By Carol C. Neugent
The 2014 proposed budget was approved at Monday’s Haysville city council meeting with no one from the public commenting during the public hearing and only council member Seth Konkel making a statement.
“We are in good financial standing and I think it is a testament to city staff in making appropriate choices and not spending beyond what we can do,” Konkel said.
The 2014 budget does not require any property tax rate and focuses on core services. Priority was also given to debt reduction and filling certain open positions.
In other business:
• Public works director Randy Dorner updated the council on the tree limb pickup. He stated they had collected more than 1,400 truckloads of limbs, the equivalent of 17,012 cubic yards. Dorner said that the goal was to finish pick up before city-wide garage sale last weekend.
• Council member Steve Crum reminded everyone of the upcoming second annual Mid-Kansas Indian Wars Rendezvous taking place Aug. 24-25 in Riggs Park.
• It was announced that registration is taking place at the Haysville Activity Center for fall soccer and gymnastics.
• National Night Out was considered a success as police chief Jeff Whitfield estimated there were 400 people in attendance. He thanked the citizens for attending, Haysville Healthy Habits Coalition, the Sheriff’s Department, the Fire Department, and Safe Kids all for being part of the evening.
• Council member Pat Ewert updated council on activities taking place at the Senior Center including a senior breakfast on Aug. 14.
• Recreation director Georgie Carter said that pool rentals continued even though the pool had officially closed. She also announced two final pool events: Gunzel’s Big Gulp Duathlon on August 17 and Dog Daze of Summer at the Pool on Aug. 18.
• The council was updated on Riggs Pond and issues with blue-green algae.