City Spring Newsletter 2012

The City of Lecompton was awarded a Community Development Block Grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce to rehabilitate Whitfield Street from Woodson to 7th Street. The project was completed November 2011. Thank you for your patience for the duration of the project, we hope you enjoy traveling the new roadway.

Additionally, because of the increased traffic on 7th street and increased wear and tear that was incurred during the Whitfield rehabilitation project, the City was allowed to use remaining grant dollars to resurface 7th street between Eisenhower and Whitfield. We hope you enjoy traveling along the new roadways!

The City of Lecompton now owns the old high school building at 620 E. Woodson. Currently it is sitting vacant. A committee has been formed and they are researching ideas for what to do with the building, if you have an idea you would like to submit please contact lead committee member Elsie Middleton, if you are interested in viewing the building you may also contact Elsie at 785-887-6317or Lecompton City Hall 785-887-6407 or come to a City Council Meeting.

Make a few dollars off those unused items and join in our City-wide garage sales, held the weekend of June 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Beginning at 6:00 A.M. June 9th, 2011
Lecompton will be holding a bulk trash pick up on Saturday, June 9th. Place any large items or bulk trash out by your curb by 6:00 A.M. and S.M. Ball Waste Disposal will be making a special pick up that day. Remember this while doing your spring cleaning to get rid of some larger items and help keep our City clean!

Tires must be to the curb by 6:00 A.M. MONDAY June 11, 2011
The City will be accepting tires to be picked up for recycling. There will be a LIMIT OF 4 car and/or light truck tires collected per household and the tires must be OFF the rim. If you have more than 4 car and/or light truck tires you would like to have picked up, OR if you have tires other than those for cars or light trucks, you will need to contact the City Office for instructions. The phone number for the City Office is 785-887-6407.

• is fast approaching, and so is mowing season. Please remember that while mowing your property, it is also your responsibility to keep the ditch mowed (at a maximum height of 12 inches). Help keep our City beautiful!!

June 22 and 23, 2011
Please join the community in celebrating Lecompton’s history by attending Lecompton Territorial Days! There are activities for all ages! It is a great way to meet members of our community and learn more about our great City!

There are recycle bins located on 328 Clark Street. The bins hold #1 and #2 plastic, (including milk jugs, coke bottles and laundry detergent bottles), tin and aluminum cans, and clear glass. PLEASE RINSE ALL CONTAINERS.

There is also a newspaper/cardboard (office paper, magazines, etc.) recycle bin in the Deffenbaugh dumpster located north of the City garage at Boone Street and Woodson Avenue and at LES. (Please remember to break down your boxes! Thank You!)

The Lecompton City Council meetings are held at the City Office and begin at 7:00 P.M. the first and third Monday of every month. In the event this would fall on a holiday, the meeting would take place on the next business day.
City Mayor: Mark Tunstall
Council Members: Tim McNish Jimmy Wilkins
Elsie Middleton Susie Hackathorn Mary Jane Hoffer
You are encouraged to attend any and all meetings. Attending the Council meetings will keep you informed of what is happening in your City! If you wish to address the council, please call the city office, 887-6407 to be placed on the agenda.

To review City Council Meeting Minutes or view the agenda online please visit

The Lecompton Planning Commission meetings are held at the City Office and begin at 7:00 P.M. the second Monday of every quarter. In the event this would fall on a holiday, it would take place the next business day. There are also special meetings called when necessary.
Chairperson: Jeff Robertson
Members: Betty Corel Kathy Paslay
Brenda Hastert Amber Nickel

Our Lecompton Township meets the second Monday of every month at 4:00 P.M. The meetings are held at 632 N. 1851 Diagonal Road.
Trustee: Jay L. Robertson
Treasurer: Bill Leslie
Clerk: Mike Stewart

President: Bob Weeks (785) 887-6305
Treasurer: Sherri Neill (785) 887-6155
Members: Paul Bahnmaier
Melvin Dark
Greg Howard
Please contact Bob Weeks or Sherri Neill for more information or with any questions.
If you would like to be on the Cemetery Board, please call Bob Weeks.

Policy Statement
Due to the increasing challenge of maintaining the beauty and uniformity of this sacred space along with the increasing cost and maintenance time required, the following guidelines have been adopted by the board.

Artificial flowers are encouraged year round when placed at tombstones. An exception will be made for Memorial Day. However, the flowers must be limited to the tombstone area by 10 days following Memorial Day.

Permanent plantings with thorns and large mature bushes are not allowed.

Above ground tombstones are permitted. No other above-ground statuary is permitted unless it is at the headstone.

All non-complying plantings and statuary need to be removed in a timely manner.

These guidelines have been adopted in order to be fair to everyone. We would appreciate your cooperation before the mowing season begins. Thank you.

