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New Location For e 2018 Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Event By Sarah Bodensteiner, City Clerk

The Annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony has been such a well attended event that we’ve outgrown the Lansing Community Center. This year’s event will take place at the Lansing Middle School Auditorium on Sun., Dec. 2, 2018, starting at 6 p.m., so mark your calendars! The community is invited to participate in the ceremony, which includes music and entertainment, before ending the night with the tree lighting and caroling. This year, we will


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also have a 50/50 raffle, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the winning ticket holder and the other 50 percent going to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program. The City Clerk’s Office is gearing up for the 2018 Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program helps 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

I am writing this column before the November election, but it won’t be delivered to Lansing mailboxes until after Nov. 6. By then, we will know who will be filling local, state and federal elected positions – and whether Leavenworth County voters decided to increase the number of

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 have also been very fortunate that the Lansing Correctional Facility is providing 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 Lighting Ceremony, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 913-727-3036 or by email at

seats on the County Commission from three to five. All races and questions in the 2018 election are important and I appreciate the service these candidates have given and will give in the future. But what is just as important in Lansing, in my view, is the help and service we

2018-2019 CONNECTION CALENDAR NOVEMBER Nov. 1 .........Council Meeting Nov. 6 .........Election Day Nov. 12 .......Veterans Day - City Offices Closed Nov. 15 .......Council Meeting Nov. 17 .......Coffee with the Administrator Nov. 22 .......Thanksgiving Holiday - City Offices Closed

DECEMBER Dec. 2 .........Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 6 .........Council Meeting Dec. 20 .......Council Meeting Dec. 24 .......Christmas Eve - City Offices Closed Dec. 25 .......Christmas Holiday - City Offices Closed

JANUARY Jan. 1 .........New Year’s Day - City Offices Closed Jan. 2–31 ...Spring Soccer Registration Jan. 3 .........Council Meeting Jan. 17 .......Council Meeting Jan. 21 .......Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - City Offices Closed Jan. 31 .......Council Work Session

have come to count on from our volunteers. Back in early October, we hosted our annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Community Center. Tom Farris received the Volunteer of Year award this year, for his outstanding work mainly with our Parks and Recreation programs. While there is technically only one “winner” per year, I want to point out that there are dozens of volunteers who help virtually all departments in the City get the job done. There are several volunteer boards that help with various tasks across Lansing. There’s the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Community Library Advisory Board, the Lansing Historical Society, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Police Reserve Officers, the Trade Board of Appeals, and the Tree Board. I wrote out this “laundry list” of boards to show that with so many boards, imagine how many volunteers there are to keep each one of these boards and committees functioning! I can never thank these folks too many times. Thank you for helping to make Lansing the great city that it is. And if you are interested in becoming a new volunteer, please call City Hall at 727-3233 and let them know. On an unfortunately more serious note, I want to urge all Lansing residents to keep their eyes open and encourage folks

Mayor Mike Smith to call the Lansing Police Dept., or 9-1-1 if it is an emergency, if they see something that looks out of place in the neighborhood. We have had some breakins recently and the sooner we can catch those responsible, the better off we will all be. Before I close out my last article for 2018, I wanted to give some publicity to a new, recurring event that City Administrator Tim Vandall started this year- “Coffee with the Administrator.” This Saturday morning informal roundtable discussion is open to the general public. There have been three of these “Coffees” thus far and the last one was also streamed live on the City of Lansing’s Facebook page. No topics are off limits – the conversation is at times animated, but in the end City leadership views this as a great way to engage the Community. We learn just as much as the residents who attend. Our next CWTA is scheduled for Sat., Nov. 17 from 8 – 10 a.m. I hope to see you there.


Tim Vandall Election season is upon us! No matter which way you voted, we are fortunate to live in a country where we can exercise our rights as citizens. Although many people think of Washington, DC and Topeka when they think of our republic, local government officials and issues are often on the front lines of our government. Local government is the most transparent and ac-

cessible level of government, and in Lansing, local government officials are busy working to improve our community.

voices heard. The brave firefighters of the LCFD#1 have done a great job, and we look forward to working with them in the future.

