Fall 2013

Please find us online at www.lecompton.org

LECOMPTON COMMUNITY PRIDE

Lecompton Community Pride works with the citizens of Lecompton to improve our community and enhance our quality of life, while recognizing the importance of our history. The Lecompton Community Pride building is the former Lecompton Rural High School building. Anyone may join or participate in Pride at any time! Please take a moment to review the activities and events that are available to the community.

• Zumba fitness exercise classes are offered at the historic Lecompton High School on Mondays and Thursdays at 4:00pm and 6:30pm. Only $35.00 a month.
Zumba is a 45-55 min fitness class that alternates high and low intensity exercise to Latino and pop music. You work at your own pace.
• The Owls Nest Lounge in the Lecompton High building is open on Monday mornings from 10 to noon. We are now in our second month of Monday morning coffee and donuts. Join us from 10am-noon! It's a great place to gather with friends and neighbors, visit, read the paper, watch TV, catch up with old friends. We also have puzzles available, or cards, and there are few board games. It is free will donation and is open to any age group.
• Perry/Lecompton Community Library, in collaboration with Lecompton Community Pride. The library has internet access available, copying services, books and movies for checkout, and, with the library card, the ability to check out books through the Northeast Kansas Library System. The hours are Mon/Wed 9:30am-12:00pm, 2:00pm-7:30pm; Thurs 4:30pm-7:30pm; Sat 9:30am-12:00pm
• Computer/Social Media Classes: Recently a Facebook workshop was provided to the community. Individuals interested in future social media and computer workshops should contact us! Email: LecomptonCommunityPride@gmail.com or call 887-6317
• Dance/Dance/Dance: Wednesday at the LCP bldg. Combo Tumbling and Dance Classes Kindergarten-1st graders from 4:30pm-5:15pm and Tiny tots (3&4yrs olds) 5:30pm-6:15pm (children must be potty trained)
• A dance workshop for junior high and high school will be held in December, Date and time to be announced
• Step up your game: one 4-week session was held in September. If there is interest new four week sessions will be held this winter, when outdoor activities have ended. Class goals include refining the use of beginner motor skills including coordination, timing, social skills, strength training, proper stretching and flexibility with music! Class goals for older children include promoting body movement, hand eye coordination and footwork, athletic coordination, strength training, and proper stretching with music. If your child is interested email LecomptonCommunityPride@gmail.com or call 785-887-6182
• WEIGHT WATCHERS: held on Thursdays. Weigh in starts at 5:15pm with the meeting starting at 5:45pm Held in the Ft. Titus community room of the Historic Lecompton HighSchool/PRIDE building. Questions call: 785-887-6182
• Spring Rummage Sale: Bring your unwanted items to LCP after the first of the year. All proceeds go to maintenance and utilities for the building. Questions? Call Kathy Paslay 785-224-7196 or Dorothy Smith 785-423-1100.
• Watch for children’s activities to be offered throughout the summer and fall at our website www.lecomptoncommunitypride.org or at our facebook page www.facebook.com/lecomptoncommunitypride .
• LCP meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 6:30-8pm in the Owls’ Nest Lounge. Everyone is welcome!

The Auditorium fund raising campaign has been so successful that the auditorium now has 3 new windows!! Future fund raising campaign funds will be used to refinish the hardwood floors, plaster repairs, paint, and purchasing a stage curtain with matching drapes. These are just a few of the planned improvements. So far the auditorium has been used for several events such as community plays, dance recitals, music concerts, a wedding reception and is currently where Zumba exercise and youth dance classes are held. Any questions call Greg @ 785-887-6691. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and can be sent to: (Please specify for Auditorium fund)
Community Pride / Attention Auditorium
P.O. Box 63
Lecompton, Kansas 66050

Thank you in advance for helping make this project “The Auditorium” a reality.
And a special thanks for all the positive support of our past projects.
Lecompton Community Pride

LECOMPTON COMMUNITY PRIDE OFFICERS

President – Cyndi Treaster
Vice President – Roy Paslay
Secretary – Kathy Paslay
Treasurer – Dorothy Smith
CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY DECORATING
9:00am Saturday November 2, 2013 – meet at pride building to help with decorating the Lecompton city Park and the Pride building inside and out.

