Fall 2014 Newsletter

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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.

Activities (free for the Community)
Owl’s Nest Lounge and PLCL Library
The lounge and library offer free WIFI, computers with internet, cable television and lots of books and conversation to share. They are open:
Mondays- 9:30am-Noon; 2:00pm-6:30pm
(come for Monday morning coffee at 10am or Preschool story hour at 2pm.
Wednesdays- 9:30am-Noon, 2:00pm-6:30pm
Thursdays-4:30pm-7:30pm (drop in for Chat, Craft and Stitch in the lounge) Beginning in January there will be no Thursday hours.

First Saturday Crafters
Do you like to sew, crochet, knit, bead, draw, rubber stamp or other craft but…no room at home? No sewing machine? We’ve got you covered! Drop in from 9am-5pm on the second floor of the LCP (former high school building). All crafters are welcome. No Charge.

Classes/Activities (fee associated)
Youth Dance and Tumbling
Held on Wednesdays at Lecompton Community Pride Building.
(Historic Lecompton High School)
4:15pm to 5:00pm –Beginners Class by Miss Taylor
5:00pm to 5:45pm – Tumbling by Miss Taylor (for both beginners and advanced)
5:45pm to 6:30pm – Advanced Class by Miss Addy
First Session ends December 17, 2014. Cost is $35 per month
Call 785-817-1254 for all Details.

Body Rehab for Men and Women
6 week session 5:30am-6:00am Tuesdays and Thursdays
Six week session for $45
Held at the Lecompton Community Pride Building (former Lecompton High School)
Contact Brenda Hastert 785-887-6182 or email hairkibbles@yahoo.com for more information.

Adult Social Fitness
Open for everyone. This is a drop in class, come when you can.
6:30 pm Mondays and Thursdays
Held at the Lecompton Community Pride Building
Cost is $2.50 a session or $5.00 a week or $20.00 a month
Walking, aerobics, Zumba etc., you name it! Bring your fitness DVD to share with the group. There is no instructor; this class is led by DVD. Contact Brenda Hastert for info
785-887-6182 or email hairkibbles@yahoo.com

A Cricket County Christmas Wedding
A one act Christmas Comedy Written by Eddie McPherson
Saturday November 22, 2014 - Performances at 3:00pm and 7:00pm
The cast is made up of local actors and actresses. For reservations or more information visit Lecompton Community Pride Facebook page or visit online at www.lecomptoncommunitypride.org or call Carol at 785-887-6691

The Auditorium fund raising campaign has been so successful that the auditorium now has a beautiful new stage curtain and matching drapes!! Future fund raising campaign funds will be used to refinish the hardwood floors, plaster repairs, and paint. 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, and a wedding reception. 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

Medicare Open Enrollment
Douglas County Senior Services will offer enrollment assistance to Medicare beneficiaries who want to review their 2014 Medicare Part prescription drug plans of Medicare Advantage Plans. Enrollment will be held November 11th from 9am-12:00pm at the Lecompton Community Pride Building (former Lecompton High-School) in the Fort Titus Room – East Door. First come first served basis. Bring your Medicare Card and list of medications, including the dosage.

Pride Survey
Lecompton Community Pride survey will be available in the City office to fill out during office hours until November 4th.


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

Sunday - December 7, 2014
Traditional Christmas Vespers
Held at Territorial Capital Museum (Lane University)

Territorial Capital Museum (Lane University) will have more than 30 different trees on display from November 1, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Holiday Lighting Contest
The City of Lecompton is looking for your participation in this year’s holiday yard lighting contest.
Contestants must register with the Lecompton City office by December 6th (785) 887-6407.
1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards will be given
1st - $200
2nd - $125
3rd - $75
Surprise Visit at the Lecompton Community Building on Saturday November 29th 2014, look for announcements and information fliers.

Angel tags will be going up in November before Thanksgiving (these are posted on the bulletin boards in the church fellowship hall.) to help families in the community in need. We work with the elementary school on this. The names are kept confidential. If a family is in need, they may contact Mary Jane Hoffer or Pastor Billie, a form will need to be completed. Gifts are purchased for children under the age of 18.
For more information by phone: (785) 393-3382 or by email: mjhoffer9@gmail.com

The Lecompton United Methodist Church Food Pantry does an amazing job helping 40-45 families in our community. Food boxes are picked up on the 3rd Saturday of each month, 8:00am-8:45am. The food pantry would appreciate advanced notice of new families needing assistance, to make sure we have a box of food fixed.

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 or Pastor Billie (785) 887-6327

The Lecompton United Methodist Church Clothes Closet is open any time the Pride building is open for regular operating hours (not during special events!).
We ask that people only take and go thru what is displayed on the shelves and racks in each room. New items are put out monthly as donations are received. Please try to leave the room orderly. Bags, boxes or totes in the hallway are newly donated items, please do not pull clothes from these items, they will be sorted and sized and put out for future visits. Anyone wanting to drop off gently used clean clothing my do so at the PRIDE building. Just mark your bag or box for the LUMC clothes closet.

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

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.

There is also a Recycle bin that accepts newspaper/cardboard/office paper/magazines/aluminum cans and #1 & #2 plastic at the Elementary School. It does not accept glass or trash!
(Please remember to break down your boxes! Thank You!)

