USD 421 board jumps on OSHA suggestions

BURLINGAME — The USD 454 Board of Education discussed adjustments that must be made following a recent visit from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, when they met in regular session Jan. 11.

“A representative of OSHA came in during the Christmas break,” said Allen Konicek, superintendent. “It wasn’t a bad report.”

“We have not received the final report yet, but we do know some areas that he told us about that we’re going to need adjustments.”

USD 421 counselor presents duties to board

LYNDON — Dani Criqui, elementary and middle school counselor, provided information to the USD 421 Board of Education during the Jan. 11 regular meeting about what services she provides.

“I know that there have been a lot of changes to school counseling,” Criqui said. “I thought this would be a good opportunity to share.”

Criqui provided the board with the state standards that she uses.

USD 434 tables changing facility use agreements

CARBONDALE—A full house of around 30 parents and elementary-age children packed the USD 434 Board of Education chambers at its Jan. 11 meeting to discuss the memorandums of understanding (MOU) relating to club baseball and softball teams that use district facilities.

The board began discussion during its December meeting, and prepared new facility use agreements for consideration last week. The drafts proposed a fee for private teams using the facilities, but did not reach discussion.

Sheriff discusses planned vehicle purchases

LYNDON—Laurie Dunn, Osage County sheriff, and Jeff Johnson, undersheriff, discussed several options for vehicle purchases with the Osage County Board of Commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday morning.

“How many vehicles are we talking about purchasing?” asked Gaylord Anderson, commissioner.

“Anywhere from six to eight,” said Johnson. “That doesn’t include jail or lake patrol. Two of those are supposed to go to investigators. We’re looking at options, whether we go state or brand new.”

City signs off on recreation project

CARBODNALE—The Carbondale City Council approved substantial completion and payment of final requests for the $314,000 recreation project for installation of playground equipment, bathrooms and sidewalk at City Park.

During its Jan. 16 meeting, the council hosted Patrick Cox, BG Consultants, and Garrett Nordstrom, Governmental Assistance Services, for discussion of the final checklist of items related to completion of the project.

Billie L. Nedeau

October 14, 1944 – January 17, 2017

Osage City – Billie L. Nedeau, 72, passed away Jan. 17, 2017 at the Midland Hospice House in Topeka, Kansas. She was born on Oct. 14, 1944 in Kingman, Kansas the daughter of Harold and Rosalia Smith O'Leary.

Billie had lived around the country as an Air Force wife and had been in Topeka for a several years before moving east of Osage City in 1989.

Osage City beings installing remotely read meters

OSAGE CITY—The central business district will be the first part of Osage City to be converted to new water, gas and electric meters. The meters will allow for drive-by reading, reducing the number of city employees required to read meters each month.

“We’re starting downtown, taking care of downtown first,” said Joey Lamond, utilities manager. “Kind of got them set up the way the guys are reading meters.”

Boy Scouts to host outdoor event this weekend

Jayhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America will host the Klondike Derby Jan. 20-22 at Pomona Lake, 110 Mile Park. This year's Theme is Call of the Wild, based on the book by Novelist Jack London.

New this year, will be a Klondike Village with Mountain Man displays of period tools and skills, plus an Native American Indian Tee Pee and artifacts with a real Buffalo Hide.

Burlingame Winter Royalty rescheduled for Jan. 19

The threat of icy conditions, and school closings for many opponents, led to the cancelling of area sporting events last weekend.

Burlingame High School was scheduled to host Olpe Jan. 13 for its Winter Royalty basketball games. The games have been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19.

Marais des Cygnes Valley’s basketball games at Lebo have also been reschedule for tonight.

Osage City basketball games at Lyndon have been postponed to Jan. 24.

Worst of ice storms skip over area

Osage County was spared the worst of a forecasted ice storm with the potential to drop as much as an inch of freezing rain in parts of Kansas. The storm passed through Jan. 13 to 16, but left only a glazing in some parts of the area.

“The conditions were in place for a prolonged period of freezing rain over the area, with a shallow arctic air mass over the state, and warm moist are above it,” said a report from the National Weather Service in Topeka. “There were a couple reasons for lower amounts of ice than were forecast.”

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