VESPERS PERFORMANCE
Vespers performance will be held December 8th, at 2:00pm at Lane University

LANE UNIVERSITY CHRISTMAS TREES
Lane University Museum will have 25 different trees on display during the holiday season from November 2nd – January 1st

CHRISTMAS THEATRE
Lecompton Community PRIDE presents: Christmas Leaves Cricket County
Saturday December 7, 2013 4:30pm or 7:00pm
For ticket information or to make a reservation call 785-887-6691; 785-887-6532; 785-423-1100
Tickets and reservations go fast! December 5th is last day for reservations

CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY LIGHTING CEREMONY
December 7th at 6:00pm Sharp come join us for cookies, punch and a special visitor!
Lighting ceremony will take place on the front lawn of Historic Lecompton High School/ Pride Community Building at 620 E. Woodson

ADOPT A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS
Adopt a family for Christmas; if you are a family who would like to be adopted please turn in your information by the October 31, 2013. Names and family information are kept completely confidential. You may contact Mary Jane Hoffer for more information or to submit your family information by phone: (785) 393-3382 or by email: mjhoffer9@gmail.com

LECOMPTON METHODIST CHURCH FOOD PANTRY
The Lecompton United Methodist Church Food Pantry does an amazing job helping 27 families in our community (this equals approximately 91 persons). Food boxes are picked up once a month. Emergency food boxes can be made available if someone/family is in need.

The food pantry can always use any type of food or monetary donation. If you would like to make a monetary donation, checks can be made payable to “LUMC God’s Food Pantry” and may be delivered to the church.

There is a food donation box available inside the Lecompton City Office if you would like to deliver food donations there during office hours.

If you have any questions or are interested in more information please contact Mary Jane Hoffer by phone: (785) 393-3382 by email: mjhoffer9@gmail.com

LECOMPTON UNITED METHODIST CLOTHES CLOSET
The Lecompton United Methodist Church now has a clothes closet and is currently open once a month. Appointments are also available to meet people to see if there are items they can use. They are currently in need of children and young teen clothes.
If you would like to assist the clothes closet in sorting clothes, you can go to the 3rd floor of the PRIDE building, and sort jeans, slacks and shirts by size and put them on the shelves in the first room.

If you have any questions or are interested in more information or making a donation, please contact Mary Jane Hoffer - by phone: (785) 393-3382 - by email: mjhoffer9@gmail.com

DO YOU RECYCLE?
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 Recycle bin that accepts newspaper/cardboard/office paper/magazines/aluminum cans and #1 #2 place at the Elementary School. It does not accept glass or trash! The Elementary School does receive a little bit of money from this program, your participation helps!
(Please remember to break down your boxes! Thank You!)

CURBSIDE RECYCLING SM BALL WASTE DISPOSAL
SM Ball waste disposal service now offers curbside recycling
If you are interested please call SM Ball
785-597-2200

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS!
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: Sandy Jacquot
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 www.lecompton.org

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS!
The Lecompton Planning Commission meetings are held at the City Office and begin at 7:00 P.M. the second Wednesday 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: Kevin Newman
Members: Kathy Paslay Sandy Nichols Crystal Leming
Karla Meyer Kim Stewart Jamin Nally

LECOMPTON TOWNSHIP MEETINGS!
Our Lecompton Township meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 P.M. The meetings are held at 632 N. 1851 Diagonal Road.
Trustee: Ed Daniels
Treasurer: Keith Noe
Clerk: Mike Stewart

CEMETERY BOARD
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.

MAPLE GROVE CEMETERY NEWS
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.

LOOKING FOR WAYS TO SAVE ON YOUR WATER BILL?
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 www.eartheasy.com.

Water Bills
Water bills are due by the 10th of each month, after the 10th a late fee is assessed. If bills are not paid by the end of business on the 25th, then your service will be terminated. To have your service reinstated, you must pay the total amount due including the late fee and an additional $30.00 reinstatement fee.

LECOMPTON FIRE/EMS DISTRICT #1
Lecompton Fire / EMS District #1 is governed by a 5 member board made up of citizens living in the Lecompton Township. Board members serve a 3 year term. The board is also going through some changes as the term of 2 board members are expiring this spring. The process for replacing these members has begun and we hope to have the new members in place by April.

