Goessel City Council makes annual office appointments

The Goessel City Coun­cil made annual appointments at its May 21 meeting.

The appointments were Jennifer Whitehead, city clerk and court clerk; Greg Nickel, municipal judge; Josh Boehm, city attorney; and Patsy Schmidt, treasurer.

There are no changes in these positions.

The Citizens State Bank is the official depository.

The council appointed Miriam Freeman and Kir­sten Solberg to the library board.

On another matter, Councilor Dean Snelling reported that someone had dumped a record player, a mower and other items at the city’s burn site. Such items are not allowed at the burn site; it is not a dump.

Goessel police officer Anthony Voth said those items were from a vehicle that was stolen in Wichita. Voth said there have been a number of vehicle burglaries in Marion County. He urges residents to lock their vehicles.

The police department dealt with a nuisance vehicle that has been now been moved, issued some warnings, dealt with some neighbors who don’t get along, and received a number of calls about dogs.

A resident at the meeting discussed dogs and the fine that is assessed when the dogs get out. His dogs have gotten out numerous times, and the owner is required to pay the fine.

The council has worked on revising the dog ordinance, but it was not ready for further discussion at this meeting.

Other business

In other business, the council:

◼ discussed a request from a dog owner for an additional dog. He already has two dogs, which is the limit.

◼ discussed the need for a place to house the emergency medical vehicle. It is currently housed in the city shop building, but the city needs to use that space. It was noted that the EMS vehicle belongs to the county.

◼ briefly talked about fire trucks.

◼ listened to a resident talk about his utility bill. He had shut off his water due to a leak under his house. He will still need to pay the required minimum charge for water, sewer and trash. All home owners need to pay for those services.

◼ heard that neighbors had complained about a smell from a residence in their neighborhood.

◼ expressed concern about a residence that could be a fire hazard.

◼ heard about the potential for a house in the Harvest Meadows addition.

◼ discussed equipment needs for the police department.

◼ briefly talked about keys for the city building.

◼ discussed starting council meetings at a different time.