By Carol C. Neugent
Mayor Bruce Armstrong opened Monday’s City Council meeting by thanking the citizens of Haysville.
“I want to thank all the citizens for pulling together during this last storm we had…and helping each other,” he said.
He also thanked public works and all the volunteers who continue picking limbs up.
Armstrong announced the possibility of free cleanup assistance for residents 60 years and older and who live in the area between 63rd and 95th Streets South and Meridian and Hydraulic.
He directed those individuals to the city’s website, haysville-ks.com, for information about the assistance. In addition to the website, information is available by contacting the senior center at 316-529-5903.
Armstrong also took a moment to address apparent rumors that were circulating about public works cleaning up property owned by the mayor.
“Public works did not clean my properties; they were not anywhere close to my properties. I hired a contractor myself and paid for all that,” Armstrong stated. “I wanted to make sure people understand that it was not public works cleaning my property…that is something I don’t do.”
Council member Steve Crum also thanked public works for their cleanup efforts. He then encouraged citizens to further clean up their areas after the large limbs and piles have been removed by the city. Other council members echoed the comments of appreciation expressed by Armstrong and Crum.
In other business:
• Public works director Randy Dorner announced that the city would be estimating the July water readings (for June water usage) citywide. The decision is based on the number of meters that cannot be read due to the limb piles blocking the meters and the inability to do radio readings for the same reason. The estimated readings will be reflected on the August bills.
• Ken Bell and Marion Renner were present on behalf of the Friends of the Library to request the city not sell garage sale permits in conflict with the 33rd annual citywide garage sale. This year’s event will be on Aug. 10 and 11.
• Council member Russ Kessler stated that there had been many compliments about the July 4th events.
• Two 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Package vehicles were purchased from Don Hattan Chevrolet for a total cost of $52,647.50.
• Council approved criteria for the placement of regulatory and cautionary signs requested by citizens. Information about this procedure will be placed on the city’s website.
• The placement of an additional speed limit sign on Fager between North Main and Alexander Drive for westbound traffic was approved. A curve ahead sign to warn the westbound drivers also was approved. This action was taken in response to a citizens request.
• The quote from Mayer Specialty Services for $6,889 to televise and lightly clean 4,635 lineal feet of storm sewer for the East Grand project was accepted.
• An agreement for sewer main root control with Duke’s Root Control was renewed in an amount not to exceed $15,000.
• Dorner announced that both the Turkle Street and North Lamar projects were complete. Work has now started on the Cowskin Creek sanitary sewer line crossing.
• Recreation director Georgie Carter reminded everyone that the Hometown Market continues to be open from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Saturday. She also announced the opening of an Art and Jewelry Show at the Wire House. The show opens Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and runs through Aug. 3. It is free to the public.