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  • The City of Andovers Proactive Approach to

    Reducing Crashes

    OlathesBudget

    Infographic

    Engaging Kansas Hispanic-Owned

    Business

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  • 134 Engaging Kansas Hispanic-Owned Business Read tips on working with Hispanic businesses.

    138 The City of Andover Takes Proactive Approach to Reducing Crashes TheCityofAndovercollaboratedtofixtrafficsafetyproblems.

    141 2015 Governing Body Institute & Mayors Conference Wrap-up of the 2015 Governing Body Institute & Mayors Conference.

    142 Haysville Wins Inaugural Kansas Hometown Showdown Learn about the City of Haysvilles PRIDE Park Fountain.

    146 Olathes Budget Infographic TheCityofOlathemadea200pagebudgetintoa simplevisualization.

    Departments

    Features

    About the Cover:Winning photo from the inaugural Kansas Hometown Showdown contest. The photo is of the City of Haysvilles PRIDE Park Fountain. Photo provided by Will Black.

    133 Directors Foreword

    145 Legal Forum Rodriquez v. United States:SniffingOuttheRuleforTrafficStops

    148 Best Practices Community-OrientedPolicing

    150 Kansas Government News 152 League Profiles

    154 Classified Advertising

    156 Professional Services

    158 City Events

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    ContentsVolume101Number5June2015

  • Obituaries

    The Kansas Government Journalispublishedmonthlyby: League of Kansas Municipalities

    300S.W.8thAve.Topeka,Kansas66603-3951phone:(785)354-9565fax:(785)354-4186

    www.lkm.org

    Generalsubscriptionsare$40annually.SubscriptionsforLeaguemembercities and research subscribers are $20 annually. Individual issues cost

    $5,withanadditional$5chargefortheTaxRateBookedition.

    Nothinghereinshallbeconstruedtohavetheendorsementofthepublisherunlessexpresslystated.

    Governing Body

    PresidentTerrySomers,Mayor,MountHope

    Vice PresidentLarryWolgast,Mayor,Topeka

    Immediate Past PresidentJohnDeardoff,CityManager,Hutchinson

    Past PresidentsBrendaChance,CityClerk,Phillipsburg

    MikeBoehm,Mayor,LenexaCarlGerlach,Mayor,OverlandPark

    DirectorsGaryAdrian,Mayor,ColbyHerbBath,Mayor,AltamontJoeDenoyer,Mayor,Liberal

    KendalFrancis,CityAdministrator,LakinDaronHall,CityManager,PittsburgMarkHolland,Mayor,KansasCity

    JerryLovett-Sperling,CityClerk,LindsborgJohnMcTaggart,Mayor,Edwardsville

    KimThomas,Mayor,StocktonJamesToews,Mayor,Inman

    J.MichaelWilkes,CityManager,Olathe

    Executive DirectorErik Sartorius

    Kansas Government Journal Staff

    Editors in ChiefKate CooleyMichael Koss

    Managing EditorAndreyUkrazhenko

    League Staff

    JayBachman,InformationServicesManagerLarryBaer,LegalCounsel

    KateCooley,Conference/MarketingCoordinatorAnnaDeBusk,SecretarytotheExecutiveDirector

    CindyGreen,DeputyDirectorNikkiHarrison,AdministrativeAssistant

    MichaelKoss,LegalCounsel&MemberServicesManagerTamiMartin,AdministrativeAssistant

    RynaePlue,AccountantNicoleProulxAiken,LegalCounselErikSartorius,ExecutiveDirectorEricB.Smith,LegalCounsel

    AndreyUkrazhenko,CommunicationsSpecialist

    The mission of the League shall be to strengthen and advocate for the interests of Kansas municipalities to advance the general welfare and

    promote the quality of life of the people who live within our cities.

    2015 League of Kansas Municipalities

    05-GoverningBodyMeeting,Topeka

    10-HotTopic:MunicipalGovernmentBasics,Webinar

    12-CAAK:SpringMeetingandCLE,Mulvane

    18-MLA:CityClerkFundamentals,NessCity

    19-MLA:CityClerkFundamentals,ElDorado

    25-MLA:CityClerkFundamentals,Belleville

    26-MLA:CityClerkFundamentals,Mission

    03-LKMHoliday:IndependenceDay

    07-MLA:KOMA/KORA,Kingman

    08-MLA:KOMA/KORA,Columbus

    21-MLA:KOMA/KORA,Fairway

    June

    Connect with LKM on Social Media

    @LeagueKSMunishttps://www.facebook.com/

    LeagueofKansasMunicipalities

    July

    2015 LKM Events Calendar

    August

    Phil Anderson, 72,diedApril30,2015.Mr.Anderson served asmayor for theCity ofDouglass from1997 to 2002.

    He has been a very, very important part of this community formany years,said KaLyn Nethercot, Douglasss city administrator. He was frugal and hehad a great balance between staff, elected officials, and the public that is verymuchagift,shesaid.Thenoteshestruckwereexactly therightonesfor the communityatthattime.

    William Noel Brownfield, 91,diedApril15,2015.Mr.BrownfieldservedasmayorofLeawoodandPresidentofLeawoodNational

    Bank.HewasaMissouriTigerfan,hadafar-reachingimpactinthecommunityandalwayshadtimetolistenandtelladelightfulstory.Mr.BrownfieldservedhiscountryintheU.S.NavyasaLieutenantontheUSSMacKenzieDDG14,whichguarded the Mediterranean Sea.

    Susan Kay Busenbark, 66,diedMay8,2015.Ms.BusenbarkwasbornJuly21,1948,inKansasCity,Kansas.Shegraduated

    fromBishopMiegeHighSchool,Classof1966.ShemarriedTedBusenbarkonOctober19,1968.They raised their threechildren in theOverlandPark/PrairieVillagearea.SusanbeganworkingintheBelinderElementarySchool,andlaterintheBrokenArrowElementary.Followingworkingfortheschoolsystem,sheworked as a Clerk of Municipal Court for Overland Park.

    132 Kansas Government Journal June 2015

  • Directors Forewordby Erik Sartorius

    Afterwhat has seemed like amoistspringinmanypartsofthestate,summerisuponus.Itcertainlyhasntfeltlikeit,with lows in the 40s this week! The fact that the legislature is still in town as I typealsomakesmequestionhowsummercould be so close.

    We have just wrapped up the Governing Body Institute (GBI). This wasmy first time attending theconference.Wehad an extraordinary turnout of over 200 localpublicofficials,closeto75%ofthembrandnew.Adeepappetitefor learningwas apparent,with questions pepperingpresentersin every session. I believe thesemayors, councilmembers andcommissionersareofftoagreatstart.Iencouragethem,andallmembers,touseyourLeaguestafftohelpwiththequestionswhoseanswersmaynotbereadilyapparent.Thatswhywerehere!

    WewelcomedJimMathistotheKansasMayorsAssociationsportionof theGBIweekend. Jimengagedmayorswith severalprovocativequestionsabouttheircitiesandtheirrolesascommunityleaders.IwouldboilJimspresentationdowntothreequestions:

    What is the most significant change in yourcommunity in thepast twoyears, andhowareyoureacting to that?

    What is the one thing your citizenswould say ismissingfromyourcommunity?

    What is it about your community that makes it special?

    Howdoyou arrive at the answers to these questions?ASK!Whodoyouask?Mathisstressedthatyoucantunderestimatethebenefitsofbeingvisibleinyourcommunityandtalkingtoresidentsandbusinessowners.Youwouldbehardpressedtofindresourcesbetterthanthem.

    Withrespecttothatonethingthatresidentssayismissingfromyourcommunity,Jimsharedsomeguidance.Ifyourconversationsandotherinformationgatheringprovideyouthesensethat60%ormoreofyourcommunitywantssomethinggiveit tothem!And if you cannot give it to them, Jim strongly recommendedthat city leaders have a conversation with residents about why that one thing is not possible at this time.My takeaway isthat ignoring the elephant in the roomcankillmomentumand causecitizenstoquestioncredibilityinacity.

    Eventhough(asthisgoestoprint)the2015legislativesessionis not yet in the books, please begin thinking about 2016.

    Yes,2016!TheLeaguespolicycommitteesareformingnowforAugustmeetings.Thesecommitteesareakeyvehicle tosurfaceemerging legislative issues, aswell as review existingLeaguelegislative policies. They are also your best opportunity to weigh in onissuesimportanttoyourcommunityandallcities,andhelpchartthecourseasthe2016StatementofMunicipalPolicyisdeveloped.

    Therearefourcommittees:Finance&Taxation,PublicOfficers&Employees,Energy&Environment,andtheoverallPublicPolicyCommittee. Increasingmember participation, particularlywithrespecttolegislativeissues,isoneelementoftheLeaguesstrategicplan.Pleasereviewtheinformationonpage159,whichprovidesadditionaldetailsaboutthecommittees.Datesforthesemeetingswill be available shortly.

    Wevaluethediversityofdifferentregionsofthestateandsizesof cities, so that the policy that guides theLeagues advocacyefforts reflects the priorities of all cities inKansas. If you areunabletobeamemberofacommitteethisyear,pleasesharewithusanyissuesyoubelievewillcomebeforethelegislaturenextyear andrequireourattention.

    ThemonthofJunenotonlybringssummer,butitistheunofficialbeginningtothatunofficialperiodknownasbudgetseason.Iknowappointedofficialsandstaffarehardatworkcrunchingnumbersandpreparingvarious scenarios tomatchavailable revenuewithprogrampriorities.

