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Kiowa City Council accepts bids and appointments

• Watch your unmowed and dilapidated properties, the police are at council request


Kiowa City Council had a full agenda at their May meeting. Last week the Newsgram had a story that covered the portion of the meeting regarding the city's application for a USDA loan and grant application process for a major water line replacement project and also an emergency generator at Kiowa's Community Building. A good audit of the city was also reported.

The remainder of the meeting is reported in this article.

The council opened bids for concrete to correct a problem at the baby pool at the city's swimming pool. The bids were also for curb and guttering at Sixth and Dickinson in an approximately 350-square-foot area.

One bid was submitted by S&J Construction of Murdock. Their bid was $7,640 for the pool; and $1,831 for the curb for a total of $9,471.

The other bid was submitted by Kem Humphrey of 66 Construction in Kiowa. That bid was: pool, $11,078; curb, $3,850; for a $14,928 total.

With a difference of $5,457, the council went with the low bid of S&J.

At the end of the meeting, the council held two short, under-15-minute executive sessions to discuss employees with no action taken, according to City Administrator Lou Leone.

The council approved Mayor Brandon Farney's annual appointments. Municipal Judge: Rich Befort; City Attorney: Laurel McClellan; Treasurer: Rex Zimmerman; Chief of Police: Steven Johnson; City Clerk will be announced after the council interviews the more than 11 candidates who've applied for the position vacated by Marlo Rugg. The mayor appointed City Utility Clerk Lynette Callison as Interim City Clerk until someone is hired.

After discussion, the council agreed not to change Ordinance No. 442 in the city code book. This leaves the Kiowa Police Department (KPD) answering directly to the city administrator rather than the mayor. An issue on this subject developed years ago when there was a reported tiff between then-administrator Nathan Law and Police Chief Moreland. Attorney McClellan reminded that the administrator is subject to the mayor's oversight.

Leone said the Kansas Department of Health and Environment inspected a report of animal waste washing down 11th Street during recent rains. The inspection found at least three violations of state regulations, Leone said. KDHE has completely taken over the matter. Leone confirmed, and said the city now has nothing to do with the issue.

Police Chief Johnson said that areas in town with overgrown grass issues have been addressed. The police are beginning on dilapidated structures. He said Officer Noah Howerter completed his D.A.R.E. training with the sixth-grade class.

Johnson said the KPD collected over 10 pounds of prescription drugs in their recent drop-off collection. Mayor Farney commended the KPD for their efforts.

The chief updated the council on the Barber County sheriff's deputies and their places of residence. Johnson said the sheriff's office planned a meet-and-greet at the Congregational Church, which is now past.

A bid of $39,897 was accepted by the council for a 2017 four-wheel-drive Chevrolet pickup to replace the city water department truck that was hit and destroyed several months ago by a train. The bid is from Bryan Chevrolet-Buick in Kiowa.

Other council items approved included making a $50 donation to Relay for Life, which is June 18, and approving a proclamation that designates the week of May 21-May 27 as National Public Works Week.


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