Our City Council is working to keep the lines of communication open throughout the fire department transition. The City has a deep appreciation and respect for the firefighters of LCFD#1. By having a fire department under the City’s umbrella, we are improving communication, increasing accountability, and ensuring all entities are on the same page to move Lansing and the region forward. It is our strong desire to continue working with our friends from the townships surrounding Lansing. We simply view this as a change in the leadership structure. Throughout this process, we have heard a great deal of feedback. It’s difficult to please everyone when a large-scale change is made, but the City has still given everyone a chance to speak their minds and to have their

The quality and functionality of our infrastructure continues to be a point of emphasis for the City. After more than a decade of planning (and re-planning), we will finally be tackling the improvements to DeSoto Road and the DeSoto/Eisenhower intersection. Linaweaver Construction, based in Lansing, will be the general contractor for the project. Be on the lookout for construction in early 2019, and please be aware of future delays and detours. The City is also working to improve and upsize old sewer lines on the west side of town. Many of these older sewer lines date back to the late 1950s, in some cases before Lansing was even a City. Improvement of this sewer line should help spur growth and development in northwest Lansing. In addition to the

substantial roadway and wastewater projects, there are several other smaller projects staff is looking to tackle. Unfortunately, many of these “smaller” projects still cost between $200,000-$300,000. City staff and elected officials are always working to balance these projects with our dedication to fiscal responsibility for our taxpayers. Improving the quality of life for our citizens is also a focal point for the City. The City plans on making improvements to Highland Park in 2019. The playground equipment at the park is outdated and needs to be put out to pasture. This will be a great improvement to the surrounding neighborhood. The City will also put out a request for proposals to make substantial improvements to Bernard Park and the rest of our park system. Long-term, we’d love to see soccer fields and ball fields out at Bernard Park. We are also evaluating other amenities that can improve

our park system. If you have any ideas that can help improve the quality of life for Lansing citizens, please be sure to let City staff or elected officials know. So what do I mean when I say local government is the front line of the government? The people who run the government of Lansing are your friends and neighbors. You might see them at Aldi or Freddy’s and talk about a road project. You bump into them at a Lions game and talk about a zoning question. It’s easy to get in touch with officials in Lansing. Local government truly is a government run by the people, for the people. If you ever have any questions about what is going on in Lansing, let us know. Tim Vandall City Administrator

Lansing Snow Ordinance With winter approaching, the city of Lansing would like to remind property owners or occupants of property within the City of the snow ordinance on clearing of public sidewalks adjacent to the property owners’ property. 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 de-icer 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 fortyeight (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 to both sides of the driveway instead of out to the street, so that when snow plows are clearing they are not depositing the snow back into your driveway. 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 all-weather tires. The chief of police, during a traffic emergency, is empowered

to waive or suspend enforcement of parking restrictions. 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. Here is a link to an online

snow removal map showing the streets that are designated as “emergency snow routes” -REMOVAL-MAP2013?bidId= 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


Lansing Wastewater Project Update By Anthony Zell, Wastewater Utility Director The design for the Northwest Relief Sewer Project is nearing completion. Construction of the improvements is tentatively scheduled to begin in January 2019. The Northwest Relief Sewer Project is technically three projects that have been combined into one. The project begins at the end of Emile St. and moves west to vacant land between La Mesa and The Groggery. At this location the new pipe will be bored under K-7 Highway, and travel west along the southern property line of Great Life Golf. At the southwest end the golf course, the rerouting project turns south, crosses Meadow Ln. and terminates in the 600 block of Holiday Dr. near Fairlane. Also, from the southwest golf course location, the pipe is routed north along the west property line of the golf course and turns west across Twin Oaks. The line will then cross Pebble Beach Dr. and end at the west end of Merion Drive. The project includes the installation of 8,000 feet of new pipe, and the re-

moval and replacement of nearly 2,500 feet of old 12” pipe that was installed in 1959 by Delaware Township Sewer District 3, when they formally incorporated to the City of Lansing. Those sewers mark the birth of Lansing as a city, and I would say that they have served their useful life. In addition to upsizing the aging sewer, new, larger sewers will be added to accommodate future commercial and residential

growth in northwest Lansing. A major ancillary benefit of this relief sewer project is the rerouting of existing sewer flows from subdivisions that flow through older neighborhoods around Meadow Ln., Fairlane, Holiday Dr. and Valley Dr. By rerouting those flows into this new sewer line, flows will be reduced in old pipes in Holiday Hills that were undersized for ultimate use. This project will be financed and paid

for using funds from the wastewater utility. Property owners that are impacted have been notified. Updates on the project will be sent out through the normal outlets. If you have any specific questions, please contact Anthony J. Zell, Jr., Wastewater Utility Director at 913-727-2206 or

