April - May 2019
Inside:
• Leaf removal survey
• Call before you dig
• Citywide clean-up
• Mayor’s Minute
• Getting to know....
Your Community Magazine • Volume 4, Issue 2 • www.louisburgkansas.gov
Getting to know
Louisburg Aquatic Center
Speaks
It is now possible to reserve amenities and areas that
are part of the City’s parks for a small fee. This includes
the shelter house at Ron Weers Park, two shelter houses
at Lewis-Young Park and the bandstand at City Park.
The Louisburg Park & Tree Board worked on drafting
a parks reservation policy for a few months and recently
recommended the policy to Council for nal approval.
The new policy allows for the exclusive use of certain
park amenities when a rental is secured. Residents are
still welcome to use any of the parks facilities free of
charge at any time unless a reservation has been se-
cured through City Hall. In the event of a reservation, the
renter has exclusive use of the area/shelter reserved.
The shelter at Ron Weers Park is available to rent in
four-hour increments for $25. The hours available are
8 a.m. to noon; noon to 4 p.m. or 4-8 p.m. The facility is
also available to rent all day from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. for $50.
Reservations now accepted
for City parks facilities
Warmer weather is right around
the corner and thoughts are begin-
ning to turn to summer fun at the
swimming pool.
The Louisburg Aquatic Center
has something for everyone. The
pool features a zero-depth entry to
make it easy to get into and out of
the pool. This area is also the place
where toddlers and small children
play under two spray towers and
large umbrella.
The middle section of the pool
ranges from 3 feet 6 inches to 4 feet
6 inches and provides space for swim
and play. This section tapers into the
12 feet 6 inch deep end that features
a diving board and drop slide.
An open slide and closed slide that
drop swimmers into a 3 feet 6 inch
slide pool oer fun for swimmers 42
inches or taller.
Swimmers under age 12 must be
accompanied by an adult at the pool.
Lap swim is oered from 8-9 p.m.
Monday through Friday.
For the second season water aer-
obics are oered from 7-8 p.m. each
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
These classes are taught by instruc-
tors from the Louisburg Athletic
Club.
Group swim lessons are oered in
three sessions during the summer
Monday through Friday. The rst ses-
sion is June 3-14; the second session
is June 24-July 5; and the third ses-
sion is July 15-26. A parent & tot class
is oered July 8-12. The Louisburg
Barracuda swim team manages the
group lessons. Swim lesson sign-ups
will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24
and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April, 27.
Information on private lessons
taught by lifeguards will be available
at the pool after opening day.
The pool opens for the season
Memorial weekend, at noon Satur-
day, May 25. The pool closes for the
season at 5 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 11.
The severe
weather/light-
ning policy calls
for the pool to
close in the event of lightning within
10 miles of the facility or if another
threatening storm is in the area.
Guests will be asked to clear the pool
and deck area and will be directed
to shelter in the bathrooms. Guests
may only leave the pool if they have
a ride and may not loiter outside the
pool.
Pool users are encouraged to
watch the City of Louisburg’s Face-
book page. Any early closing will be
posted there.
Pool passes are available at City
Hall for a discount until April 30.
Passes may be purchased at City Hall
until the pool opens and then can be
purchased at the pool. Credit cards
will be accepted at the pool this year
for pool passes or admission fees.
The Louisburg Barracudas have
swim team practice Monday through
Friday mornings from 6-10 a.m.
Pool parties are also available.
Rental information is on the City’s
website or call City Hall to schedule
your pool party.
The three large umbrellas will be
replaced this summer.
The shelter’s restroom key may also be checked out for
a $25 deposit. The deposit will be returned once the key is
returned.
The City Park bandstand and shelter houses at LYP are avail-
able for $10 per day.
Camping is also available at LYP with rates based on number
of campers and whether the campers live in the USD 416 area
or are out of the area.
Residents may make a park reservation on the City website
under the “I Want To” tab and select Parks Facilities Rental.
Baseball, softball, soccer and ag football elds at LYP are
also available for rent. Scheduling and rental for those elds
are processed by the Louisburg Recreation Commission. There
is a fee structure for eld rental.
The complete policy and fee structure is available on the
City’s website.
Lounge chairs
surround the
zero-depth entry
at Louisburg
Aquatic Center.
Right: Swimmers
enjoy the deep
end of the pool.
The Ron Weers Park shelter house is just one of the City’s parks
amenities that is available for rental.
