Spring 2014 Newsletter

Please find us online at www.lecompton.org

LECOMPTON COMMUNITY PRIDE

Don’t Just Reside in your Community. Live in it!

The Pride committee is approaching its two 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 the Lecompton area 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.
• Youth Dance Classes are held Wednesday nights. K-1 at 4:30pm-5:15pm and Tiny tots 5:15-6:00pm
• 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 .
• The Owl’s Nest Lounge and library is open 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.
• Monday Mornings in the Owl’s Nest Lounge – come have coffee and doughnuts and visit with friends! (free will donations accepted) 9:30am-Noon
• LCP meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 7-8pm in the Owls’ Nest Lounge. Everyone is welcome!
• Lecompton/Perry Community Library – Hours are: Monday 9:30-12:00pm and Monday Afternoon 2:00pm-7:30pm, Wednesday 9:30-12:00 and Wednesday afternoon 2:00pm-6:30pm, and Thursday 4:30-7:30.
Auditorium – The fundraising has started and continues! Refurbishing of the auditorium has begun! New windows and the stage curtain with matching window drapes were installed in the fall of 2013. Refinishing the hardwood floors is still on the “to do” list, but it is coming along! So far the auditorium has been used for several events such as community plays, dance recitals, music concerts and is currently where Zumba exercise and youth dance classes are held. Any questions call Greg Howard @ 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.

LECOMPTON COMMUNITY PRIDE OFFICERS

President – Cyndi Treaster
Vice President – Roy Paslay
Secretary – Kathy Paslay
Treasurer – Dorothy Smith

LECOMPTON METHODIST CHURCH FOOD PANTRY
The Lecompton United Methodist Church Food Pantry does an amazing job helping 37 families in our community. Food boxes are picked up once a month. Emergency food boxes can be made available if someone/family is in need. Food drives

APRIL 2014 – Food Drive with LUMC Youth Fellowship
(Keep your eyes out for the bags on your door)

May 10th 2014 – 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.

The Feinstein Foundation Food Drive Challenge is happening now!
Any food or monetary donations accepted from March 1st-April 30th, will be counted and the Feinstein Foundation will match a percentage of the donations and send a check to help support our LUMC God’s Food Pantry. Donations can include cash, checks and food items (valued at $1.00 per item or pound) or pledges.

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 anytime the Pride Building is open. The clothes closet is located on the 3rd floor. All items are free.
Appointments are also available to meet people to see if there are items they can use.

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

Vet Clinic and Cat/Dog Registration
In City of Lecompton at Rowena Park - 333 Elmore
Friday May 9th, 2014
Come get your cat or dog vaccinated and then registered with the City
Veterinary services provided by Oskaloosa Veterinary Clinic
From 6:30-8:00

CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALES!
Make a few dollars off those unused items and join in our City-wide garage sales, held the weekend of May 30th, May 31st & June 1st

BULK TRASH!
Beginning at 6:00 A.M. Saturday June 8th, 2014
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!

2014 TIRE COLLECTION
Tires must be to the curb by 6:00 A.M. MONDAY June 9th, 2014
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!!

TERRITORIAL DAYS!
June 27th & 28th 2014
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!

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!
(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 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

LECOMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Lecompton Historical Society is a group of volunteers dedicated to learning about and preserving the history and culture of the Lecompton area. It operates the Territorial Capital Museum at 640 E. Woodson located between the ball park and the gymnasium, the First Democratic Headquarters at Bald Eagle Park on East Second Street, as well as the historic City Jail just North of Constitution Hall on Elmore Street. Constitution Hall is a National Landmark and State Historic Site. Visit the museums and learn about our city’s and area’s roll in the Pre-Civil War era.

The Lecompton Historical Society (LHS) meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday, beginning with a pot luck dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program. Everyone is welcome! For more information call 785-887-6148

Territorial Capital Museum: Wed-Sat 11:00am-4:00pm; Sun 1:00-5:00pm
Constitution Hall: Wed-Sat 9am – 5pm; Sun 1:00-5:00pm

Lecompton Historical Society results from KU Journalism/Communication Project
The Lecompton Historical society
To view the video of the presentation of results please see the video at you tube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W–7EKjOGNao

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.

LECOMPTON FIRE/EMS DISTRICT #1

Lecompton Fire EMS District #1 is a 20 member volunteer department with 15 members trained in emergency medical response. We operate three stations within our township, the City of Lecompton, Big Springs, and at the Lecompton I-70 Interchange. All stations have a pumper truck/ Fire engine Truck and brush/medical truck. Station 1 in Lecompton also has a 2300 gallon tender truck. We are governed by a 5 member board made up of citizens living in the Lecompton Township.

Spring has finally sprung! With it comes the time of the year that everybody is venturing outside for yard work. If you are planning a controlled burn on you property, please check the weather forecast for wind advisories and the fire index ratings. The National Weather Service broadcasts this information throughout the day on your home N.O.A.A. weather radio. Burn Bands Resolutions for Douglas County are printed in the Lawrence Journal World and listed on Douglas-County.com. Please check to see if burning is legal in Douglas County before you start. These resolutions are generally issued on Wednesday during the regular Douglas County Commissioner’s meeting.

There are some DOs and DON’Ts on what you can legally burn. The burning of normal yard waste, grass, brush, cropland, and normal household trash is allowed. What is NOT allowed is construction grade wood including framing lumber, plywood, laminated wood products, tires, roofing materials. We also ask that you contact Douglas County Dispatch at (785) 843-0250 to log your burn.

Spring is a good time to replace the batteries and check your smoke and CO2 detectors in your homes and offices. Smoke and CO2 detectors have saved countless lives and property nationwide.

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a new radio tower west of town. This is part of Douglas County’s upgrade to the emergency radio systems. Testing has been going on and we determined that we now have a 99% radio coverage county wide while using our handheld radios. Compared to 40% coverage using the old system. The new system will also allow us to communicate directly with other emergency services using 1 frequency instead of the 2 or 3 frequencies we use now with the old system. The plan is to go “live” with the new system in the next month.

If you have any questions concerning Lecompton Fire EMS Department, you can contact us at
(785) 887-6221 or email at lecomptonfire_1@juno.com. We are also on Facebook. Please feel free to check it out.

Chief Shockley

LECOMPTON FIRE AND MEDICAL EMERGENCY CREW

Fire Chief Will Shockley Fire Fighter and EMR
Asst. Fire Chief Danny Rake Fire Fighter and EMT
Med. Director Karen Gloztbach Fire Fighter and Paramedic
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.

Station #1 at 415 Boone is available for personal or community functions. We have kitchen and dining 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.

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

BUSINESS – BUSINESS - BUSINESS
E – Communities 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 COMMUNITY EGG HUNT
Saturday April 19th, 2014
10AM Sharp
Lecompton City Park
Pancake feed at the LUMC at 8am & after the egg hunt
Open for kid’s ages up to 5th grade

Voting for Primary Elections
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 7:00am-7:00pm

Voting for General Elections
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

DATES TO CLIP AND SAVE!
May 9th Animal Vet Clinic
April 19th Easter Egg Hunt/City Park
May 30th, 31st & June 1 Citywide Garage Sales
June 7th Bulk Trash
June 9th Tire Collection Day
June 27th & 28th Territorial Days

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