Archive for Thursday, January 20, 2005

Council to recognize officer, corporations for civic contributions

January 20, 2005, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: January 20, 2005, 9:24 a.m.

Two recognition ceremonies and the city's plans for spending money from a possible extension of the countywide sales tax will take center stage at tonight's meeting of the Lansing City Council.

The city will recognize contributors to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, which this spring will mark its 14th year of instruction to Lansing Intermediate School fifth-graders. Contribu-tors include Hallmark Cards, Wal-Mart, Main Street Auto Body and Tow, Rusty Eck Ford and Firestone.

The council also will honor the city's "Employee of the Quarter," Sgt. Tony Waterman of the Lansing Police Department.

In a memo to the mayor and council members, City Administrator Mike Smith said Waterman was nominated for the award for his work in apprehending the suspect in last month's robbery and assault at the Wood Oil Citgo.

"Sergeant Waterman's training, attention to detail and motivation to catch this suspect have brought praise to both the Police Department and himself," Smith wrote.

The council also is expected to make formal its pledge for how the city would spend receipts from its share of Leavenworth County's 1-cent sales tax if voters renew the tax in April.

A charter ordinance to be considered lays out seven areas for spending the money: Expansion of city hall with a library; improvements to Gilman Road, from Kansas Highway 7 to De Soto Road; improvements on De Soto Road from Ida Street to Eisenhower Road; improvements on De Soto Road from 4-H Road to Ida Street; city park improvements; expenditures to assist with economic growth and development; infrastructure.

The council meets at 7 p.m. today in its chambers at City Hall, 800 First Terrace.

Here's the agenda:

Consent calendar

Consider minutes of the Jan. 6 council meeting.

Regular agenda

Audience participation

Recognize the city's Employee of the Quarter.

Recognize corporate contributors to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

Consider a charter ordinance concerning renewal of the countywide sales tax.

Hear reports from city staff and accept monthly reports from city departments.

¢ Suspect in robbery bound over for trial. Page 3A

¢ Officials begin push for sales tax renewal. Page 3A

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