Goessel council addresses dog issue

The Goessel City Council discussed during its March 21 meeting dogs that stray into town from beyond the city limits.

One dog had been quarantined for 10 days because it bit someone.

The council also discussed the Harvest Meadows housing addition, which now belongs to the city. The council discovered 19 pages of covenants for the addition, some of which would be difficult to implement.

However, City Attorney Joshua Boehm told the council those covenants were never recorded with the county. Therefore, he said, ?For all practical purposes, they don?t exist…. Essen?tially, you?re starting from scratch.?

Mayor Dave Schrag said he had looked at other covenants as examples of what might work for the Harvest Meadow addition. The council plans to review the sample covenants at the next meeting.

The council noted that some of the Harvest Meadows lots are small. One lot has a house, but the other 13 lots have not been sold.

Schrag told the council, the city still owes ?about $300,000? for the infrastructure for the addition.

Other business

In other business, the council:

? discussed a possible agreement with Rise Broadband that could provide Internet service to residential houses and also the city library, office, police department, fire department, and shop.

The equipment would belong to Rise Broadband. Therefore, if something is damaged, Rise Broadband would pay for repairs. However, if residents own their own equipment, it is their cost to it fix it.

The council went into a lengthy executive session to discuss the agreement, but took no action when the open session resumed.

? also discussed city codification. Larry Kleeman and Don Osenbaugh of Citycode Financial from Wichita had attended last month?s meeting to explain the service that they offer.

Citycode examines a city?s ordinances for inconsistent or obsolete ordinances. It also organizes ordinances by topic and makes them accessible on the Internet so residents have easy access to the ordinances.

It was noted that cities find the service helpful in researching ordinances of other cities regarding specific issues.

The council decided to go ahead with the codification and will discuss the matter further with Citycode.

? heard that Kansas Rural Water Association had dye-tested the city?s lagoon to determine where each valve was flowing. KRWA determined that some valves need to be closed, and some need to be opened.

? discussed the issue of desludging the lagoon. City Clerk Jennifer Whitehead said a current loan could be amended to include the desludging project so the city would have 10 years to pay the balance.

However, if the city delays the desludging project, it would have to be paid in a shorter time, which would not work from a budget standpoint.

? discussed a mosquito fogger. The fogger currently in use is not safe for city employees. It has to be used with the city?s tractor, but the tractor does not have a cab. Consequently, there is no protection from the mosquito spray for the city employees who do the spraying.

Councilor Duane Adrian offered to modify the sprayer so it can be used from the bed of the city?s truck. Then employees could ride in the cab of the truck, and they would be protected from the mosquito spray fog.

The council authorized Adrian to spend up to $3,000 to convert the sprayer for use on the city truck, noting it would be considerably cheaper than buying a new sprayer.

? approved the contract with Mayer Specialty for cleaning sewer lines and rehabilitating manholes by lining them, so they don?t leak unnecessary rain water into the wastewater system.

The manholes are made of brick, which eventually crumbles. Sometimes pieces fall into the sewer system and cause clogs. The city has gradually been rehabilitating manholes over the past several years. As a result, city employees have noted a substantial improvement in wastewater testing.

? listened to the report from police officer Tim Young. He reported too many dogs (more than the two dogs that are allowed at a residence), dogs ?at large,? junk cars, and cars that were driven with expired car tags.

Drivers should note that they will be ticketed if they drive with an expired tag.

? heard about streets from Public Works Director Karen Dalke. She said she had graded the streets after the recent rain.

? heard that Whitehead had attended active shooter training the previous week.

? appointed Joan Nikkel and Jennifer Duran to the library board.

? briefly discussed the $65 court cost. Whitehead said most of it goes to the state.

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