Author: Lila Whitmore

Ordinance No. 622

(PUBLISHED IN THE ST. FRANCIS HERALD AND BIRD CITY TIMES ON JUNE 25, 2020)

ORDINANCE NO. 622

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2020, OF THE CITY OF ST. FRANCIS, KANSAS; PROVIDING FOR THE LEVY AND COLLECTION OF AN ANNUAL TAX FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAYING THE PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON SAID BONDS AS THEY BECOME DUE; AUTHORIZING CERTAIN OTHER DOCUMENTS AND ACTIONS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH; AND MAKING CERTAIN COVENANTS WITH RESPECT THERETO.

            WHEREAS, the City of St. Francis, Kansas (the “City”) is a city of the third class, duly created, organized and existing under the Constitution and laws of the State; and

            WHEREAS, pursuant to the laws of the State of Kansas applicable thereto, by proceedings duly had, the Governing Body of the City (the “Governing Body”) has authorized the following improvements (the “Improvements”) to be made in the City, to-wit:

Project DescriptionRes. No.Authority (K.S.A.)Amount
Street improvements2019-06Article 12, Section 5 of the Kansas Constitution, and Charter Ordinance No. 2018-2 of the City$1,200,000

; and

            WHEREAS, all legal requirements pertaining to the Improvements have been complied with, and the Governing Body now finds and determines that the total cost of the Improvements (including issuance costs of the general obligation bonds) and related expenses are at least $850,000, with all of said cost to be paid by the City at large, to be paid for by the issuance of general obligation bonds; and

            WHEREAS, the Governing Body is authorized by law to issue general obligation bonds of the City to pay costs of the Improvements; and

            WHEREAS, none of such general obligation bonds heretofore authorized have been issued and the City proposes to issue $850,000 of its general obligation bonds, together with any bid premium thereon, to pay costs of the Improvements; and

            WHEREAS, the Governing Body has advertised the sale of the Bonds in accordance with the law and at a meeting held in the City on this date awarded the sale of such Bonds to the best bidder.

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF ST. FRANCIS OF THE CITY OF ST. FRANCIS, KANSAS, AS FOLLOWS:

            Section 1.         Definitions of Words and Terms.  In addition to words and terms defined elsewhere herein, the following words and terms in this Ordinance shall have the meanings hereinafter set forth.  Unless the context shall otherwise indicate, words importing the singular number shall include the plural and vice versa, and words importing persons shall include firms, associations and corporations, including public bodies, as well as natural persons.

            “Act” means the Constitution and statutes of the State including K.S.A. 10-101 to 10-125, inclusive, K.S.A. 10-620 et seq., Article 12, Section 5 of the Kansas Constitution, and Charter Ordinance No. 2018-2 of the City, all as amended and supplemented from time to time.

            “Bond and Interest Fund” means the Bond and Interest Fund of the City for its general obligation bonds.

            “Bond Resolution” means the resolution to be adopted by the Governing Body prescribing the terms and details of the Bonds and making covenants with respect thereto.

            “Bonds” means the City’s General Obligation Bonds, Series 2020, dated July 16, 2020, authorized by this Ordinance.

            “City” means the City of St. Francis, Kansas.

            “Clerk” means the duly appointed and acting Clerk of the City or, in the Clerk’s absence, the duly appointed Deputy, Assistant or Acting Clerk.

            “Governing Body” means the Governing Body of the City.

            “Mayor” means the duly elected and acting Mayor of the City or, in the Mayor’s absence, the duly appointed and/or elected Vice Mayor or Acting Mayor of the City.

            “Ordinance” means this Ordinance authorizing the issuance of the Bonds.

            “State” means the State of Kansas.

            “Substitute Improvements” means the substitute or additional improvements of the City authorized in the manner set forth in the Bond Resolution.

            Section 2.         Authorization of the Bonds.  There shall be issued and hereby are authorized and directed to be issued the General Obligation Bonds, Series 2020, of the City in the principal amount of $850,000, for the purpose of providing funds to:  (a) pay costs of the Improvements; and (b) pay costs of issuance of the Bonds.

