By Carol C. Neugent
Construction of the new Kwik Shop at the corner of South Meridian and West Grand got one step closer when the Haysville city council approved a request for an additional drive on Meridian at Monday’s city council meeting.
Planning and community relations coordinator Jeana Morgan presented the request to council. “This property is the location of the new Kwik Shop,” Morgan said. She explained that the request would allow a right-in, right-out drive that would be located near the intersection. The main entrance to the property would be a full-movement opening and would be located further north on Meridian.
Morgan went on to assure council that the request complied with the recently adopted Meridian Corridor Plan and that the size of the opening would meet the needs of the owners. The request was approved unanimously by the council members.
In other items of business, the council:
• Announced that the free PRIDE pool day is Saturday from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Various games and activities are scheduled throughout the day.
• Heard from council member Steve Crum, who informed everyone that the library would be hosting a Read-In at the library on Saturday. This is a full-day event for all ages and will include games and activities. The event ends at 6:30 p.m. with a free ice cream social for everyone who participates.
• Heard from Lt. Nick Becker with the Sedgwick County Fire Department, who updated the council on the calls and activities for Station 34. During the month of June, they responded to 204 alarms, with 162 of those being in Haysville. He also updated council on the construction of the new station on North Main.
• Set the public hearing for the proposed 2014 budget for 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12.
• Heard from police chief Jeff Whitfield, who announced the upcoming women’s self-defense class R.A.D: Rape Aggression Defense. The class is all day on Saturday, Aug. 10, and starts at 8 a.m. It is free and limited to women only. For more information or to register, women may contact Master Patrol Officer Kielhorn at 316-529-5912 or through email at email@example.com.
• Announced that this year’s National Night Out is set for Tuesday, Aug. 6. Various groups are participating in the event including the Haysville Police Department and Haysville Healthy Habits.
• Approved Mayor Bruce Armstrong to be the city’s representative to the reorganized Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Policy Board. Chief administrative officer Will Black was appointed as the alternate.
• Heard from city clerk Janie Cox, who reminded everyone that the city-wide garage sale was Aug. 10 and 11; permits are on sale at the library.
• Heard from recreation director Georgie Carter, who announced that enrollment was open for fall latchkey. She also announced that sign-ups for soccer were being taken at the Haysville Activity Center. It was noted that the pool closes Sunday, Aug. 11.
• Was updated by public works director Randy Dorner on storm limb pick-up. Dorner said he hopes pick-up will be complete in the next couple of weeks. He also updated council on the East Grand project.
• Discussed the blue-green algae advisory recently placed on Riggs Pond. It was noted that the algal blooms were more isolated than in previous years, but that any advisory had to be made for the entire body of water.