Archive for Thursday, September 28, 2006

Council OKs purchase of telescopic forklift

September 28, 2006

Lansing's Wastewater Treatment Plant will soon purchase a telescopic forklift that will streamline maintenance to its own facilities and might just boost the quality of life for Lansing residents too.

Tony Zell, wastewater utility director, said the machine reaches much higher than a standard forklift and will facilitate work on elevated equipment at the wastewater plant and enable easier lifting of materials.

The Lansing City Council unanimously approved the purchase at its Thursday, Sept. 21, meeting.

Zell said it was a versatile machine.

"There's a myriad of things we can use this thing for," Zell said. "You name it, we can do it."

One of the most convenient uses for the machine is its ability to lift workers to places otherwise accessible only by ladder.

"This will allow us to place all that stuff right there and have a guy work right there out of the box," Zell said.

And Zell thinks this capability could be useful for other city departments. It could help hang banners, plant elevated flowers or even hang Christmas lights, he said. It can also plow snow.

The $78,000 machine will be purchased through a two-year lease.

Also Sept. 21, the council approved ordinances incorporating changes in state law into the city code. The changes address such issues as concealed carry, cruelty to animals and violation of a protective order, as well as new regulations regarding the use of seat belts and booster seats for children.

The new provisions state that children must ride in a vehicle booster seat until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall, 80 pounds or 8 years old.

In other action, the council:

¢ Approved, 6-0, with Council member Dave Trinkle abstaining and Council member Ken Ketchum absent, minutes from the Sept. 7 regular meeting.

¢ Heard a briefing on the fall youth sports programs from Jason Crum, director of Lansing Parks and Recreation.

¢ Approved, 6-1, with Council member Harland Russell opposed, authorization of purchases and work related to the construction of a salt storage structure for the Public Works Department. Russell expressed concern that the appearance of the structure might decrease the desirability of nearby business space along Main Street.

¢ Approved, 7-0, an ordinance amending the city code to allow consumption of alcoholic beverages for these city events: Autumn in the Grove, Lansing DAZE, and Brew, Blues & Bar-B-Q Cookoff.

¢ Approved, 7-0, an ordinance adopting the 2006 Uniform Public Offense Code for Kansas cities.

¢ Approved, 7-0, an ordinance adopting the 2006 Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities.

¢ Approved, 7-0, a resolution scheduling a public hearing for the Bittersweet Street project for 7 p.m., Oct. 19.

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