            Section 3.         Security for the Bonds.  The Bonds shall be general obligations of the City payable as to both principal and interest from ad valorem taxes which may be levied without limitation as to rate or amount upon all the taxable tangible property, real and personal, within the territorial limits of the City.  The full faith, credit and resources of the City are hereby irrevocably pledged for the prompt payment of the principal of and interest on the Bonds as the same become due. 

            Section 4.         Terms, Details and Conditions of the Bonds.  The Bonds shall be dated and bear interest, shall mature and be payable at such times, shall be in such forms, shall be subject to redemption and payment prior to the maturity thereof, and shall be issued and delivered in the manner prescribed and subject to the provisions, covenants and agreements set forth in the Bond Resolution hereafter adopted by the Governing Body.

            Section 5.         Levy and Collection of Annual Tax.  The Governing Body shall annually make provision for the payment of principal of, premium, if any, and interest on the Bonds as the same become due by levying and collecting the necessary taxes upon all of the taxable tangible property within the City in the manner provided by law.

            The taxes above referred to shall be extended upon the tax rolls in each of the several years, respectively, and shall be levied and collected at the same time and in the same manner as the general ad valorem taxes of the City are levied and collected, shall be used solely for the payment of the principal of and interest on the Bonds as and when the same become due and the fees and expenses of the paying agent for the Bonds.  The proceeds derived from said taxes shall be deposited in the Bond and Interest Fund.

            If at any time said taxes are not collected in time to pay the principal of or interest on the Bonds when due, the City Treasurer is hereby authorized and directed to pay said principal or interest out of the general funds of the City and to reimburse said general funds for money so expended when said taxes are collected.

            Section 6.         Further Authority.  The Mayor, Clerk and other City officials are hereby further authorized and directed to execute any and all documents and take such actions as they may deem necessary or advisable in order to carry out and perform the purposes of the Ordinance, and to make alterations, changes or additions in the foregoing agreements, statements, instruments and other documents herein approved, authorized and confirmed which they may approve, and the execution or taking of such action shall be conclusive evidence of such necessity or advisability.

            Section 7.         Governing Law.  This Ordinance and the Bonds shall be governed exclusively by and construed in accordance with the applicable laws of the State.

            Section 8.         Effective Date.  This Ordinance shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage by the Governing Body, approval by the Mayor and publication of the Ordinance or a summary thereof in the official City newspaper.

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            PASSED by the Governing Body on June 22, 2020 and APPROVED AND SIGNED by the Mayor.

(SEAL)                                                                                                                                               

Mayor

ATTEST:

Clerk

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City to Apply For Grant Funding to Help Local Businesses

The Kansas Department of Commerce has recently announced Community Development Block Grant funding being made available to cities to address COVID-19 related issues.  

The CDBG funds are targeting two areas:

Economic Development – CDBG-CV Economic Development grants provide communities with funding to help local businesses retain jobs for low-to-moderate income people.

Meals Programs – CDBG-CV Meal Program grants are intended to provide Kansas cities and counties with funds to supplement various programs that provide access to nutritious foods during the COVID-19 crisis.

The City of St. Francis will be applying for this funding. We are asking local businesses who are interested in this grant opportunity to complete and return the attached questionnaire.  This questionnaire will help the City gauge interest and determine eligibility for the funding that is being made available.

The grant funds will be awarded to cities on a first come first serve basis and we are working diligently to complete the application process quickly.  For this reason we request businesses respond as soon as possible, and no later than May 27.

For any questions please contact City Clerk Lila Whitmore at 332-3142.

