Archive for Thursday, February 2, 2006

Town Hall meeting to address speeding problems

February 2, 2006

The Lansing City Council will plan a town-hall meeting to discuss with residents the problem of speeding in the city's residential areas.

The forum, which is as-yet unscheduled, was the result of a discussion at the end of the council's meeting Thursday night.

City Councilman Harland Russell told his colleagues of a high level of calls from constituents complaining about speeding. He noted his past interest in forming a citizens committee to explore "passive" speed reducers, such as roundabouts, as an alternative to increased police enforcement.

Though his call gained some support on the council, others were hesitant.

When Mayor Kenneth Bernard proposed the idea of a town-hall meeting to address the issue, Russell quickly bought into the idea, as did other council members.

Bernard said he would get together with city staff to plan and schedule the meeting.

In other action Thursday, the council:

¢ Heard a presentation from Rick Huhn, chief of the Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1, about the department's volunteers, equipment, past history and future goals.

¢ Tabled for further study a request by The Lansing Current to become the city's official newspaper.

¢ Unanimously approved the purchase of specialty lab equipment from Fisher Scientific for $19,762 and HACH Co. for $8,345.

¢ Unanimously approved the purchase of a biosolids application trailer from Flenties, Sabetha, for $16,900.

¢ Unanimously approved the purchase of a mid-size pickup truck for the city's Public Works Department from Rusty Eck Ford, Leavenworth, for $19,895.

¢ Approved 6-1, with Council member Don Studnicka dissenting, directing the mayor to proceed with a plan to hire a project liaison who would handle inquiries from the council and public during the entirety of the Main Street System Enhancement Project.

¢ Met in executive session for 10 minutes to meet with their lawyer on a matter of attorney-client privilege. No announced action was taken as a result of the private session.

For more coverage from Thursday's meeting, pick up the Feb. 9 issue of The Current.

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