pick-up will be delayed to Friday of that week. Waste Management observes New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The city sends out an informational email every Friday with city news, including changes to trash collection. To sign up to receive this email, go to and click on Sign Up for City Emails under the popular links section. QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS WITH TRASH OR RECYCLING PICK-UP? Please call City Hall at 913-727-3233.

Yard waste should be placed in cans marked as “yard waste,” or YW – or in biodegradable bags. December 1 to February 28 – Yard waste collection will be on the first collection day of each month. Residents can put up to 12 containers/bio-

“Saturdays with Animal Control” a Facebook Hit! Judging from how many Facebook users have been reached recently, Animal Control Officer Wendy Burr may need to consider hiring an agent – her new “Saturdays with Animal Control” postings are that popular. Within the Lansing Kansas Police Department’s Facebook page is the new animal control feature, which debuted on Jan. 6. According to Burr, each Saturday she posts information about pet ownership requirements, City ordinances, specialized topics like feral cats and local events – anything that has to do with our favorite pets. But the

REALLY popular posts focus on lost pets – and the posts that include photos have generated a lot of interest. “We have been able to reunite some of our four-legged friends with their families. And that is a great feeling when the comments come in thanking us,” says Burr, who started with the Lansing Police Dept. in 2017. A typical post with a photo will generate dozens of Facebook shares, getting the message out even faster and further. “I am a little surprised, and very happy, that the Facebook posts have been so popular,” says Burr. “It is really helping to get the

word out about what animal control can do in Lansing and what resources we have available.” Readers with questions

about Lansing’s animal control codes can contact ACO Wendy Burr by calling 913-727-3000 or email her directly at

Lansing Animal Control Officer Wendy Burr and one of her best friends, Timba.

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US From the City Administrator tion, which is why we strive so hard to inform and educate our citizens through a variety of tools. At the conclusion of this write-up, I’ll list all of the different ways you can stay informed within the City of Lansing.

Tim Vandall By City Administrator Tim Vandall

Communication is a vital part of all of our lives. Whether you are conversing with your spouse, parents, child, coworker, or the community in which you live, communication is essential. Within the city of Lansing, we understand the importance of communica-

If you are the kind of person who prefers face to face interaction, all of our meetings are open to the public. Additionally, our staff works hard to be accessible and open to citizens. Over the last year, our Public Works Director Jeff Rupp and I have met with different citizens on-site to talk about different things like drainage issues, boundary surveys and road maintenance, just to name a few. Throughout many of our recent meetings, we have discussed our DeSoto Rd. project, which is slated to be let for bids


CLEAN UP By City Clerk Sarah Bodensteiner and Finance Director Elizabeth Sanford

Spring is around the corner and many residents will be doing some spring cleaning. To assist in this endeavor, Leavenworth County is holding its Annual Clean Up at the Leavenworth County Transfer Station on E. Gilman Road for all Leavenworth County residents. The Clean Up will run from Sat., April 14 and will conclude on Sat., April 28. Residents are allowed to take one (1) load per household to the Transfer Station during this time at no cost. Residents must bring their driver’s license with current residency to verify they are a resident of Lansing and/or Leavenworth County. If your driver’s license does not reflect your residency, you may bring your current month’s city of Lansing sewer and trash bill. Transfer Station officials will verify and record this information to ensure every household receives one (1) load at no cost. Cost for any subsequent trip to the Transfer Sta-

tion after the one time free drop off will be the responsibility of the resident. The Transfer Station will accept most items for disposal except motor oil, concrete waste, or items containing hazardous materials, such as refrigerants. All truck beds and trailers MUST be covered with a tarp. We will be limiting tire disposal to residential 5 tires per car/truck load. Also we will not be accepting vehicles or watercrafts. Please visit our website at for further details on this event. You can also contact the Leavenworth County Transfer Station at 913-727-2858 with questions on items that can be or cannot be dropped off. If you are disabled or age 65+, you may call Lansing City Hall at 913-7273036 by Wednesday, April 18th to make an appointment to have your items picked up curbside.