    For younewly-electedofficials, these next fewmonths likelywillbeyourfirstsignificant,policy-makingopportunity.WehaverecentlymailedcopiesoftheGoverningBodyHandbooktoeachcity,andthoseofficialsthatattendedtheGoverningBodyInstitutereceived their own copies while in attendance. I encourage you to utilizetheknowledgeyougainedattheGBIandtheinformationinthe handbook to assist your deliberations.

    IfyouwereunabletoattendtheGoverningBodyInstitute,orjustneeda refresheron localgovernmentbasics,considering joiningour upcomingwebinar,MunicipalGovernmentBasics.Gearedmoretoelectedofficials,wewillbeconductingthiswebinarintheearlyeveninginanefforttomakeitmoreaccessible.Detailsforregistration can be found at http://www.lkm.org/training/hottopic/.

    The(eventual)endtothelegislativesessionwillbefreeingmesomewhatfromTopeka.IandCindyGreen,our(stillnew-ish)deputydirector are looking forward to getting on the road and visiting membercities.Wehopetoseeyousoon!

    PleaseletmeknowifyouhaveanyquestionsorcommentsIdlovetohearfromyou: [email protected] or785-354-9565.

    133Kansas Government Journal June 2015

  • A saformercitycouncilwomanandmayorofRoelandPark,asmallcityinnortheastJohnsonCounty,Kansas,Ireflectonwhatourcitycouldhavedonedifferentlytobetter engage with local businesses. While the Hispanic populationinthebestlittletownintownwasonly10%atthetime,thosewhoconductedbusinessinourcitywereprimarilyHispanic.RoelandParkishometowhatresidentscall theMexicanPriceChopperduetothewidevarietyofHispanicfoodsthatareoffered.Balls Price Chopper knew what products to have on hand for their marketandcustomers.Likeanygoodbusiness,theyengagedtheiremployees, considered the customers requests and consistentlyevaluatedinventorytomeetconsumerneeds.BallsPriceChopper

    isjustoneofRoelandParkssuccessfulbusinesses,andcityofficialsmust understandwho these owners are and the people they areserving.Withthisinmind,KansasHispanicandLatinoAmericanAffairsCommission(KHLAAC)beganaprojectinthespringof2014 togather informationon the challenges, opportunities andneeds of Hispanic businesses across Kansas.

    WorkinginconjunctionwithPuenteMarketingCommunications,aKansasCity-basedHispanicmarketing and advertising firm,KHLAAC conducted a series of in-personmeetingswith 50Hispanic business owners and organizations located in high-HispanicpopulationcommunitiessuchasDodgeCity,GardenCity,

    EngagingwiththeKansasHispanic-OwnedBusiness

    ByAdrienneFoster,ExecutiveDirectorofKansasHispanic&LatinoAmerican

    AffairsCommissionandNorbertoAyala-Flores,PresidentofPuenteMarketingCommunications

    Growth of the Hispanic Population in Kansas

    Engaging Kansas Hispanic-Owned BusinessBy Adrienne Foster and Norberto Ayala-Flores

    134 Kansas Government Journal June 2015

  • JohnsonCounty,KansasCity,Topeka,andWichita.Inadditiontounderstandingtheneedsofthesebusinesses,KHLAACwantedtolearnmoreabouttheuniquechallenges,opportunitiesandneedsofHispanicbusinessowners,speakwithcommunityinfluencersabouthowtheyengagewiththeHispanicbusinesscommunityandidentifyopportunities to assist in growth. These 50 interviews were just a smallsamplingofthemorethan5,770Hispanic-ownedbusinessesthat currently operate in the state of Kansas.

    ThetotalLatinopopulationintheU.S.is56.5million,representing18%ofthepopulation.By2019,theHispanicpopulationisexpectedtoreach64.4million,or19%ofthetotalU.S.population.Muchhas been said and written about Hispanic purchasing power andwhat it represents to theU.S.marketplace an estimated $1.5 trillion annually.

    Increasingly,Hispanics are a coveted consumer group, andtheir impact is not limited to product consumption.Hispanicbusinesses contributed nearly $490 billion through the end of2014,andat3.2millionandcounting,theireconomicimpactandcontributionwillcontinuetoincreaseandmakeournationaland localeconomiesstronger.

    The Hispanic population has continued fueling growth all over theU.S.notjustinthetraditionalHispanicdemographicareassuchasthesouthwest,southandsoutheastbutinalmostevery

    cornerofthecountry.Itsademographicshiftthattouchesnearlyeverystateandisdrivenmorebynativebirthsthanimmigration.Kansas isnodifferent. It reflects thegrowthandcompositionoftheHispanicmarketplace.Asseeninthegraph,theU.S.CensusBureauProjectionsshowtheHispanicpopulationisestimatedtobe412,063inthestateofKansasby2019.

    Hispanicsarenotjustpowerfulinnumbers-theirlanguagealsosetsthemapart.Morethan53%ofallHispanicsagesfiveandolderinKansasarefullybilingualinEnglishandSpanish.Asidefromthepositivecognitiveeffectsofmultilingualismsuchasimprovementinmemory,problemsolvingandtaskswitching,speakingmorethanone language has its advantages in the business world.

    Bilingualemployeescanbeespeciallyadvantageousintheglobalmarket,providingtheabilitytoserveawidercustomerbaseandbridgethegapbetweenbusinessrelationshipsthatmayotherwisegooverlooked.Infact,theemploymentoftranslatorsandinterpretersisprojectedtoincreaseby22%between2008and2018.Additionally,research by Rosetta Stone found that those who speak a foreign languagehaveanaveragehouseholdincomenearly$10,000morethan those who dont.

    JustastheHispanicpopulationandbilingualismcontinuestogrowthroughout theUnitedStates, sodoHispanic-ownedbusinesses.Thosebusinessesincluderestaurants,beautysalons,grocerystores,

    Projected Percent Increase in Number of Hispanic-Owned Businesses from 2007 to 2014

    135Kansas Government Journal June 2015

  • professional services, constructioncompanies, automotive, retailstores,largemanufacturingfacilities,andsomanymorespecialtyniches.Hispanicownershipcanbefoundinmorethan340nationalclassificationsofbusinesses throughout theUnitedStatesand inKansas. There is a direct correlation between Hispanic population growth and Hispanic-owned businesses.

    Hispanics are a critical componentof theU.S. economydueto their greater propensity for starting andgrowingbusinesses,said JavierPalomarez,President andCEOof theU.S.Hispanic ChamberofCommerce.

    OnApril22,2013,FoxNewsLatinodidafeaturearticletitled,Latinos,ImmigrantsFueledEntrepreneurshipin2012.Nearly20percentofthesixmillionpeoplewhostartedbusinessesin2012wereLatino,whilenationally,entrepreneurshipactuallydippedoverallduetomorejobsbeingcreatedbyestablishedfirmsandcorporations.Thestudy,annuallyconductedbytheKauffmanFoundation,alsostatedthatin2012thenumberofLatinoentrepreneursgrewmorethanwhite,blackandAsianentrepreneurs.

    Among KHLAACs key research findings was that theentrepreneurial spirit appears to be part of the Hispanic-business ownersDNA.Theresearchalsoshowedaprevailingattitudeofingenuityandfortitudethatexistsinsomanyentrepreneurswhohavemadeourcountrygreat.Tobetold,no,oryoullnevermakeit,orthisisntforyou,onlyignitestheentrepreneurialpassionthatexistsinsidethem.ShowLatinoswheretheresopportunity,andyoullfindthemmakingthemostofit.Aversiontoriskdoesntseemtobeaqualitytheypossess.Yet,itdoesntmeantheythrowcautiontothewind.Decisionsaremadewiththeirfamiliesandclosefriendsinmind.Businessownerswhoparticipatedintheresearchalsosaidtheyplaceahighvalueontheirculturethatmakesthemwhotheyareanddefineshowtheyengagewithothers.Theyseetrustasafundamentalcomponentofforgingrelationships.Theyrespectthevaluesandculturesofthecommunityinwhichtheyliveandhopefor reciprocity of respect for their culture as well. Their survival mentalitysuits themwell tomake thebestofanysituation,andtheyre willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. Latinos are open inexpressingtheirspiritualityandfaithintheirplaceofbusiness.

    Itsoftenanexpressionoftheirbeliefsandisusedasguidanceattheir places of business.

    ThisresearchisjustonepieceofthebroadereffortstheKHLAAChas initiated.Since2011,KHLAAChasheldHispanicBusinessForumsthroughoutthestate,engaginglocalHispanicenterprisesto better understand their needs and successes.Ourmost recenteventonMay5,2015,washeldattheNationalCenterforAviationTraininginWichita,wherewehostedsevenworkshopsonavarietyof topics for Hispanic business owners. Workshop topics included usingQuickBooks, establishing an online presence, accessingcapital, andmore.Our hope is to continue providing concreteresourcesandcreatingstrongconnectionsamongourstatesLatinoentrepreneurs.Ifyouorsomeoneyouknowisinterestedinattendingfutureevents,pleasegotohttps://www.khlaac.ks.gov/home.

    LikeKHLAAC,citiesacross theUnitedStatesarewonderingwhat can be done to better communicatewithHispanic-ownedbusinesses.Ifyourelookingforwaystogetinvolved,sendownersaninvitationtoattendacitycouncilmeeting,andintroducethemtothecity.Visittheirestablishments,andlearnabouttheirbusinessneeds.Introducethemtoyourlocalchambersofcommerce,andcontinue to stay in touch.

    Kansas Hispanic & Latino American Affairs Commission is a seven member body appointed by the Governor. The Commission serves as a liaison for the Kansas Hispanic & Latino Community and the Office of the Governor. The Commission addresses public policy concerns primarily in the areas related to education, health and business.

