Goessel City Council hears of door-to-door salesman

The Goessel city council met on May 18 and heard about a door-to-door roofing company salesman who had been in town after the recent hail storm. He does not have a permit from the city; he does not have permission to go door-to-door. Residents should be aware that door-to-door salespeople are required to have a permit. But due to Coronavirus concerns, no permits are being issued at this time.

Turning their attention to another matter, the council discussed at length the sewer project. The council approved an August 1 completion date at a previous meeting.

An issue with the holding tank was discovered when it was drained to install the new lift station. That has been fixed. A change order approved funding for the holding tank, soil samples, and new manholes that were not in the original sewer project plans. City Clerk Jennifer Bliss explained that the city also has costs for engineering, legal, and administrative services. Therefore, the total cost of the project will be approximately $2,700,000.

The city has issued temporary bonds to cover the costs of the project. The city is also making use of a grant and low-interest loan.

In other business, the council:

* noted that the restrooms at the park are not open, due to the Coronavirus. However, play equipment has been opened up, but residents should be aware that the equipment is not sanitized. Those who use the park are reminded to maintain social distancing.

* made annual appointments. Jennifer Bliss will continue as city clerk/court clerk. Greg Nickel was reappointed as municipal judge. Susan Robson was recently appointed to the city attorney position. Courtney Demaray was appointed as the city treasurer. The council also appointed Jade O’Neill to the library board.

* discussed resurfacing Main Street. A special Zoom meeting had been held on April 30. In addition to the council, the meeting included Jason Hoskinson and Brian Foster of BG Consultants, Matt Voth of Fire District #2, Rose Mary Saunders and Crystal Hinnen of Ranson Financial Group. The Kansas Department of Transportation Cost Share Program pays 85 percent of construction costs, and the city is responsible for 15 percent. Concern was expressed about water lines and valves, culverts and ditches. Saunders talked about Community Development Block Grant funds that might be available.

* continued discussion of the Main Street issue at a second special meeting on May 7. The council discussed what specific options might be included in the project. The council is considering resurfacing Main Street, which would include intersection “apron” replacements and upgrading sidewalk ramps that cross Main Street so they would be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant.

* heard that public works director Karen Dalke had installed five culverts last year.

* spent quite a bit of time discussing the Harvest Meadows housing addition. The council was reminded that the developer had not paid “specials” and taxes for 10 years. Therefore, the city did not receive any payment for the infrastructure that was installed at city expense. “Specials” refers to special property tax assessments for streets, water, and sewer. The comment was made at the meeting that all the city’s tax-payers are paying for that Harvest Meadows cost. The city now owns the vacant Harvest Meadows lots. The council discussed ideas for advertising those lots.

* heard that Dalke had replaced the battery on the generator at the lift station at the Harvest Meadows development. She also replaced the battery in the city’s F250 truck.

* heard that a switch at the transfer station needs to be replaced. A malfunction would mean that the generator would not run and could cause problems. A replacement switch has been ordered and is on the way.

* heard that Dalke has been mowing and grading streets.

* heard from Dalke that a chlorine fan needed to be replaced.

* heard that residents had complained about stray cats. The city will look into the matter.

* heard the police report from Anthony Voth. He had heard complaints of gunshots out of town to the east and south. The police department had made some traffic stops and issued warnings.

* heard that the sewage ponds need to be drained, a process that will take approximately two weeks. After it is drained, the sludge will be applied to a field. This is a routine maintenance procedure and should be done every 10 years in order for the sewage ponds to operate efficiently.

* discussed a suggestion from council member Duane Adrian about a plan for cleaning ditches.