in May of 2018. DeSoto Rd. is likely going to be a two phase project, with phase one taking place from Ida to Holiday Dr., potentially in 2018, and Holiday Dr. to Eisenhower in 2019. Be sure to keep your eyes open for future articles about this major project in the Lansing Connection! If you are busy and are not able to swing by for a meeting or face-to-face interaction, we have a great online and social media presence. Recently, we used our City’s social media tools to educate our citizens about our code enforcement rules. Oftentimes people do not think about code enforcement rules until it affects them or their property. While enforcement of some rules helps encourage aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods (no parking

in yard, grass routinely mowed, etc.), other rules have a major impact on public safety, like ensuring all homes have clear and visible home numbers. Another great aspect of our online presence is the ability of people to interact with staff. We recently had a citizen contact us to express concern about the appraised value of his home and we were able to let the citizen know that the City has nothing to do with property appraisals. If “Facebooking” isn’t your thing, we also have accounts on Twitter, NextDoor, and we have a weekly E-blast email! By joining our email list, you will learn convenient information, such as when trash pickup is delayed, or when we have a major City event coming up. These avenues allow you to

read information when and where it’s convenient to you. If you ever see something online you have a question about, let us know and we will be happy to try to answer your questions. Finally, if you are the kind of person who likes to catch up over a cup of coffee, we will be having our next Coffee with the City Administrator on Sat., Feb. 17, 8 a.m. at City Hall, 800 1st Terr. This informal gathering gives citizens an opportunity to ask questions and have a frank discussion about the City. Feel free to come by, I’d love to meet with you and talk about all of the exciting things happening in Lansing!-Tim Vandall City Administrator


WARD 1 NEWS Councilmember Gene Kirby

Here is something a little different from my usual column about Lansing City government – but a story I hope you all will enjoy.

The New Year!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope this finds you well and off to a great start in 2018. We here at the City had our swearing in meeting on the 8th of January. This meeting is required

It has been about a year since I was contacted by a media company from New York, Radical Media. Representatives informed me at that time they were going to produce an updated documentary on the book and movie “In Cold Blood.” For those who may not know, Truman Capote wrote the book that became a best seller about the murders. Richard Hickok and Perry Smith became acquainted while serving time together at the Kansas State Penitentiary, now known as the Lansing Correctional Facility. The pair were convinced the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas had a safe with large amounts of cash. The pair drove to the farm and upon discovering there was no cash,

killed the four members of the family. The success of the book resulted in a movie of the same name. Hickock and Smith were eventually found and arrested in Las Vegas. Upon their return to Kansas, they were found guilty of the crimes and executed in 1965. It was agreed that the film crew could come to Mount Muncie Cemetery, where the pair were buried after their execution. We would do interviews and film. On the agreed to date, the film crew arrived. Not knowing exactly what to expect, I was looking for a couple of people and a camera. What I saw was two cargo vans, six people, cameras, mic booms, light bars and window

coverings, among other assorted items. We began with a tour of the cemetery and a visit to the gravesites for filming. We then returned to the office, which was basically turned into a mini movie studio. Much time was spent filming while questions were asked and answered, stories shared and then it was over. All I knew at that point was the documentary would last four hours, shown over two days, on nationwide network television. Life went on and honestly the documentary work day was forgotten. Then one day I received some still photos of the shoot. I looked at them and the first thing I think: why didn’t I get a haircut? I looked like a bum! I knew they were coming. The

by law to swear in the elected officials that you voted into office last November. Four of our Council members were re-seated in their respective wards.

moved. We still have a couple of properties to acquire for right-of-way, other than that it is moving on in a steady way.

northern part of town. This plan will cut across the golf course and take in a new subdivision of about 26 lots. The plans for this portion are due this month to the City. Also, the City did request a sewer line casing be put under McIntyre Road prior to the County paving that road from K-5 over to K-7. This is in preparation for expanding our sewers in the future. That has been completed and ready for the County to start paving. On 21 January 1998, the Lansing Library opened its doors for business in what is the Activ-

2018 should be a busy year for the City. We will continue with the widening of 147th St. (DeSoto Road). As you can see by driving that road, the utilities are starting to be

Our Wastewater project that you saw last year to expand the size of a portion of our sewer system along the 7-Mile creek basin is complete. The next part of our Wastewater Master Plan is to do the same in the

dates and times were announced. The closer the time came, the more nervous I became. How was I going to look, how was I going to come across? I watched the first two hours and nothing from here. Settled in for the last two hours. On it goes, two hours turns into one hour remaining, and one hour turns into a half hour remaining, a half hours turns into fifteen minutes and nothing. With virtually minutes to spare, I make a very brief appearance. That’s it? After an entire day, I get maybe a couple of minutes. All of that work certainly did not produce what I had envisioned. But, as time has passed, I think that the show itself helps get Lansing’s name out ity Center. We will celebrate its 20th anniversary on 25 January 2018 between 5 - 6 p.m. at the Library. Please come celebrate with us and inspect the new renovations done on the front desk to make it more customer friendly. As always, YOUR City Council Meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month starting at 7 p.m. Please come and join us. If you have any concerns or questions, you may call me at 913-727-2907 or e- mail

