Articles By: Cynthia Goerzen

Goessel water rates to rise to comply with grant/loan for upgrade

The Goessel city council met on December 17 and discussed water rates. The rates have been too low and needed to be raised in order to comply with grant and loan requirements for a sewer project. The council had agreed at a previous meeting to raise rates in small increments rather than a single larger raise. Therefore, an ordinance was […]

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Goessel School Board hears of professional development plan

The Goessel school board met on December 10 and heard a report from Janna Duerksen, school counselor. She explained that the Professional Development Council is a group of licensed teacher representatives from the elementary school and the junior high/high school and administrators. Duerksen also explained that the Professional Development Plan includes the process for re-licensure. She said a teacher with […]

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Goessel Council to consider speed change on Main Street

The Goessel city council met on November 19 and discussed the speed limit on Main Street. Currently, the speed limit is 30 mph. Some people feel that is too fast, especially near the schools. Therefore, the suggestion was made to lower the speed limit to 20 mph. It was noted that drivers do not slow down near the schools, jeopardizing […]

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Goessel School Board Hears of Career Readiness Emphasis

The Goessel school board met on Nov. 12 and listened to a report by Steve Wyckoff of Education Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas (ESSDACK). Wyckoff has talked with numerous school administrators and is going to many schools to share information and statistics specific to each school. He spoke about graduation rates and career readiness. Wyckoff also talked […]

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Goessel Council Approves Emergency Response Plan

The Goessel city council met on October 15 and approved the emergency response plan that was put together by Phillip Fishburn of Midwest Assistance Program. MAP works with small rural communities on matters of disaster management, in addition to numerous other issues. The central office is in Missouri, but Fishburn’s office is in Haven. An emergency response plan is required […]

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Goessel School invites community to substance abuse prevention meeting

The Goessel school board met on October 8 and heard plans for a substance abuse prevention “town hall” meeting that is scheduled for Saturday, November 3. The evening will begin with a meal in the junior high/high school cafeteria at 6:30pm. The meeting will follow in the auditorium. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend. Junior high/high school principal […]

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Goessel City to Erect Additional Stop Sign

The Goessel city council met on September 17 and discussed the intersection of Church Street and the baseball diamonds. Because of safety issues, west-bound traffic will now have to stop. The council authorized a stop sign at that intersection. Turning their attention to another sign, the city discussed replacing the Goessel sign that is near the highway. The council expressed […]

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Goessel School Appreciates Donation

The Goessel school board met on September 10 and accepted a Sartorius scale donation from Darrell Salsbury, a local retired veterinarian. Junior high/high school principal Scott Boden described the scale as “a precision electronic scale that measures to the tenth of a gram,” and it has a capacity of 12kg, which Boden said is very high for something of its […]

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Goessel passes sewer increase ordinance

The Goessel city council met on August 20 and passed ordinance number 280, which sets new wastewater charges, raising them by $5.00. The increase will take effect on October 1. The council was reminded that the current raise in rates is still not enough for the grant that the city is receiving; rates will have to be raised again. The […]

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Goessel School Board Hears of Required Drills for students

The Goessel school board met on August 13 and heard about required school safety drills. Superintendent/elementary school principal Dr. John Fast told the board that schools were required to have nine fire drills and three tornado drills last school year. However, he said this year, schools are required to have four fire drills, three tornado drills, and nine crisis drills. […]

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