The new water plant and new water tower are now producing improved water and water quality for your home! We hope you have better pressure and better quality/tasting water. Remember to flush/clean water filters and water screens within your sinks, shower heads, etc. It is still very important to watch for ways you can conserve your water usage.

 Check for leaks in faucets and pipes. A small drip from a worn out faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day!
 Check toilets for leaks by adding some food coloring to the tank. If, without flushing it, the bowl has color within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired.
 Insulate your water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation. This will keep your water warmer and avoid wasting water while it heats up!
 Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a cup for rinsing afterward!
 When shaving, fill the sink with a few inches of warm water and rinse your razor in the sink instead of under running water!
 Shorten those showers! A four minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water!
These were just a few ideas found at

Water is essential for good health! Our bodies need water, and water is vital for all body functions! Drinking tap water is a smart choice. Some people think bottled water is better than tap water. But they don’t have all the facts. Tap water is almost always the smarter choice. It’s cheaper and better for the environment!

To learn more about the quality of your tap water check out


The following are a few facts that you may or may not know about your fire district. The legal name Douglas Fire District # 1 was established on January 1, 2000. It is known as Lecompton FIRE/EMS for better name recognition. It was formed as a district from what was the Lecompton City and Township Fire Department.

The department responds from three fire stations and equipment located as follows:

Station #1: 415 Boone, Lecompton
1531: Pumper with 1250 GPM pump and 1,000 gallons of water
1541: Tanker with 2800 gallons of water
1551: Rescue unit with extra equipment and for firefighter re-hab
1571: Brush/grass and medical first response unit

Station #2: 114 East US 40, Big Springs
1532: Pumper/tanker with 500 GPM pump and 1200 gallons of water
1572: Brush/grass and medical first response unit

Station #3: 847 North 1800 Road, K10 & Farmer’s Turnpike
1533: Pumper with 1250 GPM pump and 1,000 gallons of water
1573: Brush/grass and medical first response unit

This past year (2011) was a good year for the Fire District to apply for grants. We applied for one federal grant from FEMA/Homeland Security and two state grants, one from Kansas State Forestry Department and one from the Division of Emergency Management. We were fortunate to be approved for all three grants.

The FEMA/Homeland Security grant was a 95/5 cost share grant with the Feds paying the 95% of the funding. We asked for 16 SCBA’s (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus), 32 air cylinders, and a grade E air compressor. The total for this grant was $124,000.00.

The Kansas State Forestry grant was a 50/50 cost share grant for rural wildland fire equipment. We needed to upgrade the mobile radios in our apparatus and some hand-held units. This cost was $4,600.00 of which the Forestry Department paid 50%.

The third grant of 2011 was from the Kansas Division of Emergency Management for a 75/25 cost share grant for weather alert radios for anyone living in the fire district. We were approved for the purchase of 100 weather alert radios to be given out free of charge. The total cost of this grant was $2490.00 with the state picking up 75% of the cost. We still have 20 radios on hand, so if you know of someone in the fire district that needs a weather radio call City Hall, 887-6407, or the fire station.

H. Wayne Riley, Chief
Lecompton FIRE/EMS
P. O. Box 154
Lecompton, Kansas 66050-0154
Station #1: Phone: 785-887-6221

Our Lecompton Fire Rescue District No. 1 has a Fire Board meeting the second Tuesday of every month beginning at 6:30 P.M. The meetings are held at the Lecompton Fire Station at 415 Boone Street in Lecompton.
Fire Chief: Wayne Riley Assistant Chief: Will Shockley Board President: Susan Wood Memeber: Lisa Hughes
Member: Tim McNish Member: Steve Fugett
Township: Jay Robertson

E – Committee Volunteer opportunity – Lecompton is looking for a business owner representative or two to attend once a month E-community meetings. This program allows ample networking and brainstorming for small community businesses. Help individuals start, grow, or grow your own business in your community by joining! Other Cities that are involved include Eudora and Baldwin. Please contact Lecompton City Hall if you would like be put on the volunteer list 785-887-6407

Mayor Mark L. Tunstall is looking for YOU! He will be appointing 2 new members to the Planning Commission – If you are interested in participating in the development of the City please contact Lecompton City Hall at 785-887-6407 – to be put on the appointment list.

June 1-3 Citywide Garage Sales
June 9 Bulk Trash
June 11 Tire Collection Day
June 22 – 23 Territorial Days

Memorial Weekend 1 day late Thanksgiving 1 day late
July 4 1 day late Christmas 1 day late
Labor Day 1 day late New Years 2013 1 day late

City Hall Office Hours
Mon-Wed-Fri: 8:30-12:30
Wed: 4-6

Office Holidays (11)
January 1st
Martin Luther King Day Jan 16th Mon
Presidents Day Feb 20th Mon
Memorial Day
July 4th
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day & Day After
Christmas Eve Day
Christmas Day
Designated or Floating Holiday