Fall 2012

Please find us online at www.lecompton.org

Monday October 15, 2012 at 7pm in Lecompton City Hall
During our regularly scheduled Council Meeting the City Council will be reviewing the cost to produce water for the City of Lecompton and the current rate setting. Discussion about future rate increases will be discussed. Please DO NOT MISS this very important meeting!

Lecompton PRIDE Committee
The Lecompton PRIDE committee has been formed and they have started utilizing the former High School building at 620 E. Woodson. PRIDE has started community activities such as Zumba Classes, Children’s Dance Classes, and a Community Chili Feed/Bingo Night.

Lecompton PRIDE upcoming events
Haunted House October 26TH & 27th
Christmas in Cricket County Production December 1st

If you have an idea for an event you would like to submit please contact Lecompton PRIDE by email at: lecomptoncommunitypride@gmail.com
Be sure to check them out on Facebook and like them at:
You may also submit ideas to the City of Lecompton by phone: 785-887-6407 or
Lecompton City Email: clecompton@yahoo.com (please put pride in the subject line) or
Come to a City Council Meeting.

Lecompton Community PRIDE meetings are currently being held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 6:30pm in the former Lecompton High School Building at 620 E. Woodson if you would like to attend! Your involvement is always encouraged!

If you would like to decorate the park for the holiday, please contact the city office, 887-6407

2012 Christmas yard decoration contest
ONE Grand Prize winner will be awarded $250.00.
Call the city office, 887-6407 by Dec. 7th to enter.
Judging to take place on December 9th 2012

Please do not park on the street when snow removal is expected to take place.


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 cans/lids, and clear glass. PLEASE RINSE ALL CONTAINERS.

There is also a Deffenbaugh recycle dumpster that accepts office paper, magazines, and aluminum beverage containers located at the north end of the Lecompton Elementary School driveway.

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 www.lecompton.org

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: Sandy Nichols Kathy Paslay
Brenda Hastert Amber Nickel
Crystal Leming Karla Meyer

City Council and Planning Commission minutes may be found on the web: www.lecompton.org

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 City of Lecompton is working with Douglas County Senior Services, Inc. to collect old cell phones to be used as 911 emergency phones for seniors. If you have a cell phone(s) with or without battery chargers, you would like to donate, please bring them to the city office during office hours.

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 www.eartheasy.com.

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 www.epa.gov/water


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

It’s almost time for the annual chili feed at the fire station. This year it will be held on November 3rd from 12 noon to 8:00pm, and
of course there will be live blue grass music from 6-8pm. So be sure to mark your calendars and come enjoy with your neighbors.
The cost is $5.00 per person and children under 5 eat free.

We still have on hand 20 weather alert radios from the Kansas Division of Emergency Management for anyone living in the fire district.
If you live or have a business in the fire district make arrangements to pick one up as they are FREE! We were approved for the purchase
Of 100 weather radios to be given out free of charge. So if you know of someone in the fire district that needs a weather radio call
City Hall, 887-6407, or the fire station 887-6221 and leave a message.

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

Please check with the office before building ANY structures including decks, fences, etc.

Please keep your dogs and cats leashed or confined.
Dog and cat city tags are to be purchased YEARLY by the first day of March.
You will need proof of current rabies to purchase your pet’s city tag.
Non-spayed/non-neutered cat/dog tag is $3.00. Spayed cat/dog tag is $2.00.
Tags may be purchased during office hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
and Wed 4 PM – 6 PM at the City Office.

The owner or custodian of any vicious dog shall maintain a policy of insurance in an amount not less than
$50,000 per incident insuring the person against any claim, loss, damage or injury to any human being resulting from the acts of the dog. The person shall produce evidence of the required insurance upon request of a law enforcement officer, animal control officer or public health office.
Vicious Dog definitions: (a) shall mean and include any dog which by virtue of its breeding, training, characteristics, behavior or other factors the owner or custodian thereof knows or has reason to know has a propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury or to otherwise endanger the safety of human beings. (b) There shall be a rebuttable presumption that a pit bull dog is a vicious dog. Pit bull dog shall mean: bull terrier breed of dog; Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dog; American pit bull terrier breed of dog; American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog or dogs of mixed breed or of other breeds than above listed which breed or mixed breed is commonly known as pit bulls, pit bulldogs or pit bull terriers


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

The City office will be closed on the following dates:
2012 2013
November 22 & 23 January 1 & 21 July 4
December 25th February 18 September 2
May 27 November 28 & 29
December 24 & 25

In the event you have a water/sewer utility emergency after City hours
Please call 785-832-7509 or 785-843-0250
Dispatch will take your information and contact the correct city personnel who will contact you as soon as possible to address your emergency.

United States Post Office Survey *SAVE THE LECOMPTON POST OFFICE*

If you have lost or discarded your survey – please obtain additional copies at the post office or Lecompton City Hall

This is information regarding suggested responses to the POST Plan Customer Survey about the Lecompton Post Office. You should have received your survey September 28th-29th from the United State Postal Service.

Senator Roberts, Senator Moran and Congresswoman Jenkins have all stated that it is

It appears that Option 1 under Section II is the best guarantee that the Post Office will at least remain open, although with reduced hours.

It is suggested that morning hours be entered in Section III

IV additional Comments – Since the options available in Section II do not include the option of leaving the service unchanged, it is suggested that you enter a comment requesting not only that the hours and service at the Post Office remain unchanged AND that the rural routes and carriers be returned to the Lecompton Post Office.

Friday November 2nd 2012 at 12:00pm, representatives from the United States Postal Service will be holding a public meeting at the Lecompton Community Building 327 Elmore to answer questions and provide additional information about POST plan. At the meeting, local postal management will share the results of the survey, answer questions and solicit input regarding the time of day the Post Office will be open. Although survey results will be known and shared, the Postal Service will not make a final decision regarding this office until after the public emeting. This will enable the Postal Service to obtain all community input and opinions, from both surveys and the meeting, before making a final decision. Your attendance is requested and appreciated!

Poll Workers Needed to work during voting Poll hours
Any individuals interested in helping at the voting polls during the general election in November (and hopefully all future elections) are encouraged to call Julie Ybarra at 785-832-5182

Time commitments include:
1 training day for 4 hours
(training TBA week of 10/22/2012)
Be present on voting day from 6am-8pm

Early Voting/Satellite Voting Dates
Early/Satellite voting at Lecompton City Hall 327 Elmore
Saturday 10/27/2012
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday 11/03/2012
9:00am – 3:00pm
General Voting on Election Day at Lecompton City Hall
7:00am – 7:00 pm
Please come out and vote!!

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