Mayor
Marty Southard
msouthard@louisburgkansas.gov
Ward 1
Kalee Smith
ksmith@louisburgkansas.gov
Ward 2
Lee Baer
lbaer@louisburgkansas.gov
Ward 3
Sandy Harris
sharris@louisburgkansas.gov
Ward 4
Thorvald McKiearnan
tmckiearnan@louisburgkansas.gov
At-Large
Steve Town
stown@louisburgkansas.gov
City Hall
Nathan Law,
City Administrator
215 S. Broadway
Louisburg, KS 66053
913-837-5371
www.louisburgkansas.gov
Hours: 7 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday
Police Department
Chief Tim Bauer
209 S. Metcalf Rd.
Louisburg, KS 66053
913-837-3191
Fire Department
Chief Brad Seely
205 S. Metcalf Rd.
Louisburg, KS 66053
913-837-4700
Louisburg Speaks is published
six times a year by the City of
Louisburg for its residents. Please
direct questions or comments to:
jcarder@louisburgkansas.gov
Residents surveyed on leaf removal
The City Council is looking at options
for leaf removal within the city limits.
During the past year, council mem-
bers have heard various complaints and
concerns about burning inside the city
limits and the health issues that burning
creates for some residents.
Currently, open burning is allowed
inside the city limits on Fridays and Sat-
urdays when wind speeds are between 5
and 15 mph. A burn may not be started
between two hours before sunset until
one hour after sunrise. City residents
are also asked to call the Miami County
Sheri at 913-294-4444 option 4 to check
weather conditions each time they con-
duct a burn.
City sta presented the City Council
with several options on leaf removal at
a meeting in late January. Some of the
options included purchasing a truck with
a vacuum that would be used to remove
leaves that had been raked to the curb.
Another option discussed was to have a
trash dumpster available for residents
to haul and dump their leaves into and
the dumpster would then be hauled to
the landll. The last option would be to
create an area at the City’s brush dump
on S. Rogers Road that could be used
to house the leaves until they could be
burned. Some of these options would
have varying costs associated with them.
Each city household is asked to com-
plete a survey that is included in this
newsletter or is available on the City’s
website: www.louisburgkansas.gov.
The Council will use this feedback to
determine if a city leaf removal program
will be pursued.
Speaks
Riding the rollercoaster
Being mayor sometimes feels like
riding a rollercoaster; there are times
that are very exciting and fun and
there are times that a person has to
hang on tight since it feels like the
car is going to run o the track or go
upside down.
I enjoy listening and talking with
others as we set and accomplish goals
to make our city a better place to live
and grow. Council members will have
a workshop in late April to formalize
next year’s goals for the City. It is an
exciting process in which the council
will come together in order to priori-
tize what we feel is most important for
the City to accomplish next year.
Some of these goals include more
street lights at crosswalks, better
house numbering, continued sidewalk
growth and potential pool enhance-
ments. These are the fun times to be
on the rollercoaster and it brings back
good memories of riding the rides and
attending a fair. The
time when it feels like
the ride is going to run
o the track is when
we receive complaints
that are unreason-
able. I do not mind
complaints that help
to bring about change
or provide a diering
of opinion. The unreasonable part, for
example, is when someone complains
about a speeding ticket they received
when they know they were speeding.
As long as the rules are clear it is hard
to fault someone for doing their job.
All in all, it is an exciting time to be
Mayor and most of the time I enjoy
the rollercoaster ride. But I am glad
that City Hall doesn’t sell cotton candy
or funnel
cakes.
MAYOR’S
MINUTE
The City of Louisburg requires
building permits. Please call the
Building & Zoning Department at
913-837-5811 before beginning any
construction project.
Be safe, call before you dig
If you have a spring or summer-
time project that includes digging,
you are encouraged to call 811 Dig
Safe before you dig.
This free service will mark any util-
ities in your yard and help you avoid
costly disruptions to utility service or
injury to you or those around you. It
can also help you avoid footing the
bill for repair costs if you do hit a
utility.
Homeowners or contractors
should always call Dig Safe before
any outdoor project that involves
digging that may include construct-
ing a deck, fence, outdoor water fea-
ture and even a mailbox or planting
trees or shrubs.
The depth of utility lines can vary
and there may be multiple utility
lines in a common area.
Residents should always call Dig Safe
before making improvements that
involve digging.
CALENDAR &
REMINDERS
• Citywide clean-up day is scheduled
for Saturday, April 27.
• National Prescription Drug Take-
Back Day, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday,
April 27 at the Louisburg Police Station.
• Discounted pool passes are avail-
able at City Hall through April 30.
• Louisburg Aquatic Center opens for
the season, noon, May, 25.
• City oces are closed for Memorial
Day, May 27.
• 24th annual Fishing Derby, 7-11
a.m. Saturday, June 15, Ron Weers
Shelter/City Lake. Kids 16 & under can
compete for prizes.
