2016 Lecompton Fall Newsletter

Please find us online at www.lecompton.org

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

The Pride committee is three years established! 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 Mondays of each month from 7-8pm in the Owl’s Nest Lounge. Everyone is welcome!

The Lecompton Community Pride building has rooms available to rent for events. Please contact Carol Howard to check availability at 785-887-6691
Activities (free for the Community)
~ The Owl’s Nest Lounge and The 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!
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.
~Medicare Open Enrollment: Tuesday October 20th , 2015 from 9am-12pm

Classes/Activities (fee associated)
~ Weight Watchers: Wednesday’s in Ft. Titus room. Weigh in @ 5:15p Meeting @5:45p
~ 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 Craig Pruett and is $25 per month.
~ Adult Social Fitness This is a drop in class, open to anyone, held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 5:30pm-6:30. Come when you can, cost is $2.50/session. Walking, aerobics, Zumba, you name it. Bring your fitness DVD to share with the group. This is a peer led class. Contact Dorothy Smith for more info:785-887-6532
~ Dance/Tumbling Classes Available: $35/month & one time per session costume fee of $24
(A school year is considered one session)
o Creative Movement/with Tumbling Dance: 3yr-6yr at 4:30p-5:15p
o Combo Class 1/ Dance and Tap: 5yr-10yr 5:25p-6:25p
o Tumbling: 5yr-10yr at 6:30p-7:30p ($35/mo or $10/mo as second class)
For more information contact Cyndi Treaster 785-764-2549

A dance recital will be held in May of 2016 showcasing all the wonderful talents of the
Dance and Tumbling students
Watch for children’s activities to be offered throughout the fall and spring at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/lecomptoncommunitypride

Auditorium – If you haven’t been in to experience live theater in the auditorium, you should come check it out! The hardwood floors have been refinished, they are glossy and beautiful! New windows, new paint, new curtains and refinished floors, the auditorium is a great place to try out for your theatrical debut! The auditorium has been used for several events such as the PRIDE Bridal Show, 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

Thanks to everyone who has helped make the “The Auditorium” renovations a reality.
And a special thanks for all the positive support of our past projects.


President – Cyndi Treaster
Vice President – Roy Paslay
Secretary – Elsie Middleton
Treasurer – Georgia Trammel

Upcoming performances at the Auditorium

“When Christmas left Rattler Canyon” By: Dean Belanger
Produced by special arrangement with pioneer Drama Service Inc, Englewood, CO
All show times require a reservation please call: 785-887-6691
~ November 21st: 3:00pm & 7:00pm $7 adults/$5 ages 6-12 /5 & under free
~ Nov 22nd: Dinner Theatre 1:00pm
(Must make reservations/tickets$15 each)
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 on the third of each 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

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 United Methodist Church Dinner Dates
November 3rd : Election day dinner and Bazaar
October 22nd : Pulled Pork Youth Group Fundraiser
Mid Holiday Dinner – dates to be determined

Angel tag names are needed no later than November 1st (form given to Mary Jane.) If a form has been filled out and turned into the Lecompton Elementary school there is no need to contract Mary Jane or Pastor Billie for a form. Angel tags will be going up in November before Thanksgiving (these are posted on the bulletin board 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

LUMC is sponsoring a community wide photo directory and they need you to make it complete.
Each family photographed will receive a free 8x10 portrait and if they choose to have their photo included in the directory will have to option of receive a free directory.
November 6 and 7 – appointments required
Bring one non-perishable food item and receive a $5 off coupon for any additional photos you purchase. Additional bonus, the photo studio will make a donation to our community’s food pantry. The amount donated is based on the number of family unites having their photos taken.

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.

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

Planet Aid Clothing Recycling
There is a Plant Aid recycling bin that accepts clothing and shoes located at the Lecompton Elementary School, 626 Whitfield. Donations help benefit the school.

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

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 5th (785) 887-6407.
1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards will be given

City of Lecompton Holiday Party ~ Park Lighting Ceremony ~ Community Building Reveal
Join us for Hot Cocoa, sweet treats, and a countdown to light up the City Park
Stay to enjoy a visit from a jolly man in a red suit
Check out the new renovations to the Community Building
When: Saturday November 28th, 2015
Look for announcements and information fliers

The Lecompton Planning Commission meetings are held at the City Office and begin at 7:00 P.M. the second Wednesday in January and July. 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: Stephanie Confer Sandy Nichols Crystal Leming
Martin Huerter Kim Stewart Kevin Newman

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. Phone #: 785-887-6836
Trustee: Ed Daniels
Treasurer: Keith Noe
Clerk: Mike Stewart
Road Superintendent: Casey Quigley

The Lecompton Township recently replaced a 1993 Case IH 5220 tractor because it was no longer economical to repair. The new tractor is a 2015 John Deer 6115 D. This new tractor plays a vital role in roadside vegetation control and township appearance.


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
• 40 Antique & vintage Christmas Trees in Lane University
November 1, 2015 – January 1, 2016
• Vespers performance December 6th at 2:00pm
• Bleeding Kansas Lecture Series begins January 31st,2016 at 2:00pm and continues every Sunday in February

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:

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.


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.
Mon-Fri: 8:00am-12:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-10:30am

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 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.

Fall weather is here! With it comes the time of the year that everybody tries to finish up that spring and summer long project. 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 Ban 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.

As you set your clocks forward for Day light Savings time, please take a moment 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.

Lecompton Volunteer Fire EMS department is looking for new volunteers. If you would like to join please leave a message for Chief Shockley at (785) 887-6221

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


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.

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

Lecompton Volunteer Fire Department Chili Feed

Saturday November 14th, 2015


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 Drew Vincent:785-330-2869 for more details
Or go online for more details: http://www.networkkansas.com/communities


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


LUMC Pulled Pork Dinner: October 22nd
PRIDE Haunted House: October 23rd, 24th, 30th 7pm-10pm
LUMC Community Directory photos: November 6th & 7th
LUMC Election day dinner/bazaar: November 3rd
Fire Department Chili Feed: November 14th 12pm-8pm
Holiday Theatre: November 21st 2p & 7p showing
Holiday Dinner Theater: November 22nd 1pm
City park lighting and Community Building open house: November 28th
Vespers: December 6th, 2pm
Vintage Christmas Display November 1st – January 1, 2016