More information regarding the grants can be found here:

http://www.kansascommerce.gov/cdbg-cv

Temporary Process for Recreational Vehicle Permits

Currently the Sheriff’s Department is not performing VIN inspections, and along with this Recreational Vehicle Permits are not being issued.   During this time, in order to register your recreational vehicle, please contact City Hall at 332-3142.  We will ask that you provide proof of insurance and pay the $10 permit fee.   You will be given a receipt which you can carry with you as proof of registration payment.  Once the Sheriff’s office resumes VIN inspections you will be able to take the payment receipt to them to complete the permit process and obtain the necessary tag.

As a reminder, golf carts cannot be operated on U.S. Highway 36 or Washington Street. ATVs may not be operated on U.S. Highway 36, the access road or Washington Street.    A valid driver’s license is required for operation of any special purpose vehicle. 

Please reference City Code Chapter 14 Article 7 “ATV, Work Site Utility Vehicles, Golf Carts and Micro Utility Trucks”

https://stfranciskansas.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/CHAPTER_14_TRAFFIC.pdf

Violation of Stay at Home Orders – Information from the Cheyenne County Health Department

Violation of Stay at Home Orders

March 31, 2020

Violations of the statewide Stay at Home order is a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable by up to one year in jail or a fine of up to $2500 or both.  It can also include up to two years of probation.


Executive Orders executed by the Governor have the force of law. The penalties associated with a violation of said order are found in K.S.A. 48-939. Law Enforcement has the jurisdiction to enforce under K.S.A. 22-2401 and 22-2401(a). 

Executive Order 20-16 under 9(a) states “Law enforcement officers enforcing this order should use their discretion and consider the totality of the circumstances as they determine appropriate enforcement action.”  

As complaints are made, those will be reviewed by the Cheyenne County Sheriff and the Cheyenne County Health Department. 

If a violation is determined, then the appropriate paperwork will be provided to the County Attorney for prosecution. A violation of an Executive Order is a Class A Misdemeanor.

City Declares State of Emergency

PLEASE BE ADVISED, THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ST. FRANCIS, KANSAS, have declared a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19 this 19th day of March, 2020.

BY ORDER OF THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL access to City Hall will be restricted immediately and until further notice. All City employees will be expected to report to work as normal and work normal business hours. City Hall will be locked during business hours and anyone who needs to enter the City Office will need to call 785-332-3142. If the business cannot be completed over the phone the citizen will be asked health screening questions. A person must answer “no” to all health screening questions to be admitted to the City Office, and such person must be admitted the same day as answering the screening questions. The doors to City Hall will be locked and the City Clerk will give access to the building if it is necessary.

This is being done in an overabundance of caution to ensure the safety of the citizens and employees of the City of St. Francis.

Utility Payments and Social Distancing

In response to the “social distancing” directives from federal and state authorities that are designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus, the City of St. Francis is asking utility customers to use the following services to pay utility bills:

Electronic payments can be made using your credit card, debit card, or checking account by contacting City Hall at 332-3142.   We will be happy to assist you!  

You can also visit our website and initiate an online payment from there:

www.stfranciskansas.com   click on “PAY MY BILL” at the top and then click “Pay My Bill Online”.  This will take you to the Payment Service Network site where you can either create an account or select quick pay.  The Business ID is RT23848.  You will need your account number from your bill.  If the account number is not recognized, try omitting leading zeros.   

At this time the service fees normally associated with online transactions will not be charged to the Customer.  

You can also mail checks to: 
City of St. Francis
PO Box 517
St. Francis, KS 67756
(Please allow sufficient time for payments to be received by the 15th of the month)

Customers can also use the drop box on the West side of City Hall. If paying with case, please put your payment and payment stub in an envelope and write your name and phone number on the outside. Any amount enclosed over the amount due will be applied as a credit to your next bill. If you have any concerns regarding payments in cash, please give us a call.

