Goessel City Council discusses recycling

The Goessel city council met on Feb 18 and discussed recycling issues. County commissioner Jonah Gehring was at the meeting to discuss the situation with the council. Marion County had been taking recyclables to a site at Fort Riley, but that site can no longer accept recyclables from Marion County.

Therefore, Marion County is no longer placing recycling bins in cities in the county at the present time. However, individuals can take their recycling products to the Marion County transfer station in Marion on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., beginning with Feb 28. Residents are reminded to make sure that only clean recyclable material is included.

The county is currently paying a tipping fee to take the recyclables to the recycle center in South Hutchinson.

If residents have questions, they are encouraged to call the Marion County transfer station or the Goessel city office.

On a different matter, a community meeting had been held on Jan 21 to discuss the findings of the First Impressions project. The First Impressions initiative pairs towns of a similar size. Representatives of the towns visit each other and note their first impressions. Goessel was paired with Burden, Kansas. Burden is about an hour and a half drive away from Goessel. Four visitors from Burden visited Goessel in the fall.

Visitors noted that the city’s web site is informative; they checked the web site before visiting, and they noted the city’s welcome signs.

The Mennonite Heritage Museum and Threshing Days, Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, and Goessel Mennonite Church were mentioned in the report. The grocery store was noted, as well as Bethesda Home, the city building, the city park, and the schools.

The visitors had read statistics supporting the good quality of the schools. One of the visitors noted that the school buildings are nice, and as a parent, that person would feel safe sending students to school here. They noted the solar panels at the elementary school that gives a sense of being progressive.

The visitors noted well-maintained homes that appeal to a variety of incomes. The need for child care was noted.

Visitors mentioned the helpful city clerk and public works director. They noted the fire department buildings and the city library. They were impressed with the numerous services and activities available at the library, especially for a city the size of Goessel.

One visitor commented, “People are friendly and take pride in their homes and businesses.” One included the comment, “I loved the community.”

In other business, the council:

* heard that Bike Across Kansas bikers will stop in Goessel for lunch on June 10. Approximately 1,000 bikers are expected that day.

* discussed community concerns about a proposed cell phone tower close to town.

* discussed a city-wide garage sale date and a date for a city-wide clean-up day.

* heard that the security cameras that were installed recently are in use.

* noted a sewer issue that had been fixed.

* heard about fire hydrants that public works director Karen Dalke is replacing. She was planning to go to Salina to get some hydrants.

* heard a comment from mayor Dave Schrag that the “streets look good.”

* heard the police report from Anthony Voth about a speeding ticket and warnings. Voth also said that Aaron Christner had walked through the schools to become familiar with the buildings. Christner has been hired as an additional part-time police officer for the city.

* briefly discussed the Sunflower apartments and ownership of the land and buildings.

* passed the Generally Acceptable Accounting Principles waiver, which is an annual formality.

* voted to pay the bills in the amount of $51,909.09