Goessel City Council talks water issue with the public

Goessel City Council met on July 18 and heard a report by speaker phone from Stephen Connelly, the city’s auditor.

Connelly commended city clerk Jennifer Whitehead for her work.

“(She) did a great job,” he told the council. “The city is doing very well financially.”

The city’s fiscal year expenditures of $515,976 had all been covered with receipts to the city.

Turning their attention to another matter, the council discussed water issues. The city and recreation commission have been working on installing a well at the baseball diamonds. The city owns the baseball diamonds and has received contradictory instructions from the state about regulations for a well that would supply the diamonds with water for the grass.

Mayor Dave Schrag said that some other towns had similar wells installed years ago before the state’s current regulations. Schrag explained that the state is requiring a meter for the well to monitor how much water is used from that well.

“The city is not requiring the meter,” he said. “The state is requiring it…We can’t use the well without the meter.”

Matt Drier of Hesston has been working at the well and setting up a sprinkler system.

In other business, the council:

• noted that public works director Karen Dalke has now been working for the city of Goessel for 10 years.

• heard that Dalke had spent the previous Saturday working on a sewer line that backed up and that he had fixed the drinking fountain at the baseball diamonds.

• expressed appreciation to Jim Wiens and Chris Gaddis, who helped fix a recent water leak.

• heard that streets had been graded, and weeds had been sprayed.

• heard that fogging had been done for mosquitoes again, and mosquito “doughnuts” had been used. Schrag commented, “It seems to be working.”

• talked with James Wiens about a sign for the city. He has talked with the council in the past about an LED sign for $4,250. Schrag and Dalke plan to do some of the installation work. Wiens hopes to have the sign installed by Threshing Days.

The software is included in the purchase price of the sign, so the words on the sign can be changed.

• discussed where to put the sign. The council thought the north side of Main Street would be better than the south side.

• discussed “specials” and covenants related to the Harvest Meadows housing development.

• spoke with Chad Lindeman about the possibility of erecting a storage shed at the baseball diamonds. Lindeman attended the meeting on behalf of the Goessel Recreation Commission.

• heard that four metal folding chairs are missing from the concession building at the baseball diamonds.

• discussed blading North State Street. It was noted that the county owns the west half of State Street, and the city owns the east half of State Street.

• heard that the county was planning to “chip and seal” Main Street.

• discussed purchasing a new sign for the burn site.

• heard that the burn site passed inspection.

• considered a request for a fall clean-up day but did not set a date.

“It’s always good to clean up the city,” Schrag said.

Whitehead said Waste Connections will only do one curbside cleanup a year, which was already done earlier in summer. A fall clean-up day would involve bins at the city parking lot.

• heard that there had been one building permit request for a fence.

• reviewed the police report. Two contacts had been made, and one case was worked. The police were commended for their work on “junk” vehicles in town. They are also addressing the issue of a pit bull dog in town.

• noted that the Kansas Department of Transportation is in the process of compiling a list of contact names for notification purposes on issues regarding the state’s radio system. They want a notification list to use when a radio tower is not functioning correctly, which would affect radio communications.

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