Wellington Council now contemplates: What to do with Lincoln Place?

The fate of the Lincoln Place building is all but sealed. The city has approved a measure to tear it down now that the city has received an insurance settlement. Wellington Public Works Director Jeremy Jones said city staff has a verbal agreement in place with the company that will …

Ellis Co. Commission approves changes within Treasurer’s Department

The Ellis County Commission approved reorganization within the Treasurer’s Department at Monday’s meeting. Earlier this month, the county’s deputy treasurer stepped down and current Treasurer Josh Wasinger said, after talking with Treasurer-elect Lisa Schlegel, they decided to eliminate the deputy treasurer position. The changes will result in the division of …

Andover town hall meeting addresses master fire plan

Nearly a dozen residents showed to give their input for the Andover Fire and Rescue masterplan. The town hall last week featured fire department staff conversing with residents about how the department operates, their opinions on the department, and things they do well or could do differently. Chief Chad Russell …

Lindsborg featured on state trip

Tourism is alive and well in Lindsborg. “What we’re seeing here is the opposite of what is going on in most Kansas towns,” said Holly Lofton, director of the Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau. Despite challenges, Lindsborg has seen a renovation of its buildings, attracted young entrepreneurs and had a …

Barton County Commission OKs revamped financial controls

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved an updated resolution outlining how the county manages accounts with financial institutions, a change that also revamps the duties of the county treasurer and others who touch county funds. It was county Finance Officer Matt Patzner who presented the proposal, but County Treasurer-elect …

Butler County recovering from ransomware

“They verified that no data was taken, the whole purpose of this was strictly a ransomware attack and try to hold out and see if we could decrypt or pay the ransom,” said Butler County administrator, William Johnson. Johnson says he doesn’t know if they paid the ransomware because they …

Great Bend appoints former Wichita city manager as interim manager

The City of Great Bend started plugging in replacements to fill vacancies on the city staff Monday night at City Hall. The Great Bend City Council approved motions to appoint a new fire chief, interim city administrator, and open city council seat. … The council also approved George Kolb as …

Douglas County official says proposed Tyson plant a Lawrence issue, too

Douglas County Commissioner Nancy Thellman told city and school district leaders that they should all be concerned about the Tyson chicken-processing plant proposed for Tonganoxie. At a joint meeting Monday of the Douglas County Commission, Lawrence City Commission and Lawrence school board, Thellman said the proposed plant is a serious …

Great time at the LKM conference in Wichita

It was great seeing everyone at the LKM conference in Wichita over the weekend and yesterday! We debuted our new booth since Citycode and Ranson Financial combined. Together, our team provides services to all Kansas local governments including public finance (bonds, grants, loans, etc.), utility rate reviews, financial planning, grant application/administration, …

Andover fire evaluates operations, processes, future

The future of Andover Fire Department’s operations are being evaluated from a 30,000 foot level, according to fire chief Chad Russell. Andover Fire hired a consultant to evaluate how to best serve the community, asking for the public’s input as well. On Wednesday evening, Bob Meyer, a consultant from Citygate …

Crawford County discusses tourism

The Crawford County Commission received an update on tourism at its regular meeting Friday. Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Operations Devin Gorman attended the meeting to discuss tourism numbers and activity since stepping into the interim executive director of the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Gorman …

Pretty Prairie voters say no to increased taxes in special election

Voters in Pretty Prairie soundly defeated a ballot question that would have authorized higher property taxes this fall to support the 2018 city budget. The unofficial tally Friday in the mail ballot election was: Yes 52; No 105. Canvassing of election returns will take place at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The …

Merriam residents have a shiny new community center in their future

Merriam residents will soon be able to enjoy a new, 66,000-square-foot community center equipped with indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a full-sized gym. According to the Johnson County Board of Elections, more than half of Merriam voters who cast mail-in ballots — 67.5 percent of the 2,490 who voted …

Downtown Wichita underpasses just got a bit more interesting

A series of murals under Old Town railroad bridges has begun to take shape, but the project designer says they won’t all be finished in time to greet visitors to the NCAA basketball tournament in March. The murals at the First and Second street underpasses are designed to contrast the …

Holcomb power plant unlikely to be built, company says; $93 million already spent

TOPEKA — A controversial plan to build an 895-megawatt coal fired power plant in southwest Kansas now appears to be dead, company officials behind the project have said. In an August filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Denver-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association described as “remote” the chances that …