Burns mayor addresses Florence Council on PRIDE program

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN MICHELLE AVIS

The Florence City Council met Tuesday, Sept. 2, due to the Labor Day holiday.

The meeting was brief, with two council members unable to attend and a smaller audience on hand.

Mary Glenn, mayor of Burns, was present to speak on the Kansas PRIDE program.

Glenn described the “Vision Meeting” brainstorming session where community members discussed what they felt could be done to improve their town. She believes about 50 percent of the voting community of Burns was in attendance.

Projects implemented in Burns were paid for by fund-raisers such as garage sales and by matching grants from donors like Wal-Mart.

A lot donated to the city was made into a park and a mural was painted on buildings downtown, a park was refurbished, and a community center was built using volunteer labor and the money raised by the PRIDE committee.

A conference on “Unity in the Community” will be in Great Bend Sept. 27.

Comments from local citizens and council members included:

–Officer James Parmely reported a short car chase resulting in multiple citations. He said he’s received and is using his new bullet-proof vest.

The senior center was reportedly being vandalized in attempt to enter the building.

–Lighted “Stop Ahead” signs were removed Tuesday, but 55 mph signs are still in place approaching the signs.

–Council member Randy Mills thanked the Labor Day committee for its work.

–Trayce Warner thanked the council for the city’s help preparing for the holiday weekend.

— Janette Parmely thanked the Ambulance Department for use of the ambulance building for holding events which were rained out.

n Dan Ludwig thanked volunteers for their participation in applying gravel to streets around the city.

Items which were approved by the council include:

–Payment of Sarah Cope’s expense of $125 to attend a Main Street Conference in Emporia. Cope, appointed as economic development director, will act as a liaison between the council and local and prospective businesses per Resolution 2003-04.

— Resolution 2003-05 reactivating the Economic Development Advisory Board to aid in recruitment of new businesses and retention of current businesses.

Items to be discussed at a later date include:

–Discussion on how the city will progress on purchasing the fire truck will be tabled until more information is received.

–A resolution on how water leaks will be dealt with was also tabled.

–The city superintendent will be consulted on construction of water and sewer lines to Jim Steele’s new construction. Steele’s request for a city liquor license was also tabled until his state license can be presented to the council

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