Spring 2015 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 three 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.

Lecompton Community Pride meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 7-8pm in the Owl’s Nest Lounge. Everyone is welcome!
Activities (free for the Community)
• The Owl’s Nest Lounge and Lecompton/Perry Community Library is open on the first floor of the historic Lecompton High School building. Free Wi-Fi and internet access, computers with internet, cable television, books and space to just socialize is open to all!
Mondays -9:30am-Noon, Second and Fourth Mondays-6:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday-9:30am-Noon, 2pm-4pm
Thursdays- 4:30pm-7:30pm
• Monday Mornings in the Owl’s Nest Lounge – come have coffee and doughnuts and visit with friends! (free will donations accepted) 9:30am-Noon
• Tuesday Evenings and 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! First Saturday of the month, LCP building on 2nd floor from 10:00am – 5:00pm come and go as you please, all crafters welcome.
• Pre-School Story Hour Some Mondays 2pm-3pm LCP/Perry Lecompton Community Library – LCP building open to ages 3-5

Classes/Activities (fee associated)
• Yoga Class is on Tuesday nights from 6:00pm-7:15pm. This is a foundational course for beginners, runners and people over 60 years. The class is taught by Sara Roesler and is $25 per month.
• Adult Social Fitness open for everyone. This is a drop in class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 5:30pm-6:30. Come when you can. Cost is $2.50/session or $5.00/week or $20/month. Walking, aerobics, Zumba, etc..you name it. Bring your fitness DVD to share with the group. There is no instructor. Class is led by DVD. Call Brenda for more info 785-887-6182 or email hairkibbles@yahoo.com
• Youth Dance & Tumbling Classes are held Thursday nights. Tumbling (all ages) 4:30-5:15pm Dance 3yr-6yr at 5:30pm-6:30pm and 7yr & up 6:30-7:30pm
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 .

Auditorium – The fundraising continues! New windows and the stage curtain with matching window drapes were installed in the fall of 2013. Refinishing the hardwood floors and painting are among tasks 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, and PLES performances. 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

Upcoming performances at the Auditorium
- Sunday April 19th, 2015: PLES 2nd grade Wonders of the Earth Show @ 6:30pm
- Tuesday May 19th, 2015: PLES 4th grade mini-musical recognition @ 6:30pm

LECOMPTON METHODIST CHURCH FOOD PANTRY
The Lecompton United Methodist Church Food Pantry does an amazing job helping 40 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.
If you would like to donate or volunteer time or would like more information contact:
Mary Jane Hoffer at 785-393-3382 or mjhoffer9@gmail.com
All support from the community is very much appreciated!

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 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

LECOMPTON COMMUNITY PRIDE RUMMAGE SALE
Located in the Old Rural Lecompton High School Building at 620 E. Woodson
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, come find yours at the rummage sale
Friday March 27th, 8am-5pm
Saturday March 28th, 8am-1pm (marked items ½ price)
Concessions Friday & Saturday for breakfast and lunch

LECOMPTON COMMUNITY EGG HUNT
Saturday April 4th, 2015
10AM Sharp
Lecompton City Park
Open for kid’s ages up to 5th grade

Vet Clinic and Cat/Dog Registration
In City of Lecompton at Rowena Park - 333 Elmore
Friday May 8th, 2015
Come get your cat or dog vaccinated and then registered with the City
Veterinary services provided by Oskaloosa Veterinary Clinic
From 6:30pm-8:00pm

CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALES!
Make a few dollars off those unused items and join in our City-wide garage sales, held the weekend of June 5th, 6th , & 7th

BULK TRASH!
Beginning at 6:00 A.M. Saturday June 13th, 2015
Lecompton will be holding a bulk trash pick up on Saturday, June 13th. 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!

2015 TIRE COLLECTION
Tires must be to the curb by 6:00 A.M. MONDAY June 8th, 2015
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.

DO YOU RECYCLE?
There is a large recycle bin located at 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.

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

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 19th & 20th 2015
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!

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 Events
• Territorial Days: June 19 & 20
• Bald Eagle Rendezvous: September 24, 25, 26

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.

CITY OF LECOMPTON POST OFFICE NEWS
City of Lecompton Post Office hours have been reduced in accordance to the
USPS Post Plan project.
If you are able, 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.
POST OFFICE HOURS:
Mon-Fri: 8:00am-12:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-10:30am

LECOMPTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WALKING TRACK
Lecompton Elementary School has a ¼ mile track around the recess field area. The track is made out of pit fines, which is crushed limestone. As the track is used, it will pack and harden almost like cement. It is open for use to community members. It is used in the spring and fall for girls on the run. Please use and respect the track, it has been a wonderful addition to the community.

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

Calling all Entrepreneurs! Lecompton is looking for you to start a business here! We have some great new businesses in Lecompton, and we want the trend to continue. Are you interested in owning your own business but aren’t sure where to start? E-Communities can help you with financing options, information and advice.
Please contact Elsie Middleton:785-887-6317 or Leslie Herring:785-330-2869 for more details
Or go online for more details: http://www.networkkansas.com/communities

Voting for General Elections
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 7:00am-7:00pm

BRIDAL SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA
April 26th 2015 11:00am-4:00pm
Over 50 vendors, door prizes, fashion show, cake samples
Fashion Show at 12:00pm
$5/ticket or bring 3 canned good/nonperishable items for donation.
Door prizes, swag bags, samples available while they last
See Facebook for more information: search LCP Bridal Show

DATES TO CLIP AND SAVE!

March 3rd Primary Election
March 14th Public Open Meeting/Sales Tax increase
April 4th Easter Egg Hunt/City Park
April 7th General Election
April 26th LCP Bridal Show Extravaganza
May 9th Animal Vet Clinic
June 5th-7th Citywide Garage Sales
June 7th Bulk Trash
June 8th Tire Collection Day
June 19th & 20th Territorial Days

S.M. BALL WASTE DISPOSAL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:
Memorial Weekend 1 day late Thanksgiving 1 day late
July 4 On Schedule Christmas On Schedule
Labor Day 1 day late New Years 2016 On Schedule

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

SALES TAX FACTS

• Currently Lecompton has a 1% Sales Tax adopted in 2008

• In calendar year 2014, this tax raised $21,403

• The 2015 mill levy for Lecompton was 26.999

• Each mill raises approximately $3,200 for the City of Lecompton

• A proposed sales tax increase of ¾ % is on the April ballot

• If passed, this sales tax will raise approximately $16,000 per year for the City of Lecompton

• To raise this amount of money on an ongoing basis, a 5 mill property tax increase would be required.

• Visitors to Lecompton also pay sales tax to the City when they spend money at the various retailers in the City. This includes the 6,000-7,000 tourists who come to Lecompton each year to visit the historic sites.

HOW THE INCREASED REVENUE WOULD BE SPENT

• The revenue would be used to fund necessary city services and hold down increases in water rates, sewer rates and property tax. Currently the sewer utility is losing revenue

• The continued receipt of highway money from the State is in question. The sales tax money could be used to help chip and seal the city streets in the event that money was decreased or eliminated

• The money would put the City in a better cash position in case of unforeseen events, such as vehicle and facility repairs and maintenance.