Archive for Thursday, February 9, 2006

Mayor to plan town-hall forum on speeding

February 9, 2006

Lansing Mayor Kenneth Bernard 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 City Council's meeting Thursday night.

Council member Harland Russell told his colleagues speeding one of the top concerns of his constituents.

"I don't know about anybody else, but I get a lot of calls about this issue," Russell said.

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 for a citizens study group gained some support on the council, others were hesitant.

When the discussion appeared to be going nowhere, Russell said he hoped he wouldn't have to call one of his constituents back and tell them the council was uninterested in addressing the problem.

Shortly afterward, Bernard proposed the idea of a town-hall meeting to address the issue.

"What about me putting together a town-hall meeting?" Bernard asked. "We could have everybody meet in one big meeting, discuss it, see what the ideas people can come up with, see what ideas we can come up with, trade dialogue back and forth and see what comes out of it.

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, 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. David Thompson, publisher of the Leavenworth Times and Lansing Chronicle Times, gave a presentation advocating that one of those papers get the designation.

¢ 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 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.

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