• Mark your calendars for Freedom
Fest, July 4 at Lewis-Young Park. Watch
for more details.
• Annual dog tags are required for
all dogs living inside the city limits.
Tags are $3 for a dog that is spayed or
neutered or $5 otherwise. A copy of the
dog’s rabies vaccine is required. Tags
may be purchased at City Hall during
regular business hours.
Citywide
clean-up
City residents are en-
couraged to deep clean
their closets and search
the far corners of garages
for items that can be set
out for citywide clean-up
day.
This event, for city res-
idents only, is Saturday,
April 27. Residents should
have their items to the
curb by 6:30 a.m.
Small items should
be contained in bags or
boxes. White goods, scrap
iron and metal will be
picked up. Refrigerators or
freezers must be emptied,
doors removed, locked or
After placing a call to 811, the Dig
Safe operators contact local utility
companies who then mark utility
lines. This process generally takes
three to four days. Even if you’ve
used Dig Safe in the past to mark
utility lines, you should do this each
time you dig as lines could shift due
to time, erosion or root structure
growth.
Utility marking can even be re-
quested online at www.kansasone-
call.com.
otherwise made so they can’t be opened and
turned face down.
Items that will not be picked up include reg-
ular trash, brush, limbs, leaves, tires, batteries,
demo or construction material and no hazard-
ous waste like paint, pesticides, oils, gasoline
motors. To dispose of those items contact the
Miami County Sanitary Landll at 913-294-
2674.
Citywide clean-up is a service provided by the City
of Louisburg with the local refuse company.
Mayor
Marty Southard
msouthard@louisburgkansas.gov
Ward 1
Kalee Smith
ksmith@louisburgkansas.gov
Ward 2
Lee Baer
lbaer@louisburgkansas.gov
Ward 3
Sandy Harris
sharris@louisburgkansas.gov
Ward 4
Thorvald McKiearnan
tmckiearnan@louisburgkansas.gov
At-Large
Steve Town
stown@louisburgkansas.gov
City Hall
Nathan Law,
City Administrator
215 S. Broadway
Louisburg, KS 66053
913-837-5371
www.louisburgkansas.gov
Hours: 7 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday
Police Department
Chief Tim Bauer
209 S. Metcalf Rd.
Louisburg, KS 66053
913-837-3191
Fire Department
Chief Brad Seely
205 S. Metcalf Rd.
Louisburg, KS 66053
913-837-4700
Louisburg Speaks is published
six times a year by the City of
Louisburg for its residents. Please
direct questions or comments to:
jcarder@louisburgkansas.gov
Residents surveyed on leaf removal
The City Council is looking at options
for leaf removal within the city limits.
During the past year, council mem-
bers have heard various complaints and
concerns about burning inside the city
limits and the health issues that burning
creates for some residents.
Currently, open burning is allowed
inside the city limits on Fridays and Sat-
urdays when wind speeds are between 5
and 15 mph. A burn may not be started
between two hours before sunset until
one hour after sunrise. City residents
are also asked to call the Miami County
Sheri at 913-294-4444 option 4 to check
weather conditions each time they con-
duct a burn.
City sta presented the City Council
with several options on leaf removal at
a meeting in late January. Some of the
options included purchasing a truck with
a vacuum that would be used to remove
leaves that had been raked to the curb.
Another option discussed was to have a
trash dumpster available for residents
to haul and dump their leaves into and
the dumpster would then be hauled to
the landll. The last option would be to
create an area at the City’s brush dump
on S. Rogers Road that could be used
to house the leaves until they could be
burned. Some of these options would
have varying costs associated with them.
Each city household is asked to com-
plete a survey that is included in this
newsletter or is available on the City’s
website: www.louisburgkansas.gov.
The Council will use this feedback to
determine if a city leaf removal program
will be pursued.
Speaks
Riding the rollercoaster
Being mayor sometimes feels like
riding a rollercoaster; there are times
that are very exciting and fun and
there are times that a person has to
hang on tight since it feels like the
car is going to run o the track or go
upside down.
I enjoy listening and talking with
others as we set and accomplish goals
to make our city a better place to live
and grow. Council members will have
a workshop in late April to formalize
next year’s goals for the City. It is an
exciting process in which the council
will come together in order to priori-
tize what we feel is most important for
the City to accomplish next year.
Some of these goals include more
street lights at crosswalks, better
house numbering, continued sidewalk
growth and potential pool enhance-
ments. These are the fun times to be
on the rollercoaster and it brings back
good memories of riding the rides and
attending a fair. The
time when it feels like
the ride is going to run
o the track is when
we receive complaints
that are unreason-
able. I do not mind
complaints that help
to bring about change
or provide a diering
of opinion. The unreasonable part, for
example, is when someone complains
about a speeding ticket they received
when they know they were speeding.