there, as well as the cemetery and the great history we have here. Here’s a link if you are interested in seeing the production... ly-murders Life can be that way sometimes. While elected officials and city staff work tirelessly with good intentions, we don’t always get the great results we were looking for - at least not initially. But we continue to work hard, because even the slightest publicity for our City is a good thing, as we move into the future. Ward 1 News Council Member Gene Kirby

WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Don Studnicka

Ward 2 Council Member Don Studnicka

By City Clerk Sarah Bodensteiner

Lansing Mayor Mike Smith hosted the Annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 3. The celebration included hot chocolate and a bake sale for everyone to enjoy. Employees donated baked goods to raise funds for the program. Guests also enjoyed performances by A Deere Place Daycare, Katie’s Dance Studio, and members of the Lansing High School Sound Spectrum. Overall, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program raised more than $1,800.00 to help support Lansing families this past holiday season. This was an extremely successful event for 13 families, including 40 children in Lansing. City Hall and the Lansing Community Library had Angel Trees from which area citizens and organizations selected tags providing information on the needs of children in Lansing. Many generous gifts of new toys and clothing were brought to City Hall for distribution to the Angel Tree recipients. Donations for the program also included non-perishable food items and monetary contributions. The non-perishable food donations were provided thanks to the Lansing Cub Scout Pack 3165.

We would like to send a special thank you to the Lion’s Club, Kiwanis, and Lansing PRIDE for their assistance with distributing the donated items to all of the families, as well as local businesses and civic groups that adopted a family for the holidays. An extra special thank you also goes to the generous citizens in the area that provided so many wonderful gifts to these families in need. Without the generosity of the citizens, businesses, and organizations in the area, this event would not be possible.

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US City of Lansing ~ Flood Protection Information Dear Lansing Resident: It is easy to forget about flood risks and the need to be prepared for flooding. When the ground is dry or frozen is a good time to make preparations and take actions that may minimize flood risks. Clearing out brush and debris from storm drainage areas is a good example. In wet periods, it is often difficult or impossible to access some parts of drainage areas that need attention, so now may be the best time if you have such an area on your property. Take the time to assess the risk of any type of flooding that might affect your property, and take any needed actions for protection or insurance. We don’t know what the weather will bring in the next few months, but at some point wet weather will return, and flooding will occur in some locations in the community. Flooding in our community comes from four primary sources. 7-Mile Creek leaves its banks in some locations during and after heavy rainfall events, sometimes overflowing 155th Street, encroaching on yards in the Clear Creek Mobile Home Court, encroaching onto a portion of the City Park on North 2nd Street, and sometimes overflowing K-5 Highway. 9-Mile Creek leaves its banks in some locations during and after heavy rainfall events, sometimes encroaching on properties in the Southern Hills, Rock Creek, Fawn Valley, and Hillbrook neighborhoods, as well as the Rock Creek Commercial area and the Wiley Mobile Home Court, and overflowing K-5 Highway. The Missouri River floods from time to time and can breach the levy system, creating flooding over K-5 Highway and into the lower reaches of 7Mile Creek and 9-Mile Creek. Brief localized flooding may occur in many locations throughout the City during intense rainfall events. (Note: Flood insurance covers all surface floods.) Some flooding may occur from heavy snow melt, but is generally less significant than that from heavy rainfall events or flooding from the Missouri River. The city of Lansing has implemented a number of storm water practices and requirements, such as storm water detention requirements for new development, to minimize localized flooding and to avoid increases in the 1% chance flood. CITY SERVICES: FLOOD MAPS: The city has adopted revised flood maps, which were effective July 16, 2015. Check your flood risk. Flood maps and flood protection references are available at the Lansing Public Library. You may also visit or contact the Lansing Community and Economic Development Department at 7275488, 730 1st Terrace, Suite 2, to see if your property is within a mapped floodplain. If so, they can give you more information, such as the depth of flooding, past flood problems in the area, and copies of Elevation Certificates for most of the structures constructed in the floodplain since 2004. They can provide you with guidance on how to find an engineer, architect, or contractor to assist you with solutions. If your property is in a floodplain or has had flooding, drainage, or sewer backup problems, check out these sources of assistance to help identify the source of the problem. City staff may have knowledge of locations outside the regulatory floodplain that have experienced localized flooding in the past. Flood information and links to related resources are also available on the city of Lansing website, Flood maps may also be viewed on line from the Leavenworth County GIS website at WHAT YOU CAN DO: The City depends

