Goessel Council sets cleanup weekend for March 26-29

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA GOERZEN
City Clerk Anita Goertzen announced to the Goessel City Council at the March 18 meeting that a city-wide cleanup weekend has been scheduled for Friday, March 26, to Monday, March 29.

Dumpsters will be available on the city building parking lot. Signs will be placed on the Dumpsters indicating what can be dumped and what is not allowed.

For example, tires will not be accepted. Household hazardous waste will be collected in a separate container. Only Goessel residents who live within the city limits will be allowed to use the Dumpsters.

Police Chief Joe Base reported the police department drove 204 miles in the past month, visited the Kinder Haus Preschool, and assisted the Hillsboro Police Department with security.

The Goessel department issued one notice to appear and two warnings for speed, one notice to appear and two warnings for improper parking, one notice to appear for improper backing, and one notice to appear for reckless driving.

The following cases were investigated: two accidents, one theft, one harassment, one criminal damage to property, one runaway and one truancy.

Base also reported that Mid-Kansas Co-op had installed new tires on the patrol car.

The council discussed computer needs for the police department. A laptop computer has been purchased with grant money. An office computer was discussed. Council member Jim Wiens pointed out that the city needs to update the programs on the city clerk’s computer.

Goertzen informed the council of her plans to attend a meeting in Udall March 23 for all users of Governmental Suite software. She also said she plans to attend the Kansas Rural Water Association conference March 24.

Public Works Director Arlen Goertzen plans to attend the KRWA meetings from Tuesday through Thursday, March 23 to 25. He said the classes count for his certification. He said he plans to ask for a quote from the KRWA for mapping the city’s water and sewer lines.

Goertzen reported he had installed a culvert on the south side of Marion Street. Another culvert will be installed on the north side when Osage Street is extended.

Goertzen said he has contacted the phone company about moving the phone line. He was told the line would be moved “in the next week or so.” He said he cannot do more work on the street until the phone line is moved.

Goertzen reported representatives of Schwab-Eaton had been at Goessel the previous week to do preliminary work on a new lagoon. Goertzen said they surveyed locations for test holes. He said the work on the lagoon project is progressing.

“We’re still working on the loan application,” he said.

Goertzen discussed the ditch project with the council. Wiens had offered to help with cleaning ditches to improve drainage.

Wiens asked if a larger sewer line could be installed so more water can reach the lift station faster. He said the 8-inch line is too small.

“We need 300 or 400 feet of larger line,” he said. “We’ve had the sewer cleaned.”

He pointed out that roots had been cleaned out of the line but said that not enough water is getting to the lift station.

Goertzen responded, “We have to determine if the pumps (at the lift station) could handle more water” if larger lines would be installed. Mayor Peggy Jay suggested asking the engineers.

Goertzen said engineer Chris Cox had suggested putting in a pump that is accessible from the top. Such a pump would be safer for employees who need to have access to it.

In other business:

n Councilor Larry Schmidt suggested putting more recycled asphalt on city streets.

“Church Street held up real well,” he said.

The council authorized four loads for Cedar, Poplar and Summit streets. Wiens said Marion and Church streets had each received two loads of recycled asphalt previously.

n Wiens reported a new garbage disposal had been installed in the community room kitchen. He also said he is checking into the community building furnace.

n The council authorized Goertzen to sell the city’s snow plow and 1989 brown pickup at the consignment auction March 20. Minimum prices were established.

n Jay said she had been asked about a hedge and parked vehicles that obstruct the view of drivers. Anita Goertzen said vehicles are not allowed to park within 20 feet of a crosswalk.

n Goertzen said auditor Jan Nolde has asked for clarification of the city’s sick leave policy. Consequently, the council amended the policy to increments of hours instead of half days. Goertzen said the auditors might attend the next meeting.

n Goertzen reported that water will be shut off at two properties on Monday due to unpaid water bills. She said another resident had moved, so the unpaid water bill will be sent to the state “set-off” program, whereby the money owed to the city will be subtracted from state rebates or refunds that the former resident would normally receive.

n The council wanted to remind the public that only the public works director is authorized to turn water meters on and off. The council discussed the $176.59 water expense that was incurred when someone tampered with a water meter.

n Goertzen said she has been asked to train the new city clerk in Ford.

n The council approved paying the increased health insurance rate. “I was pleasantly surprised it only went up 5 percent,” Goertzen said.

n The council met at Bethesda Home with Bethesda administrators prior to the city council meeting.

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