Lost Springs OKs Fourth of July ?Patriot Rally?

Members of the Lost Springs City Council heard that all of the burned out street lights in town have been fixed, with one exception.

Westar is replacing the old, unpopular, yellow bulbs with a much brighter, more energy efficient bulb as they burn out. The new bulbs do a much better job of lighting the streets.

City Treasurer Frank Wirtz mentioned again that each pole has a number on it. If a light is burned out, citizens should note the pole number and give it to Wirtz, who will call Westar. The company has been prompt and courteous about replacing the bulbs once notified.

New event approved

Resident Don Cole approached the council about holding a Patriot Rally in Lost Springs on the Fourth of July. Lost Springs would allow the use of the city park, ball diamond and school house and property. Cole said he would provide the planning, security, logistics and finances.

Council members Connie Jenkins and John Zeiner expressed concern that the Fourth of July doesn?t allow much time to get an event of that magnitude organized, and that it might compete with the fireworks display that Ramona has on the Fourth.

Cole said he had already done a lot of preliminary work, including arranging for security and insurance, and had just been waiting to speak to the council for approval. He has also made tentative arrangements to nationally advertise the event.

Council President Joyce Buckland-Rohloff expressed her support, saying it sounded like an exceptional idea. Since Cole?s event is intended as a nationally advertised event, it won?t compete for the same local population, and would, in fact, augment the crowds.

There would also be an opportunity for the town to earn income from booths and kiosks, Buckland-Rohloff added. Also, the tree limbs that have been a problem could be cut up and sold for firewood for campers, turning a problem into a resource.

The council voted unanimously to allow the Patriot Rally with the understanding that the city could provide the venue but no funds. The council also expressed the hope that this could become a yearly event.

Facility request

Resident Michele Hajek approached the council about using the school gym to set up a Bountiful Baskets co-op. She would pick up the food two times a month and use the gym as a distribution point for the people who had bought baskets.

The food would not be stored there and any baskets not picked up are donated to local food banks.

Council member Joe Zinn said he is for anything that puts the school building to a good, public use.

The council voted unanimously to allow her the use of the gym with Mayor Troy Madron Sr. as contact person, since he has the keys to the building.

Water provider

It was reported that Joe Kossman bought the Kitchen?master building across from Al?s Cafe and is supplying water to four houses besides his own. There were some issues with repairs to the water lines and he asked about the legalities of his rights and duties.

Buckland-Rohloff told Kossman neither the council nor the city has anything to do with private agreements to supply water, and that he really needed to consult an attorney and have a written agreement.

Zinn said the Kansas Department of Health and Environment would be the state agency to contact, and that he would try to get some names and numbers for Kossman.

New city clerk

Resident Dawn Chizek approached the council about becoming the city clerk. She had just moved to town and although not new to the area, thought this would be a good way to become familiar with and involved in the community.

Chizek was hired with a 5-0 vote.

As mayor, Madron said he would notify the county clerk and that Chizek would need to be sworn in at the county courthouse before she could assume her duties.

Assistant City Clerk Shelly Wirtz, who had been acting city clerk, has the stamp for the city seal. Council member Jessica Moenning said later that a second seal should be purchased for Chizek since Shelly Wirtz is still the assistant city clerk.

Other business

Frank Wirtz said he has seen a lot of children playing on the old school playground and equipment since the weather has turned nice. He said it?s not always in a safe manner. He advised that ?Not Responsible For Accidents? signs be put up on the school grounds.

Buckland-Rohloff said she hadn?t had time to locate the affidavit from the newspaper regarding the street name changes ordinance. The county requires the ordinance before it can be filed, but the ordinance is still valid without it. Council member Connie Jenkins agreed to try to locate it.

The state-mandated voting law changes were tabled until next month.

The council voted to pay the bills, including reimbursing Brett Hajek for expenses incurred in the volunteer cleanup work he did.

Prior to the meeting, The tornado siren was successfully tested for three minutes at 6:30 p.m. The test also reminds people that there is a town meeting at the old grade school.

In addition to the mayor, five council members, treasurer and assistant town clerk, the meeting was attended by seven other adults, which is a large turnout for Lost Springs. All had questions and requests for the council.

Article submitted by Joyce Buckland-Rohloff.

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