on your cooperation and assistance. Here is how you can help: • Do not dump or throw anything into or onto the banks of the ditches or streams. Dumping in our ditches and streams is a violation of Lansing City Code 8-402(A)(1). Even grass clippings and branches can accumulate and plug channels, and smother desirable vegetation, destabilizing stream banks and accelerating sedimentation. A plugged channel cannot carry the water away rapidly, and results in flooding. Every piece of trash and every bit of sediment contributes to flooding. • If your property is next to a ditch or stream, please do your part and keep the banks clear of brush and debris. City Code 8-402(C)(10) requires property owners to do so. In the case of large downed trees in drainage easements, please call the Lansing Public Works Department (727-2400) for inspection and assistance. Aside from managing brush and debris, do not disturb natural drainage ways. Preserving these areas in a natural riparian state helps to alleviate flooding and improve storm water run off quality. Preserving large floodplain areas provides excellent natural habitat for a significant number of species. • If you see dumping of anything, including yard waste, or debris accumulation, or heavy brush in the drainage ways or streams, please contact the Lansing Public Works Department (727-2400) or the Community and Economic Development Department (727-5488). • Always check with the Community and Economic Development Department or Public Works Department before you build on, alter, re-grade, or fill on your property. A permit may be needed to ensure that projects do not cause problems on other properties. The flood ordinance that regulates development in the floodplain was recently updated, and may be found at under Lansing City Code, Chapter 17. • If you see building or filling without a City permit posted at the site, contact the Community and Economic Development Department at 727-5488 or the Public Works Department at 727-2400. • Check out the following information on floodproofing, flood insurance, & flood safety. Floodproofing: There are several different ways to protect a building from flood damage. One way is to keep the water away by regrading your lot or building a small floodwall or earthen berm. These methods work if your lot is large enough, if flooding is not too deep, and if your property is not in the floodway. The Public Works Department or Community and Economic Development Department can provide this information, and is the local permitting agency if the proposed work requires a permit. Another approach is to make your walls waterproof and place watertight closures over the doorways. This method is not recommended for houses with basements or if water will get over two feet deep. A third approach is to raise the house above flood levels. The cost for raising a small or moderately sized house may be far less expensive than the uncovered loss from flooding. Some houses, even those not in the floodplain, have sewers that backup into the basement during heavy rains. A plug, stand-

pipe, or check valve can stop this in many situations. A licensed plumber can help you determine the appropriate method of protection and make the installation for you. The Community and Economic Development Department or Wastewater Department may be able to provide helpful information about these kinds of problems.

Flood Safety: Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths, mostly during flash floods. Currents can be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. If you must walk in standing water, use a pole or stick to ensure that the ground is still there.

These methods are called floodproofing or retrofitting. More information is available at the Lansing Public Library and the Public Works Department.

Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else. Don’t drive into water covered roads or around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.

If you know a flood is coming, you should shut off the gas and electricity and move valuable contents upstairs. It is unlikely that you will get much warning, so a detailed checklist prepared in advance would help ensure that you don’t forget anything. Flood Insurance: If you don’t have flood insurance, talk to your insurance agent. Homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover damage from floods. However, because Lansing participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, you can purchase a separate flood insurance policy. This insurance is backed by the Federal government and is available to everyone, even for properties that have previously been flooded. Due to floodplain regulations put in place by the Lansing City Council that are more stringent than the minimum required by FEMA, and due to the Lansing Public Works and Community and Economic Development Department's exceptional efforts in enforcement, permitting, outreach, and public information regarding the floodplain and flood hazards, Lansing has achieved a FEMA Community Rating System score that provides a 15% discount on flood insurance premiums for Lansing property owners, which is reflected in the published rates. Some people have purchased flood insurance because it was required by the lender when they got a mortgage or home improvement loan. Usually, these policies just cover the building’s structure and not the contents. During the kind of flooding that happens in Lansing, there is usually more damage to the furniture and contents than there is to the structure. You may wish to consider additional coverage for contents.

Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. The number two flood killer after drowning is electrocution. Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to the power company or City emergency management office. Have your electricity turned off by the power company. Some appliances, such as television sets, keep electrical charges even after they have been unplugged. Don’t use appliances or motors that have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned, and dried. Look out for animals, especially snakes. Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours. Use a pole or stick to poke and turn things over and scare away small animals. Look before you step. After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris, including broken bottles and nails. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be very slippery. Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Don’t smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated. As a public service, the city of Lansing will provide you with the following information upon request: Whether a property is in or out of the Flood Hazard Area (FHA) as shown on the current Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) of the County.

Don’t wait for the next flood to buy insurance protection. There is a 30-day waiting period before National Flood Insurance Program coverage takes effect. Contact your insurance agent for more information on 1rates and coverage. If you are covered, check out the amount and make sure you have contents coverage. Remember: Even if the last flood missed you or you have done some floodproofing, the next flood could be worse. Flood insurance covers all surface floods.

Additional flood insurance data for a site, such as the FIRM zone and the base flood elevation or depth, if shown on the FIRM.

If your flooding problem is caused or aggravated by sewer backup, check out a sewer backup rider to your homeowner’s insurance policy.

Updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps as needed when revisions are made to the maps.

For flood insurance information, please contact the Floodplain Manager at 730 First Terrace, Suite 2, Lansing, Kansas, at 913727-5488; or Public Works at 727-2400. More information on flood risks and flood insurance may be found at Permits: Always check with the Community and Economic Development Department at 727-2400 or 727-5488 prior to beginning any improvements to find out if a permit is required.

A handout on the flood insurance purchase requirement that can help people who need a mortgage or loan for a property in the SFHA. Copies of elevation certificates for new and substantially improved structures in the SFHA since 2004.

Information for additional FIRM information, problems not shown on the FIRM, flood depth date, special flood related hazards, historical flood information, and natural floodplain functions. If you would like to make an inquiry, please tell us the street address and, if available, the subdivision, lot and block number. We are open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call us at the Department of Community and Economic Development, 913-727-5488, or drop by the office 730 First Terrace, Suite 2, Lansing, Kansas. There is no charge for this service.

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Register by Feb. 9 Participants receive comprehensive, practical instruction in the finer points of growing a thriving rural business in a dynamic collaborative environment where they network with peers. All classes are taught in-person by WSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship who are experts in running businesses. Facilitated group discussions provide insights about business challenges and strategies to solve them effectively .FBMT BSF QSPWJEFE

Leavenworth County Entrepreneurial Training Seminar Line-up 1

Entrepreneurial Mindset for Small Businesses • February 22 Assessing your entrepreneurial spirit; building a business concept statement and vision.


Customer Discovery: The Roadmap to a Successful Marketing Plan • March 1 Applying market research/segmentation to move your marketing plan forward.


Marketing: The Power of Telling Your Story • March 8 How this drives success on Google resulting in profitable customer action.


Basic Sales Techniques and Practices for Selling • March 15 Selling the concept and the keys of making a sale, identifying a potential customer.


Practical Legal Issues • March 22 Improving vendor relationships, negotiations, and contracts for positive (win/win) outcomes.


Keeping a Financial Focus • March 29 Monitoring critical numbers and financial control systems of your business.


Creating Value for Your Customers • April 5 Customer service/consumer behavior, exceeding customer needs before, during and after.


Bringing it All Together: Developing an Effective Niche Strategy • April 12 Competitive advantage in the marketplace. Contact:


Enrollment is limited, register online at:

Grow Leavenworth County

KBLF!CSVTILDDPN 316-978-3000

Baseball, Softball, T-Ball Registration in March


LANSING PARKS AND RECREATION will be accepting registrations for the summer 2018 Youth T-Ball, Baseball and Softball programs March 1 - 30. Registrations may be completed in person at the Parks and Recreation office, located in the Lansing Activity Center at 108 S. 2nd St. in Lansing. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Registration forms are also available online at: AGE DIVISIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS, (ALL AGES AS OF JUNE 1, 2018): T-Ball (co-ed) 5 – 6 years BOYS BASEBALL Coach Pitch 7-8 years 10 and under 9-10 years 12 and under 11-12 years 14 and under 13-14 years

GIRLS SOFTBALL 8 and under 7-8 years 10 and under 9-10 years 12 and under 11-12 years 15 and under 13-15 years

Registration fees are $40 per youth for Lansing residents; registration fee includes jersey. Non-residents are welcome to register at an increased registration fee of $45 per youth. A scholarship program is available for qualifying individuals, for more information please contact our office. The deadline for scholarship applications is Fri., March 16. Practices will begin mid-April; practice times are dependent upon the coach. Games begin in late May and run through mid-July. Age divisions other than T-Ball and Boys Coach Pitch Baseball will potentially travel to the following: Basehor, Bonner Springs, Edwardsville, Tonganoxie and Turner. Late registrations may not be accepted. If late registrations are accepted a late fee of $10.00 per participant will be assessed. Refunds will NOT be offered after the uniform/equipment order is placed on APRIL 20, 2018.

