The Goessel City Council designated Saturday, Oct. 1, as the fall city-wide garage sale date during its Aug. 15 meeting.
The following Saturday, Oct. 8, was designated as the fall citywide clean-up day. The council made plans to have a Dumpster available in the city building parking lot Oct. 8 for city residents to use.
City Clerk Jennifer Whitehead said curbside pick-up had been offered by Waste Connections on the spring cleanup day. However, Waste Connections only does one curbside clean-up day a year. Therefore, a large Dumpster will be available on the fall clean-up day.
The council recognized Tim Young for his work as a police officer for Goessel. Young has accepted a job as a golf course manager in El Dorado.
The council acknowledged Young did a “fantastic job” for Goessel, and will be missed. He might be available to help with special events in the future. Wilma Mueller will continue her police work for the city.
The council expressed appreciation to Mueller and Alicia Stone for their police work during Threshing Days.
The council reviewed a draft of a covenant written by the city for the Harvest Meadows housing addition.
The council specifically reviewed television and satellite service and decided: “Only standard television antennas and satellite dishes shall be allowed.”
Secondary structures, wind turbines and solar panels were briefly discussed as well. The covenant draft also addresses animal restrictions.
The council also discussed size and other requirements for Harvest Meadows homes. The council noted that homeowners could ask the council for a variance.
The council noted the suggestion from at least five homeowners to form a homeowners association for the development.
The council agreed Harvest Meadows lots can be used only for residential purposes.
The potential covenant will be sent to the city attorney for review.
In other business, the council:
• commended city employees Karen Dalke and Cindy Gaddis for their work. Mayor Dave Schrag said to Dalke, “You and Cindy did a really good job of cleaning up the city before Threshing Days.”
• expressed appreciation to Marion Die & Fixture for donating the posts for the new LED sign the city is erecting. Schrag said the posts are “concreted in.”
The council hopes to have the sign ready in time for the high school’s 90th anniversary celebration.
• heard the police department had dealt with a report of juveniles trying to break into the concession building at the baseball field.
• heard that city employees had fogged for mosquitoes again.
• heard plans to repaint the crosswalks.
• heard that a Kansas Department of Health and Environment representative would be coming for a routine inspection.
• heard that city employees have been mowing.
• heard about plans to demolish an uninhabitable house.
“It should all happen shortly,” Schrag said. The homeowner will be responsible for the cost of demolition. A neighbor has been mowing the property.
• heard from Councilor Larry Lindeman that automatic shut-off lights had been installed in the city park restrooms.
• heard from Councilor Dean Snelling that beer cans and a rubber tire had been found at the burn site. Such items are not allowed there.
• discussed but did not take action to replace the city’s copy machine.
• approved the routine Standard Traffic Ordinance 265, which regulates traffic within the city of Goessel.
Section 14-103 of Section 1 establishes the fine for a traffic infraction or traffic offense at no less than $10 and no more than $300, “except for speeding, which shall not be less than $10 nor more than $500.”
The ordinance also mentions consequences for more serious traffic offenses.
• approved the routine Uniform Public Offense Code Ordinance 266, which adheres to the “2016 Uniform Public Offense Code for Kansas Cities, 33rd edition.” It was prepared by the League of Kansas Municipalities.