    Ethnic composition of business owners

    2003 vs. 2013

    Adrienne Foster is the Executive Director of Kansas Hispanic & Latino America Affairs Commission. She can be reached at [email protected] or (785) 296-2161. Norberto Ayala-Flores is the President of Puente Marketing Communications. He can be reached at [email protected] or (816) 283-8300.

    136 Kansas Government Journal June 2015

  • Andover,Kansashadasituationcommontoalllocalgovernments inKansas - they had traffic safetyproblems and complaints that involvedmultipleCity departments and community stakeholders.Communicationwasnotwhatitneededtobe.Thesolution?Gettherightpeopleintheroom,onaregularbasis,totalkabouttrafficsafety,withtherightdataandtools,anddevelopsolutionstogether.Andover, inButlerCounty nearWichita, hasmulti-disciplinarytrafficsafetymeetings,whichincludelunch,threetimesperyear.Inthisarticle,welldescribethosemeetingsandhowtheyarehelpingwithtrafficsafety.

    TheAndover Police Department started the citys TrafficSafetyCommitteemeetings in January 2012.AndoversPoliceTrafficSafetyCoordinatorofthedepartmentatthetime,SergeantBrandonHossStewart,startedthemwiththehelpofPoliceChiefMichaelKeller.LieutenantLanceParkerbecametheTrafficSafetyCoordinator(andtookoverthemeetings)inthemiddleof2013.

    Who is on the committee?

    Thecommitteehas10memberswithrepresentativesfromtrafficengineering,publicworks,thestreetdepartment,theareaschooldistrict, business owners, communitymembers, and the police.Eachofthosearestakeholdersinourcommunityandplayaroleinmakingourcitysafe,Parkersaid.Theschoolseducateouryouth,engineering/publicworksdevelopsourroadsandstreets,andthepoliceenforcethetrafficlawsofourstateandcity.

    Test your knowledge of federal requirements and deadlines pertinent to your local agency. Answers on page 157.

    1. What is the deadline for having a sign management or assessment method in place?2. Whats the difference between sign management and sign assessment?3. Do all types of signs need to be addressed in the management or assessment method?4. What is the deadline for having signs compliant with the new retroreflectivity standards?5. Where can I get the latest information on sign-related retroreflectivity requirements?

    Sign Retroreflectivity Quiz

    The City of Andovers Proactive Approach to Reducing CrashesBy Lisa Harris

    138 Kansas Government Journal June 2015

  • What does the committee do?

    ThecommitteemeetsthreetimesperyearinJanuary,May,andSeptemberto:

    1) Goovertrafficcrashinformationtoidentifyproblemareas.Theylookatinjuryandnon-injurycrashesperfour-monthperiodandbyyear,andcomparedatawiththepreviousyear. They also break down the incidents into categories likespeeding,age,gender,recklessdriving,andweatherconditions.Itsrealgoodinformationforeveryone,saidcommitteememberBillBraitsch, street superintendent.He said the police department has a relatively newcrash-mappingtoolthathelpswithvisualization.Trafficproblemsareusuallyatmajorintersections,hesaid.

    2) Review traffic complaints and develop suggestions forimprovement. Complaints are broken down into twogroups:driverandroadhazard.

    3) Learnaboutpoliceenforcementeffortssuchasnumberofcitations,locationsofthespeedtrailerandspeedsrecorded,locationofsigns,dronevehicle,etc.;and

    4) Review anddiscuss traffic engineering studies plannedandunderway,roadconstruction,andcurrentandfutureimprovement plansand discuss any adjustments toconsider.

    Theoverallobjectiveistolowerboththenumberofcrashesandthenumberoftrafficcomplaints.

    What have been some notable benefits and outcomes of the traffic safety meetings?

    Better communication.Ibelievethatcommunicationbetweenpublicworks,schools,localbusinessowners,thepolice,andthecommunityhasbeenimproved.Thecommitteemembersallhavedifferentperspectivesontrafficsafetyandwealllearnfromeachother,Parkersaid.

    Greater awareness of safety issues. Parker said that, I havelearned to lookat computerizedcrashdataandprovide targetedenforcementsitesforouragency.Inaddition,Parkersaidhehasbeen able toprovidebetter useof the cityspolice radar trailer,radar sign, and additional traffic safetyprogramsofferedby thepolicedepartment.

    Parker also attends and participates in bi-monthlyOperationImpactmeetings in the SedgwickCounty/Wichita area.Thesemeetings focus on the law enforcement side of traffic safety.

    SedgwickCountyssheriffdepartment,Wichitaspolicedepartment,andsurroundinglawenforcementagenciesgettogethertodiscusstrafficlawenforcementtrendsandissuesthroughouttheWichitametroarea.

    Braitsch said that looking at crash data and talking about the crashesgetsthetrafficsafetycommitteetothinkaboutwhyacrashhappenedataparticularlocationandwhethertrafficcontroldevicesatthesiteareworkingastheyshould.Wemightseeifatrafficsignalismalfunctioning.Maybeacameraneedstobeadjustedbecauseits not pointed just right. Maybe it wasnt entirely the drivers fault. Weremoreaware,hesaid.

    Targeted engineering.Braitsch said improvement plansmightbeadjustedasaresultofadiscussion.Anexampleisat13thStreetand Andover Road. A new junior college facility opened its doors mileeastofthat intersection,andtrafficskyrocketed.Crashesincreasedaswell,andthetrafficsafetycommitteediscussedthem.

    Briatsch said thepublicworksdepartment changed the signaltimingbeforetheyhadthemoneytoreconstructtheintersection.Thathelpedsome.Latertheyaddeddedicatedturnlanes.Theresult?In2012,therewere19crashes,goingupto26in2013,probablyduetoconstructionandconfusion,saidParker(improvementswerecompletedinSummer2013).Crashesin2014,asofDecember18,numberedjustsix.Itsapproaching80percentbetter,Braitschsaid. The crash severity has decreased as well. We used to have T-bonesatthatintersection.Nowweseejustfenderbenders.Iwontsaytheproblemhasgoneaway-itscollegekidsandtheyarenotalwaysgoingtowait-butitsalotbetter,Braitschsaid.

    Areas arounddistrict schools are particularly problematic fortrafficsafety,withlotsofbusesinthearea.Braitschsaidthedistrictisalwaysveryinvolvedinsafetydiscussions.Thecommitteehasrecently discussed the possibility of installing a pedestrian- activated beacon at crosswalk on a school route in the near future.

    Targeted enforcement at trouble spots.Thecommitteereviewstroublespots-placeswheretheyareseeingmorecrashesand/orcomplaints-andthepolicedepartmentwillincreaseenforcementat those locations.

    Community approval. Braitsch said Andover residents appreciate thecitysfocusontrafficsafety.HegaveanexampleofthestreetdepartmentspracticeofinstallingKeepKidsAliveDrive25signsatentrancestoresidentialareasoffofarterialswithahigherspeedlimit.Thespeedlimitonresidentialstreetscity-wideis25mph,andthesesignsreinforcethechangeinspeedlimit.

    Policelikethesignsandsodoresidents,Braitschsaid.Were

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  • looking out for their kids. They are colorful. Were replacing our regular25mphsignswiththese.Braitschnotedthatthesignsaremoreexpensivebecausetheyarebiggerthanaspeedlimitsignandtheyhavemorethanonecolor,buttheyareconsideredworththeinvestmentinAndover.

    Statewide recognition. Parker noted that the City of Andover hasbeenawardedKansasAAATrafficSafetyAwardssince2011,inpartbecauseoftheworkoftheirtrafficsafetycommittee.TheCityreceivedtheSilverawardin2011,Goldawardinboth2012and2013,andisinlinetoreceivethePlatinumawardthisyear.Tobeeligible for theannualaward,acommunitymustconducttrafficsafetypromotionsandeducatethepubliconsafetytopics.DavidHanni,AAAKansasRegionExecutiveVicePresident,saidtheawardsrecognizethegreateffortsoftheselawenforcementagencies,andencourageotherlawenforcementagenciestoactivelyengageinsimilartypeefforts.

    Its certainly workingwell forAndover, and their wholecommunitybenefits.

    Note from the author: While these signs are welcomed in Andover, not everyone is a fan of Children at Play type signs. Some studies have shown that they are ineffective, and some traffic engineers are opposed to using them. As Andover did, consult your city or or county engineer before placing these or similar advisory signs and it would not hurt to consult your city or county attorney as well.

    Drive 25 signs on residential streets in Andover are liked by the police department as well as the public.

    Lisa Harris is the Communications and Outreach Manager for the University of Kansas Transportation Center. She can be reached at [email protected] or (785) 864-2590.

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  • O nMay 15-16, city officials from across the stategathered in Topeka for the 2015 Governing Body Institute and Mayors Conference. The 2015 Kansas MayoroftheYear,MayorTerrySomersofMountHope,wasalsorecognizedatthisconference.DuringFridaysdinnerevent, theLeagueofKansasMunicipalitiesrecognizedthe2015graduatesoftheMunicipalLeadershipAcademy(MLA).

    Founded in 1999,MLA is a continuing education programdesigned to develop the knowledge and enhance the leadership abilities of both elected and appointedofficials.There are threelevelsofachievement:Level1focusesoneducation,Level2onachievement,andLevel3onleadership.

    ElevencityofficialsgraduatedLevel1bycompleting40totalcredithoursoftraining,whichincludesessionsonKOMA/KORA,Ethics,Municipal Finance, and other local government topics.AtotalofthreecityofficialscompletedLevel2thisyear,whichfocusesonleadership-drivensubjectmatter.NoofficialscompletedLevel 3 this year.

