Spring 2013 Newsletter

Please find us online at www.lecompton.org

The Pride committee is approaching its one year anniversary! They have been able to accomplish so much! So what is Lecompton Community Pride all about?

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 from 4:45-5:45pm and from 6:30 -7:30pm. Only $35.00 a month. We are now offering a $5.00 (pay when you arrive) session on Saturday mornings at 9:30a.m.
• 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 .
• Beginning April 1st, the Owl’s Nest Lounge and library will be opening on the first floor of the historic Lecompton High School building. Wi-Fi and internet access along with books and space to just socialize is open to all! For hours check the LCP Facebook and webpage.
• On Sunday, June 9th from 2-4pm, the Lecompton Community Pride will hold an open house at the historic Lecompton High School. Everyone is welcome!
• LCP meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 6:30-8pm in the Owls’ Nest Lounge. Everyone is welcome!

Auditorium -We are starting a fund raising campaign to refurbish the auditorium in the pride building. Refinishing the hardwood floors, new windows, and a stage curtain with matching drapes 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 concert s 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 next project “The Auditorium” a reality.
And a special thanks for all the positive support of our past projects.
Lecompton Community Pride.


President – Cyndi Treaster
Vice President – Roy Paslay
Secretary – Kathy Paslay
Treasurer – Nancy Ketter

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.

APRIL 2013 – Food Drive with LUMC Youth Fellowship
(Keep your eyes out for the bags on your door)

May 2013 – Stamp out hunger day
(Food donations can be made to your local post office or mail carriers)

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

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 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

Make a few dollars off those unused items and join in our City-wide garage sales, held the weekend of May 31st, June 1st & June 2nd

Beginning at 6:00 A.M. Saturday June 8th, 2013
Lecompton will be holding a bulk trash pick up on Saturday, June 8th. 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 10th, 2013
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.

Spring 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 21 and 22, 2013
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 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!
(Please remember to break down your boxes! Thank You!)

SM Ball waste disposal service now offers curbside recycling
If you are interested please call SM Ball

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 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: Jeff Robertson
Members: Kathy Paslay Sandy Nichols Crystal Leming
Karla Meyer Dave Glenn 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: Ed Daniels
Treasurer: Keith Noe
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.

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.


In response to the Kansas Governors declaration of drought conditions in the State of Kansas, the City of Lecompton is asking residents to consider voluntary conservation measures in their water usage. At this time there are no restrictions being placed on water usage and the action requested is fully voluntary.

Water Conservation Tips:
- Take shorter showers
- Wash full loads of clothes and dishes
- Turn the water off and on when brushing teeth or shaving
- Limit outdoor watering and use a soaker hose for plants
- Only watering landscaping and lawns at night
- Limit car washing at home or use commercial car washes that recycle water
- Avoid hosing down sidewalks, patios, and driveways
- Repair leaky faucets and toilets

The City has specific policies and procedures in place based on City ordinance regarding water conservation other than voluntary. The process begins with the Mayor declaring a local water emergency. At this time no such declaration has been made. The City of Lecompton is being proactive due to the recent drought conditions by asking the residents to be aware of their water usage and make every effort to conserve water as best you can.

Your cooperation and help to conserve water is greatly appreciated.

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.


2013 begins a new chapter in the Lecompton Fire / EMS District #1 Fire Department.

H. Wane Riley has stepped down as Fire Chief after 7 years. He is a 22 year veteran with us and will continue to be a member of the department as a Fire Fighter and Emergency Medical Responder.

Will Shockley has been selected as the new Fire Chief by the Fire Board and began on January 1. Will has been with the department for 11 years as a Fire Fighter and Emergency Medical Responder and the last 7 years as the Assistant Chief.

Along with the change of Fire Chief several other members have been promoted.

Assistant Chief Danny Rake. Danny has over 20 years of service with us. He is also a member of the Kanwaka Township Fire and a full time Fire Fighter / EMT in Johnson County.

Medical Director Karen Gloztbach. Karen is a full time Fire Fighter and Paramedic with Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical as well.

Capt. Jon Morris. Fire Fighter and EMR.
Capt. Jeff Goodrick. Fire Fighter and EMR. Jeff is the most senior member of our
department with over 30 years of service.
Capt. Andrew Lenz. Fire Fighter and EMT.
Capt. Casey Quigley. Fire Fighter and member of Kentucky Township in Perry.
Lt. James Goodrick Fire Fighter and Maintenance.
Lt. Marci Skinner Fire Fighter and Records.

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.

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:(pending)
Member:Tim McNish Member: Steve Fugett Township:Mike Stewart Secretary/Treas.:Sandy Nichols

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

Lecompton will be hosting an E-Community meeting on Tuesday April 9th, 2013 in the Lecompton Community Pride Building from 5:00-6:00pm. Anyone who has a business in Lecompton or who is interested in building and sustaining entrepreneurial opportunities within Lecompton should attend.

Saturday March 30th, 2013
10AM Sharp
Lecompton City Park

Open for kid’s ages up to 5th grade

Advanced Voting for Local Elections
Saturday March 30th, 2013 from 9:00am-1:00pm
Lecompton City Hall

Regular Voting for Local Elections
Tuesday April 2nd, 2013 from 7:00AM-7:00PM
Lecompton City Hall

May 31; June 1&2 Citywide Garage Sales
June 8 Bulk Trash
June 10 Tire Collection Day
June 21 – 22 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