Goessel City Council encourages census count

The Goessel city council met on March 16 and heard from city clerk Jennifer Bliss that it is important for city residents to fill out the census form and send it in. She said the census affects how much grant money the city can receive.
Turning their attention to another matter, the council mentioned the Coronavirus situation. The council will monitor the situation and make decisions accordingly.
The city is asking residents to take precautions, to prepare for what might come to ensure each household’s health and well-being, and that of the community. The council encourages the practice of “social distancing.” Individuals are encouraged to take precautions to avoid the spread of infection, such as washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if experiencing symptoms.
At this time, business at the city building will be done only through the window, dropbox, or by phone. Payments can also be made on-line at goesselks.com. The community room is closed until further notice, and the restrooms at the park will remain closed.
In other business, the council:
* set July 11 as the date for the city-wide garage sale and July 18 as the clean-up day.
* heard a report about the sewer project. Public works director Karen Dalke said the relining part of the project is about 50% finished. It is necessary to keep the sewer contractor trucks running where the crew is doing the relining work. The crew is always nearby when the trucks are running.
* heard that there is still sewer work to do at the lagoon and the lift station. Some taps need to be finished.
* noted that the sewer contractor will clean up the dirt where some had been dumped because of the sewer project.
* talked about maintaining State Street. Dalke said the county owns the west half of that street.
* granted permission to the school to burn the nature area. This is done every year.
* heard that Dalke had fixed a water leak.
* heard the police report from Anthony Voth. He said there have been some minor traffic violations, and one speeding ticket was issued.
* discussed the dog ordinance, specifically the “dog at large” section.
* discussed a cell tower that an individual is planning to erect right outside of city limits. It is not a city project, and the city has nothing to do with it.
* noted that there are no updates about recycling. Mayor Dave Schrag told the council that when county recycling is available, it costs $80 to bring a recycling container to Goessel and take it back when it is full.
* noted that Goessel’s trash goes to Wichita.
* talked about a yard where some trees have fallen down. The council noted that although the house on that yard is uninhabited, the structure of the house is fine.
* also discussed another building in town. The roof and rafters need to be replaced.
* heard that Bliss is waiting for information about play equipment. The council would like to install equipment at the city park for young children.
* discussed planning and zoning.