Claflin speeding concern discussed

City council members met briefly Monday night with a short agenda that included a discussion about participation in an imaging project with the Barton County Mapping Office and reports of speeding by the high school. Police Chief Gary Vaughan reported he has been monitoring speeding issues on 9th Street, the …

Opposition voices key concerns about Tyson plant in Sedgwick County

There are no confirmed plans for Tyson to build a poultry processing plant in Sedgwick County, but with the possibility comes a wave of opposition. Real estate developers are looking to buy property near 71st Street and South Ridge Road between Haysville and Clearwater. It’s in this area, many believe, …

Overland Park rescuers hope fire inspection changes save lives

No longer does a fire inspector in Overland Park only check fire extinguishers and smoke alarms on a routine inspection. Advertisement On every inspection, fire inspectors have started educating business owners about free Hands-Only CPR classes, and the value of Automated External Defibrillators in a business, along with a new …

Leavenworth City Commissioners approve design contracts to address flooding

When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved two design contracts to address flooding issues. One contract is with Wilson & Co., Kansas City, Missouri, in the amount of $33,900 for the replacement of a culvert at 14th and Pawnee streets. Public Works Director Mike McDonald said the design work …

Hays City Commission to discuss retail recruitment

The Hays City Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for a work session at city hall. Agenda items include a possible request for quotation intended to find a firm that is qualified to perform a market analysis and engage in a retail recruiting effort. The city has been discussing …

Ellis County OKs union, employee contracts

Following months of negotiations, the Ellis County Commission on Monday approved bargaining agreements with its four employee labor unions. While the terms of each contract vary, all employees will receive at least a 1-percent raise in 2018. The commission also approved a 1-percent pay increase for non-represented county employees. The …

Clearwater residents say no to Tyson

Dozens of people attended a Clearwater city council meeting to voice their concerns about Tyson possibly building a chicken plant near the town. Nobody spoke in favor of the Tyson chicken plant in Clearwater or nearby. The city is now going to send a resolution to Sedgwick County commissioners saying …

Kansas Attorney General Opinion 2017-16: Concurrent office holding

The Coffey County Attorney asked whether K.S.A. 20-2906 prohibits a member of the board of county commissioners from concurrently serving as a member of a judicial nominating commission… Synopsis: K.S.A. 20-2906(a) prohibits a member of the district judicial nominating commission from concurrently holding an office in a political party but …

Shawnee City Council approves creation of TIF redevelopment district

It was a small step, but an important one. At its meeting Monday evening, the Shawnee City Council approved the establishment of redevelopment district which will make a $110 million mixed use project eligible for tax increment financing. The creation of the district is simply the first step in the …

Reno County Commissioners praise election day process

Reno County Commissioner Dan Deming selected the final member of the Drainage District No. 3 board of directors Tuesday morning by drawing the name of Randy Harder from a small decorative tin held by County Deputy Election Clerk Jenna Fager. Harder was one of five men receiving two write-in votes …

Ellis Co. Commission approves contract extension for administrator, employee raises

The Ellis County Commission approved a contract extension for County Administrator Phillip Smith-Hanes at Monday’s meeting. Smith-Hanes’ current contract expires at the end of February 2018, and the new three-year contract will begin March 2018 and continue through February 2021. Phillip Smith-Hanes According to County Counselor Bill Jeter, Smith-Hanes will …

Lawrence area task force to examine tobacco buying age hike

Health officials in the Lawrence area are starting a task force to examine increasing the minimum age at which people can legally buy cigarettes from 18 to 21. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the Lawrence Tobacco 21 Task Force will begin meeting Thursday. The tobacco sales minimum age already is …

Liberal to discuss busing system

“Later this month, city staff will be submitting a request to KDOT for continued funding for CityBus operations,” the agenda information noted. “For next year, staff is requesting funds for three replacement 14-passenger buses. These buses will replace ones that have reached the mileage threshold which allows retirement. Operationally, we propose …