    WhileMLApresentationsprovidequalityeducationtofacilitatebettermunicipalgovernance,equallyimportantistheopportunityforlocalofficialstointeractwitheachotherandshareknowledgefromtheirownexperiences.Participantscanlearnaboutreal-worldsolutionsandreceivefeedbackfromofficialsfacingsimilarissues,which has been proven invaluable.

    Live one-hour webinar presentations continue to be part of the MLAcurriculum.Thesewebinarsallowcityofficialstolearnabouthot-buttonissueswithouthavingtoleavethecomfortoftheiroffice,andearnoneelectivecredithourtowardtheprogram.TheLeaguehopestocontinuetoofferinformationininnovativewaystoeducatecityofficials.

    Thisyearsgraduateshaveshownacommitment tobecomingbetterpublicservants,andareassetstoalloftheirrespectivecities.Congratulationstoallthe2015graduatesforyourcommitmenttocommunityleadership.

    Formore information regardingMLAor additional Leaguetraining opportunities, please visit http://www.lkm.org/mla/ or contact Michael Koss at [email protected]

    Level 1 Graduates

    CarolBaughman,Councilmember,Overbrook

    DarlaBebber,CityClerk,Miltonvale

    JimBurton,Superintendent,Columbus

    MichaelFagg,Mayor,ElDorado

    LizabethFinley,CityClerk,Altamont

    BrendaFinnBowers,Commissioner,Abilene

    GraysonPath,CityAdministrator,Jetmore

    BillPeak,Councilmember,Tonganoxie

    RogerPorter,Councilmember,Leoti

    RonStrickland,CityManager,Herington

    KarenVanBrimmer,Councilmember,Hoisington

    Level 2 Graduates

    JonQuinday,CityManager,Russell

    BethWade,Mayor,Herington

    AnthonyZell,UtilityDirector,Lansing

    2015 Governing Body Institute & Mayors Conference

    The 2015 Kansas Mayor of the Year, Mayor Terry Somers of Mount Hope.

    From left to right; Roger Porter, Carol Baughman, Lizabeth Finley, Jon Quinday, Ron Strickland, and Beth Wade. Photos by Kate Cooley.

  • Editors Note: Terry Somers, Mayor of Mount Hope, and League President said, The League of Kansas Municipalities created the Hometown Showdown in order to show off the beauty of Kansas communities and inspire friendly competition.

    The cities that entered were placed into a bracket to see who could gather the most likes, with winners progressing to the next rounds. Aside from bragging rights, the prize for this contest was the winning photo being used for a future cover of the Leagues magazine, the KansasGovernmentJournal.

    The City of Haysville edged out the City of Independence in the inaugural Kansas Hometown Showdown.

    The City ofHaysville takes competition seriously. So,when the League of Kansas Municipalities announced the HometownShowdown,itwasgame-on.Findingtheperfectpicture to represent Haysville was the least challenging part ofthecompetition.TheHaysvillePRIDEParkFountainisasymbolofnotonlypride,butdeterminationandcooperation.ItrepresentsHaysville perfectly.

    With snapshot in-hand, City staff launched an awarenesscampaign to garner the support of the community.HaysvilleresidentsandsupportersutilizedmanytypesofmediatoadvertisetheHometown Showdown including: local cableTV, digitalbillboards, flyerswithQR codes,word-of-mouth, email blaststoHaysville civic organizations, and socialmedia of course.GingerCullen,AdministrativeSecretary,hasworkeddiligentlytoincreaseawarenessofHaysvillessocialmediaoutlets.Over thelast18months,GingerseffortshavedoubledtheCitysFacebookfollowershipfrom611tothecurrentamountof1,236.

    The PRIDE Park Fountain is a stunning site to behold in an area thatwaslittlemorethandebrisandrubbleaftersustainingadirecthitbytheMay3,1999,tornado.Haysvillescityscapehasundergonequite a few changes since that time,MayorBruceArmstrongcommented.Thefountainservesasastatementpiecefornotonlythearea,buttheentireCity.

    ThePRIDEParkFountainsitsmajesticallyatthecornerofNorthMainandGrandAvenue,thelong-time,locationoftheHartman/WheelerLiquorStore.WhentheStorewasdestroyedin1999,thepossibilityofrebuildingwasslimifnotimpossibleduetoright-of-way changes over the years. Eventually the odd-shaped lot was acquiredbyHaysvilleforlandscaping,signage,recreationaluses,andutilityeasement,accordingtothefiledplat.

    In1999, formerMayorTimNorton,nowaSedgwickCountyCommissioner,envisionedtheNorthMainareaasaparkanddrewasimplesketchonanapkin.Theconceptincludedtwolandscapecircles - one with a water feature and one with a statue or artwork. ThemasterpiecewasunceremoniouslyhandedtoPublicWorksDirectorRandyDornerwhoworkedhismagicandturnedthenapkinsketch into a full-scale,digitizeddrawing. I couldntbelieve itwhenMayorhandedmethenapkinandaskedmetohelpmakeitareality,Dornerrecalled.

    With aworking drawing in-hand, theHaysvilleCommunityraised$10,000 to pay formaterials such as stone, plants, and asprinklersystem.Areabusinessesgenerouslydonatedandheavilydiscountedmaterials in support of the project.A host of areavolunteers,includingtheHaysville-Campusbaseballteam,cametogetherin2006toclean-upthelot,pourconcrete,planttrees,and

    Haysville Wins Inaugural

    Kansas Hometown ShowdownBy Will Black

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  • laylandscapingbricks.Thiscommunityeffortresultedinabeautifulparkwithtwolarge,circularplanters.

    Decidingwhat toname thenewparkonceagain involved theentireHaysvilleCommunity.Duringthe2008annualW.W.HaysHistoricVillageChristmasCelebration, residents came togetherandvotedtonametheparkPrideParkinacknowledgementoftheprideHaysvilleresidentshavealwaystakenintheircommunity.OvertimethespellingofthewordPridebecamePRIDE,asubtlenodtotheHaysvillePRIDECommitteescontributionstoHaysville.

    FormanyyearsParkBoardandadvisorymembersdesired toaddafountainto thepark,andpastandcurrentboardsreservedfundseachyearaccordingly.Whenitbecameapparentthefundinggoalwould soon bemet, the ParkBoard sought a design thatwould be both functional and attractive. Thanks to the pro bono

    services ofRegisteredLandscapeArchitectTeriAndreas-Farha,an artists rendering of the proposed fountain was crafted. With thedrawing inhand,Dornersetabout to the taskof turning the rendering into reality.

    FromthemomentconstructionbeganinApril2014,HaysvillePublicWorks employees served an integral role in bringing thefountaintolife.Fromclearingthelandscapingbricksandperformingothersiteprepintheearlystagesoftheproject,tothefine-tuningof17lightsand12waterjetsinthedaysleadinguptothedebut,PublicWorksemployeespouredtheirheartsintothefountain.Onceconstructionwascomplete,itwasobviousthenewlyconstructedfountainwouldbecomethefocalpointofPRIDEPark.

    OnSeptember8,2014,Haysvilleheldaribbon-cuttingceremonyforthePRIDEParkFountain.Publicofficials,communityleaders,andParkBoardmembersRussKessler,KenBell,TomColeman,Kelly Sullivan, andLuettaYoder lined up to cut the ribbon toofficiallymarkcompletionoftheproject.Asscissorssnappedshut,waterburstforthfrom12individualjetswhileclustersofLEDlightscametolifeprojectingarainbowofcolorthroughtheair.Justwhenthe crowd thought the showcouldnt get anybetter,Haysvillesthemesongbegantoplayonthefountainsspeakers:

    So much to see, so much to do.

    Such a welcoming place, friendly people too.

    Welcome to our town!

    Were on our way, great things are happening every day.

    Well show you around.

    Say Hello to Haysville now!

    Thecrowdlookedon,mesmerizedaswaterstreameddownthesidesofthefountainandrippledbehindhugemetalcutoutsignsproudly proclaiming Haysville. Flagpoles donated byVFWKeever-WirePostNo.6957flanktherearofthefountainandproudlydisplaytheAmericanandKansasflags.

    Sinceitsunveiling,thePRIDEParkFountaindrawsvisitorsbothdayandnight.ManyafamilyphototakeninfrontofthefountainhasfounditswaytoFacebook.TheHaysvillethemesongcanbeheardhourlyuntil11:00p.m.whenthemusicisturnedoffforthenight.The fountain serves as a reminder that even an odd-sized,

    lackluster plot of land can be transformed into somethingamazingwhen awilling and imaginative community comestogether.TheLeaguesHometownShowdownwas a chance toshowcase the fruits of that effort, and defineMarchMadness fortheHaysvillecommunity.

    Will Black is the City Administrator for the City of Haysville. He can be reached at [email protected] or (316) 529-5900.

    Different stages of building the Haysville PRIDE Park Fountain, as shown in the photos below. Photos provided by Will Black

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  • In the recent case Rodriguez v. United States,theUnitedStatesSupremeCourtattemptedtoresolveadivisionamonglowercourtsonthequestionwhetherpoliceroutinelymayextendanotherwise-completed traffic stop, absent reasonable suspicion, in order toconductadogsniff.1TheCourtheldthatlawenforcementcannotextendthestop.ThisarticleattemptstoexplaintheCourtsdecision2

    sothatcitiescaninformtheirofficershowtoremaincompliantwiththe4thAmendmentinlightofthisopinion.

