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BLACKWELL’S BY-LINE

WINTER/SPRING 2014 CONNECTION CALENDAR

By Mayor Billy Blackwell I’d like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year and good health and happiness in the year to come. It has been a busy year. One of the most asked questions I get on a weekly basis is, “How do you like the job as mayor?” Without hesitation my answer is, “It keeps me very busy, but I thoroughly enjoy doing the hard work required to keep Lansing moving in a positive direction.” I’d like to take a few minutes to share some of our accomplishments over the last year and many of the things we will be working on in the coming year. One of our major accomplishments last year was the development of a Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Action Plan to address the sewer line capacity issues we have in the northern part of the city. This plan was approved by the council and submitted to KDHE for approval. Next, we hired a firm to do the design work to recommend the best solution for our capacity issues in this area. Design and engineering work will continue through the first part of 2014, with City Council approval. Once final plans are delivered, easements are acquired, and all utility conflicts are resolved, the project will be let for bid. Prior to bidding the project, the council will have to decide on one of the recommended courses of action to correct our capacity issues and determine for how much additional growth the city should plan. It is my sincere hope that we will start addressing these capacity issues, as they will only become more expensive as the years go by. It is critical we address our capacity issues in order to ensure we can continue to protect public health and the environment, as well as manage both residential and commercial growth in the city. Another major accomplishment last year was starting the process of updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The city selected a consulting company to assist us in updating the Comprehensive Plan. Part 1 of the plan, which consisted of providing the

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FEBRUARY February 17 – Presidents Day City Offices Closed February 20 – City Council Meeting

MARCH March 3 – Summer Sports Registration March 6 – City Council Meeting March 20 – City Council Meeting March 27 – City Council Work Session

APRIL April 3 – City Council Meeting April 4 & 5 – Citywide Garage Sale April 4 & 5 – Annual Clean-Up April 17 – City Council Meeting April 24 – City Council Work Session

MAY May 1 – City Council Meeting May 2 & 3 – Lansing DAZE/Brew, Blues, & Bar-B-Q May 10 – Fishing Derby – KWB Community Park May 15 – City Council Meeting May 26 – Memorial Day City Offices Closed May 29 – City Council Work Session

Coming Up!

LANSING CITYWIDE GARAGE SALE!

The city of Lansing will host a Citywide Garage Sale on Fri., April 4 and Sat., April 5, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Families, clubs, and organizations are invited to participate in the Garage Sale. The City will advertise each garage sale by publishing a list of the garage sale locations in the local newspaper and on the City's website – www.lansing.ks.us A map will be available at City Hall, and on the city’s website www.lansing.ks.us. This event is free

to participants and will feature garage sales throughout the City and draw treasure hunters from surrounding areas. This unique community event is fun for collec-

tors, families and bargain hunters. For more information, call 913-727-5488 or email holler@lansing.ks.us.

Permits are not required. Please remember, hanging signs on any utility pole is illegal and subject to fines.

Find good bargains! Shop the Citywide Garage Sale!


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consulting company initial guidance, a lot of staff work, and two public meetings to collect public input, was completed last year. One of the benefits in updating the Comprehensive Plan is it will provide us valuable information and insight we can use for the aforementioned sewer line improvements, as well as many of the other initiatives the city will undertake in the years to come, and provide a vision so that Lansing remains a viable, healthy, attractive community. For those of you involved in our sports proparticularly grams, basketball, I’m sure you noticed the improvements to the gym floor. The gym floor is very old and at the end of its life span, but the Parks and Recreation Department was able to find a way to expand the life of the floor by having a contractor come in, do some repairs, and put a new finish over the floor. It looks great, and the kids love the fresh look and feel of the floor. We worked very closely with Lansing USD 469 School District in 2013 to identify the infrastructure needs for the new high school, with the primary concern being for the safety of everyone traveling to and from the new high school. We also looked at the need of providing sewer capacity for the school and the growth in and around the new school that will certainly occur over the next few years. We rolled into the New Year with plenty of work ahead of us. First, we need to continue the work we started last year to address the sewer capacity in the northern part of our city. Once bids are returned and a company is selected, we will get on about the business of replacing many of the old, smaller sewer lines in the north part of the city. Additionally, we will continue work on the Comprehensive Plan. I would encourage you to get involved in this critical plan that will set the guiding path of the city for the next several years.

