By J.R. SPARKE
HERINGTON—Herington will be among the incorporated cities in Dickinson County participating later this month in a fall clean-up week sponsored by the county’s Department of Environmental Services.
On Tuesday, Herington City Commission members voted unanimously to set Monday, Sept. 23, through Friday, Sept. 27, as a city-wide clean-up week in conjunction with the county’s plan to allow residents of Herington, Hope, Woodbine, Abilene, Chapman, Enterprise, Manchester and Solomon to utilize the county transfer station at no charge during those days.
City Manager Ron Strickland recommended participation, although such participation is expected to cost the city between $6,000 and $7,000 due to the manpower provided by city workers to collect items locally.
It has been two years since the county has offered to provide the service.
In a letter to city officials in the previously-mentioned communities, Director of Environmental Service Randy Barten said general household trash and garbage, furniture and other miscellaneous items will be accepted, including metal, tree limbs and brush, household hazardous waste and electronic waste. Only small amounts of construction waste will be accepted, he added.
Tires will be accepted at the regular rate of $2 per car tire, $7 per truck tire and up to $15 for tractor and semi-truck tires. Tires mounted on rims also will be accepted for double the tire-only rates.
In another matter, Mayor Robbin Bell directed city staff members to review the covenants established for the Logan Pointe residential housing sub-division by Iron Horse Development LLC. The city has obtained ownership of the majority of the vacant lots in the sub-division through quit-claim deeds in an agreement with IHD managing partner Ross Boelling of Tonganoxie and other investors who were unsuccessful in their attempts to make the project financially successful.
Covenants, in this case, are rules pertaining to design of homes, landscaping and several other factors that are designed to set standards in the sub-division.
Strickland said the intent in reviewing the covenants is to ensure none were too restrictive and impede sale and development of the lots.
City Attorney Brad Jantz said a homeowners’ association could be formed after the covenants are finalized for future governance of the sub-division.
In response to a question from Mayor Bell, Strickland said he is planning to have new signage posted regarding the availability of Logan Pointe lots and commercial property lots in Herington.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Strickland said the Kansas Department of Labor had recently conducted a safety hazard inspection of city facilities. He noted the minor problems cited were addressed by city staff. A letter detailing the work done was sent to the KDOL and letter was received back from the KDOL noted the matter is consider completed.
The city manager said he and Chuck Jarnot have been busy preparing HUFF (Herington Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight Facility) literature for an upcoming meeting at Manhattan in October. Strickland also noted he and Jarnot, who has been a unmanned aerial vehicle consultant to the city for several years, will be traveling next week to make a presentation to the St. Louis (Mo.) Police Department.
In response to a question from Commissioner Fred Olsen, Strickland said he had been attending meetings of the Herington Municipal Hospital Board of Trustees. He said the group had been working with an attorney regarding establishment of a hospital district. Town hall meetings are scheduled Sept. 10 in Herington, Sept. 17 in Hope and Sept. 23 in Woodbine.
The city manager said he didn’t believe there was a need at this time for “face-to-face” talks between the commission and hospital board.
Resignations were accepted from Linda Polston, a member of the Library Board, and Lanett Frazier, a member of the Herington Housing Authority Board of Directors. Polston said she had accepted a leader position with the Weight Watchers organization and will be unable to attend board meetings due to schedule conflicts. Frazier said she is planning to move from Herington.
On a 4-1 vote, Karolyn Schlesener was appointed to fill the remainder of Polston’s term, which will expire April 1, 2017. Schlesener was the only applicant. Commissioner D.J. Neuberger cast the “no” vote. He suggested the vacancy be advertised to give other persons the opportunity to apply. The mayor and other commissioners noted it had been widely publicized that interested persons could apply for posts on the Library Board.
Ralph DeZago received unanimous approval to fill Frazier’s seat of the HHA board until the term expires Dec. 31, 2016. Marella Diane Barton also had submitted application. Rick Freeman withdrew his application at Tuesday’s meeting.
LeRoy Gentz was appointed on a 5-0 vote to serve on the Hilltop Advisory Board until March 20, 2015. He was the only applicant.
On a 4-1 vote, Nancy Hatterman was reappointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Her term is to expire Oct. 24, 2016. Commissioner Neuberger cast the “no” vote. After the meeting, he said he objected to Hatterman saying “I have none” when replying to a question on the application asking about goals for the BZA during the coming year. She was the only applicant.
In a matter related to the Housing Authority, Executive Director Debbie Goembel said the board is submitting an application for designation as Rental Assistant Demonstration, which in turn result in the dropping of public housing designation. The Golden Age Homes would not be affected.
Goembel said the action was in response to sequestration, which has cut funding to the local public housing projects.
An application for a cereal malt beverage license for Staab Management Company, the new owner of the Herington Pizza Hut, was approved.
A resolution to allow the sale, possession and consumption of alcoholic inside a fenced area at Tripp Field during the upcoming Rails ‘N Trails was unanimously rejected. However, the rejection came after it was noted the dates and times stated in the resolution were incorrect. City Clerk Debbie Wendt said the information had been taken directly from a request made by Curtis McBride, owner of the Blockhouse Bar in Herington.
Mayor Bell said the matter would be reconsidered at the commission’s next regular meeting on Sept. 17, after McBride is contacted and allowed to make the needed changes in his request.
As Tuesday’s meeting came to a close, Mayor Bell directed Strickland to have information available to commission at the Sept. 17 session regarding a public address system for use during commission meetings.
“It’s been long enough,” the mayor said of the time during which the matter had been considered.