    In Rodriguez,DennysRodriguezandapassengerwerepulledoverbyPoliceOfficerMorganStrubleonaNebraskahighwayfordriving on the shoulder.3AftertheofficerscoldedRodriguezwithawrittenwarningandhadotherwisecompletedthejustificationforthetrafficstop,StrubleaskedifhecouldwalkFloyd,hisdog,aroundRodriguezs vehicle.4WhenRodriguez refused, Strubleorderedhimtogetoutofhisvehicleandwaitforanotherofficer.Whentheotherofficerarrived,Strubleretrievedhisdogandledhimtwicearoundthevehicle,and[t]hedogalertedtothepresenceofdrugshalfwaythroughStrublessecondpass.5 According to the SupremeCourtsopinion,thealertwasseventoeightminutesafterStruble issued the warning.6

    TheSupremeCourtremandedthecasebacktotheEighthCircuitto determine whether reasonable suspicionof criminal activityjustified detainingRodriguez beyond completion of the trafficinfractioninvestigation,becausethecircuitcourthadnotreviewedthedistrictcourtsfindingthatthedetentionforthedogsniffinthiscasewasnotindependentlysupportedbyindividualizedsuspicion.7 Therefore,iftherewasreasonablesuspicion,thenStrublewaslikelyjustifiedinsubjectingRodriguezsvehicletoasniffsearch.

    However,intheopinionwrittenbyJusticeGinsburg,theSupremeCourt held that, absent reasonable suspicion, the officerwasprohibitedfromkeepingRodriguezlongerthanthemissionofthetrafficstop.8Ginsburgwrotethatthemissionincludesordinaryinquiries incident to [the traffic] stop,9 such as checking the driverslicense,determiningwhetherthereareoutstandingwarrantsagainst the driver, and inspecting the automobiles registrationandproofofinsurance.10Thesearepartofthemissionbecausethey help to ensure that vehicles on the road are operated safely andresponsibly.11Becauseadogsniff,normallyusedforfindingordinarycriminalwrongdoing,doesnothaveacloseconnectiontoroadwaysafety,itisnotconsideredpartofthemission.

    Thismeans that ifa trafficstop lasts longer than themission,absentreasonablesuspicionofotherwrongdoing,itviolatesthe4thAmendmentprotectionfromanunlawfulseizure:Authorityforthe

    seizurethusendswhentaskstiedtothetrafficinfractionareorreasonablyshouldhavebeencompleted.12 The opinion suggests thatthedurationofatrafficstopmaybecomeunreasonableintwocircumstanceswhenreasonablesuspicionislacking:(1)ifthestopcontinuespastthecompletionofthemission;or(2)thestoplastslongerthantheamountoftimeinwhichthemissionreasonablyshouldhavebeencompleted.

    According to JusticeThomas in his dissent, thismeans thatstopscompletedbyaparticularlyefficientofficerrequirereleasesoonerthananofficerwhoisslower.13Inhisdissent,JusticeAlitopointsoutthatiftheofficerinRodriguez hadmulti-taskedandranthe dog along the vehicle while he was waiting for the results of arecordscheck,thentherewouldbenoviolation.14 He believes constitutionalitydependsonthesequenceofeventsandinactualitytheopinionwillnotneuterpoliceefforts,claimingitisunlikelytohaveanyappreciableeffectonthelengthoffuturetrafficstops.15

    Also,itseemsthatofficerswhotaketheirtimetowriteaticketwhiletheywaitforanotherofficertoarrivemaynotviolatethisstandard.However,whileitmayseemliketheSupremeCourtisprovidingpoliceofficersawayoutof thisrule, these trickswillonlybehelpfulwithinlimits.Officersshouldbeinstructednottokeepthosedetainedinatrafficstopafterthemissionofthestopiscompleteandshouldcontinuetobecarefulnottodetainanyoneforanunreasonableamountoftime.

    Rodriquez v. United States:SniffingOuttheRuleforTrafficStops

    Legal Forumby Davina De La Torre

    Davina de la Torre is a former Legal Intern for the League of Kansas Municipalities. For more information on the article, please call (785) 354-9565.

    Sources can be found on page 157.

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  • 146 Kansas Government Journal June 2015

    The City of Olathe has continuously strived to involve thecommunityinthelocalbudgetprocess.Oneareaof focus has been in communicating the adoptedbudget to the community through an annual budgetbook.TheCitysbudgetbookincludesmissionstatements,goalsand objectives, budgetmessages, budget strategies, overviewsof revenues and expenditures, position summaries, performancemeasures,andmuchmore!

    Theannualbudgetbookisapproximately200pages,whichisalottoreadandprocess.Thebudgetofficewantedtoprovideaquickandeasybudgetdocumentthatcouldbereadandunderstoodquicklyandeffectively.Forseveralyears,theCitydistributedabudgetinbriefintheformofabrochure.Theintentwastosummarizethe200pagesintoahighleveloverviewoftheadoptedbudget.In2014,

    thebudgetofficewantedtorevampthebrochureandfindanewideatosharethehighlightsofthecurrentbudget.Thebudgetofficewas looking for an innovative way to highlight key aspects of the budgetinaneasilyunderstandableandvisuallyappealingmanner.The idea to use an infographic was born.

    Aninfographic isa funandquickway to learnabouta topic.Ithelpsmakeinformationeasilyunderstandableataglance.Thegoal for an infographic is to focus on a topic,make it visuallyengaging,andsupportitwithothercontent.FortheCityofOlathe,aninfographicwastheperfectsolutionforhelpingcitizensbetterunderstandthekeyhighlightsoftheadoptedbudget.Staffwantedto simplify the budget into something visually captivating andengaging,whichisexactlywhataninfographicdoes.

    Olathes Budget InfographicByEmilyVincentandMatthewRandall

    Find this PDF copy of the budget infographic online at http://tinyurl.com/n7jkc7m.

  • Thefirst step in creating the infographicwas to develop thecontent.The budget office partneredwith theCommunicationsDepartmentandwentthroughthebudgetdocument,presentations,andstudysessionquestionandanswerdocumentstodevelopalistofthekeytopicstobesharedonatwopageflyer.Thenextstepwas to research ideas on how to create a layout for the infographic. Afterresearchingandfindingseveralexamples,staffthenmetwithagraphicdesignertotalkthroughthevisionforthedocumentandcreatearoughoutlinefortheinfographic.Adraftwascreated,andafterseveralreiterations,abudgetinfographicwascreated.

    Theinfographicwasprintedasatwopageflyerandusedasautilitybillinsert.Inaddition,itwasdistributedaroundcityhallandotherlocationsthroughoutthecommunity.Itwasusedasahandoutforvariouscityevents,andcopiesweregiventocouncilmemberssotheycoulddistributethemtocitizens.Thedocumentwasalsoplaced on the city budget web page.

    The final product far exceeded theCitys expectations.TheinfographicaccomplishedtheCitysgoalbyprovidingasimple,effective,andvisuallyappealingmediumtodeliverkeyaspectsoftheCitysbudget.Thecitycontinuedutilizingtheinfographicforthe 2015 budget and worked again with a graphic designer to update the content and refresh the design.

    Another unanticipated result of the infographic is the City decided tonolongerprintcopiesofthe200pagebudgetdocument.ItisavailableinanelectronicformatontheCitywebsite.Now,theonlydocumentthatisprintedisthebudgetinfographic.

    Emily Vincent is the Budget Manager for the City of Olathe. She can be reached at (913) 971-8671 or [email protected] Matthew Randall is the Budget Analyst for the City of Olathe. He can be reached at (913) 971-8671.

  • Community-OrientedPolicing

    Best Practicesby Donyell Wolfe

    Community Policing Defined

    Severalcommunityorganizationsdescribecommunity policing asastrategytoinvolvepoliceincommunityaffairsbeyondtheirnormalcrimefightingduties.1Thegoalistostrengthencommunitiesbybuildingtrustinandlegitimizingthecityspoliceforce.

    Community policing shouldnot be thought of as a program. Instead,communitypolicingisavaluesystem,whichpermeatesa police department to uphold their primary goal.This systemstressesworking cooperativelywith individual citizens, groupsof citizens, andpublic andprivate organizations to identify andresolveissuesthatpotentiallyaffectthelivabilityofspecificareas,or thecityasawhole.The ideaofcommunitypolicingstresses

    prevention and early identification of concerns so they do notdevelop into future problems.2Community policing should notbe confusedwithNeighborhoodWatch - awell-known crimeprevention programdeveloped in the late 1960s in response toan increasing burglary rates.3Unlike theNeighborhoodWatchpreventionprogram,community-orientedpolicepracticesinvolveindividual officers acting as general-purpose specialists who unite government and private resources to produce resolutions.Officersareencouragedtospendtimeandeffortindevelopingandmaintainingpersonalrelationshipswithcitizens,businesses,schools, andcommunityorganizations.4

    Commonfeaturesofcommunitypolicingincludethefollowing:

    Focus on Livability - several studies reveal that policeworkloads involve very little time focusedon crime-related concerns. Roughly 10-20% of thepoliceworkloadmaybe linked tocrimefighting.Onadailybasis,anofficerusuallyspendstimeresolvingproblems,e.g.,monitoringthepublicpark,workingtoreducetruancyatamiddleschool,organizingresourcestoimprovelightinginamobilehomepark,removingabandonedvehiclesfromstreets,etc.

    Citizen Involvement - police departmentswork toinvolve citizens in daily operations.Volunteers,interns,andothercommunitymembersarewelcomedandencouragedtolearnmoreaboutcrimepreventioninitiatives.Departmentsmay educate the communitythroughpublications,websites,public-accesstelevision,andtownhallmeetings.

    KCK officers being sworn in. Photos provided by Donyell Wolfe.

    KCPD Animal Rescue.