As long as the rules are clear it is hard
to fault someone for doing their job.
All in all, it is an exciting time to be
Mayor and most of the time I enjoy
the rollercoaster ride. But I am glad
that City Hall doesn’t sell cotton candy
or funnel
cakes.
MAYOR’S
MINUTE
The City of Louisburg requires
building permits. Please call the
Building & Zoning Department at
913-837-5811 before beginning any
construction project.
Be safe, call before you dig
If you have a spring or summer-
time project that includes digging,
you are encouraged to call 811 Dig
Safe before you dig.
This free service will mark any util-
ities in your yard and help you avoid
costly disruptions to utility service or
injury to you or those around you. It
can also help you avoid footing the
bill for repair costs if you do hit a
utility.
Homeowners or contractors
should always call Dig Safe before
any outdoor project that involves
digging that may include construct-
ing a deck, fence, outdoor water fea-
ture and even a mailbox or planting
trees or shrubs.
The depth of utility lines can vary
and there may be multiple utility
lines in a common area.
Residents should always call Dig Safe
before making improvements that
involve digging.
CALENDAR &
REMINDERS
• Citywide clean-up day is scheduled
for Saturday, April 27.
• National Prescription Drug Take-
Back Day, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday,
April 27 at the Louisburg Police Station.
• Discounted pool passes are avail-
able at City Hall through April 30.
• Louisburg Aquatic Center opens for
the season, noon, May, 25.
• City oces are closed for Memorial
Day, May 27.
• 24th annual Fishing Derby, 7-11
a.m. Saturday, June 15, Ron Weers
Shelter/City Lake. Kids 16 & under can
compete for prizes.
• Mark your calendars for Freedom
Fest, July 4 at Lewis-Young Park. Watch
for more details.
• Annual dog tags are required for
all dogs living inside the city limits.
Tags are $3 for a dog that is spayed or
neutered or $5 otherwise. A copy of the
dog’s rabies vaccine is required. Tags
may be purchased at City Hall during
regular business hours.
Citywide
clean-up
City residents are en-
couraged to deep clean
their closets and search
the far corners of garages
for items that can be set
out for citywide clean-up
day.
This event, for city res-
idents only, is Saturday,
April 27. Residents should
have their items to the
curb by 6:30 a.m.
Small items should
be contained in bags or
boxes. White goods, scrap
iron and metal will be
picked up. Refrigerators or
freezers must be emptied,
doors removed, locked or
After placing a call to 811, the Dig
Safe operators contact local utility
companies who then mark utility
lines. This process generally takes
three to four days. Even if you’ve
used Dig Safe in the past to mark
utility lines, you should do this each
time you dig as lines could shift due
to time, erosion or root structure
growth.
Utility marking can even be re-
quested online at www.kansasone-
call.com.
otherwise made so they can’t be opened and
turned face down.
Items that will not be picked up include reg-
ular trash, brush, limbs, leaves, tires, batteries,
demo or construction material and no hazard-
ous waste like paint, pesticides, oils, gasoline
motors. To dispose of those items contact the
Miami County Sanitary Landll at 913-294-
2674.
Citywide clean-up is a service provided by the City
of Louisburg with the local refuse company.
April - May 2019
Inside:
• Leaf removal survey
• Call before you dig
• Citywide clean-up
• Mayor’s Minute
• Getting to know....
Your Community Magazine • Volume 4, Issue 2 • www.louisburgkansas.gov
Getting to know
Louisburg Aquatic Center
Speaks
It is now possible to reserve amenities and areas that
are part of the City’s parks for a small fee. This includes
the shelter house at Ron Weers Park, two shelter houses
at Lewis-Young Park and the bandstand at City Park.
The Louisburg Park & Tree Board worked on drafting
a parks reservation policy for a few months and recently
recommended the policy to Council for nal approval.
The new policy allows for the exclusive use of certain
park amenities when a rental is secured. Residents are
still welcome to use any of the parks facilities free of
charge at any time unless a reservation has been se-
cured through City Hall. In the event of a reservation, the
renter has exclusive use of the area/shelter reserved.
The shelter at Ron Weers Park is available to rent in
four-hour increments for $25. The hours available are
8 a.m. to noon; noon to 4 p.m. or 4-8 p.m. The facility is
also available to rent all day from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. for $50.
Reservations now accepted
for City parks facilities
Warmer weather is right around
the corner and thoughts are begin-
ning to turn to summer fun at the
swimming pool.
