August Updates

Happy August! Where has the summer gone?

The east lane of the street project is well underway. The bricks have been removed and they will replace the storm drains and water lines on that side, then begin leveling the surface for the concrete. It is estimated it will be completed before the end of August, barring any rain delays or unexpected problems!

The power plant project is moving along also. All of the underground conduit outside of the power plant has been installed. About 80% of the conduit inside the power plant has been installed. There is still a little conduit to be installed to the cooling tower after the piping is done. The medium voltage cable (rated at 5,000 volts) has all been pulled into the conduit. They will start installing the control wiring the week of August 10th. The control panel should be delivered that week also. After that, they will begin hooking up the control wiring and the instrumentation will begin to work.

The bricks are available and are being stored on the City lot and a few are stored at the County Road Department. If you would like bricks for any small projects they are available now. After August 17th it will be opened up to people wanting large amounts and people from out of town. Any bricks left after late September or early October will be crushed. This is only a general timeline. As soon as we know the date the crusher is scheduled we will let the public know.

The Cheyenne Hills golf tournament that was scheduled for August 15th has been cancelled. The next club tournament will be a day/night tournament on August 29th.

Weekly News – Weather and Code Enforcement

With the rains coming to an end, the city crew has been catching up on some of the items on their “to do” list!  Work continues on the street project and the power plant project.  Both projects are on schedule to be completed by late summer/early fall.

The City Council would like to remind our residents of Chapter Vlll of the code book which addresses, among other things, weeds and junked motor vehicles.  (The entire code book is available on our website or can be viewed at the City Office.)

A motor vehicle nuisance is any motor vehicle which is not currently registered or tagged; parked in violation of city ordinance; incapable of moving under its own power; or in a junked, wrecked or inoperable condition.  They can serve as a breeding ground for insects and rodents and can be a safety hazard.

Any grass or weeds over a height of 12” are considered blight.  These tall weeds can become a fire hazard and harbor insects, rodents and other animals.

The City will be identifying properties containing these nuisances and will be asking residents to abate the problems.  Please look around your property and see if there is anything you can do to clean up.  We are proud of our town and want to keep it clean and healthy!

The County Fair will be held on July 16th – 20th.  There are many fun, family friendly events planned.  So check out the entries, enjoy some great fair food and support the youth in our community!

Weekly News – Council Meeting & Holiday

This week is a busy week for the City.  We will hold our regular monthly council meeting on July 2, at 7:00 p.m.  As always, meetings are held at City Hall and are open to the public.  The main order of business will be finalizing the 2016 budget.  Our office will then be closed on Monday, July 6th to observe the 4th of July holiday.

Phase I of the Main Street water project is complete.  They are now preparing the ground to begin laying the driving surface.   Again, please drive carefully through the work zone.

The new saucer swing has been installed in the park.  Thanks to the volunteers that installed it.  Enjoy the new swing, but swing responsibly and use it only as it is intended to be used!

If you enjoy fireworks, we have two shows coming up in our community.  On Friday, July 3rd, the Horsethief Reservoir will host a display and on Saturday, July 4th, the annual Hodgeman County Big Bang will be held at the Fairgrounds in Jetmore.  Both shows start at dusk.  Thanks to all the sponsors who donate to make these displays possible.

Along with that, please be reminded that Chapter 7, Article 3 of the City Code states that fireworks can only be discharged in the City between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight on June 28th through July 5th, as long as the fireworks are not discharged within 25 feet of any building.  Article 7-307 also states that the adult granting permission to detonate fireworks at a private residence shall clear the front yard of that private residence and all adjacent public right-of-way of all debris from the detonation of the fireworks before 10:00 p.m. July 5th.  Please help us keep out streets and properties clean!

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!

Weekly News – Main Breaks and Golf Course

The City crew has been busy with water main breaks.  We want to thank the citizens for their patience while they were being repaired.  We also want to thank the Sheriff’s Department for their help in keeping the public notified via their Facebook page.

Work continues to be on schedule for the street project and the power plant engine project.  Feel free to observe the work on these projects but respect their boundaries and stay well behind their marked work-zone area.

The recent rains have been very beneficial to the golf course.  The fairways and greens are really plush and the water hazards actually have water!  There are both men’s and ladies’ golf nights.  The second session of men’s league will start on July 15th and run through September.  Starting time is 6:00 p.m.  League night will occur every Wednesday with the exception of the second Wednesday of the month.  Entry fee is $30 with cash payouts at the end of the session.  Scores are figured on a handicap system so a golfer who shoots higher scores can compete against a lower score golfer.  If you haven’t established your handicap yet, play 4 nine-hole rounds between now and July 15th and keep your scorecard so they can determine your handicap.  If you can’t commit to the entire season your name can be added to a substitution list.  For questions, call Vaughn Harms at 620-339-5347.  The ladies meet on Thursdays anytime after 5:00 p.m. and welcome players of any age or experience level!  After golfing the ladies eat together.  Bring any meat you would like to grill and a hostess will provide salad, bread and dessert. Memberships are $300 Family; $250 Single; $75 Student and $100 Social.  Through the end of 2015, all first time Family or Single memberships are half price.  Single time green fees are $10 on week days and $15 on weekends.  There are two golf carts for rent; $10 per person (limit 2 persons) for 18 holes.  A new token dispenser has been installed in the clubhouse.  It will accept $1 and $5 bills and each $1 token will get you approximately 15 balls.   Come check it out!

Weekly News – Summer Energy Savings

Work continues on the power plant and we are still on schedule for an August completion date. We look forward to having the back-up power source available again.

Even though the calendar doesn’t say it is officially summer, the thermometer does!  We would like to offer a few simple suggestions to help you conserve energy and lower your energy costs:

* Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as comfortable – possibly 78 degrees or higher when you’re home and 85 degrees when you are gone.  Make sure air vents are not blocked.  Tune your air conditioner in the spring and replace filters often for more efficient operation.

*Minimize indoor heat:  run the dryer and dishwasher at night and let your dishes air dry.  Line dry laundry if possible.  Avoid heat-generating incandescent lighting and use a microwave, toaster oven or outdoor grill instead of the oven.  It’s best to avoid the use of major appliances between 2 and 8 p.m.  Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use.  Plug home electronics into power strips and turn off the power strips when the equipment is not in use. Set your water heater to 120 degrees.  Wash clothes in cold water and clean the lint filter in the dryer after every use.

*Keep the blinds and windows closed during the day and open at night.  Window, ceiling and whole-house fans are also low cost ways to keep your home a little cooler.

There are many other energy conserving ideas, but these are a few quick and inexpensive ideas.

Stay cool and enjoy your summer!