A Planet Aid Bin is now located at the Elementary School at 625 Whitfield. It accepts clothing and shoes only, and the school does earn a small kick back for items donated

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: 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
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: Jamin Nally
Members: Kathy Paslay Sandy Nichols Crystal Leming
Kevin Newman Stephanie Confer Kim Stewart

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

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.


DON’T forget to set your clocks back 1 hour on November 2nd this year.

First of all the Lecompton Fire / EMS District #1 will be hosting our annual Chili Feed on November 1 from noon till 8:00 pm. The Big Spring Basement Bluegrass Band will again perform from 6:00 pm. till 8:00pm.

Fall is the time to complete that end of summer yard cleans up. We are not under a burn band in Douglas County at this time but there are still 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 and plastics. If you are planning a controlled burn on your property, please check the weather forecast for wind advisories and the fire index ratings. The National Weather Service broadcasts this information through out the day on your home N.O.A.A. weather radio.
We also ask that you contact Douglas County Dispatch at (785) 843-0250 to log your burn with them.

Fall is a good time to replace the batteries and check your smoke and CO2 detectors in your homes and offices. Smoke and CO2 detectors save countless lives and properties nationwide every year. Some home owner insurance companies offer discounts to home owners who install new detectors.

We have recently received a 50/50 grant from Kansas State Forestry Department and have several items that will help us be more efficient during grass and brush fire. This is the 10th year of receiving this grant. The Douglas County’s upgrade and switch over to the emergency radio systems was completed this past June. The county also upgraded their 911 dispatch center during this time. There are some very small bugs that need to be taken care of but overall the “big switch” went off without a hitch.

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. They are located in the City of Lecompton, Big Springs, and at the Lecompton I-70 Interchange. Each station has a pumper / engine and a 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.

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

Chief Shockley

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

Saturday, November 1st 2014
$5 per adult
Kids under 5 yrs. eat free

Blue Grass Band

Location: 415 Boone St. Lecompton KS

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


Last October Jill Bradney applied for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation, Inc. Healthy Habits grant to help build a “track” at Lecompton Elementary School. It has been a long time dream of Mrs. Bradney to have a fitness path for student and community use. The grant was approved in November and the plans began to be developed to put in a quarter mile track around the recess field area.

This summer the “track” was dug out approximately 4 inches and filled with pit fines, which is crushed limestone. As the “track” is used, it packs and hardens almost like cement. As we focus on fitness and well-being, the track has been in use by students and teachers during school time. In the fall and spring, it will be used by Girls On The Run and, hopefully, by many community members all year round. In the future, it is Mrs. Bradney's hope to add fitness stations around the track. A recent comment from employee and Girls on the Run Coach - Janet Tust, "I love the improvements to the 1/4 mile track at LES. I ran 3 miles on it yesterday after school and it was great. I'm certain our Girls on the Run girls will agree when we start back up in a few weeks!"

Thank you to Dr. Yoder, the District Maintenance Crew, USD 343 School Board for their approval of the grant and believing this was a worthy project to pursue. Also we appreciate the efforts from Anthony Frye, Ivan Frye, Phil Hart, Francis Koder and Mike Seetin for their hardwork and ingenuity to make this a reality!

City of Lecompton Post Office hours have been reduced in accordance to the
USPS Post Plan project.
If you are able to, please make stamp purchases and take your parcel needs to 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.

The 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

Sat – Oct 25th – Lecompton City Hall Advanced Voting – 9:00am-1:00pm
Sat – Nov 1st – Lecompton City Hall Advanced Voting – 9:00am-1:00pm
Sat – Nov 1st – LFD Chili feed - 12:00pm-8:00pm
Tues – Nov 4th – Lecompton City Hall General Voting – 7:00am-7:00pm
Tues – Nov 11th - Medicare Enrollment @ Pride bldg.. – 9:00am-12:00pm
Sat –Nov 22nd – Cricket County Wedding – 3:00pm & 7:00pm
Sun – Dec 7th – Vespers Performance – 2:00pm

Thanksgiving 1 day late
Christmas 1 day late
New Years 2015 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

City of Lecompton Sales Tax
Special Election Question

A sales tax increase sounds scary! Know the facts so you can vote wisely in April 2015

- Increase in sales tax will not affect your water bill if you are a residential customer
(Residential water is not taxed)

- Increase in sales tax will not affect the annual taxes you pay on your home/property

Increase in sales tax will mean you will pay a little more in taxes on the food/goods you purchase in the community.

- An increase in sales tax will affect everyone who comes into the community, this means visitors too, not just those who live here

- An increase in sales tax will help generate more revenue for the City to operate, which may help prevent increases in the Mil Levy.

You may be asking, so how will it directly affect me if the special election ballot question passes in April 2015?
When you purchase goods/food at any of the local businesses in Lecompton, a higher tax rate will be charged. Currently the tax rate is 8.15%, let’s say by vote, the tax is increased by ¾ of a cent, taking sales tax up to 8.9%. This means on a $10 purchase, your sales tax would be $0.89 making your total
for goods purchased $10.89.
This will affect online purchases when taxes are charged.
Additionally, when you make purchases for large goods in another city and have the item delivered to your home in Lecompton. The taxes paid will return back to your City.