It isn’t too late to get involved. All the information you need to know is on the city’s website, on the main page, left hand side. In early February, we conducted our annual strategic planning work session. This is where the city council establishes the goals and objectives for year 2015 and the out years (2016–2020). We work hard to ensure our strategic goals/objectives are closely tied to the budget, with the intent that the strategic goals/objectives identified in the work session should be funded within the limits of budgetary constraints. Here are the goals/objectives the council set for 2015: • Increase Infrastructure Funding • Gamble Street Construction • Part-Time Employee for Library (Circulation Technician) • K-5 Corridor Study • Improve the Parks in the City • DeSoto Road • Digitization of City Documents Starting in April and running through August, we will be working through the budget cycle. This process involves a lot of interaction between the staff and the city council with such activities as base budget worksheets, capital and supplemental requests submitted to the city administrator, budget conferences between department heads and city administrator, a capital improvement program work session with the city council, staff meetings to rank capital and supplemental requests, receipt of the initial valuation from the County Clerk and final revenue estimates, two city council budget work sessions, and a published notice of hearing for proposed budget, all followed by the public hearing on the 2015 final operating budget sometime in the first week of August. As we get into the summer timeframe, you will certainly see some city work being done at the new high school site.

This will consist of primarily road and sewer improvements. This is accomplished being through a benefit district arrangement with the school district. The city is working closely with an engineering company to ensure that 147th Street at the Ridge is designed in a manner that is both safe and efficient regarding pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The city continues to assess the potential need for improvements at 147th Street and 4-H Road. Finally, I would like to share with you some improvements being made at our library. I think most of you are aware that we have a new library director, Michael McDonald. Mike has been busy since joining the city in July of last year. Along with doing many in-house changes, such as re-arranging the physical layout of the library to make it more user-friendly and inviting, he is exploring participation in a shared regional catalog that would better support the entertainment and research needs of the patrons of the city library. I support this effort mainly because it will significantly broaden access to circulating materials for our patrons and improve the library’s computer software. The library board approved moving forward with this initiative and you can expect further updates later this summer. Folks, keep those emails and phone calls coming. I appreciate your suggestions and feedback. Thanks to those of you who have attended some of our council meetings. Your input is important and vital to the success of Lansing’s future. Let’s work together to keep Lansing a great place to live. Thank you for the opportunity to serve. Take real good care and stay safe! Billy M. Blackwell 913-250-6820 mayor@lansing.ks.us

Lansing Recognized by Ingram’s Magazine

By Ken Miller Public Information Offier Kansas City’s most renowned business magazine, Ingram’s, named Lansing a 2013 “City of Distinction” in its Nov. 2013 issue. Only five area cities received the honor, and those cities are described by the magazine as “communities that have taken up the gauntlet of economic development and shown us how to blend the interests of businesses and residents alike.” The article, which is available online at www.ingramsonline.com, cites superior quality of life and touts amenities including Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park, the Citywide Trail System, the new high school and other infrastructure upgrades. Mayor Billy Blackwell is quoted several times in the article, which focuses on the City’s relatively flat mill levy and how frugal spending helped Lansing avoid some of the major financial pitfalls suffered by other cities during the economic downturn of 2008-09.