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  • Decentralized Decision Making - involves front-line supervisors in decision-making that primarilydepend on command ranks.Organizations provideoperational policies that are concise, and serve asguidelinesforprofessionalpracticemorethandetailed rules and regulations.

    Proactive Policing - departmentsincorporatetechniquestomanage theirworkload to create timewhere theyaddress identified problems. Rather than simplyresponding to demands for police services, thedepartment establishes a Problem-OrientedPolicing(POP)approach.

    Many believe community policing softens the idea of crimefighting,althoughithastheabilitytodiscoverandimprovecriminalbehavior,clearoffenses,andmakearrests.Someofthefollowingmaybeusedasspecificstrategies,althoughcommunitypolicingis not exclusively: school resource officers; a grant; storefrontpolicesubstations;apilotprograminasingleareaoftown;footorbicyclepatrols;aspecializedunitofneighborhoodpoliceofficers; acitizenpoliceacademy.

    Why Community Policing?

    Oneofthemajorcomponentsofournationscurrentconversationaboutpolicing techniques ishow implicitbiasoroutright racialdiscriminationcancreate tensionbetweenpoliceand thepeoplethey protect.Major events in Ferguson,Missouri, and othercommunitieshavehighlightedtheneedtopromoteeffectivecrime

    reductionmethodswhile building public trust.The civil unrestin these communities haswoundedmany residents physically,mentally, and emotionally.TheUnited StatesDepartment ofJusticeOfficeofCommunityPolicingServices(COPSOffice)hasfreeresourcestohelpyourcommunitygetstartedbuildingpublicrelations.Thisdepartmentisresponsibleforadvancingthepracticeof policing through providing information and grant resources.Rather than simply responding to crimes once they have beencommitted,communitypolicingconcentratesoncrimepreventionandeliminatingtheatmosphereoffearpolicingcancreate.5

    Sources

    1. Presidents Task Force on 21st Century Policing. 2015. Interim Report of the Presi-dents Task Force on 21st Century Policing.Washington,DC:OfficeofCommunityOriented Policing Services. Pg.2.

    2. TomCasady,PublicSafetyDirector.What is Community Policing? LPD Lincoln Police Department Lincoln, Nebraska http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/police/cbp.htm.

    3. About National Neighborhood Watch, 2015. National NeighborhoodWatch aDivisionof theNationalSheriffsAssociationhttp://www.nnw.org/about-national-neigborhood-watch.

    4. TomCasady,PublicSafetyDirector.What is Community Policing? LPD Lincoln Police Department Lincoln, Nebraska http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/police/cbp.htm.

    5. Community PolicingDefined. 2014.CommunityOriented Policing ServicesU.S.Departmentof Justice.Washington,DC:OfficeofCommunityOrientedPolicingServices. Pg. 15.

    Donyelle Wolfe is a fromer Intern for the League of Kansas Municipalities. She is now a managment intern for the City of Ottowa and can be reached at [email protected]

    Officer Luft with community children on Halloween. KCPD selfie.

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  • KANSAS GOVERNMENT NEWS

    Garden City to Undertake Energy Efficiency Project

    Garden City is contracting with Siemens for aproject designed to improve energy efficiency andsavethecitymillionsofdollarsoverthenextdecade.Mike Muirhead, public utilities director, said

    during a Garden City Commission meeting thatthe city has looked into developing an energy conservationprogrammanytimesoverthepastfouryears that would save money on operational costsoffacilitiesandstreetlights.Lastsummer,Siemenswas selected over four other firms to perform an investmentgradeaudit.

    Results of the audit showed substantial savings and benefits to the city. Siemens guarantees morethan$3.5million inoperationalandenergysavingsovertenyears,andanadditionalpositivecashflowofmorethan$1.97millionover15years.For more information visit http://tinyurl.com/

    lf3aatm

    Garden City

    Hutchinson Approves Funding for Moderate-income Housing DevelopmentTheHutchinsonCityCouncilapprovedprovidinganadditional$25,000fundingfor thenextphaseofanonprofitmoderate-

    incomehousingdevelopmentinthe500blockofWestFifthAvenue.Thecitycontributionwillhelpadevelopergetthecashequityinthe$1.2millionprojectneededforthefinalloanbeingsought.

    Theprojectwilladd12newresidentialunits,inadditiontotwohousesalreadybuilt.Thecityalsoaccepteda$200,000grantfromthe Kansas Housing Resource Corporation for the project on behalf of the developer.CityManagerJohnDeardoffsaidanadditional$25,000beyondwhatthecouncilapprovedwasneededtogetthefinalloan,

    buthesaidhewasconfidentthatKHRCwouldagreetofillthegap.Formoreinformationvisithttp://tinyurl.com/mgt7qzo

    Hutchinson

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  • KANSAS GOVERNMENT NEWS

    Lawrence Launches New City Current Podcast and Video Program

    The City of Lawrence recently announced the launch of City Current, a weekly podcastand video production. City Current is hosted by Mayor Jeremy Farmer and will feature citystaff, civic leaders, and a host of communityguests. Content will include thoughts on potential future city projects and initiatives, spotlightingoutstandingcitizensinLawrence,andotherrelevant Lawrence-related topics. Released every Wednesday, City Current will

    be available in both video and audio formats forlistening convenience. Videos will be hosted on the citysYouTubechannel,andtheaudio-onlypodcastis available on iTunes.

    Lawrence

    KANSASWORKS.com Launches Training Programs

    KANSASWORKS.com, a website containing adatabaseofthousandsofresumes,allowsemployersto post job openings, and receive email updatesabout new resumes, has initiated a pilot projectcalledtheWorkforceAlignedwithIndustryDemand(AID) program.The program is a partnershipwiththe Department Commerce, the Kansas Board ofRegentsandbusinessestodesigntrainingprograms.WorkforceAIDallowsemployerstodrivethetrainingprocess to ensure that the skills workers are learning willhavemaximumvalueintheworkplace.Inaddition,theKansasDepartmentofCommerce,

    the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas DepartmentforChildrenandFamiliesarepartneringtogether on the Accelerating Opportunity Kansas initiative, a training program that has helpedmorethan3,000adultsfurthertheireducationandpursueindustryrecognizedcredentials.Tolearnmoreabouttheseprograms,pleasevisit theKansasDepartmentof Commerce website at www.KansasCommerce.com and www.KANSASWORKS.com

    Topeka

    12,000 come to Kansas Sampler Festival in Wamego

    Justover12,000peoplecametoenjoythe26thannualKansasSamplerFestivalinWamegosCityPark.More than 150 Kansas communities were represented

    in the displays, performances, and food that provided thepublic a sample of what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn in Kansas.Formoreinformationvisithttp://tinyurl.com/nym7faw

    Wamego

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  • What is your position and what are your typical duties? Mayor - we have a Council / City Manager form of government, so I work with the

    Council and City Manager.

    What is your favorite thing about Kansas?Thepeople.ThecitizensofKansasarehardworkingandwanttoimprovenotonlytheirownlives

    butalsothelivesofthoseintheircommunityandtheirstate.

    Please share a little personal information about yourself.IgrewupinKansas,wenttoK-StateUniversityandhavelivedheremostofmylife.Igotinvolved

    inanelectedpositiontogivebacktomycommunity.

    What is your favorite thing about your community?Myfavoritethingisthewayourcommunitycaresabouttheirqualityoflifeandwillworktogether

    andvolunteertheirtimetokeepit.

    What made you want to join city government?IwasfortunatetogrowupinawonderfulcommunityandIwantedtogivebacktothatcommunity

    somykidswouldhavethesameopportunity.

    Is this your first time on a statewide board?IhavebeenontheLKMboardfor10yearsandImalsoontheStateLotteryCommission.

    What do you think is the primary role of municipal government?Our primary role is to take care of our citizens,whether it be furnishing police protection, fire

    protection,utilitiesorjustinformationaboutthingsthataregoingoninAltamont.

    What is your position and what are your typical duties?I have been Mayor for the last ten years. I oversee the daily business of Altamont, giving

    advice and information for a positive atmosphere of our city. I also preside over our council meetingstwiceamonth.

    What is your favorite thing about Kansas?IwasbornandraisedinSoutheastKansas,andhavenotfoundanyplaceelsethatIwouldratherbe.

    Ilikethefourseasons,nottoocoldinthewinter,andnottoohotinthesummertime.

    Please share a little personal information about yourself.MywifeandIhavebeenmarriedfor50yearsasofthislastNovember.Wehaveonedaughterand

    oneson,and17grandchildren.DuringthistimeIwasinthefuneralbusiness,andownedtwofuneralhomeshereinthisarea.Iretired10yearsagoafter41yearsinthefuneralhomebusiness.

    What is your favorite thing about your community?Ever sincewemoved toAltamont, everyone seems to be family,whether related or not. If you

    needinformationaboutsomeone,justasksomeoneelse,andtheywilltellyouwhereyoucanfindtheinformationthatyouneedtoknow.ItwasveryhelpfulwhileIwasinthefuneralbusiness.

    What made you want to join city government?TheneighborsandemployeesofAltamonthavebeensogoodtouswhilewewereinthefuneral

    business,IthoughtthemanagementskillsIhadlearnedovertheyearswouldbenefitAltamont,andIhadmoretimeafterretiringtocommittothejob.

    Is this your first time on a statewide board?IhaveheldseveralstatewideappointmentswhileIwasinJayceesandalsothefuneralindustry.

    League Profiles

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    Carl GerlachCity of Overland Park

    LKM Governing Body Member

    Herb BathCity of Altamont

    LKM Governing Body Member

  • League Profiles

    Anna DeBuskLKM Staff

    What is your position and what do you do?SecretarytotheExecutiveDirector.Itakeminutesatboardmeetings,printandmailoutpublications,

    answerphones,order lunchesforvariousmeetings,setupappointments,andamtheserviceawardcoordinator.IalsohelpoutwithregistrationatvariousmeetingsandtheLeagueconference.

