Archive for Thursday, August 18, 2005

Council to continue work on museum

August 18, 2005

Efforts toward bringing the Kansas Regional Prisons Museum to fruition continue this week with the appointment of members to a board of directors.

Lansing City Council will be asked at its meeting tonight, Aug. 18, to approve the appointment of 11 community members to the newly forming board.

The board will be charged with, among other tasks, developing a business plan for the museum, which is envisioned on land just west of the Lansing Correctional Facility and north of the existing Lansing Historical Museum.

"Basically, this is going to be the board that takes the work the staff has done and furthers the plans to make the Kansas Regional Prisons Museum a reality," said Shanae Randolph, director of Lansing's Economic Development/Convention and Visitors Bureau.

In recommending the initial members of the board, Randolph said she was looking for a broad range of experience with museums, historical societies, prisons, business, fund-raising or grant writing.

"We feel that all the people our staff is recommending will be a wonderful asset," Randolph said. "They all have their own areas of expertise."

Those recommended for appointment to the board are:

¢ Mayor Kenneth Bernard

¢ Council member Robert Ulin

¢ Leonard Lockwood, a Lansing Historical Society board member and retired employee of the U.S. Penitentiary

¢ Sara Huffman, a Lansing Historical Society board member

¢ Jerry Reilly, chairperson of Reilly & Sons and president of Reilly Homes

¢ Bill Johnson, architect and member of the Leavenworth County Historical Society

¢ Kenny Wilk, Kansas state representative

¢ Harley Russell, vice president, MidAmerican Bank & Trust Co.

¢ Jeremy Greenamyre, vice president, Development Inc. and Greenamyre Rentals

¢ David McKune, warden, Lansing Correctional Facility

¢ Fredrick Lawrence, warden, Corrections Corporation of America - Leavenworth Detention Center

Ex-officio members to the board will be Randolph and Lorraine Gluch, economic development/CVB assistant, plus the to-be hired site supervisor of the Lansing Historical Museum.

Randolph said if the council approved the board at tonight's meeting, she would like for it to get right to work.

"Now with the council approving the budget for 2006, we want to get moving on this," she said.

The council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 800 First Terrace. Here's tonight's agenda:

Consent agenda

¢ Consider minutes from the Aug. 4 council meeting,

Regular agenda:

¢ Hear a request from COG Transmission to locate a gas line in an 800-foot stretch of public right of way on McIntyre Road. Company representative Jeff Ogden in July had told the council COG had received easements to build a new, 3.5-mile pipeline, except for the 800-foot stretch on McIntyre. Council members at the time tabled the request for further investigation by the city's legal and public works staff.

¢ Consider appointments to the Kansas Regional Prisons board of directors.

¢ Conduct a public hearing and consider a resolution to apply for a 2006 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant. The city is seeking $400,000 for housing rehabilitation on the city's northeast side.

¢ Consider a request for an exception to the side-yard setback rules for a fence at 691 Creekside Place.

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