By Nancy D. Borst
HAYSVILLE – Residents soon will be seeing a new playground as well as street improvements, thanks to action taken at Monday’s monthly Haysville City Council meeting.
The city’s park board at its April meeting approved spending park sales tax funds to add a playground (equipment, installation, concrete border and wood fiber) at Country Lakes Reserve I. The council approved purchase of these services from Cunningham Recreation at a cost of $59,962. Public works staff will prepare the site for installation.
The playground will be on the west side of Country Lakes, west of S. Cattail Circle and north of W. Country Lakes Street.
The council also approved bids for street projects. Low bid for the annual asphalt milling and overlay of city streets as presented at the March 14 meeting was submitted by Pearson Construction in the amount of $502,298. The bid includes alternates on Fager Drive and Nelson Avenue. This project is expected to begin in June.
The city received only one bid for the slurry seal project. That bid came from South Central Sealing and Paving in the amount of $142,166.36. Total cost of the street projects comes to $644,464.36, which will be paid from street sales tax and capital improvements funds.
The Copper Tail Addition is ready to proceed on its infrastructure improvements and the council approved several resolutions to approve those improvements and put temporary financing in place. The improvements and their anticipated costs are: paving, $969,000; sanitary sewer, $362,000; storm water drain, $120,000; and water, $293,000. Total estimated cost of all these improvements is $1.74 million.
The council also approved a resolution to sell general obligation temporary notes to fund the improvements, with a total issuance of $1,845,000. Brett Shogren of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, the city’s financial advisor, said the plan is to open bids for the note sale on May 9, with formal approval coming at that evening’s council meeting. The expected closing on the temporary note sale is June 1.
The costs of these improvements will be spread among the 33 lots in the addition. All infrastructure improvements are scheduled to be complete by April 2023.
Mayor Russ Kessler gave an update on some work that is ongoing and not yet ready for council action. He said he is emphasizing sidewalk safety. A sidewalk for South Broadway has been submitted to the Kansas Department of Transportation for a possible cost share. Additional sidewalk on North Main is moving closer to approval. Other upcoming projects include sidewalk on South Main near Timber Creek and a crosswalk on South Meridian that requires county approval. Architects continue work on the new assisted living facility. The city also has applied for assistance from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks to do an aeration of the lake in Dorner Park. Kessler said he wants to keep council members in the loop on such ongoing work.
In other business, the council:
• Approved an Arbor Day proclamation, designating May 3 as Arbor Day and urging residents to plant trees. It was noted that local Scouts will plant trees at the Trout Shelter in Dorner Park at 5:15 p.m. May 2.
• Approved purchase of a 2022 Dodge Ram 3500 service truck for the water department from James River Dodge in Springfield, Mo. at a cost of $59,995.
• Approved music licensing agreements with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC that will allow music to be played and performed at city events. Total cost of the three licenses is $1,271 per year. This will be paid out of special funds: special events.
• Approved renewal of a refuse hauler’s license for Allen & Sons Waste Services, Wichita. The council tabled renewal of a refuse hauler’s license for Best Value Services LLC after noting there had been numerous issues recently with trash not being picked up by the company. The council action allows Best Value Services to continue to function in the city until the next council meeting. The council encouraged a representative for the company to attend the next meeting for discussion of these issues.
• Approved a resolution adopting the Kansas Act Against Discrimination and the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988. The city already abides by these rules but had to formally adopt them as part of the CDBG grant for the Sunset Fields paving, said chief administrative officer Will Black. Copies of both documents will be available to the public from City Hall.
• Approved revisions to the city’s personnel manual, effective May 1.
• Approved a temporary special event permit for Paint the Night.
• Approved reappointment of Klyda Fall to a four-year term on the Haysville Community Library board.
• Received and filed the March bills.