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Monte R. Dolan
1962-2004
August 12, 2004
De Soto Days Festival adds custom hot rod cruise
August 12, 2004
Most think of Labor Day weekend as a time to kick back while saying goodbye to summer. For the volunteers on the De Soto Days Festival Committee, the weekend represents the busiest days of 12 months of work. “I think we’re on schedule, so far,” said De Soto Days Festival Committee Chairman Max Atwell said. “It seems to be coming together.” For the second straight year, the festival will be in the first weekend of September. The four-day festival will start Thursday, Sept. 2 and conclude Sunday, Sept. 5. The four-day run will feature many events familiar from the past and a couple of new twists.
Building moratorium still possible
City’s interim sewer study doesn’t provide answers
August 12, 2004
A sewer master study’s interim report pointed the city of De Soto in the direction of a new sewer plant but failed to provide the answer to how much new development could occur before a new facility was finished. Complicating the later answer is the recent news that the current plant is not meeting state discharge requirements. Last Thursday, the De Soto City Council approved spending as much as $127,000 for two new aerators, improved screening and a new holding tank. One of the interim report’s authors, Jay Norco of Shafer, Kline and Warren, said it was hoped the aerators and screening would do the job so the $37,000 needed for the holding tank could be saved.
VFW permit snafu untangled
August 12, 2004
Just as the De Soto City Council was preparing to take action that would restart the derailed De Soto VFW expansion project, it was confronted with a request to resolve another project stalled from similar circumstances. This time the building permit snafu involved Jim Carpenter’s plan to expand the office of De Soto Feed and Grain. A building permit was issued for the project before City Engineer Mike Brungardt found a site plan was required and a stop-work order issued. Carpenter brought the issue to the Council at the same meeting it approved a development agreement that would allow the VFW expansion to resume. That project was put on hold when the City Council voted to revoke the building permit at the recommendation of city staff.
Heinen’s summer filled with Swoosh
August 12, 2004
ite seeing her team’s 19-game winning streak snapped, Allie Heinen was just happy that she and her teammates finally got to play in games that weren’t decided early on. “It was good to see some competition once again,” she said of the Kansas City Swoosh’s run to fifth place at the 11th- and 12th-grade girls national basketball tournament in Hutchinson. “We finally had a chance to see where we were at compared to everybody else. It was a lot of fun.”
Positives could result from recent building permit mistakes
August 12, 2004
The city of De Soto suffered considerable embarrassment from a spate of recent building permit mistakes. Twice, city staff or the De Soto City Council were forced to tell those who acted in good faith to obtain a building permit from the proper city authority that the permit was invalid.
Sydney Alize Rayl
August 12, 2004
Ohrenberg-Bainter
August 12, 2004
Altitude adjustment
Cross country coach takes returning seniors on Colorado excursion
August 12, 2004
whole new level last weekend. As a reward for all of the hard work they’ve put in over the last three years, the De Soto cross country coach took seniors Casey Johnson, Adam Wilcox, Donnie Gardner, Katie James and Melissa Roberts on a mountain retreat/running field trip last weekend to Colorado Springs. “They’ve done an awful lot for me,” McAfee said. “They’ve seen me at my best, and they’ve seen me at my worst. But they’ve all still stuck by me.”
Lumberyard locates with eye on growth
August 12, 2004
The site in rural Johnson County wouldn’t work for a business geared to the home-improvement market. But Strain said that wasn’t Lumber One’s target market. It’s relative isolation just west of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant offered a number of benefits for a venture more concerned about large volume customers than walk-up business.