    What is your favorite thing about Kansas?Watching KU Basketball!

    A little bit of information about you.Ihavebeenmarriedfor22yearstoJeff,wehavetwobeautifulchildren,AliciaandMatthew.When

    I am not teaching Jazzercise, I love running, cooking/baking,watchingKU basketball andChiefsfootball,lovebeingoutside,especiallywhenitgetshotout,butmostofallspendingtimewithfamily.

    Have you always lived in Kansas?Yes.

    What is your favorite scenic part of Kansas?Driving through the Flint Hills.

    How long have you been with the League and what significant changes have you witnessed?IstartedwiththeLeaguein1975,whenitwaslocatedat112SW7thStreet.Ithadthreefloors,and

    noelevator,atleastnotonethatwassafetoridein,itwasonlyfordeliveriesofpaper,furniture,etc.Soifyouwantedtogoonbreakorhavelunchinthekitchen,youhadtowalkallthewaytothethirdfloor.

    Some of the significant changes that I have witnessed would be: How far we have come withtechnology,whenIstartedwiththeLeagueweusedmanualtypewriters.Youwouldmakeacopyofeverythingyoutyped,letters,codes,etc.,butyouwouldusecarbonpaper,betweentwosheetsoftypingpaper,andifyoumadeamistakeyoucouldnotjustbackspacetomakeitgoaway,youbackspacedandgotoutthewhiteout,letitdryandthenretypedoverit,thatwasonboththeoriginalandthecopy.Eventuallywemoveduptowordprocessorswhichusedbigfloppydiscs,whichwereusedtostorethecodeson.Laterweupgradedfromfloppydiscstosmallerdiscs.Nowwehavecomputers,laptopsthatallowyoutosaveyourworkeithertoadiscorthumbdrive.

    TheDirectoryofPublicOfficialschangesweremadeonbigboards,afterchangeswerecompletedapicturewastakenofeachboard,whichwentontoametalplateandthenputonabigprintingmachinethatwouldproduceyourcopies.AfterallpagesoftheDirectorywereprinted,wewouldthencollatetheDirectorytobesentouttobeboundanddeliveredbacktotheLeaguetobemailedout.

    The Kansas Government Journalwastypedupandthensentoutforprinting,itwasthendeliveredbacktotheLeague,whereweusedamachinethatstampedtheaddressesoneachJournal. After all wereaddressed, tomember cities,wewouldwrapeachcitysJournals in brown paper and tie the bundleswithstringandhaveIndianDeliverypickupthebagsandtakethemtothePostOffice.NowweareabletosendthecompletedJournalrightfromourcomputertowhoeverwillbeprintinganddistributing the Kansas Government Journal.

    40 yearsCongratulations

    to

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  • Assistant City ManagerTheCommunityHays, Kansas (pop. 20,500), is a

    university community serving as aregional center for education,healthcare,professional services, shopping, culture,arts,& recreation for thewestern half ofKansas - serving a population of nearly 100,000. This progressive community isrecognizedamongthetopKansascitiesinentertainment,health,arts,&culture.Hays is home to Fort Hays State

    University (FHSU), a regionalcomprehensive university with over13,000students,known for its innovation& entrepreneurship. FHSU is the fastest growing university in the Kansas Regents system. The Beach/Schmidt PerformingArtsCenterontheFHSUcampusishometo theEncoreSeries, theHaysSymphony& other national & world caliber performances.HaysMedicalCenterisamajoremployer

    with more than 1,000 employees. HaysMedicalCenteristhehometotheDeBakeyHeart Institute of Kansas & one of the top ruralmedicalcentersintheUnitedStates.

    The Chestnut Street District in Historic Downtown Hays has unique shopping,galleries,&eateries.Haysboastsexcellentrecreationalfacilitiesincluding:theCenterfor Health Improvement, Hays AquaticPark, Smoky Hill Country Club, HaysMunicipal Golf Course, an extensiverecreational program, & excellentopportunities for walking, running, &biking.Hays iswithin45minutesof twolarge lakes providing fishing, boating &other water sports. Bike Hays contains 21 milesofconnectingsystem.

    The Hays Municipal Airport provides service to Denver on a 50 passenger regional jet. Multiple high-speed Internet service providers service Hays. The community is in an elite group of citieswithfibertothepremise.

    The PositionThe Assistant City Manager has the

    primaryresponsibilityofassistingtheCityManager in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the City by working with the City Commission, Staff, Residents,& Advisory Board. Other duties include researching issues, providing advice,serves as lead negotiator with unions and managingprojects.Thispositionmanagesthe preparation & administration of the

    annualbudget.Theassistantalsoassumesthe City Managers duties in their absence.Hayshas181fulltimeemployeeswithan

    annualbudgetof$35M.Haysisfinanciallysound thanks to proper planning. City services include Dispatch, Convention &VisitorsBureau,Fire,Parks,Police,PublicWorks, Planning, Solid Waste, Airport,Water Supply,Wastewater Treatment andAdministration.RequirementsPossession of Bachelors degree (a

    Mastersdegreedesired) ina relatedfieldofstudy&13yearsofsimilarexperienceis required. Excellent supervisory,organizational, budgetary, administrative& communication skills as well as a bigpicture approach is necessary. Candidates mustbeabletodemonstratestrongwrittenand oral communications and have theability to work with the general public. Being able to build relationships is key.Compensation&BenefitsHiring range: $70,000 $90,000 plus

    excellent benefits included family healthinsurance, paid time off, Kansas PublicEmployee Retirement System (KPERS)andlongevitybonus.Tofindoutmoreaboutthejob&benefitsvisitwww.haysusa.comorcall785-628-7320.

    How to ApplyResumes can be emailed to [email protected]

    haysusa.com or mailed to HumanResources,P.O.Box490,Hays,KS67601.Resumes must include a minimum of 3references,5-yearsalaryhistory,&acoverletter.Positionopenuntil5:00p.m.onJuly17,2015.

    City AdministratorThe City of Ellsworth is accepting

    resumes for the position of CityAdministrator.Ellsworthhasapopulationof 3,120, 24 full time employees, and abudget of $7.4 million. Ellsworth is thecounty seat of Ellsworth County and is located 10 miles south of Interstate 70,approximately30minuteswestofSalina.Thecityishometoarobusteconomyandaqualityoflifesecondtonone.

    The City operates under a council-administrator form of government. Thegoverningbodyiscomposedoffivecouncilmembersandamayor,allelectedat-large.TheCityAdministratoroverseesthedailyoperationsofthemunicipalityandmanagesall departments with guidance from the

    governingbody.Ellsworthoperateswater/wastewater utilities.Applicants must have a Bachelors

    Degree,withaMastersDegreepreferred.The ideal candidate will also have at least twoyearsoflocalgovernmentexperience,withacombinationofeducationandworkexperience acceptable. Applicants musthaveabackgroundingovernmentfinancialpractices,andmustbeabletoshowcaseahistoryofstrongleadershipandcommunityinvolvement.Salary $50,000-$84,000. Interested

    candidates should submit a coverletter, resume, and five references [email protected] orEllsworth City Hall, c/o Mayor JohnWhitmer, PO Box 163, Ellsworth, KS67439. If confidentiality is requested,please note in application materials. ThedeadlineforresumesisJune30th.EOE.

    City AdministratorJetmore (pop. 879; $3.4 million

    budget; 6 FTEs), is a friendly, tight-knitcommunity located 25 miles north ofDodge City in southwest Kansas. It is the countyseatofHodgemanCounty,ishometo the Hodgeman County Health Center,possesses a high-quality public schoolsystem,andisnearanumberofrecreationalattractions. The former administrator isleavingtotakethecitymanagerpositionata substantially larger city.The City operates under a six-

    member mayor-council-administratorform of government, and provideswater, wastewater, and standby electricgeneration service.The city administratoris responsible for all personnel within eachdepartment,whichincludesUtilities,Administration,Streets,AirportandParks.

    The governing body is looking for an open, ethical leader who understandsmunicipalbudgetingandpossessesstrongpersonnel management skills. Applicantsshouldhaveabachelorsdegreeandsomelocal government experience. Candidatesshould also be able to demonstrate astrongworkethicandprojectmanagementexperience.Competitive benefits; Salary $50,000

    - $60,000 DOQ. Interested candidatesshould submit a cover letter, resume, andthree work-related references to [email protected] or LEAPS-Jetmore,300 SW 8th, Topeka, KS 66603. If

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  • confidentialityisrequested,pleasenoteinapplication materials. Application reviewwillbeginJuly6.EOE.CityWebsite:http://www.jetmorekansas.

    com/Budget Document: http://tinyurl.com/

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    Community Development DirectorBeginning salary: $53,000-$68,000.