Turn Around, Don’t Play, Don’t Drown

Selecting a Contractor or Consultant for Flood Protection Work A state licensed consultant with expertise in flood protection design, and/or a reputable contractor with experience in flood protection construction can be a great benefit in protecting your property. The city of Lansing does not recommend specific contractors or consultants, but can share the following tips on selecting someone to assist with your project: Pick the right professional for the type of project you have. If minor surface flooding and other storm water runoff is the issue, many times a fullservice landscape professional may be best able to address it. On the other hand, if things like structural elements of your building or need for significant floodwalls are involved, you may need a structural engineer, an architect, or a civil engineer to assist you. A licensed land surveyor can assist you with elevation certificates, letters of map amendment, and determining how the topography of your property is involved with flooding. Ask landscape professionals for references and look at work they have done. Ask engineers, architects, and surveyors if they have experience or specialize in the type of work that you need designed. Well-qualified local professionals and those from the immediate region may be more familiar with the specifics of flooding in this area.

Always ask contractors about their experience in the type of work you need done, their local license, and references and locations where you can see similar work they have done. Ask about their warranty policy. Be sure they are properly insured. If you know of others who have had similar work done, ask them who they used and how satisfied they are with the work. It is prudent to get quotes or bids from more than one contractor for your work, but always consider quality of work and other factors along with price. In many cases, communication throughout your project may be more convenient with local contractors or those from the immediate region. Key words for yellow page or internet searches: Engineer, Architect, Surveyor, Land Planning, Landscape Contractors, Building Contractors, Excavating Contractors, Flood proofing, Concrete Contractors Always check with the Community and Economic Development Department (913 727-5488) well in advance of your project to determine what permits are needed, what the local requirements are for the type of work, and what information you need to provide with permit applications.

Heavy rains and wet soils have resulted in flash flooding in the city of Lansing in years past. When you encounter a flooded area, the general rule is Turn Around, Don’t Drown. As a result of the sheer number of lives lost to flooding, the National Weather Service developed a nationwide campaign to improve driver education on the hazards of attempting to cross flooded roadways and bridges. The city of Lansing is asking all residents, and especially parents, to extend that education initiative to the safety of children and teens in regard to floodwater. It only takes six (6) inches of fast-moving water to sweep away an adult . . . less for a child. Two feet of water will carry away most vehicles - including SUVs and trucks. The novelty of floods and flash floods sometimes attracts young people (and adults) and sometimes results in risky behaviors. During and after flood events, we often see images in the media of children

playing in floodwater - swimming, riding boogie boards, riding through and jumping into floodwater. These activities are extremely dangerous and children have died due to playing in floodwater. More lives are lost each year due to flooding than any other weatherrelated hazard. In some areas, such as storm water basins, large volumes of fast flowing water can come and go very quickly, sucking in or trapping anyone who gets close to drains, pipes, or grills. These places are dangerous to play near when flooding. They can be slippery, have strong suction and currents, and can be very hard or impossible to get out of. It is important to educate young and old alike about these dangers. Floodwater can also contain things like rubbish, dead animals, sewage, and other contaminants, such as poisons. It is definitely not a place to play during or after a flood.


Dealing with the Changing Seasons in Lansing As fall approaches, it’s that time of the year when the leaves start changing colors and begin falling. Following are some helpful reminders about disposing of yard waste. City code requires property owners to remove brush and downed limbs and trees from their property in a timely manner. Leaves are not allowed to be blown/raked and deposited on streets, alleys, or in drainage ways. There is also the possibility that placing or blowing clippings or yard waste into streets can cause an accident or an injury. Leaves and yard waste should only be placed temporarily in the right-of-way, using some of the following guidelines. By code, items should not be put out before 6:00 p.m. the night before trash service. Yard waste may also be disposed of at the Leavenworth County Transfer Station, 136 E. Gilman Rd. The city of Lansing wants to remind everyone of some basic rules from our waste and recycling contactor, Waste Management: • Yard waste should be placed in cans marked as “yard waste” or “YW,” or in biodegradable bags. All limbs should be bundled with biodegradable twine and no

