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I ore ncil. (continued from page 1) --Heard Ceballos report that the water system budget is run- ning slightly below budget at this point, and that the water income is also running below budget. ---Heard Ceballos report that he was nearly done changing over the new bulk vater dock at the south end of town. --Heard Ceballos recom- mend that the city pay $24 per yard or $576 per truckload for 10 truckloads for "pea gravel" for use in the city parks to re- place mulch around the play- ground equipment. He said that there would also be a $120 cost for a weed barrier under the "pea gravel." Council members voted to purchase the pea gravel and weed barrier for use around the city park playground equipment. --Heard the mayor report that Jim Herrington a had offered to donate a shelter at the new city park. Council members agreed to accept the shelter, also agree- ing that Councilwoman Penny Bruckner would be the council's contact with him throughout the project. --Discussed talking with Dr. . Henry Scherich about replacing a 12-foot stretch of sidewalk near the southwest corner of the new city park (northwest corner of the Measurement Inc. prop- erty). --Discussed closing out the water system upgrade project, finishing up the last details of the project and making the final pay- ment for it to close the project out on the city books. --Voted to make the final payment on the water project of $20,092.57. --Heard Shaw report that due to some recent projects, the city sewer budget is currently over- spent. --Heard Shaw report that expenses had not really started coming in for the street depart- ment, with the materials soon being purchased for street re- pairs. ---Discussed the lake budget with Shaw, noting that early ex- penses there have run over the budget. --Heard Shaw report that AI Blagg had asked for a zoning variance to permit that he build an eight foot addition on the west side of his house across the street south of the county courthouse. --Voted to waive the $30 building permit fee for Blagg's addition. --Heard Shaw report that city employee Ronnie Brosius had passed his water operator test. --Heard the mayor report that all the city employees had recently taken and passed drug tests. --Talked with Shaw about what measures to take to clean up graffiti in the city park. --Heard the mayor report that overall the city is doing fine staying within its budget, and that preliminary audit work from last year looks good, too. --Heard the mayor ask whether the council would be interested in meeting twice a month, instead of just once, in the interest of shortening their meeting. He also suggested that there were several other things that could be done to shorten the meetings to some degree or an- other. Split in their initial reac- tion to the idea of twice-a-month meetings, council members agreed to take no action on the matter until the next meeting. ---Again discussed remodel- ing options to install a handi: capped restroom facilities in the Veterans' Building. --Handled the council's an- nual reorganizational meeting items, such as: --Voted to approve the mayor's annual appointment of the City Clerk Kristal Sherman, Judge Leroy Zielke, and Trea- surer Jerry Allen, as well as City Attorney Skip Herd, City Mar- shal Doug Storie, and Building Inspector Danny Shaw. --Voted to designate Peoples Bank and Coldwater Native Bank as the official city banks for the coming year, and The Western Star as the official city newspaper. --Approved setting the coun- cil meetings for the second Mon- day of the month at 7 p.m. in the city office, as in the past. n Set the city mileage reim- bursement rate at 44.5 cents per mile. Crowd Gathers In Coldwater For Annual Coy Reunion The Coy Reunion was Sun-' Hoffman of Freedom, Reba day, May 7, at Veterans' Build- Maddox of Alva, AI Nutter of ing in Coldwater. Buffalo, and Victor Darnel[, This year's was the 29th get- Vicki Walker and son Ian of together for the group. The re- Paoli. union began in 1958 at the Coy Attending from Kansas were Schoolhouse, which is still Melvin and Velma Jantzen of standing a few miles across the Hesston, John and Janet Wiebe Kansas/Oklahoma state lineof Newton, John and Elsie south of Coldwater. Unruh of Greensburg, Richard When the old school building Hoffman of Wichita, Jake became dilapidated beyond re- Penner of Edna, Phyllis Sher- pair, the decision was made to man, Ralph and Lorena Hoofer, change the meeting place to Alice and V x] Welty, Tom and Coldwater. Ann Shreve, Martha Lamb, Lots of pictures, history, and Katee Lenertz, Bert Malone, and visiting followed a very good Vi Bliss of Coldwater. covered dish dinner. Next year year's Coy Re- Coming from Oklahoma for union will be the first Sunday in the reunion this year were Virgil May, 2007. U rge roper The Kansas Department of of 14 illnesses caused by E coil that led to the illnesses. None HealthandEnviron-ment's food 0157:H7 between September of the illnesses were reported in safety and consumer protection 2005 and March 2006. E. coil Kansas. program and the Kansas Depart- O 157:H7 is a potentially deadly "Foodborne illnesses can be ment of Agriculture's foodbacterium that can cause bloody avoided by following appropri- safety inspection program are diarrhea and dehydration. The ate food handling and cooking encouraging consumers to prop- very young, seniors, and persons recommendations," said Dr. erty handle and fully cook meat with compromised immune sys- Evan Sumner, manager of the products before they are con- terns are the most susceptible to Kansas Department of Agricul- sumed, foodborne illness, ture's food safety inspection pro- "Improperly cooked and Anyone who suspects they gram. "When handling and pre- handled foods result in may have an illness should con- paring meats, it's good to re- foodbome illnesses everyyear in tact a physician. The illnesses member the four basic compo- Kansas and the United States," were found in California, Iowa, nents to food safety- clean, sepa- said Mary Glassburner, Director New York, Ohio, Michigan, rate, cook and chill." of the Bureau of Consumer Rhode Island and Wisconsin. The four components are Health. While the illnesses share match- promoted by USDA through its "Foodborne illnesses can ing microbiological'profiles, Fight BAC!(tm) food safety cause very severe illness, even they are not linked to a specific guidelines: death, so it's critical that we take product. Clean: Wash hands and sur- the necessary steps to keep our However, this pathogen can faces often. Wash your hands food safe." be associated with consuming with warm, soapy water for 20 The departments are joining raw or undercooked ground seconds before and after han- forces to make sure the public beef. USDA's Food Safety and dling food. Wash your cutting knows that the United States Inspection Service is working boards, dishes, etc with hot, Department of Agriculture has with state and local health offi- soapy water after preparing each issued a health alert as a result cials to determine the exposure (continued on page 12) Fellow citizens: Elsewhere in this newspaper you will read a resolution approved by the County Commissioners of Comanche County, Kansas to: "Designate 1 mill specifically to provide for the . establishment of a countywide economic development program ' The resolution also provides in Section III that should registered voters: "Equal in number to not less than 5% of the reg- istered voters of the county request an election thereon," then no such levy shall be made without an election by a majority of the voters. A petition drive has been started to secure 5% of the registered voters requesting such an election. We only have 30 days to reach our goal. So we need your help and soon. Should you desire to sign the petition and live in the Pro- tection area, please call: Mary Eubank, 620-622-4622 Billie Holler, 620-622-4439 Should you desire to sign the petition and live east of Coldwater, please call: Rodney Einsel, Home - 620-738-4484 Should you desire to sign the petition and live in the Cold- water area, please call: Ronn Lytle, Office - Cell - Home - 620-582-2446 620-635-5060 620-582-2673 pol. adv. paid for by Ronn Lytle