Great Bend adopts widened Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

The Great Bend City Council went ahead with adopting a new Neighborhood Revitalization Plan for the city Monday night. The program is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce and provides tax rebates for home improvements or construction. City Attorney Bob Suelter was asked to try to include most of …

Hays city commission to consider building code updates adoption

Building code updates will be presented to Hays city commissioners for possible approval during their meeting Thu., March 23. City of Hays staff as well as the Building Trades Board is recommending adoption of the updated building codes. The changes have also been reviewed by a group of Hays contractors. During last …

UG committee discusses ways to address littering from food pantry clients

Food pantry workers and volunteers turned out for a Unified Government committee meeting tonight to talk about a large number of food pantries serving the area. Unified Government Commissioner Ann Brandau-Murguia had brought the issue to the UG Commission, saying that although she supports efforts to feed the needy, there …

Five Kansas counties on ICE ‘limited cooperation’ list

Five Kansas counties are mentioned in the first-ever Trump administration report on locations not fully cooperating with immigration enforcement. The Department of Homeland Security’s “Declined Detainer Outcome Report” issued Monday includes a list of “jurisdictions that have enacted police which limit cooperation” with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The list includes …

The day after Overland Park’s eight-alarm fire

Overland Park’s March 20 fire destroyed one building under construction at College Blvd. and Nieman Road and damaged more than 20 nearby homes. Fire Chief Bryan Dehner said investigators are now working to determine what caused the blaze. (Read more: Joco 913 News)

Ban on burning issued

Saline County commissioners Tuesday voted 4-1 to ban burning for a week despite the objections of a farmer, who said burning of fields is vital this time of year. “There was so much rain last year during the summer the cows didn’t consume all the grass and now we have …

Expiration of STAR bonds could affect Salina

Salina officials have been watching legislative action on the Kansas Sales Tax Revenue Bond program, which is set to expire June 30. Rep. J.R. Claeys, R-Salina, said Saturday that legislation to continue the program has stalled in the Kansas Senate. If the legislation isn’t approved, he said, it could jeopardize …

Manhattan tax rate in middle of pack

Manhattan ranks in the middle among the 25 “first class” cities in Kansas in combined city, county and school district property taxes levied. This is based on information from the League of Municipalities’ 2017 edition of the Kansas Tax Rate and Fiscal Data Book. Manhattan (Riley County) is 15th among …

Atchison’s library repairs estimated at $500,000

The city of Atchison’s insurance provider has estimated that the copper roof at Atchison Library, which was torn off in high winds earlier this month, could cost as much as $500,000 to replace. Concerned that such a claim would increase its property insurance costs, the city of Atchison has asked …

County task force answers call

Cowley County residents were ready to help people affected by recent wildfires in the state. The fires, which burned the week of March 4, led to evacuations, lost homes and cattle, and contributed to one death in Kansas, according to news reports. Fire burned thousands of acres in 21 counties …

Arkansas City considers new department to handle community development

Public reaction was mixed to ideas presented by city officials last week to address building and code concerns in Arkansas City. City manager Nick Hernandez proposed creating a new department to handle community development, with a director that would report to Hernandez instead of the public works department. Several members …

Rural firefighters scramble to keep blazes in check

Between landowners losing control of their controlled burns and rekindles from previous fires, all rural departments in Franklin County have been kept busy over the weekend and into Monday, Alan Radcliffe, Franklin County Emergency Management director, said. “We’ve had 3 or 4 other calls today, too,” Radcliffe said Monday at …

Farm show a boon to community

The Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo is big deal for the community, but it wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for city officials and volunteers who make it happen, show promoter Daren Dale told the Great Bend City Council Monday night. Dale paid a visit to the council meeting …

Lindsborg welcomes spring with seventh Våffeldagen

The humble waffle is taking over Lindsborg once again. March 25 will mark this year’s Våffeldagen, an annual celebration of all things waffle in Lindsborg. The Swedish world literally translates to “waffle day,” and is in fact a mispronunciation of the name of a Christian holiday. “That word sounds a …

Wichita business ceases Halstead operations

Wichita manufacturer RedGuard closed its Halstead plant Monday, a decision that affects around 10 employees, according to information released by the company. RedGuard president Darren Hillman released a statement Tuesday afternoon: “Our leadership team had to make the very difficult decision to terminate the lease of our facility in Halstead. …

New firefighters learn the high-rise part of the job

Members of one northeast Kansas fire department took advantage of the nice weather to teach their newbies something new. The Topeka Fire Department did some high-angle confined space training Monday afternoon. Using their six story high training building, the recruits did some climbing exercises using the proper equipment to teach …

Lawrence City Commission to vote on $3 million phase of solid waste facility

With an eye toward efficiency, plans for a multimillion-dollar City of Lawrence solid waste facility could be reconfigured to include additional city operations. At their meeting Tuesday, Lawrence city commissioners will decide whether to accept a $3 million bid to construct the second phase of the solid waste facility. Alternatively, …