2013 Mayor’s Christmas Tree Celebration By Amber McCullough City Clerk Lansing Mayor Billy M. Blackwell hosted the 27th Annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1st. The celebration included cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate 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 University of St. Mary Concert Chorale. Overall, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program raised more than $2,000.00 to help support Lansing families this past holiday season. This was an extremely successful event for 26 families, including 61 children in Lansing. City Hall, the Lansing Community Library, the Lansing Historical Museum, and IHOP 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 students from the Lansing schools, the Lansing Boy Scouts, and the Second Harvest Community Food Bank. We would like to send a special thank you to th Lion’s Club, Kiwanis, and Lansing PRIDE for their assistance with distributing the donated items to all

of the families, as well as the many local businesses that allowed us to place a donation jar at their locations or adopted a family for the holidays. An extra special thank you also goes to the many 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.


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7-Mile Creek Project Update By Anthony Zell Wastewater Utility Director In the fall of 2013, the Lansing City Council approved a contract with George Butler Associates to design necessary upgrades to the existing sanitary sewer network. An easy analogy used to explain a city’s sanitary sewer system can be compared to a human’s plumbing system. Each system has a heart (treatment plant) and main arteries (interceptor lines) which then branch out throughout the body (city). The further the veins (sewer lines) get from the source, the smaller they become. The Action Plan project is being completed to replace one of two main arteries of the city, and other large pipes connected directly to it. The project is in the early phases of design. Staff and the consultant have begun detailed survey work and corridor investigation to determine route specific issues, in an attempt to avoid or eliminate them. As the design work continues this spring, refined cost estimates and appropriate easements will be delivered. This project has generated significant public interest, and often times has been confused with other infrastructure projects that are also going on simultaneously. Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Action Plan project. These can also be found on the City’s website. If you need additional information regarding the project, please do not hesitate to contact Anthony J. Zell, Jr., Wastewater Utility Director at zell@lansing.ks.us or (913) 7272206.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the 7 Mile Creek Action Plan: 1. What is the Action Plan and why is the City completing it? In the fall of 2012, the City hired a local civil engineer to evaluate some of the existing trunk and interceptor lines to determine if there was adequate capacity to safely transport sewage from the residents and businesses. It was determined that several of these large lines were at or over capacity, and that the City would need to increase the pipe sizes to protect public health, the environment, and to allow future growth. The City filed a voluntary action plan with KDHE in April of 2013 to complete the project in three phases, as funds and conditions allow. 2. Who is the Design Engineer and how were they selected? The City selected George Butler Associates of Lenexa, KS after completing a qualifications based selection process. This process included elected officials and City staff. 3. How many properties will be affected? The project starts at the city’s wastewater treatment facility and spreads west through the Lansing Correctional Facility, around the City Park, and generally follows 7 Mile Creek as it moves west to the Lansing Middle School. Phase I of the project is south of 4th and Connie Street from Main Street east into heavily wooded terrain. In all, there are 26 properties that the proposed improvements cross. 4. Will this project affect my property? The design engineer has mailed letters to the property owners who will be impacted by the project, and there has been a very successful response. If you have not received a letter from the design engineer, your property will not be impacted by this project at this time.

ANNUAL CLEAN UP By Amber McCullough City Clerk Spring is around the corner and residents will be completing their spring cleaning. To assist in this endeavor, the city of Lansing will have their Annual Clean Up on Fri., April 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sat., April 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Leavenworth County Transfer Station on E. Gilman Road. This is a free service for all Lansing residents. Residents must bring their driver’s license with current residency to verify they are a resident of Lansing. If your driver’s license does not reflect your residency, you may bring your current month’s city of Lansing sewer and trash bill. 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. Document shredding will be available on April 5 only, beginning at 8 a.m. It is first come, first served for the document shredding until 2 p.m. or earlier if the shred truck is full prior to 2 p.m. Please visit our website at www.lansing.ks.us for further details on this event. If you are disabled or age 65+, you may call Lansing City Hall at 913-727-3233 by Fri., March 28 to make an appointment to have your items picked up.

