City council update: Company looks at bringing apartment complex to Haysville
Haysville city employees continued to burn debris from last summer’s windstorm. Crews have made enough progress that the Haysville public works department has re-opened the city’s brush dump.
By Cathy Hurley
    A Wichita company is looking to develop a new apartment complex in Haysville.
    At Monday’s Haysville City Council meeting, Jay Van Sickle of J Van Sickle and Company (JVSCo) showed a video of a 96-unit prototype. The company is looking to eventually expand to 200 units total. These will be mainly one- or two-bedroom units with a few studio apartments. He said there will be enough real estate to encourage new businesses to locate close to the apartments. Van Sickle is looking at a large land site on east Grand Avenue by the former senior center, and negotiations are underway with the landowner. Other options are being considered.
    The apartments would be market rate units, with no income restrictions. The project would not require any government subsidies or incentives.
    “JVSCo understands that better housing options empower communities with the ability to attract (and retain) quality residents and businesses, which is why our model is focused on market rate and not low-income housing,” Van Sickle said.
    As a development company they have done extensive research and will do a test market before starting construction. Council member Steve Crum asked what time frame they were looking at. Van Sickle said they would like to break ground in six to 12 months with construction expected to take about a year.
    In other business:
    • Crum announced that the start of the Imagi-Games, to be held at the Library, has been delayed due to the weather and will now start March 1.
    • Council members approved renewal of cereal malt beverage license to Kwik Shop #776, 7150 S. Meridian. Also, they renewed the Refuse Hauler Licenses for Best Value Services, 1939 Emmett, and Waste Management, 4330 W. 31st S., Wichita.
    • Randy Dorner, Public Works Director, requested to buyout the lease from Murphy Tractor for the 310SJ tractor backhoe. They have been leasing the machine for $7,500 per year since 2008. The total buyout price is $45,835.26. Others with similar hours had prices varying from $67,500 to $71,200. The council approved.
    • James Oltman, economic development director, thanked everyone who manned the booth at the Wichita Area Home Builders Show over the weekend. The attendance was a little down due to the weather but he said he felt it was very successful and plans are underway to participate next year.
    • Public works director Randy Dorner expressed that the burn piles are almost finished. There was a slight delay in their timeframe due to the weather. There is one more pile to burn. He has re-opened the brush pile site to the public. The last pile to be burnt is far enough away that it will not endanger anyone wishing to drop off limbs.
    Dorner talked about the snow handling procedures that public works has set up. The salt bin is half full, and the city will be getting more from Hutchinson. The procedure they follow is to blade the roads, add sand and salt, then wait until this breaks down the snow and ice. They then blade and “squeegee” this mixture into the gutters. After that they start removing the larger piles. Next they work on parking lots and secondary routes. Then they bring in the smaller equipment.
    Haysville has 4.31 square miles of roads with seven pieces of equipment for snow removal. He was asked if there is a list of secondary routes established, if so, has it been reviewed and updated frequently. He said it is reviewed frequently. Mayor Bruce Armstrong asked if this is posted on the website. Dorner said he would check on it.
    • Recreation director Georgie Carter mentioned that due to students being out of school, there will be SOS days on Feb. 13, 14 and 17. Registration deadline for the 15th annual Daddy Daughter Date Night is Friday, Feb. 21. The event will be Saturday, March 1, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Haysville Activity Center. The HAC Youth Soccer Registration deadline is March 1.