Thank you for helping us keep our community safe. If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call! 332-3142

Covid -19 Coronavirus Prevención y tratamiento

Prevención

En la actualidad no existe una vacuna para prevenir la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). La mejor forma de prevenir la enfermedad es evitar la exposición a este virus. Sin embargo, como recordatorio, los CDC siempre recomiendan medidas preventivas cotidianas para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de enfermedades respiratorias. Estas medidas incluyen:

  • Evitar el contacto cercano con personas enfermas.
  • Evitar tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca.
  • Quedarse en casa si está enfermo.
  • Cubrirse la nariz y la boca con un pañuelo desechable al toser o estornudar y luego botarlo a la basura.
  • Limpiar y desinfectar los objetos y las superficies que se tocan frecuentemente, usando un producto común de limpieza de uso doméstico en rociador o toallita.
  • Seguir las recomendaciones de los CDC sobre el uso de mascarillas.
    • Los CDC no han hecho recomendaciones para que las personas que no están enfermas usen mascarillas para protegerse de enfermedades respiratorias, incluso del COVID-19.
  • Lávese las manos frecuentemente con agua y jabón por al menos 20 segundos, especialmente después de ir al baño, antes de comer, y después de sonarse la nariz, toser o estornudar.
    • Si no cuenta con agua ni jabón, use un desinfectante de manos que contenga al menos un 60 % de alcohol. Lávese las manos siempre con agua y jabón si están visiblemente sucias.

Para obtener información sobre la higiene de las manos, consulte el sitio web de los CDC sobre el lavado de las manos.

Para obtener información específica para el área de atención médica, consulte el sitio web de los CDC sobre la higiene de las manos en entornos de atención médica (en inglés).

Estos son hábitos cotidianos que pueden ayudar a prevenir la propagación de varios virus. Los CDC tienen directrices específicas para los viajeros (en inglés).

Información para viajeros

Tratamiento

No hay un tratamiento antiviral específico que se recomiende para el COVID-19. Las personas con el COVID-19 deben recibir cuidados de apoyo para ayudar a aliviar los síntomas. En los casos graves, el tratamiento debe incluir atención médica para apoyar el funcionamiento de los órganos vitales.

Las personas que creen que podrían haber estado expuestas al COVID-19 deben comunicarse con su proveedor de atención médica de inmediato.

Vea la Guía interina para profesionales de atención médica (en inglés) para obtener información sobre las personas que están bajo investigación.

Información para profesionales de la salud

COVID-19 How To Protect Yourself

Covid-19   How to Protect Yourself

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

Know How it Spreads

Illustration: woman sneezing on man
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

man in bed

Stay home if you’re sick

woman covering their mouth when coughing

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
man wearing a mask

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
cleaning a counter

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

Complete disinfection guidance

 For more information:  

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

COVID-19 Information for Public Health

Title: COVID-19 Information for Public Health
By: TABETHA KETZNER, Health Department Administrator

Category: Education, Health & Wellness

Article: COVID-19 Information for Public Health

The Cheyenne County Health Department works closely with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to monitor people at risk for infection. At this time, the people with highest risk for COVID-19 are those traveling from China or people who have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. As of February 26, 15 COVID-19 cases have been identified in the United States (12 travelers from China, 2 close contacts of travel-associated cases, and 1 case with no known exposure). All cases, including the one with no known exposure, have been identified through public health screening and monitoring systems. An additional 42 cases in the U.S. were repatriated from Wuhan, China or from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship.

If an individual is identified at risk for COVID-19 but is not currently ill, the individual would be required to remain at home for 14 days. They would be asked to watch for COVID-19 symptoms (fever of 100.4⁰F or greater, cough, shortness of breath) and take their temperature daily. The individual would need to contact the health department and their healthcare provider to receive laboratory testing. At that time, the health department would work with the individual to identify any close contacts at risk for disease exposure. All of their close contacts would be required to remain at home for 14 days after last exposure or until laboratory test results are negative.

The Cheyenne County Health Department is working closely with Emergency Management and community partners to keep our kids and community safe while making sure we are ready to respond if needed.

Health Department: 785-332-2381

Sandy Barber, RN
Tiffany Ochsner, RN
Candi Douthit, RN
Tabetha Ketzner, Administrator