In our quest to upgrade our equipment, we have added a 2009 Chevy Brush / Medical truck to our department. This truck is replacing the 1983 Dodge that was damaged.
Later this year Douglas County will be upgrading the emergency radio systems. When completed fire departments will be able to talk directly to each other along with law enforcement on scene instead of using the present system of information relay though the Emergency Dispatch Center or changing frequencies. These radio upgrades are required by the Department of Homeland Security for interoperability with other emergency services both in and outside Douglas County.

As with any emergency service provider, training is important. We began the year with Fire Fighter I and II, Hazardous - Materials Operations, and National Incident Management Systems training classes through Kansas University Fire Training Department. We have 5 of our newer members as well as several fire fighters from surrounding fire departments involved in these training classes. The classes are both classroom and hands on training. At the conclusion of the classes in June, these fire fighters will have invested over 300 hours of time. At the conclusion of these classes, all 22 members of our department will be certified in the above mentioned training. This training is in addition to our required monthly fire and medical training.

Here is an opportunity for the citizens in the area to become involved in your community.
Douglas County Emergency Management will be providing a 3 day Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) class April 26 -28. Lecompton Fire/ EMS will be hosting this class at our station in Lecompton. CERT classes provide training in basic first aid, fire suppression, search and rescue and what to do in the event a major incident were to occur in our community. These classes are free and packed with lots of good information. Keep in mind that if a major incident were to occur in the Lecompton area, emergency response from Douglas County or the State could be delayed for a period of time. This is a good way to prepare ourselves and help our community. If you would like more information, you can contact Sheila Meggison at Douglas County Emergency Management 111 East 11th Lawrence, Kansas 66044 (785) 832-5260 or smeggison@douglas-county.com.

Station #1 at 415 Boone is available for personal or community functions. We have kitchen and dinning areas with plenty of tables and chairs to accommodate your small events. The use of the building is provided free of charge. To schedule, you can call the station at (785) 887-6221 or contact any of our firefighters 1 month in advance of your event.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the station at (785) 887-6221, Email lecomptonfire_1@juno.com or contact Chief Shockley at (785) 842-2337.

CHILI FEED
Saturday, November 2nd 2013
12:00-8:00PM
$5 per adult
Kids under 5 yrs. eat free

Blue Grass Band
6:00-8:00PM
Location: 415 Boone St. Lecompton KS

LECOMPTON FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETINGS!
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: Will Shockley Assistant Chief: Danny Rake Board President: Lisa Hughes Member: Lori Wilkins
Member: Tim McNish Member: Steve Fugett
Township: Mike Stewart Secretary/Treas. Sandy Nichols

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT
Enrollment assistance to Medicare beneficiaries who want to review their Medicare Part D prescription drug plans or Medicare Advantage plans for 2014.
Lecompton Community Pride Building
620 E. Woodson
November 14th , 2013
9:00am-12:00pm
Beneficiaries will be seen on a first come first serve basis.
For more information contact Douglas County Senior Services
(785) 842-0543 or toll free (877) 295-3277

CITY OF LECOMPTON POST OFFICE NEWS
City of Lecompton Post Office hours have been reduced in accordance to the USPS Post Plan project. City of Lecompton has received word that our Post Office operations will be re-evaluated in the spring of 2014. At this time we do not know what the USPS will be re-evaluating our Post Office about, but we do know that previous evaluations were based on profitability and usage (# of items mailed). There is concern that the USPS will permanently close the Lecompton Post Office and transfer all mail services to Perry.
If you are able to, please make stamp purchases and parcel needs at the customer service desk in the post office. The Lecompton Historical Society and the City of Lecompton have been and will continue to work towards keeping our Post Office open.

BUSINESS – BUSINESS - BUSINESS
E –Communities 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 more information 785-887-6407

DATES TO CLIP AND SAVE!
Sat - November 2nd – Park Decorating – 9:00am
Sat – November 2nd – LFD Chili feed – 12-8:00pm
Thurs – November 14th – Medicare open enrollment
Lecompton Pride Building – 9-12:00pm
Sat –December 7th – Christmas Lighting Ceremony -6pm sharp

S.M. BALL WASTE DISPOSAL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:
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