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McLouth City Council gives property owner a deadline

The Oskaloosa Independent of Oskaloosa, Kansas

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Time is running out for Jerry Hullinger, the owner of the building located at 207 S. Union in McLouth.

Meeting the evening of Sept. 15 at the Fire Station, the McLouth City Council voted unanimously to require Hullinger to have everything on the sidewalk in front of the property removed by Oct. 20, that being the date of the next regularly-scheduled council meeting. A discussion preceded the vote, during which the possibility of allowing Hullinger to construct a temporary sidewalk was mentioned. But because the sidewalk would necessarily extend out into the street, which also carries K-92 traffic, a permit would have to be obtained from the Kansas Department of Transportation, it was pointed out.

When the council met Aug. 18, Council President Jim Moore made a motion that Hullinger be given 60 days to complete the renovation of the building, but he later withdrew that motion and Assistant City Attorney Pete Glasser was directed to look into the legality of a temporary sidewalk that would occupy part of the street.

Jerry Brosa, 409 E. Agnes, and Dorothy Moore, 405 E. Lucy, appeared before the council to complain about the noise being generated by older children operating dirt bikes in their (the children's) yards.

There was a discussion about the mosquito problem in town. According to City Clerk Kim Everley, the council would like to see residents make an effort to not allow water to accumulate in outside containers and old tires and the like, and the city may purchase a chemical solution that could be used to kill the mosquitoes present in large quantities of standing water so the water could remain in place.

Assistant City Attorney Carol Bonebrake was present to lead a discussion as to whether or not allterrain vehicles should be permitted on the streets. It was the consensus of the council that ATVs do not belong on the streets.

Also discussed during the meeting was a request from G & D Properties for permission to replace the sidewalk at 110 W. Agnes. According to the city clerk, the council wants G & D Properties to make some improvements to a structure at that address before it will duly consider the sidewalk proposal.

The report of the Police Department for the month of August was made available to the paper for publication. It indicated that between them, Chief of Police Marcus Koch and his fellow officers handled 35 calls for service, participated in four criminal investigations and made one arrest.

The report also showed that the department was involved in 29 traffic stops, which resulted in the issuance of nine citations and 21 warnings.

Officers also were involved in eight code enforcement cases, handing out one citation in the process.

Fire Chief Keith Meador, who also is McLouth's mayor, informed the council that the gear purchased for two volunteer firefighters had arrived.

Utility Superintendent Gary Tullis reported that the pumps at what is known as Wilbur's lift station had ceased to function but that they had been repaired and were performing properly. He also reported that the pads for the Summit Street and Franklin Street/Fredrick Street crosswalks along K-16 had been installed and holes dug for the poles to which solar-powered blinking lights will be attached.

There was a discussion regarding the status of the communications tower east of town owned by Verizon. According to the city clerk, Verizon claims that the tower is functioning as it should, but the company charged with the task of maintaining the structure disagrees.

The council designated the city clerk to be the city's primary delegate to the League of Kansas Municipalities conference slated for Oct. 10-12 in Overland Park. The utility superintendent was named the secondary delegate.

The meeting adjourned about 8:30.

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Original Publication Date: September 24, 2015

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