longer than 4’ in length. • Bags/containers should not weigh more than 65 lbs. • Twelve bags/cans of yard waste are allowed weekly. • Additional bags/containers of yard waste require an overage sticker, available for purchase at City Hall. • All trash should be bagged and placed inside the 95-gallon cart provided by Waste Management. • Trash bags that will not fit into the cart require bag tags (overage stickers), which are available for purchase ($1.25) at City Hall. Ten tags may be purchased for $12.50. Waste Management will not pick up items if the guidelines are not followed. Not maintaining your property or following the guidelines for disposal of debris and waste are a violation of city code. If you have questions, call. For questions about city codes regarding health and welfare, please contact the Community and Economic Development Department at 913-727-2400. For more information regarding trash pick-up, contact the Lansing Finance Department at 913-727-3233. Residents can also call Waste Management at 913-631-3300 to schedule bulky pickups.

Spooky Center On Oct. 27, the Lansing Parks and Recreation Department along with the Lansing Community Library hosted the annual Spooky Center at the Lansing Activity Center. The event was held from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for toddlers through eighth

graders and offered numerous carnival games, crafts, a photo booth, snacks and refreshments, all free of charge. The event was a huge success thanks to our many sponsors, supporters and volunteers. We thank everyone for their efforts to make this event possible. Sponsors: Kiwanis Lansing KS Knights of Columbus Council 10834 American Legion 411 VFW Aux 12003 VFW 12003 Friends of the Lansing Community Library



As I sit here to write this article, I am looking out of the window and what do I see? The changing colors of the leaves. What was once green is now an assortment of colors. Different shades of yellow, red, and purple. Change is on the way. It won’t be long before we are wearing our winter clothes, boots, gloves and hats. We will be warming up our cars before we leave.

has opted to remove itself from the Interlocal Agreement with Fire District Number 1. At the time the agreement was signed, the City contracted with Delaware Township for fire protection. There was some reluctance on the part of some council members to enter into such an agreement. It was only after the ten year opt-out was included that the agreement passed on a 5-3 vote in June of 2003. The Fire District has been managed by a volunteer board, its members appointed by the city of Lansing, Delaware and High

Prairie Townships. I do want to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have served as board members, volunteer firefighters, and paid staff. They have always been an asset to those they serve. After considerable discussion, the City has chosen to exercise its right to opt-out, as put forth in the agreement. All parties were notified of the City’s intention. Since that time, the City has made attempts to negotiate a fair and reasonable alternative for Delaware and High

Councilmember Gene Kirby

Change is the constant in our lives - nothing stays the same forever. And so it is with the City. As you may be aware, Lansing

This quarter, I wanted to help Lansing residents understand the workings of the City and maybe dispel a few rumors!

boards” with the approval of the Council. The mayor votes in only two instances: (1) when there is a tie vote of the council, (2) for a Charter Ordinance (generally a home rule issue, and this rarely occurs). There are eight elected members of the City Council. Four are elected every two years, and they have four-year terms. The council members are the elected representatives of the four wards in Lansing. Council members vote on ordinances, budgets and all other items that come before the council. The governing body has no power outside of council meetings.

So, where does the real power reside, you might ask? It is with the City Administrator and the staff. We are lucky here in Lansing. We have a professional city administrator with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Before he came to us a little over three years ago, he had over six years of experience in a smaller Kansas community. In that position, he was more of a hands on, jack-of-all trades administrator because of the size of his staff. Here, he is now more of a manager but understands the nuts and bolts of each department because of his past experiences. We place a lot of trust in our department

heads and supervisors. We rely on them for expertise and honest appraisals of the issues facing each department.

