Goessel council reviews Country Threshing Day plans

Goessel City Council members discussed plans for Threshing Days at its July 21 meeting.

Threshing Days activities are scheduled for Aug. 1-3. The council decided to ride in the parade in a city vehicle. City clerk Anita Goertzen told the council she already has candy they can throw.

Goertzen also informed the council that the Goessel Task Force is planning to hold a ?spray day? during Threshing Days, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the city park . A fire truck will be at the park to spray a water mist for children to play in.

The Task Force is also planning a water-balloon toss and other water play activities, all in an effort to raise awareness of the proposed water play park. Donations will be accepted for the water play park.

Police Chief Joe Base told the council the police department is planning a fundraiser barbecue at the park during Threshing Days, Friday and Saturday, and possibly Sunday.

Base also gave the police report for the month. He said that three warnings for equipment violations had been issued, as well as three speeding warnings and one stop-sign warning.

The department also issued two notices to appear in court, one of them for no proof of insurance, the other for driving on a suspended license. The Hillsboro K-9 unit was used on a car stop.

Goessel police investigated one felony drug case, two burglary reports, two theft reports, a child-custody dispute, multiple run-away calls and sent letters in response to multiple dog complaints.

The police department assisted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on two vehicle accidents and assisted Emergency Medical Services on one call.

The Hillsboro Police Departments and Marion County Sheriff’s Office assisted with one search warrant. The Goessel Police Department made three arrests.

Other business

In other business, the council:

n heard Councilor Rick Freeman report that Joe Wuest is in the process of obtaining certification for the fun run he is planning for Sept. 27, in conjunction with the city?s Harvest Festival. Goertzen said winners will receive prizes.

Goertzen also said a golf tournament is being planned for that day as a fundraiser for Fred Schmidt?s medical expenses. Schmidt and his wife were involved in a car accident a number of weeks ago. Councilor Larry Lindeman said Schmidt had finally come home from the hospital and rehabilitation the previous Friday.

n heard from Public Works Director Karen Dickerson that she had been doing a lot of mowing. ?I really like my new mower,? she said, expressing appreciation to the council.

n heard that concrete had been poured at the park tennis court. Dickerson said Marlin Janzen had helped with the project.

n heard Dickerson report that 41 tons of asphalt millings had been used to build up the road at the baseball park.

n heard that asphalt millings had also been applied to some other streets. ?We?re trying to keep the dust down,? Dickerson said. She plans to put more on Marion Street behind Bethesda Home. At $250 a load, she said a surface of millings is cheaper than rock or sand.

n heard that Dickerson had talked to Norman Schmidt, high school custodian, about the ditch by school property. Arrange?ments have been made with John Unruh of Preferred Builders to work on the ditch.

n learned that Dickerson has begun work on the small cemetery across the street from the city building. She has cut back some trees so a fence can be installed.

n were informed that Dicker?son and Goertzen planned to attend a class about water rates in Salina later in the week.

n heard that Dickerson has been a city employee for a year now. The council also learned that Goertzen has been employed by the city for 18 years.

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