Goessel City Council discusses its Main Street

The Goessel city council met on September 21 and talked with Brian Foster of BG Consultants about Main Street. The council spent nearly an hour discussing various options for a Main Street project and decided to try for a grant from Kansas Department of Transportation. If Goessel’s street project is selected for the grant that KDOT is offering to cities for street projects, KDOT would pay 85 percent of the construction costs.

City Clerk Jennifer Bliss explained that KDOT would reimburse the city after the costs have been submitted. Therefore, the city has to sell notes in order to fund the project first.

As part of that process, the council was required to pass an ordinance designating Main Street as a main trafficway within the city of Goessel. The council was also required to pass a resolution authorizing the improvement of the main trafficway. Bliss explained that the resolution allows the city to finance the project if a KDOT grant is awarded. The resolution allows the city to issue bonds as temporary financing. The council passed both the ordinance and the resolution.

A Community Development Block Grant was also mentioned. Rose Mary Saunders of Ranson Citycode Financial would help with a required door-to-door survey. There would be a cost for her service.

If Goessel does not receive a grant, then the council could consider a chip and seal Main Street project through the county.

The Main Street discussion included water lines that run under the infrastructure and the need for concrete aprons. Public works director Karen Dalke estimated that this work on the water lines could cost over $200,000. She also talked about valves that need to be replaced. Mayor Dave Schrag mentioned that some time ago, the water had to be shut off 10 minutes before a high school ball game. “We didn’t have a choice,” he said. Council member Evan Esau agreed that the issue needs to be fixed. “We’ve got to start somewhere,” he said.

Turning their attention to another matter, the council discussed Halloween, noting that October 31 is on a Saturday this year. Schrag and the council caution the community to please be careful with trick-or-treating, and use coronavirus precautions. They are asking the public to use social distancing at the door, wear a mask, and use prepackaged treats instead of home-made treats.

In other business, the council:

* decided it would not be wise to follow the president’s suggestion of deferring payroll taxes. The council agreed that it would be financially better to continue paying the six percent payroll tax, rather than deferring payroll taxes until January and February and paying 12.8 percent then.

* heard that Dalke wished to thank the county for the sand on State Street.

* heard the police report from policeman Anthony Voth. He said the police had issued seven citations, two warrant arrests, worked on animal registration violations and dealt with a juvenile party.

* heard that the city had contacted city attorney Susan Robson about code violations.

* heard that Kansas Department of Health and Environment had determined that the dumping area behind the station needs to be cleaned up.

* heard from Dalke and Schrag about repairs that have been done at the water well and repairs that need to be done at the lift station.

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