The Louisburg Aquatic Center
has something for everyone. The
pool features a zero-depth entry to
make it easy to get into and out of
the pool. This area is also the place
where toddlers and small children
play under two spray towers and
large umbrella.
The middle section of the pool
ranges from 3 feet 6 inches to 4 feet
6 inches and provides space for swim
and play. This section tapers into the
12 feet 6 inch deep end that features
a diving board and drop slide.
An open slide and closed slide that
drop swimmers into a 3 feet 6 inch
slide pool oer fun for swimmers 42
inches or taller.
Swimmers under age 12 must be
accompanied by an adult at the pool.
Lap swim is oered from 8-9 p.m.
Monday through Friday.
For the second season water aer-
obics are oered from 7-8 p.m. each
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
These classes are taught by instruc-
tors from the Louisburg Athletic
Club.
Group swim lessons are oered in
three sessions during the summer
Monday through Friday. The rst ses-
sion is June 3-14; the second session
is June 24-July 5; and the third ses-
sion is July 15-26. A parent & tot class
is oered July 8-12. The Louisburg
Barracuda swim team manages the
group lessons. Swim lesson sign-ups
will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24
and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April, 27.
Information on private lessons
taught by lifeguards will be available
at the pool after opening day.
The pool opens for the season
Memorial weekend, at noon Satur-
day, May 25. The pool closes for the
season at 5 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 11.
The severe
weather/light-
ning policy calls
for the pool to
close in the event of lightning within
10 miles of the facility or if another
threatening storm is in the area.
Guests will be asked to clear the pool
and deck area and will be directed
to shelter in the bathrooms. Guests
may only leave the pool if they have
a ride and may not loiter outside the
pool.
Pool users are encouraged to
watch the City of Louisburg’s Face-
book page. Any early closing will be
posted there.
Pool passes are available at City
Hall for a discount until April 30.
Passes may be purchased at City Hall
until the pool opens and then can be
purchased at the pool. Credit cards
will be accepted at the pool this year
for pool passes or admission fees.
The Louisburg Barracudas have
swim team practice Monday through
Friday mornings from 6-10 a.m.
Pool parties are also available.
Rental information is on the City’s
website or call City Hall to schedule
your pool party.
The three large umbrellas will be
replaced this summer.
The shelter’s restroom key may also be checked out for
a $25 deposit. The deposit will be returned once the key is
returned.
The City Park bandstand and shelter houses at LYP are avail-
able for $10 per day.
Camping is also available at LYP with rates based on number
of campers and whether the campers live in the USD 416 area
or are out of the area.
Residents may make a park reservation on the City website
under the “I Want To” tab and select Parks Facilities Rental.
Baseball, softball, soccer and ag football elds at LYP are
also available for rent. Scheduling and rental for those elds
are processed by the Louisburg Recreation Commission. There
is a fee structure for eld rental.
The complete policy and fee structure is available on the
City’s website.
Lounge chairs
surround the
zero-depth entry
at Louisburg
Aquatic Center.
Right: Swimmers
enjoy the deep
end of the pool.
The Ron Weers Park shelter house is just one of the City’s parks
amenities that is available for rental.
The City Council would like residents to provide feed-
back on potential leaf pickup programs, some of which
are mandatory per residential household. The Council
is exploring options to provide for leaf pick-up in lieu of
residential leaf burning.
Please ll out this survey and return with your utility
bill by May 10 or you may ll out the questionnaire on
the City’s website: www.louisburgkansas.gov/
Residents are asked to only ll out one survey per
household.
wants your opinion!
Property Address:
If you answered the above question as very willing or somewhat willing, would you rather be billed
monthly as part of the utility bill or be assessed through property taxes?
Monthly bill
Property tax
2.
Additional comments:
1.
How willing are you to pay a mandatory $2 each month per household for leaf pick-up in which resi-
dents would rake leaves to the edge of the street and a vacuum truck would pick up the leaves?
Very willing
Somewhat willing
No opinion
Somewhat unwilling
Very unwilling
I am not interested in a leaf program
As a third alternative, how willing are you to rake and haul your leaves to the City’s burn site located
on S. Rogers Road at no anticipated cost to residents.
4.
Very willing
Somewhat willing
No opinion
Somewhat unwilling
Very unwilling
I am not interested in a leaf program
As a second alternative to the street side pick-up, how willing are you to collect and haul your leaves
to a central facility located on city property. This mandatory service would cost residences $1.50 per
household per year.
3.
Very willing
Somewhat willing
No opinion
Somewhat unwilling
Very unwilling
I am not interested in a leaf program
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