Fall By the time you get this paper the elections will be over and the terrible ads on TV will be gone. I hope everyone who is eligible to vote, registered and got out to vote after researching their candidates!

while I pick up the leaves that are starting to fall.

seen for a long time now that utilities were being moved etc., and then there seemed to be a work stoppage. There was a stoppage - a few months back there was a mistake in the cost estimate for the project in the City’s paperwork to the state. The state or I should say KDOT, would not let us change it, but we had to start the whole paperwork drill over again. That took several months and just last week the City Council voted on the bonds, etc. to be sold to finance the project. You should start to see some activity out there again. Construc-

First, I would like to talk about how our City government works. You can see for yourself how we are structured in the City Code: des/code_of_ordinances It is easy to read, and that part isn’t very long. There is a mayor who is separately elected (fouryear term), but who holds very little day to day power. Running meetings, signing checks, “appointing

WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Don Studnicka

If you are like me, my lawn really took a hit this year with the droughtlike conditions we had over the summer. I had my lawn aerated, and over seeded, but I still have a large spot in my front yard that looks more like a playground than a lawn. I guess I will keep working on it

Speaking of Fall, the amount of daylight is reduced. There are leaves on the streets, cooler temperatures, rain and/or heavy dew are all making or contributing to slick spots, especially in the mornings when the kids are on their way to school or waiting for the bus. Please be careful and drive the speed limit in our neighborhoods! The City is still moving forward with the widening of 147th street (Desoto Rd.) You have

For example, the council votes on financial decisions in dealing with incentives for businesses coming or expanding in Lansing. The actual work, and I mean WORK, is borne by our staff. There are several things they are working on (but are by no means ready for “prime time” or an announcement), for three years or more. Businesses spend a lot of time and dollars making sure their expansion plans will succeed and the money they spend will generate a return on

Prairie to continue providing fire protection with no change in services. While it is true that all parties share in the assets, all parties will also share in the debt. Yes, the Fire District has debt. Unfortunately, Delaware and High Prairie leadership has refused to meet with the City and have hired lawyers, at the expense of taxpayers. The refusal to even meet with the City begs the question of “why not?” There are options available to all, but there seems to be no interest on the part of the boards in Delaware and High Prairie to even have any

that investment. Bringing new businesses to our city has been a top priority of the City Council for as long as I have been a member. This group of staff members is as focused as any I have seen. I really wanted you to know that. Generating sales tax is one way we can lessen the burden on property taxes. That is a goal I know all our residents can appreciate. As always, call or email me if you have any questions or concerns. 913-683-0662 Andi.

tion will start in early 2019. This project will fix the intersection at Eisenhower and widen the street to a three lane with the center lane being a turn lane. Sidewalks will be installed also. This phase of the Desoto Rd. widening will go south to Ida St. The next phase will continue south to join up with the road in front of the new high school. The council is already studying the intersection at 4H Rd. with a possible single lane roundabout being placed there. Fixing the culvert just south of that intersection is

discussions on the issue. It has saddened me to learn that not all citizens of Delaware and High Prairie are aware of what is happening. They do pay taxes for fire protection. Let’s hope cooler heads will prevail and we can move on from here. As always, my hope for you is good health, prosperity and peace of mind. Get those winter clothes out - it won’t be long.

WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Andi Pawlowski

also included in this project. For more detailed information on these projects and other projects the City is working on, go to or call our City Administrator, Mr. Tim Vandall at 727-3233. Again, you are invited to YOUR City Council meetings held on the first and third Thursday of each month. You may contact me at dstudnicka@lansing.ks.u s, or call 727-2907. Don Studnicka, Councilman, Ward 2

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US Lansing Area Volunteers Recognized On Oct. 2, the City held its 25th annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner. Citizens from organizations that support City functions and City appointed board volunteers came together to celebrate and recognize everyone’s efforts. Mayor Mike Smith and City Administrator Tim Vandall were on hand to thank the members of the community including Fire District #1, the Friends of the Lansing Community Library, the Lansing Historical Society and the Lansing School District. The City’s departments could not continue to plan for the future without these members’valuable input. This year’s recipient of Lansing Volunteer of the Year award is Tom Farris. Farris be-

countless hours to the community. The city of Lansing would like to extend its sincere gratitude to all the outstanding volunteers within our community for their support. Their passion for civic service and engagement is an inspiration for us all.

Lansing City Administrator Tim Vandall (left) and Mayor Mike Smith (right) flank the 2018 award recipient, Tom Farris.

came a member of the Lansing Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in 2008, serving as Basketball Commissioner. He served as the Chairperson of

the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board several times. He recently helped with restructuring the board to better serve the community. Farris has donated

Youth Spring Soccer Registration Starts After New Year’s Holiday 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.