Please contact us with questions at: 913-727-2960 or by Email at:

2018 Fishing Derby Scheduled Save the Date:

Lansing Fishing Derby The Lansing Parks and Recreation Dept. will host the 17th Annual Fishing Derby at Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park on Sat., May 12 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Fishing will occur from 9 - 11 a.m., then lunch will be served. Award presentation will follow lunch. Registration for this event is $5 per child. Cost includes bait and a picnic lunch – be sure to bring chairs or a blanket! Youth up to the age of 15 years may participate in the derby. All participants will need to bring a fishing pole and MUST be accompanied by an adult. Only one fishing pole per participant will be allowed. Anyone not participating but attending may purchase a lunch ticket for $3 on the day of the derby. Beginning April 16, registration forms will be available at the Lansing Parks and Recreation office, located inside the Lansing Activity Center. Forms can also be downloaded at: ONSITE REGISTRATION ON THE DAY OF THE DERBY WILL BE OFFERED FOR AN INCREASED PARTICIPATION FEE OF $10 PER CHILD. PRE-REGISTRATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY 4:30 P.M., MAY 11. If you have any questions about this event, contact the Parks and Recreation Dept. at 727-2960 or email: In the event of inclement weather on the day of the derby, call the information line at 727-5555 for cancellation notice.


Lansing Community Library UPDATE By Library Director Terri Wojtalewicz

The Lansing Community Library ended 2017 with a bang and we thank everyone for the wonderful year we had! Because of you, we had: 38,774 people visit the library 48,487 items checked out 23,251 people using the free Wi-Fi or public computers available here

user-friendly for all of our patrons and create more work space for the library staff. It is because of the money the Friends raised through the annual book sales, generous donations, and contributions from companies like Wal-Mart and Dillons that we were able to complete this project. (Did you know that you are able to link their Dillons reward card to The

Friends of the Lansing Library organization and Dillons will donate a percentage of the sales to the Friends?) We are excited about the concept design and construction work that Sean DeSouza, owner of Excellence in Construction, completed here at the library – thank you to the crew who made the project go so smoothly!




3,241 people attend 226 programs for various ages

Lansing Traditional/Social Media Information

2018 looks promising as well - this is the 20th year we have been serving our community. The Friends of the Library group continues to help us improve our ability to serve you. We are frequently asked if we have a small meeting or study room. In the past, we have had to direct people to other area libraries. Lansing Community Library’s front desk area before the Now, we are able to say recent renovation… YES! The Friends have relocated to another area of the building, which opened up a room in the library. They also have purchased furniture for the new meeting/study room. It is available during normal library hours and can be reserved up to 24 hours in advanced for two hour blocks. A long time project was completed during the first week of January. The Friends group raised funds to remodel the circulation desk area to make it more


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City’s Social Media Update The Library’s new front desk area, with more room and additional technology to serve patrons.

Paint and Sip... On March 30 we will introduce a new fundraiser that will help raise additional money for the Summer Reading Program. We will be holding our first Paint & Sip event at the Lansing Community Center at 6:30 p.m. that day. An artist from PaintNite will walk us through how to create our very own masterpiece. We will have light finger foods available for the evening. It is a Bring Your Own Beverage event. To reserve your seat, just register online at m/events/-10046893.

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Lansing now has a NextDoor Presence accessing 490 residents Lansing’s Facebook Page now has more than 2,850 Likes Lansing’s Twitter Feed has more than 820 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, Museum and Happenings Facebook pages, too!

LGTV - Channel 2 Update        Seats are limited so be sure to get your reservation in early! All proceeds will go towards events planned for the Summer

Reading Program, which is always free for participants. Thank you to the Friends group for sponsoring this event!

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1st Quarter 2018  

The Lansing, Kansas Connection quarterly newsletter.

1st Quarter 2018  

The Lansing, Kansas Connection quarterly newsletter.