Kansas board approves Motor Fuel Tax spending plan

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KANSAS – During a brief Village of Kansas Board meeting the 2019 Motor Fuel Tax plan was approved.

Board member Susan Saxton made the motion to approve spending $57,000 in MFT money, and it was unanimously approved. The Kansas Village Board met Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Kansas uses MFT primarily for street maintenance, including the oiling and chipping of streets.

Maintenance supervisor Andrew Henn reported the new belt clip remote water meter reader was utilized for the first time in January. He noted the new equipment logs 96 days of water usage hour by hour, which improves the employees’ efficiency, including discovering water leaks. Employees discovered a large water leak at the Edgar County Housing Authority.

“It worked really well,” Henn told the board.

He also reported the village only had limited water leaks during the recent bitter cold. The below zero temperatures caused the detention level sensor to fail but that was quickly repaired.

Kansas Police Chief Jeff Goodwin said officers wrote three citations, eight written warnings and issued 19 verbal warnings during January. The department made two criminal arrests, dealt with three criminal complaints and assisted the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department with a traffic crash.

The board also discussed moving the Coca-Cola vending machine next to the Kansas Police Department. Machine owner Jim Cox approached the village about moving the machine from private property to village property.

Cox said the machine is used frequently and the village would receive 10 percent of the earnings.

Before closing the meeting, board members approved the purchase of a quarter-page advertisement in the Kansas High School yearbook for $75.