Goessel council affirms city clerk’s service

The Goessel City Council recognized City Clerk Anita Goertzen during its April 19 meeting for her 20 years of work for the city.

Councilor Duane Duerksen commended Goertzen for her hard work and service. An open house in her honor was scheduled for the following day, and the public was invited. Goertzen began as the city?s billing clerk in 1990.

After discussing another matter, the council passed Ordinance 228 that increased sewer rates by $2 a month. Noting that the minimum sewer rate has not changed for 10 years, the council approved an increase from $7 to $9.

Residents who live outside the city limits but use the city?s utilities are charged a higher rate.

Other business

In other business, the council:

? was reminded that the May meeting has been changed because of eighth-grade graduation, which falls on the council?s regularly scheduled meeting date. The next meeting will be 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, in the city building.

? agreed to offer a free shredding service from 8 a.m. to noon the day of the annual city-wide clean-up day on the third Saturday of June. This year that will be June 19.

Goertzen said Stutzman Refuse Disposal is willing to bring a paper shredder once a year as a service to residents at no charge. She said hazardous waste will be collected that day as well.

? heard Police Chief Joe Base report that the police department had investigated one suspicious person report, one theft case, one trespassing report and multiple dog complaints. Officers received training at the Lyon County Sheriff?s spring training conference, and had received training in recognition of explosives, explosive devises and response protocol.

? heard that Base had attended the Kansas Rural Water conference.

? heard that Court Clerk Paula Flaming had attended a finger-printing conference led by the Kansas Bureau of Investiga?tion and the Kansas Highway Patrol. She said finger-printing will be required for misdemeanors.

? listened as residents Chad Lindeman and Tom Showalter described the need for a slower speed on State Street. They would like the limit reduced from 30 mph to 20 mph. They also requested a ?Children At Play? sign at each end of State Street, and the city agreed to install them.

? noted that the ?Reduced Speed Ahead? sign along State Street needs to be ?refreshed.?

? listened to Councilor Dallas Boese?s concerns about repair work that needs to be done on State Street. Goertzen said she had already contacted the county twice about the matter.

? listened to Mayor Peggy Jay?s report on new street sign regulations.

?In the future,? she said, ?it?s going to be a mandate that the city change the size of the signs…. We have a few years to do it.?

The lettering on street-name signs will have to be reflective and will need to be 6 inches tall.

? heard a letter from resident Rollin Schmidt commending the city for the work it does to maintain the city streets. Karen Dalke, public works employee, acknowledged his appreciation and added, ?We need rain? for the streets.

? on the topic of rain, heard Boese say that when it does come, something could be done about the flooding in the southwest part of town. He said he cleans out his culverts, but the water does not flow to the south.

? heard a report from Goertzen and Dalke about the emergency planning meeting they had attended. They said provisions for communication need to be made in case phone service does not work in an emergency. They also noted the need for a designated city representative to be a spokesperson.

? heard Dalke report that she had been to a class in Newton that addressed various issues including streets, street signs, parking, storm-water management and spraying for mosquitoes.

? approved the purchase of a new chlorinator system for $1,100. ?It?s something we have to have,? Jay said.

? heard Dalke report that the fence at the lift station has been erected at a cost of $700.

? heard that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment had inspected the burn site and said it looked good.

? discussed parking in front of Keith?s Foods and the need for a concrete ?bumper? step. The area in question is in the city?s easement.

? approved hiring Goering Hardware to help with work at the wells. The estimated cost is $1,664.

? discussed water-meter issues with Terry and Louann Soukup. The Soukups purchased property across the street from their residence and would like the water meter for that property to be moved off the neighbor?s property. Easement issues, looping issues and cost were all discussed.

Councilor Jim Wiens said the water meter is obsolete and needs to be replaced. Duerksen reminded the council that the city is in the process of installing new meters. Therefore, the council agreed to pay for the cost of the meter, noting that the city would replace it anyway.

?We?re putting in ?touch-reads,?? Dalke said. Louann Soukup mentioned low water pressure in her part of town. Wiens suggested the water line needs to be looped.

? approved the purchase of a small shed.

? denied a resident?s request for three dogs.

? listened to resident Tony Epp?s ideas for improving the city. ?Grow the town with love,? he said.

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