Written by Cynthia Goerzen Tuesday, 03 April 2007 23:12The Goessel City Council agreed at its March 19 meeting to host a dog clinic,
“We do it every other year,” City Clerk Anita Goertzen told the council.
The event will be 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 9, at the city shop. Rabies shots will be offered for $10.
Goertzen emphasized that it is not only for dogs that live within the city limits; dog owners from the surrounding area are encouraged to bring their dogs also.
Goertzen said the date of the city-wide garage sale has been changed to June 30 to accommodate the Goessel Task Force plans for a fund-raiser for a water park. Goertzen said the clean-up day is still scheduled for the third Saturday in June.
The council also discussed dirt that is available to city residents and set the following fee structure: Dirt costs $3 per ton plus $1 per scoop if the city loads it, with a minimum fee of $10 if the city loads it.
The cost of compost is $5 per bucket if the city delivers it, but free if residents get it themselves.
In other business, the council:
- heard the city office will be closed Thursday morning, March 29, and all day Friday, March 30 so Goertzen can attend a Kansas Rural Water Association conference in Wichita, and Deputy City Clerk Paula Flaming can attend a Kansas Association of Court Management conference in Manhattan.
- Goertzen will join Flaming at the court conference on the 30th.
- discussed the deteriorating street situation of 100 North Church.
“It’s not a public street; it’s school property,” Councilor Larry Schmidt said.
- briefly reviewed other streets. Public Works Director Joel Ratzlaff said he is having some sand hauled onto some other streets.
“I thought the streets looked pretty good,” councilor Rick Freeman said.
- heard Police Chief Joe Base report he had worked one domestic case, received one loud-noise complaint, investigated two thefts, found one door open after hours, and investigated an incident involving fireworks that were discharged at 6:30 a.m. He said he will attend a racial profiling class with reserve officer Tim Boese. Base also plans to attend a water conference.
- heard that Ratzlaff had attended a road-grading and drainage school at Lyons and a water basics school at Kechi.
- heard from Ratzlaff that the ditch by the Credit Union has been cut and dug. Three new culverts have been installed.
- heard about improvements made at the city park. Ratzlaff said a new cookout grill has been installed, and some cedar trees have been removed and the parking lot enlarged.
- discussed replacing some of the old trees at the park.
- decided to purchase three new skate board ramps for the park.
- heard from Schmidt that the park buildings need to be re-roofed. He found shingles on the ground that had come off the park buildings. It is not clear whether the shingle damage is due to wind or vandalism.
- decided to move the jungle gym from the park to the play area at the city building.
- heard from Duane Unruh about the Harvest Meadow housing addition.
“My perception is that work is progressing,” he said.
According to Unruh, the plots are selling for $15,000, and there are plans to build one house this summer. Base said the sewer line has been laid and work has begun on the water.
“They wanted to get the water line laid so they can come in and work on streets,” Base said.
- heard Goertzen say KWCH Channel 12 would be coming to film a short segment about Goessel.
- discussed a sewer problem at a residence. Ratzlaff said city maintenance employees had worked on the leak until around 9 p.m. the day of the problem. They thought the problem was on the home-owner’s property, but later found a manhole full of water.
The city will pay the $393.21 cost of repairs since the problem turned out to be on city property.
- discussed the city’s updated Web site.
“It looks pretty good,” Councilor Larry Lindeman said.
Goertzen told the council that it will cost $35 a year to maintain the www.Goesselks.com designation. The council discussed hiring Laura Dailey for a few hours a month to keep the site updated.
- appointed Joe Smucker to the Goessel Housing Authority board.
- heard that Lindeman’s term on the Goessel Housing Authority board is up, and he is not open to serving another one. The council will need to appoint someone to fill his position.
- accepted the audit report presented by Jan Nolde of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd. Nolde recommended the city “continually be aware of where they can segregate duties.” However, she added, “We don’t recommend increasing staff.
- Nolde reviewed the financial statements: “There were no negative amounts, so there were no cash-basis violations.”
She commended Goertzen and Flaming for their work. The council voted to accept the audit report.
- heard from resident Tony Epp, who had asked to have his name placed on the agenda. He read a brief portion of the U.S. Constitution and from the Bible.
- Referring to the previous action taken by the council to remove public comments from the agenda, Epp said, “This council needs to quit listening to lawyers, consultants, and special interest groups and seek the council of men such as myself about matters.”
- discussed the Code of Procedures prepared by the League of Kansas Municipalities that cities can adopt to take the place of Roberts’ Rules of Order.