City cuts funding for public swim lessons

LYNDON—Summer staffing was an item of discussion at the Lyndon City Council meeting, Monday. Deciding a set number of staff to hire wasn’t a simple task before determining one major outcome: would the city continue to pay for swim lessons?

“The recreation commission is taking over the swim team for us and that’s good, but not swim lessons,” said Brandon Smith, mayor. “The rec. commission is voicing that they want to give $1,000 toward us doing it.”

“How much do the swim lessons cost us?” asked Laura Moore, council member.

Water line bids approved, enforcement awaits officer

MELVERN—The Melvern City Council approved bidding for needed repairs to a water line in the alley west of Main Street between Emporia and Hollman streets. The line was rebid after last months bids didn’t match specifications.

“I think we’re coming to comparing,” said Melvern Mayor Nancy Alley.

The council approved a bid for $28,944 from Lacey Backhoe, Inc., the lower of two bids. The council later discussed concerns with the laying of the line, due to possible corrosive elements as well as the large amount of utilities buried in the right of way.

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Relay For Life meeting planned

Plans are getting underway for this year’s Relay For Life of Osage County at the kickoff meeting 6:30 p.m. May 13 at Community Covenant Church, 224 N. Topeka Ave., Osage City.

Volunteers are encouraged to attend and help plan this year’s event which will held at a new location 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at Osage City High School track.

For more information, contact the Relay For Life Chair, Julie Trout 785-608-8732.

Hunter injured in accidental shooting

On May 3, 2014, at 0707, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center received a 911 call of a hunting accident in the 20100 block of S. Shawnee Heights Rd. Overbrook Fire Department, Osage EMS and Osage County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.

Deputies found Justin Smith, 28 year old, of Ottawa with a gunshot wound to his right foot. Upon investigation, it was determined to be an accidental shooting.

Smith was transported to a Topeka hospital with none life threatening injures.

Resurfacing project paves way for one lane traffic

Weather permitting, Monday, May 5, a resurfacing project will begin on a 1.9-mile stretch of U.S. 75 from the K-68 junction north through the city of Lyndon to the K-31/K-268 junction in Osage County. Project work includes milling away of 2-inches of existing pavement followed by the application of a hot mix asphalt 2-inch overlay on all existing asphalt mainline lanes, application of a hot mix asphalt 2-inch overlay on all existing concrete mainline lanes/shoulders, all new pavement markings and a chip seal application on both asphalt shoulders.

Detour set for roundabout construction

Monday, May 5, after morning rush hour, traffic on northbound and southbound U.S. 75 and on eastbound and westbound K-31/K-268 will be detoured onto asphalt shooflies around the existing at-grade intersection as work will begin on the new intersection roundabout. See an attached map for the location of the two shoofly detour routes.

Osage County communities to attend Kansas Sampler this weekend

WAMEGO—Cities in Osage County, as well as cities throughout the state of Kansas will be represented at this year’s Kansas Sampler Festival, May 3 and 4 in Wamego.

The festival is set for 10 a.m.–5 p.m. May 3 and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. May 4 at Wamego City Park.

Stephanie Watson, county economic development director, encouraged cities throughout the county to attend.

“I’ve always participated and taken a booth to promote the county, but I saw one of the booths with other communities and thought it would be neat to get our communities involved,” said Watson.

Local departments respond to house fire

At approximately 1:41 p.m., the Burlingame, Carbondale and Auburn fire departments responded to a house fire at 5824 W. 117th St., Burlingame.

No one was home at the time of the fire, no injuries have been reported and the residence appears to be a total loss.

Osage EMS and Red Cross also assisted.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas State Fire Marshal are investigating the fire.

As of 4:30 p.m., fire departments and law enforcement were still on the scene.

Sewer rate to begin increasing in August

OSAGE CITY—After a second viewing, the Osage City Council approved new sewer rates at the April 22 regular meeting.

Ordinance 1577 set the base sewer rate at $9.37 per month for all users, with a fee of $3.24/1,000 gallon of water used for residential customers and $3.71/1,000 gallons for commercial and industrial users, as of April 15, 2014.



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