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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Lansing Mayor: Small-town atmosphere, vibrancy important to city

  • I want to congratulate all who have a vested interest in Lansing. In November, Ingram's named Lansing as a "City of Distinction." Thank you to all the residents and businesses working to make the city a better place.Part of what makes Lansing a clean, successful place to live and work is community-based code enforcement a...
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  • I want to congratulate all who have a vested interest in Lansing. In November, Ingram's named Lansing as a "City of Distinction." Thank you to all the residents and businesses working to make the city a better place. Part of what makes Lansing a clean, successful place to live and work is community-based code enforcement and maintenance work done by the city's staff. As mayor, I take great pride in the work done by all city employees. As proud as I am of Lansing, I'm also one of the first to hear concerns from residents about code violations. To help our employees proactively work with members of the community, I'm listing some of the most common issues we have in the city: • Nuisance issues receive the most attention. These can include, but are not limited to, trash, debris, and brush at the curb; outdoor storage issues in other parts of the yard; and safety/sanitary issues, such as dead or diseased limbs/trees, and debris or pools that can harbor vermin or insects. • Tall grass and weeds are a constant issue throughout the growing season. If a majority of the property's grass is at 12 inches or higher, it is in violation. • Vehicle parking is an issue, and can affect the image of a city. Motor vehicles parked on grass are always a violation of code in residential areas. There are some exemptions for non-motorized recreational vehicles, but these cannot be parked in the public right-of-way for more than seven days. Vehicles blocking sidewalks are another code violation about which the city receives numerous calls. Blocked sidewalks are a safety issue that cause our residents, and particularly our children, to have to walk in the street to get around the vehicle. To proactively deal with violations in a timely manner, certain steps are being taken. A new “habitual violator” section has been added to the city code that can cause steep fines for the offender. After discussions with the city prosecutor, citations can be expedited and brought to court. Finally, we will engage in an educational initiative in the next year to educate the public on code violations. The city of Lansing wants to maintain its small-town atmosphere, but it needs to remain vibrant to attract businesses and residents. I plan to go into detail about these items and others in future articles to help city employees maintain a good relationship with residents and businesses in Lansing. If you have any questions or concerns about code violations, please see our website, www.lansing.ks.us, call one of our offices. Please do your part to assist us in proactively dealing with violations in a timely manner.

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