Ordinance No. 802

On July 1, 2019, the City of Washington, Kansas, adopted Ordinance No. 802, an ordinance authorizing and directing the removal of certain unsafe and dangerous structures located at all of lot twenty-five (25), except the west six (6) feet of said lot 25, and all of lot twenty-six (26), all in block four (4), in the City of Washington, Washington County, Kansas, also known and referred to as 111 W. 1st Street in the City of Washington, Kansas; authorizing the financing of the costs of such removal by the sale of salvage from such structure, if any, and/or from the general fund of the city; and the levying of special assessments against the lots or parcels of land on which such structures are located. 

A complete text of the Ordinance may be obtained or viewed free of charge at City Hall, 301 C Street, Washington, Kansas.  Additionally, the full text may be viewed on the City’s official website www.washingtonks.net for a minimum of one week following the date of this publication.  This summary was reviewed and certified by Elizabeth Baskerville Hiltgen, City Attorney.

Grass/Leaves

Happy Spring! Since it will eventually be dry enough for mowing and yard work season, just a reminder that mowing grass or blowing leaves into the street is a violation of the City's municipal code.

While it may not seem like a big deal, grass and leaves in the street can be detrimental to the storm sewer system, clogging storm drains, diverting water, flooding, and potential increased expense to homeowners and the City.

Thank you!

City of Washington Submits Final Payment of Swimming Pool Revenue Bonds Ten Years Early

In June 2006, the Washington Swimming Pool committee began exploring options to replace the existing swimming pool, which was over 50 years old, and suffering from significant deterioration.  Initial committee members were Lila Keesecker, Denise Powell, Dan Thalmann, Traci Hattesohl, Roxanne Schottel, Caroline Scoville, and then-City Administrator Tim Schook as technical advisor.

The final cost of the project was $1,070,000.00, and was financed by a 1% retailer’s sales tax, as approved by voters at the April 7, 2009, general election.  The City Council chose to issue revenue bonds to finance the project over a period of 20 years. 

City Council directed the proceeds from the sales tax be used to pay the costs of the City swimming pool project, as well as street and other public infrastructure projects in the City.

Actual sales tax revenue exceeded initial projections, which allowed the City Council to approve the final payment January 7, 2019, in the amount of $795,442.50 on the revenue bonds a full ten years early.

The Washington City Council should be commended for their dedication to pursuing this project to enhance the quality of life for the community.

 

2019 CCR Water Report

You may view or download the City of Washington 2019 Consumer Cofidence Report covering calendar year 2018.

This report is a snapshot of the quality of water that was provided by the City of Washington last year. 

SEWER MAINTENANCE

The City of Washington would like to remind all property owners and sewer utility customers that the City of Washington is responsible for the sewer main lines.  The property owner is responsible for the lateral and the tap. 

Due to the purchase of the sewer camera system for the city’s sewer mains, staff has noticed numerous privately-owned sewer taps which are displaying root intrusion.  Once these root intrusions invade the city sewer mains, it causes problems and backups on the mains as well as for the property owner. 

Sewer maintenance can help prevent sewer backup problems.  Maintenance measures, including flushing a root killer product, such as Root-X, down the toilet twice a year, can help break up and prevent unnecessary root growth.  This could save costly digging and repair expense.

Also, when the City of Washington is responding to requests for utility locates, as provided through the Kansas One-Call Service, the city will only locate city-owned utilities, up to and including the sewer main.  The City cannot and will not locate privately owned sewer lines from the main to the property.

For a list of what NOT to flush down your sewer, please see the press release below.

What NOT to Flush!!

To view more information on what NOT to flush down your sewer, please click here.

ATV/GOLF CART/WORK-SITE UTILITY VEHICLES/MICRO-UTILITY TRUCKS

In order to operate an ATV, golf cart, micro-utility truck or work-site utility vehicle within the city limits of the City of Washington, you must purchase a permit at City Hall.

PORTABLE OUTDOOR FIREPLACES

The City Council has established guidelines and permit requirements which allow for citizens to use portable outdoor fireplaces, aka "fire pits", inside the city limits.

There is no cost for the permit. Permits may be downloaded here or picked up at City Hall. Guidelines for use may be downloaded here or picked up at City Hall.

Please complete permit and return to City Hall prior to using any portable outdoor fireplace or "fire pit".

 

Now Accepting Debit/Credit Cards

You can now pay your City of Washington account with debit/credit cards or electronic checks in person or online. Convenience fees will apply. Click here for details. Payments take approximately 48 hours to process. If your payment is not deposited into the City's account by the due date, penalties will be applied to your bill.


 


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