Kansas seats new trustees

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KANSAS – Like some other Edgar County communities, the village of Kansas did not have enough candidates for all of the positions on the village board for the April election.

That problem was resolved during the Wednesday, May 5, meeting. Residents Jim Vail and Josh McIntyre were appointed to the two empty seats. Joining the appointees in taking the oath of office was incumbent trustee Diane Acord, who was elected for another term in April.

Village employee Andrew Henn reported a failed sensor on a detention tank at the village water works has resulted in a series of headaches.

“That threw everything off. Now we have to operate everything manually,” said Henn.

The constant watch at the water plant is limiting the other work village employees can do but he hoped to have the problem solved late in the week or early next week.

Henn decided to use a different type of sensor and once it is in place the water plant can be recalibrated for automatic operation. The problem is the sensor he wants to install is not an off-the-shelf stock item.

“It’s custom made to our specification,” said Henn.

Some other work is getting done such as installing new remote read water meters and cleaning out a ditch and installing a new horn in the ditch. Another ditch cleaning and horn installation is on the to do list.

Henn plans to seek bids for having a dead maple and two ash trees removed from city property.

“The ashes don’t look good,” said Henn. “They have ash borers.”

In other work, an inspection hole was cut into a drain tile in order to get equipment into the tile and clean out roots and other obstacles.

“We are trying to do tile work between babysitting the water plant,” said Henn.

Police Chief Jeff Goodwin provided a rundown on calls answered and citations issued during May. He also discussed staying after a village resident about keeping her property clean.

Goodwin said it is the village board’s decision about how aggressive to be in the effort to force this resident’s compliance since she already owes the village several thousand dollars for a court sanctioned clean up and every time she is cited or the lawyer takes her to court, it increases her debt.

“She’s paying $25 a month toward what she owes,” said Goodwin.