2017 Spring Newsletter

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

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 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!
Wednesday-9:30am-Noon, 2pm-4pm
Thursdays- 4:30pm-6:30pm
* Monday Mornings in the Owl’s Nest Lounge – come have coffee and conversation 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 on 2nd floor from 5:30pm -8:00pm come and go as you please, all crafters welcome.

Classes/Activities (fee associated)
* Weight Watchers: Wednesday’s in Ft. Titus room. Weigh in @ 5:15p Meeting @5:45pm
* 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 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 Dorothy Smith for more info 785-887-6532
* Youth Dance Lessons: $35/month & one time per session costume fee of $24
(A school year is considered one session)
o Thursdays: 4:30-7:30p.m. Time varies depending on skill level
For more information contact Cyndi Treaster 785-764-2549

A dance recital will be held in May of 2017 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 – The auditorium has had many updates including: new windows, stage curtain with matching window drapes, refinished hardwood floors, and center stage stairs. In 2016 the Howard family had a beautiful Chandelier hung in memory of their late mother Nancy Howard. The auditorium has been used for several events such as community plays, dance recitals, and PLES performances. It is available for rent; please call Greg Howard @ 785-887-6691 if you have any questions.
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

We would like to extend special thanks for all the positive support of our projects.
Lecompton Community Pride.


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

The Lecompton United Methodist Church Food Pantry does an amazing job helping 55-60 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.

Watch for fliers and the Church Facebook page for Open Pantry Dates

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 located on the 3rd floor of the Lecompton Community Pride Building. All items are free.
The clothes closet will be open the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 9:30a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Appointments are also available by request –Contact Mary Jane Hoffer.

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

• The LUMC Clothes Closet will not be open during the fall rummage sale

Fuel Up for Summer is a lunchtime summer food/activities program held throughout June and July (except July 4th). In addition to the hot lunch, fun activities will be planned for each day. 2017 dates have yet to be determined, so please keep in touch for more information. Last year this program was free to any child age 1-18 years, is not income-based and will have no registration. Meals will also be available to parents and other adults accompanying a student for a small cost. This program is being sponsored through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Douglas County Research and Extension, Perry Lecompton School District #343, the City of Lecompton, Lawrence Public Schools, the City of Perry and Lecompton United Methodist Church (the site of this program as well as a dedicated group of community volunteers). For more information or if you would like to help, please contact Cyndi Treaster at ctreaste@gmail.com or Sandy Jacquot at sjacquot1@gmail.com. We are looking for adults and local students who would like to share their talents and/or interests for the programming! Look for more information to come in the next couple of months.

Saturday April 15th, 2017
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 12th, 2017
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 of Lecompton - City Celebration
Voted one of five best small towns in Kansas
Saturday May 6th, 2017 - Rowena City Park – 4:00pm-6:00pm
Join us for Hotdogs, Chips, Ice Cream and Cookies
While supplies last
Bouncy House for the kids

Make a few dollars off those unused items and join in our City-wide garage sales, held the weekend of June 2nd, 3rd , & 4th

Beginning at 6:00 A.M. Saturday June 10th, 2017
Lecompton will be holding a bulk trash pick up on Saturday, June 10th. Place any large items or bulk trash out by your curb by 5:00 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 12th, 2017
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.

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.

June 16th & 17th 2017
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!

 Territorial Day committee is always looking for more volunteers contact Vickie Marino for more information #785-250-7414.
 Contact Lecompton Historical Society for more information 785-887-6148

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. Meetings are held twice a year on the 2nd Wednesday of January and June. 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 Vickie Clark Crystal Leming
Martin Heurter 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 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 16 & 17
• Bald Eagle Rendezvous: pending

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.


Lecompton Fire EMS District #1 is a 20 member volunteer department with 10 members trained in
emergency medical response. We operate three stations in our district. City of Lecompton, Big Springs, and at the Lecompton I-70 Interchange. All stations have a pumper / engines and a brush / medical trucks. Station 1 in Lecompton also has a 2300 gallon water tender truck.
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 bans are issued if needed every morning at 7:00 am. If the Fire Index Rating is set at high or above and / or the wind is expected to gust above 15 MHP anytime during the day, a burn ban will be issued for the next 24 hours. You are required to contact Douglas County Dispatch at (785) 843-0250 to find out if a
burn ban is in place and to log your burn. During a burn ban NO outdoor open flame burning is allowed. This does include burning household trash in a burn barrel, fire pits, and outdoor grilling. Outdoor fires cannot be left unattended.
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 unless you receive a burn permit from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Douglas Commissioners, and the Fire Chief of the local jurisdiction.
We have purchased two trucks in the last 6 months. A new engine / pumper at our Big Springs station and a new water tender at our Lecompton station are now in service.
We are governed by a 5 member board made up of citizens living in the Lecompton Township. We are looking for new fire board members. Fire board members serve for three years terms and meet once a month on the 2nd Tuesday at 6:30. This is a good opportunity to learn and see how your fire department works.
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 save countless lives and property nationwide.
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 Will Shockley


Fire Chief Will Shockley Fire Fighter and EMR
Asst. Fire Chief Danny Rake Fire Fighter and EMT
Deputy Chief Wayne Riley Fire Fighter and EMR
Capt. Jared Spradling Fire Fighter and EMT
Capt. Marci Skinner Fire Fighter
Capt. Jeff Goodrick. Fire Fighter and EMR - Jeff is the most senior member of our
department with over 30 years of service.
Lt. James Goodrick Fire Fighter and Maintenance

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.

If you are interested in being on the Fire Board
please contact the Fire Department at 785-887-6221

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: Lori Wilkins Board Vice President: Mary Jane Hoffer
Member at Large: Ron Thacker Secretary/Treas. Sandy Nichols
Township Representative: Mike Stewart Member: Vacant position

• If you are interested in the vacant position please call the Fire Department
785-887-6221 and leave a message

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! Are you looking to grow a business or start a new business in the City of Lecompton or Lecompton Township? Lecompton is looking for you to start a business here! We have some great 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 Kathy Paslay: 785-224-7196 for more details
Or go online for more details: http://www.networkkansas.com/communities

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

Voting for Local City Office Elections
Tuesday - November 7, 2017
Council members up for Re-Election:
Mayor –Sandra Jacquot
Councilmember - Tim McNish
Councilmember - Elsie Middleton

Filing deadline to run for office is noon on June 1st, 2017


April 2nd Live Music 2pm @ PRIDE building
April 15th Easter Egg Hunt/City Park – 10am Sharp
April 28th Animal Vet Clinic – 6:30-8pm
May 6th City Best Small Town Celebration
June 2-4 Citywide Garage Sales
June 10th Bulk Trash
June 12th Tire Collection Day
June 16th & 17th Territorial Days
June 24th Bald Eagle Speed Shop Car Show
Pending Bald Eagle Rendezvous

Memorial Weekend 1 day late Thanksgiving 1 day late
July 4 1 day late Christmas 1 day late
Labor Day 1 day late New Year’s 2018 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 18th Mon
Presidents Day Feb 15th Mon
Memorial Day
July 4th
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day & Day After
Christmas Eve Day
Christmas Day
Designated or Floating Holiday