If you have questions about your child's division placement, contact the P&R office at 913.727.2960 Season of play will be late March through mid-May. Registrations will be accepted between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday at the Parks & Recreation Office, located in the Lansing Activity Center, 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. Please visit our website to download the information flyer along with the application for the Scholarship Program, or call for more information.

All scholarship requests must be received by Fri., Jan. 18, 2019 Refunds will NOT be offered after the uniform/equipment order is placed on: Feb. 22, 2019 Registration forms are available online at: For more information on any of our programs, call 727-2960 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can also email at:

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CHECK OUT WWW.LANSING.KS.US Lansing’s 2018 Fall Festival Succeeds Despite Wet Conditions By Ken Miller, Public Information Officer

Near-record rainfall leading up to this year’s Lansing Fall Festival stopped in time to allow young and old to enjoy another great family event. The wet

weather caused event organizers to move vendors and entertainers off Angel Falls Trail and into the parking lot at 900 Ida St., east of St. Francis de Sales Church. Regardless, hundreds of people came out the see the petting zoo, listen to musicians and play on the various

carnival-type equipment brought in on Sat., Oct. 13, 2018. The city of Lansing would like to again thank this year’s Fall Festival sponsors: A Deere Place Linaweaver Construction Platinum Automotive

Speedway Auto Group St. Francis de Sales Church Holiday Inn Express & Suites Next to Nature Farm Tiffany Andrews State Farm Lansing Photoworks Leavenworth Times


Lansing Community Library Update By Terri Wojtalewicz, Library Director

It is hard to believe we are in the last quarter of 2018 already. So much has gone on and there is still so much coming up at the library. Thanks to all of you, we have seen significant growth. We look forward to a prosperous 2019. Because of this growth, we have a few positive changes happening on Jan. 2, when we open. We are expanding our hours, adding Saturday programming so that more families can take part in the activities, and extending our book and audiobook check-out periods from two weeks to three weeks. Finally, our website will change to Our new hours will be: Monday 9am – 6pm Tuesday – Thursday 9am – 7pm Friday – Saturday 9am – 5pm Sunday Closed Liz Daniel has some fun activities for Art Night Out (ages 16+) and Kids Create (ages 6+) planned for November and December. The adults will be making Holiday String Art and Holiday Chalk-

board pictures. 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 through out 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 quarterly Paint & Sip activity. In honor of author, Mark Twain, join us on Nov. 28 at 5 p.m., for a Chat with Mark Twain. Ken Church will be here to share with us some of the favorite prose, facts, and history of Mark Twain. We will have refreshments to celebrate his birthday. The Winter Reading Program will be starting soon. Registration begins on Nov. 10. As part of this year’s program, patrons will be able to earn prize basket tickets by donating non-perishable items, hats, gloves and scarves to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program beginning Nov. 1. Just drop off your items at the library. Each Saturday in November, we will have a family movie or activity for all to join in. Event registration is required to ensure we have enough supplies. Check the online calendar or pick up a paper copy for details. Another popular fundraiser for the library is coming back on Nov. 16. The Friends of the Library group is hosting another Paint & Sip. The registration is now open. This is a BYOB event so

anyone between the ages of 18 - 20 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Friends organization will provide snacks and water for the evening. The doors open at 6 p.m. and painting starts at 6:30 p.m. There are a

few spots left so go online to our website to register now. Ever wonder what you can put in your recycle bin and why? On Dec. 4 at 6 p.m., we will have Gabriella back from Green Utopia to share the ins and outs of recycling. This is an excellent opportunity to get all your questions answered and help in the recycling effort. Also in December, we are honored to have both Mrs. Claus coming to visit on Dec. 15 for a special storytelling, singing, and cookie decorating event. Registration is required for this event. Bring your camera for these special events. Finally, our holiday hours for the rest of the year are as follows: Closed on Mon., Nov. 12 Close at 5pm on Wed., Nov. 21 Closed on Thurs., Nov. 22 Closed on Mon. Dec. 24 Closed on Tues., Dec. 25 Closed on Tues., Jan. 1 As always, we look forward to seeing you at the library and welcome suggestions on how we can better serve you. Questions? Email Terri Wojtalewicz at

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Lansing Connection 4th Quarter 2018  

City of Lansing, Kansas quarterly newsletter for Winter 2018-19.

Lansing Connection 4th Quarter 2018  

City of Lansing, Kansas quarterly newsletter for Winter 2018-19.