    The City of Valley Center, Kansas witha population of 7,000 people (next to theCity of Wichita), is currently searchingfor a dynamic, highly-skilledCommunityDevelopment Director. The City offersa competitive benefit package includinga state pension plan, full health anddental, vacation, sick leave, and optionalbenefits such as short-term disability andsupplementalinsurance.PositionSummaryUnder theadministrativesupervisionof

    the City Administrator, the CommunityDevelopment Director performsadministrative duties and providesleadership in the areas of land use regulations,floodplainmanagement(beingaCertifiedFloodplainManagerpreferred),code enforcement, issuing building andzoning permits, economic development,applying for grants, planning vision,and physical growth of the City. This positionworkswithnumerouscommitteesand boards and other city departmentheads. This person will need to possess excellent communication, public relation,organizational,andsupervisoryskills.PositionQualificationsEducation:CollegedegreeinCommunity

    Planning or related field is required.Experience: Five years of planning anddevelopment experience and education isrequired.Acombinationof educationandexperience will be considered. The firstround of interviews will begin the week ofJune15to19th.Formoreinformation,contact Kristine Polian, Finance &Administrative Director, at 316-755-7310or [email protected]

    Director of EngineeringThe City of Pittsburg is accepting

    applications for a Director of Engineering. Thispositionplans,organizes,directsandoversees all aspects of the Engineering and Planning Department. The Directoris responsible for determining major

    departmental policies, for planning long-termprograms, fordecisionson technicalpublicworksissues,forresolvingdifficultadministrativeproblemsandformanagingthedepartmentalbudget.A Bachelors degree in engineering,

    supplemented by courses in public orbusiness administration, environmentalhealth or a related field is required.Five (5) years of administrative andsupervisoryexperienceinvolvingavarietyof maintenance management required.A Masters degree and/or Public sectorexperience is preferred. A professionalengineering license in Kansas or the ability toobtainalicensewithinthree(3)yearsofemploymentwillberequired.(EOE)Moreinformation about the City of Pittsburgcan be found at www.pittks.org. Send application, resume and any supportingdocumentation to [email protected] Openuntilfilled.

    Director of FinanceThe Kansas Turnpike Authority is

    seeking a Director of Finance to actively maintainandbuildourfinancialpositioning.This position manages the Turnpikesinvestments and bond issuance andmaintenance; recommends, implementsandmaintains financial policies to ensureconsistency, integrity and adequacy ofinternal controls; ensures accuracy andcompliance with organizational andregulatory policies; works closely withexecutiveleadershiptoreviewandanalyzefinancial results on a regular basis; andworks with an outside auditing firm toproduce an independent annual report of the organizations financial position. TheDirector of Finance reports to the CEO at ourWichitabasedheadquartersoffice.Thispersonoverseesasmallstaffresponsibleforall of the Turnpikes accounting activities.Additional information can be found

    here: http://www.ksturnpike.com/assets/uploads/Director_of_Finance.pdf

    Public Works SuperintendentDue to pending retirement, City of

    Cimarron (pop. 2035) is seeking anenergetic, innovative, and self motivatedindividual for the position of Public Works Superintendent. This position is for a working superintendent in the fieldwhomust have knowledge of all aspectsof city operations, including employee

    supervision, water and wastewaterdistribution systems, road maintenance,airport maintenance, park, pool, heavyequipment operation and maintenance,purchasing, inventory, budgetingprocedures. This position requires strongmanagement, communication and publicrelations skills. Water and wastewater certification preferred, but will train theright person. Salary commensurate witheducation, qualifications and experience.Valid CDL required. Excellent benefits.Application forms available at CityHall or www.cimarronks.org. Pleaseprovide application and resume to CityAdministrator, City of Cimarron, P OBox 467, Cimarron KS 67835. Equalopportunity employer. Positionopenuntilfilled.

    Water Plant SuperintendentHays, KS is searching for the next

    dynamic Water Plant Superintendent.This position will empower & supervisesubordinate personnel & manage theoperation of the water softening plant,wellfields,watertoweroperation&waterdistribution system. S/he will performwater audits, prepare reports, followregulatory guidelines, prepare workschedules,trainingprograms&operatethewatersofteningplantefficiently.

    The ideal candidate will have 3 -5 years experience in a related position withexcellent supervisory, organizational,administrative & communication skills.ApplicantmustbeabletoobtainaKDHEClass IV water certification within twoyearsofemployment.

    Hiring range DOQ & DOE. The City ofHaysoffersagenerousbenefitpackageincludingfamilyhealthinsurance.Tofindout more about the job & benefits visitwww.haysusa.comorcall785-628-7320.Resumes can be emailed to [email protected]

    haysusa.com or mailed to HumanResources,P.O.Box490,Hays,KS67601.Resumes must include a minimum of 3references, 5-year salary history,& coverletter.

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    1Thedeadlineforhavingasignmanagementorassessmentmethodinplacetomaintainminimumlevelsofretroreflectivityhaspassed.ItwasJune14,2014.Variousmethodsforsignmanagementandassessmentareoutlinedina4-pageguidetitledMaintainingTrafficSignRetroreflectivity.Agenciescanuseonemethodoracombination.2 Anassessmentmethodinvolvesevaluatingindividualsigns.Amanagementmethodprovidesanagencytheabilitytomaintainsignretroreflectivitywithouthavingtophysicallyinspecteachsign.3Thisisatrickquestion!Thereisnosetdeadlineforhavingsignsupgradedtothenewretroreflectiv-itystandards.Federalguidancesayswhensignsarefoundtobebelowtheminimumretroreflectivitylevels,theyshouldbereplaced,butitisuptoeachagencytodecidewhenthereplacementoccurs.Yourassessmentormanagementmethodshoulddocumentyourapproach to sign replacement.TheretroreflectivitystandardsarefoundinSection2A.08ofthefederalManualonUniformTrafficControlDevices,orMUTCD.4 RegulatoryandwarningsignswererequiredtobeincludedyourmanagementorassessmentmethodbytheJune14,2014deadline;guidesignsarealsorequiredtobeincluded,butwithnodeadlinesetfor their inclusion.5Thelatestinformationonfederalretroreflectivityrequirementsforbothsigns(andpavementmark-ings)canbefoundataone-stopFHWAwebpageonthetopic:http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/roadway_dept/night_visib/.ThepagehaslinkstotherelevantsectionsoftheMUTCD.

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  • Humboldt Civil War DaysJune 5-7

    The Humboldt Civil War Days willcommemorate the 1861 raid and burningofHumboldtinhistoricCampHunterPark.The triennial event will feature a Civil War Era Dance, reenactments, CivilWarencampmentandmuchmore.Specialtoursinclude Civil War sites, Neosho ValleyWoodworksfeaturinglate19thcenturylineand shaft equipment, and the HumboldtHistoricalSocietyMuseum.FREEFamilyFriendly Fun!(620)473-2325|www.humboldtkansas.org/PDFs/CivilWarDays2015.pdf

    Lenexa Latino Art BravisimoJune 6-July 13

    Latino Art Bravisimo is an excitingcelebration of art, cultural diversity andcommunity. This juried art show featureshigh quality two- and three-dimensionalpieces created by talented Latino artists from the Kansas City metro area. The13thannualshowishostedbytheLenexaArtsCouncilandtheCityofLenexa.Freeadmission.www.lenexa.com/LatinoArt

    Overland Park Music in the ParkJune 7-August 9 at 7-8:30 p.m.

    Enjoy livelymusic in the park at thesefreesummerconcerts.(913)344-8656|http://www.opkansas.org/things-to-see-and-do/arts-and-music/music-in-the-park//

    Get Outdoors LenexaJune 13 at 9 a.m.

    Bring the entire family - from toddlersto grandparents - to Black Hoof Park for anexcitingmorningofoutdoorfun,fitnessand safety. Take part in fitness demos,participate in playground challenges, getyour blood pressure checked, and learnvaluable informationaboutbike, trail and

    boatsafety.Afishingderbyforkids,ages6-12,will also be held.Admission to theevent is free.www.lenexa.com/GetOutdoors

    Overland Park Jazz in the WoodsJune 19-20

    Largest free music festival in the area.Foodvendors,music,allforyourlisteningpleasure and to support local charities.http://www.opkansas.org/events/jazz-in-the-woods/

    Ottawa SWAN Arts FestivalJune 19-20

    The SWANArts Festival features livemusic,artsandartisancraftvendors,artistdemonstrations, and childrens activities.The festival takes place in Ottawas historic downtown City Park. Admission is free.Headline entertainers this year include MembersOnly(80scovers)andtheFunkyButt Brass Band.(785)418-5838| www.SWANartsfestival.com

    Lecompton Territorial DaysJune 19-20

    In 1975, a ceremony was held indowntown Lecompton on Elmore Street,celebrating the dedication of Constitution HallasaNationalHistoricLandmark.Untilthen,Lecomptonsannual summerpicnic,since before the turn of the Century, hadbeenknownas theHarvestHomePicnic.But,becauseofthenationalrecognitionofConstitutionHall,LecomptonandKansasTerritory,thecityfathersdecidedtocallthesummeroutingTerritorialDays.TheeventhasgrowntotwodaysinJuneanditsthehighlightoftheyearforLecompton.(785)887-6617www.lecomptonterritorialdays.com

    Havensville Independence Day Celebration

    June 27Events start at 5 PM with a parade

    starting at the north end of town and continuing down Main Street. A BBQ with musiconthelawnwillfollowtheparade.Wewillhavefreegamesforallagessuchasballoontoss,stickhorseracesandsackraces. Ten cent carnival games will beavailable for the childrens entertainmentandanicecreamsocial.Theeveningwillclosewith afireworks display at duskbythe Kansas Skylighters.(785)948-2310|[email protected]

    Atchison Amelia Earhart FestivalJuly

    The spirit of legendary aviatrixAmeliaEarhart is alive and well in Atchison! Eachsummerthecommunitypullsoutallthestopsinhonorofitsfavoritedaughter,complete with a downtown music, foodandcrafts fair, star-filledoutdoorconcert,childrens activities, carnival, awards andhonors, Earhart research and literature,musiconthebeautifulRiverfront,aerobaticperformancesandthegrandestofallfinales-theConcertintheSkyfireworksshow.www.atchisonkansas.net/index.php/chamber-events/amelia-earhart-festival/

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