FEMA grant adds staff for Great Bend fire department

A federal grant will allow the Great Bend Fire Department to increase staffing with minimal impact on the city’s budget, the City of Great Bend stated. According to a press release: the department received a $322,359 SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant that will allow for an …

Butler County Commissioners briefed on ransomware repairs

Butler County’s plight with ransomware is over. Administrator Will Johnson told commissioners Tuesday morning that all systems will be operating back at 100 percent by the end of the business day on Tuesday. The final pieces, ORION software, which runs the appraisal department, went online Tuesday afternoon after an extensive …

Marysville works on container policy

Marysville City Council is considering a new ordinance to regulate large intermodal containers that have begun to appear in a few residential yards around town. The large shipping freight containers were built for transport by truck, train or ship. As their use worldwide has increased, they occasionally are placed for …

Great Bend government trying to be more transparent with meeting broadcasts

As things begin to settle somewhat at City Hall, the City of Great Bend has made a few attempts to bring more transparency with their government. The suspension, reinstatement, and then resignation of Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch over the last three months has caused community members to question …

City Center developers break ground on $50M mixed-use project in Lenexa

Copaken Brooks and EPC Real Estate Group LLC broke ground Tuesday on the latest phase of Lenexa City Center, the 200-acre mixed-use neighborhood incorporating all four corners of the intersection of 87th Street Parkway and Renner Boulevard. The new $50 million project, The District at City Center, will add 175 …

Leavenworth City Commissioners discuss loitering laws

Leavenworth’s police chief told city commissioners Tuesday that officers cannot enforce loitering laws. Chief Pat Kitchens said loitering laws were ruled to be unconstitutional in the 1990s by the U.S. Supreme Court. He said loitering still appears on the books as a municipal ordinance in Leavenworth, but officers do not …

Hodgeman Co. hospital is asking for $1.5M loan

Hodgeman County Health Center is asking for a $1.5 million no-fund warrant through the state, a kind of loan for municipalities in financial trouble. “We’re not the first or the last rural hospital,” said Sarah Rains, Hodgeman County Clerk. “Especially, the more out west you get, the harder it is …

Kiowa City Council Continues Work on Water System Grant

THE CITY’S planned water system replacement project and ordinances topped the agenda of the Kiowa City Council Monday evening, September 11, as it met in regular session. Prior to the regular council meeting, a public meeting was held as part of the city’s process to hopefully receive funding from USDA …

Reno Extension District looking unlikely

While the Reno County Commission won’t formally vote on it for another two weeks, it appeared Tuesday that the effort to create an Extension District that includes the Reno County Extension Office is pretty much dead. That after County Counselor Joe O’Sullivan offered an opinion opposite that of the Kansas …

Ellis County officials: Don’t farm in public right-of-way

Ellis County officials are launching a public awareness campaign intended to warn rural residents about the dangers of farming in county rights-of-way. One of the most pressing issues is lack of visibility at intersections, many of which are unmarked in rural areas. “They’ve got 8-foot feed up and a pretty …

STAR Bond, sales tax dominate Garden City candidate forum

The election for the Garden City Commission is in full swing, and Tuesday night’s candidate forum brought the expertise of each contender to light with a decided focus on the interlocal sales tax hike and the city’s STAR Bond project. Mayor Melvin Dale, Lindsay Byrnes, Keith Collins, John Hahn, Pedro …

Manhattan discusses developments in joint land use study

The Manhattan City Commission reviewed recommendations Tuesday contained in the latest draft of the Flint Hills/Fort Riley Joint Land Use Study. One such recommendation involves noise produced by Fort Riley and how it impacts potential home buyers close to the installation. Specifically, Fort Riley and the City of Manhattan have …

Parsons approves bids to address EPA compliance order

A local construction firm will build a 13 million-gallon excess flow holding basin at the Parsons wastewater treatment plant. On Tuesday the Parsons City Commission approved the low bid of $1,736,000 from LaForge and Budd Construction for the project, which also will include the addition of a backup power generator …

Saline County Commission approves new county road maps

You can get there from here. And now you know whether you get there on a paved, dirt or gravel road. Judy Palenske, Saline County GIS coordinator, has updated and printed the official county road map, complete with a couple of new roads. Roads are marked as paved or gravel …

Garden City approves traffic updates

Garden City commissioners on Tuesday approved various traffic updates, an agreement update for the Downtown Development Fund, as well as a resolution allowing Garden City to participate in a housing grant program. Commissioners approved a Traffic Advisory Board recommendation to change the pavement markings on North Main Street to three …

Seward County to consider streaming on Facebook

As part of an effort to better engage residents, Seward County officials are considering streaming commission meetings live on social media, namely through Facebook. Commissioners are scheduled to hear from Seward County Administrator April Warden at tonight’s regular meeting regarding streaming the meetings. Information in the agenda packet for tonight’s …

Seward County may be moving health department

Though nothing will be official for at least a few months, the Seward County Health Department may soon have a new home. Following two executive sessions Monday, county commissioners voted 4-1, with commissioner C.J. Wettstein voting no, to enter into a lease purchase agreement with First National Bank for the …

Douglas County Commission to have work session on jail expansion design options

The Douglas County Commission will start a series of work sessions Wednesday on topics related to the expansion of the Douglas County Jail and to the building and staffing of a mental health crisis intervention center. Wednesday’s work session, which will start at 2:30 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse, …

Search for next Atchison city manager begins

The city of Atchison’s search for a new city manager is officially on. … The requirements for the position call for a minimum of five years’ experience as a city manager, assistant city manager or city department head, a background as a leader, manager and organizer, and a bachelor’s degree …