Archive for Thursday, July 13, 2006

Council interviews candidates; city starts Main St. program

July 13, 2006

Members of Lansing City Council have until July 20 to weigh the qualifications and responses of two candidates before casting a vote to fill Robert Ulin's seat.

Council members interviewed Janette Labbee-Holdeman and Ron Jacobson during a work session on Thursday, July 6. The council is expected to vote on Ulin's replacement at its next meeting.

The candidates responded to questions regarding such issues as their ability to collaborate with other council members and their ability to evaluate issues in an objective manner.

Both candidates had positive remarks about the council, and Jacobson in particular emphasized that he would like to be a part of the efforts already under way by the council.

"I really can't think of anything bad that you guys are doing," he said. "You're headed down the right road - I just want to travel it with you.

"I will always do what I believe is right for the city and the people of the city. I don't think that is hard."

Labbee-Holdeman affirmed the council of her commitment to an objective and comprehensive approach to finding solutions and complimented the hard work of the city staff.

"I do believe that the issues are the issues, and you cannot personalize the issues," she said. "Looking at the big picture is something that I am confident I am able to do."

Both Labbee-Holdeman and Jacobson are vying for a seat created by Ulin's June 1 resignation from the council.


At the regular council meeting on July 6, Main Street project liaison Ken Miller briefed the city on the status of the Main Street construction. He also unveiled a new approach to reducing the impact of the Main Street System Enhancement project on businesses along the thoroughfare.

Called the Main Street Savings Program, the plan is modeled after a strategy employed by other cities to encourage continued patronage at businesses affected by road construction.

As part of the program, which is free for businesses along Main Street, businesses can submit discounts and special promotions to the city, which will make the offers available through a page on the city Web site,

Businesses interested in participating should contact Miller via email to, fax to (913) 351-3618 or letter to Ken Miller, City of Lansing, 108 S. Second St., Suite 1, Lansing 66043.

In other business, the council:

¢ Approved, 6-0, with Council member Dave Trinkle Jr. abstaining, minutes from the June 22 regular meeting.

¢ Approved, 7-0, submission of a packet to the Kansas Department of Transportation finalizing the community development block grant.

¢ Heard Police Chief Steve Wayman present U.S. Army Maj. Nathan Bollinger with the Neighborhood Watch Award. Bollinger aided in the rescue of a 12-year-old boy being swept down a drainage ditch during a flash flood on June 5.

¢ Approved, 7-0, final plat and development plans for First National Bank.

¢ Approved, 7-0, an agreement with Consolidated Water District No. 1 regarding the relocation of the water line for the 146th Street project.


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