5. What was the purpose of the open house on January 29th? The open house was specifically conducted to show the affected property owners our preliminary design, and to determine if there are any site specific issues that the design team needs to be aware of, for example: abandoned wells or foundations, landfills, future plans for landowner improvements, old septic systems, and any horticultural concerns on the property. 6. How much will this project cost? The design engineer has delivered several cost scenarios for the city to consider, ranging in price from $4.13M to $6.47M dollars. These cost estimates include a 25% contingency, as the design of the project is only about twenty-five percent complete. Refined cost estimates will be delivered at a later date as the design work is finalized. 7. How will this project be funded? Staff proposed that this project could be funded in a variety of ways, and no particular funding source has been decided to date. The costs for the project can be funded from the utility, without impacting the mil levy or other capital project reserves. 8. Is this project related to the new Lansing High School? This project is in a different watershed, and is in no way related to the new construction for the high school or the bond issue. 9. Where can I find more information about the project? The city’s website, www.lansing.ks.us has a page devoted to the project, and information will be updated as it becomes available.

EMPLOYEE of the QUARTER

Ben Ontiveros

Lansing Police Captain Ben Ontiveros was selected as the city of Lansing Employee of the First Quarter. Ben has been with the city since July 1, 1996. Captain Ontiveros was nominated because of his dedication and commitment to the city. He is currently the chairman of the Safety Committee. He provides invaluable leadership to this committee and ensures the city is in compliance with all safety regulations. Ben also serves as the training instructor for CPR/First Aid/AED. He has been doing this for several years. Ben was honored at the Jan. 16, 2014 Lansing City Council meeting by Mayor Billy Blackwell.

Congratulations Ben!


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YOUTH BASEBALL, SOFTBALL AND T-BALL Lansing Parks and Recreation will be accepting registrations for the Summer 2014 Youth T-Ball, Baseball and Softball programs March 3 through March 31. Registrations may be completed in person at the Parks and Recreation office, located in the Lansing Activity Center at 108 S. 2nd Street in Lansing. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registration forms are also available online at: www.lansing.ks.us. Completed registration forms may be mailed with payment (checks or money orders made payable to the City of Lansing) to: Lansing Parks & Recreation 108 S. 2nd St., Lansing, KS 66043 Age divisions are as follows, (all ages as of June 1, 2014):

7 –8 years 9-10 years 11-12 years 13-14 years

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

T-Ball (co-ed)

5 – 6 years

BOYS BASEBALL Coach Pitch 10 and under 12 and under 14 and under

Registration fees are $40 per youth; Registration fee includes jersey. A scholarship program is available for qualifying individuals, for more information please contact our office. The deadline for scholarship applications is Mon., March 17. Practices will begin mid-April; practice times are dependent upon the coach. Games begin the end of May and run through mid-July. Late registrations may not be accepted. If late registration is 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 15, 2014. Please contact us with questions at: 913-727-2960 or by Email at: parks@lansing.ks.us

The Lansing Community Library and the Lansing Parks & Recreation Department present:

2014 PROGRAMS All programs are on Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Lansing High School Auditorium, Located at 220 Lion Lane. PERFORMANCE DATES FOR 2014: JUNE 19 JUNE 26 JULY 10 JULY 17 JULY 24 Performers for each date will be revealed at a later date. Punch cards will be available May 19 through June 19. Punch cards are $5 and will allow five admissions to any of the shows throughout the summer. Punch cards may be purchased at the Lansing Community Library or Parks & Recreation Department. Call 913-727-2929 or 913727-2960 for more information. Patrons without a punch card may pay at the door on the day of each event. Individual admission is $2.00 per person. Children two years of age and under will be admitted free of charge.


