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Council approves no mill increase for 2012 budget

The De Soto City Council approved a $7.5 million budget for 2012 that will not call for a mill levy increase during the council meeting Thursday evening.

A public hearing regarding the budget opened the council meeting but no members of the public came forward to speak. The council then approved the budget with a 4-0 vote, Councilman John Krudwig was absent.

The council and Mayor Dave Anderson also approved the recommendation from the De Soto Planning Commission to re-zone a parcel of land at intersection of Penner and Lexington Avenues from R-3 multi-family residential to C-2 business general for future use by Dollar General. Councilman Randy Johnson was the only opposing vote. The Planning Commission will meet on this coming Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. to discuss a sign height variance request from Dollar General and to review their proposed site plan. This meeting is open to the public.

Other council actions included amending the city zoning regulations regarding fences, walls and retaining walls on private property and granting the Prairie Traditional Archers Club a temporary use permit for a shooting competition at Widow Big Knife Park.

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Aug. 18 De Soto City Council

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Budget hearing to take place before council meeting

The De Soto City Council will vote on the proposed 2012 budget for the city after a public hearing regarding the budget at 7 p.m. tonight at the De Soto City Hall.

Also on tonight's agenda are considerations for several amendments to the city's zoning regulations, notably re-zoning the parcel of land at Lexington Avenue and Penner Avenue from multi-family residential to business general in preparation for the new Dollar General store.

The full agenda and supporting documents are available on the city's website.

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Council approves vacating right of way on Lexington Avenue

The De Soto City Council approved city ordinance 2288 Thursday evening, calling for the city to vacate the public right of way on the parcel of land on Lexington Avenue sold by the city to a developer with Dollar General.

Vacating the right of way was a condition of the city's selling contract with the developer, according to City Attorney Patrick Reavey. The state originally deeded the right of way to the city when the old Kansas Highway 10 became Lexington Avenue. Reavey also stated that City Engineer Mike Brungardt, who was absent from Thursday's meeting, has plans to reseve a small slice of the land in question for potential future street widening or turn lane addition during the site plan and re-plating process down the line.

The council also approved a resolution increasing fees for retrieving dogs from the city pound, per the council's discussion at the July 21 meeting. The base retrieval fee increased from $10 to $25 and the daily fee increased from $5 to $10.

Other council actions included granting temporary use permits to the De Soto Days Committee for their annual celebration and authorizing Mayor Dave Anderson to sign the $13,774 Flexride Agreement with Johnson County.

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Aug. 4 De Soto City Council meeting

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City Council to approve ordinance amending city dog code

The De Soto City Council is set to approve an ordinance amending the city codes relating to the fees and penalties for dogs running at large within city limits at the regular council meeting tonight at 7 p.m.

Other items on the agenda include granting special use permits to the De Soto Days committee for the festivities and authorizing Mayor Dave Anderson to sign a Johnson County FlexRide agreement. The full agenda may be viewed, along with all supporting documents, on the city website.

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Council approves purchase of new lighting for Community Center gymnasium

The De Soto City Council unanimously approved the purchase and installation of new lighting fixtures for the gymnasium at the De Soto Community Center at the regular council meeting on Thursday, July 21.

The lighting project will cost the city just over $9,000, the Community Center was granted $12,500 for capital outlay projects in the city budget. According to City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle, the new, more efficient lighting system will pay for itself in approximately seven to eight years through energy cost savings. The existing metal halide lights will be replaced with T-5 florescent lights.

Speaking of budgets, the council also decided to move forward with the 2012 proposed budget. The recommended budget has no mill levy increase and is set at right around $7.5 million, more than $330K less than the 2011 budget. There will be a public hearing regarding the budget at the Aug. 18 council meeting, when the budget will be formally adopted.

Special use permits were also granted for Kaw Sand and Penny's Concrete and The Silver Wheel. Kaw Sand and Penny's Concrete received a 10-year permit allowing them to operate rock crushing machinery at their plant near 79th Street and Gardner Road to recycle unused concrete pieces, no mining or blasting will be done. The Silver Wheel received a five-year renewal of their permit expanding their hours of operation to Saturday mornings and Sundays.

The council also discussed the city codes relating to dogs running at large and the fees for retrieving a dog from the city pound after concerns for area livestock were brought forward by Darrel Zimmerman. Current city fees are $10 to retrieve a dog the first day and an additional five dollars for each following day. Councilwoman Lori Murdock brought forward research on fees for surrounding towns and the council directed city staff to draft a new ordinance changing fees to match these cities to the next council meeting.

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July 21 De Soto City Council meeting

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City Council to finalize 2012 budget proposal

The De Soto City Council is set to finalize the proposed 2012 budget for publication at its regular meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The budget proposal must be approved and the public notified of of a public hearing regarding the proposal at least ten days before the hearing. The council plans to have a public hearing regarding the proposed budget at its Aug. 18 meeting.

Also on the agenda are discussion items regarding the city's problem with dogs running loose and the renewal of several special use permits for local businesses. The full agenda and supporting documents may be downloaded from the city's website.

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Council unanimously approves updates to Chapter Five of city plan

The De Soto City Council unanimously approved updates to Chapter Five: Goals and Objectives, of the city plan at its regular meeting on Thursday, July 7.

The city Planning Commission recommended amendments to the chapter after the commission's annual review of the plan. During the review process, it was noted that this particular chapter had not been updated since 2004, according to City Planner Linda Bohnsack.

Notable additions and alterations to the plan include updating the city's goals in regards to the water treatment system and sewer system. The full description of changes made to the plan may be read in the city council's agenda information.

The council also discussed the proposed 2012 budget at Thursday's meeting. City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle presented an initial budget to the council for their consideration. More discussion of the proposed budget will take place at the July 21 meeting of the council and a public hearing of the budget will take place at the August 18 meeting before it is formally adopted by the council and submitted to Johnson County officials. Initial discussion of the 2012 budget is not calling for an increase in the city's mill levy, but nothing has been approved at this time.

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