The Goessel City Council decided at its Feb. 20 meeting to schedule the annual city-wide garage sale for Saturday, June 30.
The city-wide clean-up day will follow on Saturday, July 7. City Clerk Jennifer Whitehead said clean-up bins have already been scheduled with Waste Connections, the trash hauler, for that day.
The council listened to presentations from Merrill Yoder of Nisly Brothers Inc., trash service from Hutchinson, and Herschel West, who represented Waste Connections of Wichita.
The city had been using the services of Waste Connections for about 10 years. West asked if service has been good. Public works director Karen Dalke said, “Excellent.”
Mayor Dave Schrag said the council was not ready to make a decision whether to change trash haulers since the city has a contract with Waste Connections until the end of this year. Whitehead said the attorney reviewed the agreement with Waste Connections and said it looks “pretty standard.”
The council will review the proposals from both companies and make a decision later.
“It’s nice to have options,” Schrag said, and thanked the men for coming to the meeting.
The council listened to Rose Mary Saunders of Ranson Financial, who talked about grants for the sewer project. The city was notified it was selected to receive a $600,000 grant that would help with the cost of the sewer project.
Saunders said Whitehead and Dalke would go with her the following day to Salina to accept the grant contract. This $600,000 is in addition to the $547,000 grant from the USDA. Therefore, nearly half of the project will be covered by grants. Survey crews will begin soon.
Saunders talked about “procurement policies” that Community Development Block Grants require, including policies for small purchases, non-competitive purchases, competitive sealed bids and single source purchases.
She also talked about a required code of ethics. Saunders said the city has to advertise for bids for 30 days, and the CDBG expects the city to award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder.
Saunders talked with the council about temporary notes and interim financing. The council approved Resolution 1809, offering general obligation notes for sale. She said all paperwork for financing the sewer project is being prepared by Gilmore and Bell.
The council was told that farmers have already been contacted about sludge being applied to their ground. It would be injected or worked into the soil. Saunders said some easements might be needed for the sewer line.
Schrag thanked Saunders for coming to the meeting.
“You’re doing a great job,” he said. “It will be a learning experience for the council.”
In other business, the council:
◼ voted to hire Anthony Voth as the city police officer.
◼ heard the city had been sending a number of notices for unpaid water bills. Water is shut off if the bill is not paid by a certain date. There is an extra charge to have the water turned on again when the bill is paid.
◼ heard that residents seem to like the online payment option and the credit card option.
◼ heard that Dalke had put salt on the city streets.
◼ heard that Dalke had fixed some leaks.
◼ heard that the meter reader had been sent in for a new battery.
◼ discussed property insurance. Whitehead noted that the city had been flooded in 1923.
◼ heard about ambulance concerns, including taking a long time for an ambulance to get to some parts of the county.
◼ briefly discussed fire hydrants and valves.