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Community-based Code Enforcement Lansing is a growing city, with many different kinds of residents, houses, roads and neighborhoods. Its citizens and business owners are proud, invested in keeping the City clean and beautiful. Respectfulness is a word that many Midwesterners know extremely well. The Community Development Division of the Public Works Department uses respectfulness as a guideline in enforcement of minimum housing and property maintenance codes. Nuisances are a violation of the city code, enacted and constantly revised by the city council using input from citizens, city employees and elected officials. The city code mirrors laws already in place with other governmental entities and is enacted and enforced using guidelines from city attorneys and legal case history. To help keep Lansing citizens comfortable and safe, maintain property values and keep the city attractive for potential businesses and developers, nuisances must be addressed. However, respectfulness must be used by all interested parties to deal with violations. Property owners’ rights should never be trampled, but a successful community should have some basic shared values and regulations to follow. A community-based code enforcement policy works for the city of Lansing. It raises the blinds of city government office windows and allows city employees to connect with citizens. With this mutual education, citizens can learn what is expected of them to be a part of the community. The city employees learn the stories, understand the hardships and can find ways to address nuisances with a flexible and multi-faceted approach. Many issues can be considered nuisances. These can include, but are not limited to: trash, debris and brush at the curb; outdoor storage issues in other parts of the yard; and safety/sanitary issues such as dead or diseased limbs/trees, and debris or pools that can harbor vermin or insects. Many of these issues are seasonal. Grass/weeds over 12” in height, and noxious weeds, are a prime example of seasonal violations of code. City code allows for trash and recycling to be placed at the curb, just before the scheduled pick-up date from Deffenbaugh. All items must be placed in provided containers, unless additional stickers are bought for bags. Construction, demolition and other large and/or heavy items may be scheduled for special pick-ups. Yard waste may be disposed of using biodegradable bags or tied bundles for limbs, and can even be placed in separate containers labeled “yard waste” or “YW.” The Leavenworth County Transfer Station will also accept many different kinds of waste. If there are ever any questions or concerns regarding disposal of items, please contact City Hall at 913-727-3233 or jwaters@lansing.ks.us. Deffenbaugh can be reached at 913-631-3300 or customerservice@deffenbaughinc.com. Trash, debris and brush at the curb, along with other issues like non-compliant signage, can be a visual detriment to drivers and a blight to the community. Also, outdoor storage of items can be an issue. Certain types of debris can cause safety and health issues. Furniture, open containers, food items/trash, and tires can attract and house many different types of vermin. Mosquitoes, snakes, rodents, flies and stray/wild animals can cause damage to property, spread disease and potentially cause physical harm. Citizens have property rights, but when actions or negligence affect neighboring property owners, minimum housing and property mainte-

nance codes must be enforced. During the growing season, when grass and weeds can get out of control fast, negligent property owners can affect others extremely fast. That is why it is so important for community members to notify the Community Development staff of nuisances when they see them. This allows employees to inspect these properties to see if these violations are real, and to enact a plan to address the situations. If at all possible, the Community Development Division prefers voluntary compliance. If action is warranted, an inspector will first attempt to communicate with the property owner or responsible party. A plan of action for compliance is then set into motion. Because of laws regarding property owner’s rights, limited budget and staff, and the degree of egregiousness of the

violation, this is the preferred and most successful course. However, sometimes property owners are difficult to communicate with or even locate. That is when inspectors must use other means of leverage to address these violations. Sometimes these methods can take a long time to work, or can financially burden the city. It is imperative that inspectors gather information to approach each situation in the most prudent way, with a goal towards compliance. Citizens of Lansing need to know the laws and understand how those laws are enforced. With mutual respectfulness, community-based code enforcement can continue successfully. Feel free to use the fix-it form at www.lansing.us.gov, or call the Public Works Department at 727-2400, with any questions or comments.

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Lansing Parks & Recreation will be hosting the 13th annual Fishing Derby at Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park on Sat., May 10 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Fishing will occur from 9 to 11 a.m., at which time lunch will be served. Award presentations 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.

Registration forms for this event are available at the Lansing Parks and Recreation office, located inside the Lansing Activity Center at 108 S. 2nd Street. You may also download the forms at: www.lansing.ks.us and bring them to the Parks and Recreation Office. 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 9.

