Canton to maintain 20 mph speed limit

Because of the potential risk of safety to children, the Canton City Council mandated at its March 1 meeting that the speed limit on Kansas Avenue will remain at 20 mph.

Even though there is some distance between the high school and elementary schools, the swimming pool and park areas are in between.

Council members said varying the speed limit would confuse those traveling the avenue, further endangering the children.

A compensation-time policy for city employees was approved for incorporation into the employee handbook carrying. The policy took effect Feb. 24.

Because of uncertainty among certain employees as to when compensation time could actually be accrued, council members felt a policy should be spelled out.

In addition to the policy clarifying the fact that compensation time is only accrued after 40 actual hours in a work week, it also demands prior approval from the mayor. The policy also provides for compensation time for police department employees after a specified number of hours are worked during a pay period.

After reviewing weekend pay for employees of the maintenance department, and determining that the subject had not been reviewed for several years, a motion was approved to increase pay from $15 per day to $30.

With the May Day Parade in McPherson approaching, council members responded to a written request from Jennifer Enns, kindergarten teacher, by sanctioning the donation of $200 toward constructing a float featuring students in the Canton-Galva kindergarten.

Troy Freeman, assistant maintenance supervisor, was authorized to attend a paved-road maintenance workshop in Great Bend March 24 and the gravel-road maintenance workshop in Abilene April 14.

In addition to those workshops, he will be attending two days of the Kansas Rural Water Association conference in Wichita to gain wastewater certification renewal hours.

After discussing complaints about poor drainage from the intersection of Kansas and Olive Streets to Maple Street, Mayor Van Bacon suggested that council members check the area and report findings at the next meeting.

Thelma Everhart reported that Friends of Canton’s plans for a veteran’s memorial in Fisher Memorial Park on the corner of Main and Osage streets were nearly finalized. The memorial will be constructed with donations from individuals and civic groups in addition to the American Legion and SALS.

Council members concurred that water usage under 3,000 gallons per month at the memorial park will be classified “water metered but not sold,” but usage over 3,000 gallons per month will be charged at a rate of $1.26 per 1,000 gallons.

Canton Police Chief Rik Clark asked for authorization to establish a volunteer reserve police officer program. Clark said this would be a strictly volunteer program with no cost to the city and would be subject to strict guidelines.

With the deadline of May 1 for submitting plans and specifications to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Mayor Bacon announced a special council meeting for 7 p.m., March 8, at city hall to meet with Chris Cox, a Kansas licensed engineering consultant with Schaab-Eaton, to review his facility plan for improvements to the wastewater treatment facility.

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