City honors officer with Life Saving Award

J.D. Willis, left, receives a Life Saving Award from Police Chief Jeff Whitfield.

By Nancy D. Borst, TSnews

HAYSVILLE – A Haysville police officer was honored at Monday’s city council meeting with a Life Saving Award from the police department.
Chief Jeff Whitfield presented the award to officer J.D. Willis. Whitfield said Willis was dispatched to back up Sedgwick County Sheriff’s officers at a motor vehicle accident on May 20, 2022. When he arrived on the scene, Willis saw that a motorcycle passenger had suffered a traumatic amputation of a leg in the accident. He applied a tourniquet and medical personnel said that his quick thinking and action saved the victim’s life.
Whitfield noted that the good deeds of officers don’t get the notice they deserve but this was a case where recognition was essential. The person involved in the accident was present at Monday’s meeting to witness the award. Audience members there for the presentation told the city that Haysville police officers do good work. Mayor Russ Kessler echoed that sentiment and praised the city’s police officers.
The council also got an update at Monday’s meeting on the status of local trash company Best Value Services, which told the city last month that it would no longer provide residential service in the city. Chief administrative officer Will Black said he had spoken with the company’s owner, who said Best Value also is no longer providing commercial trash service in Haysville. Black said the company is following through on its promises. The council asked for one more update at the December council meeting.
Council members voted to adopt revisions to the personnel manual that will create a paid time off (PTO) policy for all new employees. The effective date will be Jan. 9, 2023. It was noted that studies indicate using a PTO system reduces unscheduled absences and makes the city a more attractive employer for potential employees. Black said he expected most current longtime employees to remain in the traditional system of paid sick, vacation and personal holiday leave.
In other business, the council:
• Approved an ordinance vacating a portion of the platted access control of Lot 1, Block 2 Sunset Addition, which will allow the construction of a residential home and driveway. The change had been recommended by the planning commission.
• Approved publication of notice of a public hearing on Dec. 12 to amend the 2022 budget. The city pool experienced fewer rainout days this past summer and had an increase in operation costs. The city must increase the budget authority for the pool fund to comply with state budget law. If approved after the public hearing, the amendment would increase the total expenditures for the pool to $185,507.
• Approved purchase of a John Deere gator from Prairieland Partners at a cost of $26,774.01, with funds coming from sustainability grants. It was noted that demand for gators has increased as the city has grown its special events.
• Had a first reading of annual revisions to the city code. Black asked council members to please send any questions to him before the December meeting. He said the goal is to get the entire code into one searchable document available online.
• Approved renewal of four cereal malt beverage licenses for local businesses and approved two temporary special event permits for consumption of alcoholic beverages on public property.
City offices will be closed Nov. 24 and 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.