If you have any questions about this event, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 727-2960 or by email at: parks@lansing.ks.us In the event of inclement weather on the day of the Derby, please call the information line at 727-5555 for cancellation notice.


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WARD 2 NEWS Councilmember Don Studnicka

UNFUNDED I am sure many of you out there have heard the term “unfunded.” We hear it in the news when the Federal Government makes a law or requirement to have something done, but the cost of doing whatever it is is born out by the State. Well, the State does the same thing to cities/municipalities. In Lansing, we have a

mandate from the State to inspect all the bridges that are within our city limits. In our case, that is seven (7) bridges. This requirement comes around every two (2) years. This year we had to spend $6,000 to meet this mandate. On top of that, we have one (1) bridge that is classified as a “Fracture Bridge.” Critical What this means is this bridge by its design and construction has a part that if it fails, the whole bridge will fail. This one bridge is also inspected every two (2) years at an additional cost of $3,000. Total bill $9,000 - UNFUNDED! Another requirement came when we built the new wastewater treatment plant. We needed to do a nutrient reduction in effluent and ultraviolet disinfection process. This meant we had to build a

special building to house the ultraviolet equipment, etc. This added $2.5 million to the cost of the plant. This of course had to be added to the loan the city had to take out. Our first payment on that loan was in 2006 and runs for 20 years. FYI, our payment is $1 million a year. These are just some examples of what we at the city of Lansing have to consider and deal with when we do each year’s budget. In past years, there were three (3) funds set up at the State level to share revenues from different taxes collected, which then went to the cities/municipalities. These were called “Demand Transfers” and are: Local Ad Valorem Property Tax Reduction (LAVRF): This was established to transfer 3.63% of state sales and use taxes to cities and counties. County City Revenue Sharing (CCRS): This was established to transfer 2.823% of state sales and use

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Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. ACCEPTED ITEMS… ; Paper ; Plastic ; Cardboard ; Aluminum and Tin Cans ; Glass Bottles ; Metal ; E-Waste ; Batteries ; Light bulbs

DROP OFF YOUR ITEMS AT… Leavenworth County Transfer Station 24967 136th Street Lansing,Ks 66048 or Batteries and light bulbs can be dropped off at the Courthouse basement in the kitchen

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Aerosol cans, antifreeze, gas, mercury, paint, etc.- they all need to be disposed of properly so they don’t contaminate the environment. Bring it here, it’s free! NO OILS, PCBS, EXPLOSIVES, OR ASBESTOS No Business Hazardous Waste accepted.

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taxes to cities and counties. This fund was started in 1978 to share the cigarette and liquor taxes collected. Special City-County Highway Fund (SCCHF): This is funded by the motor vehicle property tax and the motor fuels tax. In 2004 the LAVTRF and CCRS transfers were stopped and kept at the State level. In 2009 the transfers from the SCCHF were stopped. To date, this has stopped the disof over tribution $1,886,922,544 dollars. These UNFUNDED requirements are a real burden to our cities/counties and we at the city of Lansing have expressed our concern over this many, many times to our

State Senators and Representatives. It appears that costs are being pushed down more and more to the cities/municipalities. This then requires us to do the obvious in the form of raising the mill levy or fees. If you would like more information about the budget process of our city, please contact Beth Sanford, Director of Finance, at 727-3233 or by email at bsanford@lansing.ks.us. As always, you are invited to come to YOUR City Council meetings, which are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. You may contact me anytime with your questions and concerns at 727-2907 or email me at don.studnicka@gmail.com

Salads & Solutions On February 7, 2014 the city of Lansing hosted the tenth annual Salads & Solutions luncheon at the Lansing Community Center. This event is held every year to thank Lansing businesses for their support and service to the residents of Lansing. The event also provided an opportunity for business leaders to meet with City staff and elected officials. Mayor Billy Blackwell gave a presentation regarding area projects that have been completed and discussed future projects and goals. The event was well attended and provided an opportunity for business leaders to interact with City staff and network with other members of the Lansing business community.


