Goessel council pitches in for business fair

The Goessel City Council agreed at its April 16 to designate $300 to help support the Home and Business Fair scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5 at the Goessel Grade School.

Thirty businesses will be represented.

The Goessel City Council agreed at its April 16 to designate $300 to help support the Home and Business Fair scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5 at the Goessel Grade School.

Thirty businesses will be represented.
The Goessel City Council agreed at its April 16 to designate $300 to help support the Home and Business Fair scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5 at the Goessel Grade School.

Thirty businesses will be represented.

Representing Marion County, local resident Rollin Schmidt attended the meeting to present a recycling plan. He mentioned a grant application he is working on and said he should know in September whether it is approved.

Schmidt said the start-up grant would be used for two trailers and a truck that will be set up on specified days in the cities of the county.

?It will be manned,? he said, in an effort to avoid unacceptable items.

The recycling program will be available for everyone in the county, not just for those who live in the cities.

Schmidt said the program could be up and running by ?the first of 2008." He said time has to be allowed for educating the public.

?Recycling is important,? he said, adding that the process will start slowly and will not be mandatory.

Schmidt said the current transfer station bond will be paid off in 2008 and emphasized there will be no additional assessment from residents for recycling, and that ?there is no financial commitment from the city.?

Schmidt asked only for a letter from the city saying the council supports county recycling. The council voted to support recycling.

Schmidt said that Marion County?s recyclables will be taken to McPherson County.

Donna Duerksen of the seven-member Goessel task force updated the council about the work of the group.

?We mostly have been working on the water play park,? she said. The task force also has been looking into drainage areas in town where the water does not flow properly.

In addition, the task force has studied a housing rehabilitation program in which homeowners who qualify as low- to moderate-income households would be eligible for grant money that would cover 75 percent of the cost of improving their homes.

She said this would be different than a neighborhood revitalization program.

In other business, the council:

  • authorized Mayor Peggy Jay to negotiate a purchase price for the plot of ground east of the city park. Councilor Larry Schmidt said, ?Eventually, we will need more park area.? The council discussed options for expanding the park into that area.
  • discussed vandalism at the park. Schmidt said he had cleaned up more shingles that had been pulled off the shelter house roof. The council discussed different types of roofing that might be less vulnerable to vandalism.
  • also discussed vandalism that has occurred in the restrooms at the park. The new restroom doors have already been vandalized.
    People who rent the park have access to the restrooms. But the council discussed the dilemma of wishing to leave the restrooms unlocked for the convenience of those who use the park without renting the shelter house.

    ?We need to figure out some way to deter some of this,? Schmidt said of the vandalism. He said he checks the park three times a day.

     

  • voted to purchase three ?not responsible for accidents? signs for the city park.
  • turned down the request from Myron Schmidt for the city to buy and annex his Pine Edge Golf Course.
  • heard from Police Chief Joe Base that he had worked multiple drug cases, one theft, one vandalism case and one suspicious-activity case. He had also provided three welfare checks, in addition to taking five noise complaints and one verbal domestic complaint.
  • authorized Base to attend an Emergency Response Team Basic School sponsored by the Newton Police Department and to purchase the equipment required for the class.
  • heard that Base, who is also employed in public works, had been to a water conference in Wichita and has completed his credit hours.
  • also heard that Base purchased a locator for locating water lines that do not have a tracer wire.
  • discussed the school-owned street west of the high school. The council agreed to patch the street and bill the school.
  • received an update on the Harvest Meadow housing development from Duane Unruh, who talked about a diversion channel to the south.
    ?That?s one change we?re making,? he said. ?Other than that, we?re just waiting for dry weather.?

     

  • viewed pictures of damage to a resident?s yard because of the construction. City Clerk Anita Goertzen said a large piece of equipment is partially blocking an existing city street. Consequently, people are driving onto the adjacent yard to get around the equipment.
  • accepted a policy whereby the deputy clerk can sign checks in place of the city clerk, and the council president can sign in place of the mayor in the event that neither the clerk nor the mayor would be available.
  • adopted the Code of Procedure for Kansas Cities, which had been discussed at a previous meeting.
  • accepted the resignation of public works director Joel Ratzlaff at a special meeting April 5. As a result of that resignation, the council voted to hire Jesse Goertzen and Lyle Christ as part-time summer mowing help. At the regular meeting April 16, the council discussed hiring former public works director Arlen Goertzen as needed for street maintenance until a permanent employee can be found.
  • discussed the Ratzlaff Building with owner James Voth at the April 5 meeting. Voth told the council that three-fourths of the offices in the building are now rented. He described improvements that have been made to the building and improvements he would like to make in drainage north and south of the building.
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