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By Laura Phillippi, Site Supervisor Things are hopping at the Lansing Historical Museum. We have a contract with Arcadia Publishing to do a pictorial book about the Lansing Correctional Facility. I have been busy scanning photos, composing captions, and researching microfilm in order to meet the March 25 deadline. I’m working closely with the staff at the Lansing Correctional Facility to make sure this book is a success. I made butter with the 3-5 grade students at Fort Leavenworth for their Kansas Day celebration on January 24. We went through about a gallon of heavy whipping cream and used a good amount of elbow grease shaking the cream to make butter. The next day, Dr. Shawn Alexander of the University of Kansas gave an interesting program about the lynching of Fred Alexander in 1901 Leavenworth and the early civil rights movement in Kansas. The program drew some new visitors to the Museum and was even mentioned on Channel 5 the morning of the event. The Museum and the University of Saint Mary are continuing plans for the Created Equal film discussion series. Dr. Bryan Le Beau will present The Abolitionists at 7 p.m. on March 4 at the Lansing Community Center 800 1st Terrace. Dr. Kyle Anthony will present Slavery by Another Name on March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Lansing Community Center. Admission to the discussions is free. We are also planning a field trip to the John Brown Museum in Osawatomie on April 3. Did you make a resolution to be more fit this year? Join us for the On the Run 5K on June 1. Registration forms are available at the Museum. This course goes past the museum and through the grounds of the Lansing Correctional Facility. It is one of the few opportunities that the public is allowed to see the prison grounds. Runners and walkers are both welcome. The Museum is working with other cultural institutions to bring you “Remembering the Great War 100 Years Later” book discussion series. This program was made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council. The first book is The Guns of August and will be discussed in August at the Leavenworth Public Library. The Lansing Community Library will host The Roses of No Man’s Land in November. Copies of the books in the series will be available at the local libraries. I will be promoting the City at Fort Leavenworth’s PAIR Day in March and the Kansas Sampler in Wamego the first weekend of May. The Lansing Historical Society will be at Lansing DAZE so be sure to stop by and say hello to them. We could not do what we do at the Museum without the help of this group of dedicated history lovers. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact me at 913-250-0203 or email lphillippi@sbcglobal.net.

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LGTV-Channel 2 Schedule Schedule MONDAY 10:00 am - Movers and Shakers (Interview program with local officials and personalities.) 12:00 pm - The Kansas State Penitentiary: An Institution and a Neighbor 12:12 pm - Their Stories - local history of the area 7:00 pm - City Council Meeting TUESDAY 10:00 am - City Council Meeting 7:00 pm - City Council Meeting WEDNESDAY 12:00 pm - The Kansas State Penitentiary: An Institution and a Neighbor 12:12 pm - Their Stories - local history of the area 2:00 pm - Chamber Ribbon Cutting 7:00 pm - Movers and Shakers 7:30 pm - Lansing Pulse (current events discussion with City Administrator.) 8:00 pm - Legislative Forum THURSDAY 1:00 pm - Movers and Shakers 7:00 pm - Fire District #1 Board Meeting FRIDAY 5:00 pm - City Council Meeting 7:30 pm - Lansing Pulse 8:00 pm - Legislative Forum SATURDAY 10:00 am - Movers and Shakers 12:00 pm - The Kansas State Penitentiary: An Institution and a Neighbor 12:12 pm - Their Stories - local history of the area 1:00 pm - City Council Meeting 2:00 pm - Chamber Ribbon Cutting SUNDAY 12:00 pm - The Kansas State Penitentiary: An Institution and a Neighbor 12:12 pm - Their Stories - local history of the area 7:00 pm - City Council Meeting 8:00 pm - Legislative Forum If you have any questions or comments about programming on LGTV-Channel 2 in Lansing, please contact Ken Miller at 913-208-6650 or by email.


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