Category: Government

Building Permits & Junked Motor Vehicles

Building Permits

The City Council would like to remind residents and contractors of the contents of City Code Chapter 4 Articles 207 and 208 which pertain to building permits.  Applications for building permits must be submitted to the City Clerk and approved by the City Superintendent and are subject to review and final approval by the City Council before work begins.  Penalties for violation are defined in Chapter 4 Article 216.   Thank you for your cooperation.

Junked Motor Vehicles on Private Property

The City Council would like to remind residents of City Code Chapter 8 Article 3 regarding junked motor vehicles on private property.  It is unlawful for any person to maintain or permit any motor vehicle nuisance within the City. Junked, wrecked, dismantled, inoperative or abandoned vehicles affect the health, safety, and general welfare of citizens. The Council has set a deadline of October 1, 2022, for residents to come into compliance with the ordinance, after which time warning letters and citations will be issued.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Performance Public Hearing Notice

The City of St. Francis will hold a public hearing on Monday, July 11, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall 209 E. Washington Street, St. Francis, KS for the purpose of evaluating the performance of Grant Agreement Number 20-PF-014.  The CDBG application proposed was for street system improvement. Locations included: Scott St. removed and replaced with 6″ thick concrete , Benton Street – removed and replaced with 6″ Thick Asphalt within existing curb and gutter, replaced broken curb and gutter sections, Denison Street  – Removed & replaced with 6″ thick asphalt from Spencer to Emerson within existing curb & gutter, replaced broken curb and gutter sections, Emerson to Whittier – 2″ Mill and overlay asphalt within curb & gutter, replaced broken curb and gutter sections, Frances Street – removed and replaced with 6″ thick asphalt within existing curb and gutter, replaced broken curb and gutter sections, Frances Street (First to First St.) – Removed & Replaced with 6″ thick concrete, Parkway Drive removed & replaced 8′ wide center section with 6″ thick concrete. The project was funded, all or in part, from the Kansas Department of Commerce, Small Cities Community Development Block Grant funds.  All aspects of the grant will be discussed, and oral and written comments will be recorded and become a part of the City of St. Francis CDBG Citizen Participation Plan.  Reasonable accommodations are available for persons needing assistance.  Requests for accommodations should be submitted to Lila Whitmore, City Clerk, by Friday, July 8, 2022.

Performance Public Hearing

The City of St. Francis will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 209 E. Washington, St. Francis, Kansas, for the purpose of considering an application to be submitted to the Kansas Department of Commerce for Small Cities Community Development Block Grant funds under the Community Facilities category. A specific project application to be discussed is street system improvement project in an area generally bounded by the City of St. Francis, Kansas. The project will consist of using a combination of full depth pavement replacement, mill & overlay, and keeping the existing curb and gutter in the identified streets listed below:

  • Whittier Street – Quincy Street to Scott Street
  • Frances Street – Spencer St. to Washington St. & Emerson St. to North St.
  • Webster Street – Frances Street to College Street
  • Quincy Street – Highway 36 to First Street
  • College Street – Highway 36 to Spencer Street

The budget includes staking, mobilization, and traffic control. The estimated project cost is $1,081,920 with the grant request for $600,000 of the project cost. Other project proposals introduced at the hearing will be considered.  Oral and written comments will be recorded and become part of the City of St. Francis’ CDBG citizen participation program. Reasonable accommodations will be made available to persons with disabilities.  Requests should be submitted to Lila Whitmore, City Clerk, by Friday, October 8, 2021.

Street Improvements Begin

July 21, 2021 – The Street Improvements Phase 1 project has begun! This $1.2 Million project was funded in part by a Community Development Block Grant of $600,000. The remaining cost is funded by General Obligation Bonds with a portion of the 1% local sales tax going towards repayment of the bonds.

Below is a map of the streets being repaired/updated in phase 1:

Benton: Spencer to Emerson

Denison: Spencer to Whittier

Frances: Second to First

Frances: Washington to Emerson

Parkway Drive: Fourth to Frances

Scott: Whittier to North

Filing Deadline for Local Office is June 1

The City of St. Francis will have 3 positions up for election in 2021: Three City Council positions currently held by Kale Dankenbring, Dara Carmichael, and Larry Finley. Those wanting to file for any of these positions need to do so by June 1 with the Cheyenne County Election Officer Scott Houtman:

  • Email:      cnclerk@cncoks.us
  • Hours:     8:00-12:00 1:00-5:00
  • Phone:   785-332-8800
  • Fax:          785-332-8825
  • Address1:              212 E Washington
  • City, State, Zip:    St Francis,  KS  67756

The general election will be held November 2 and those elected will take office on January 10, 2022.

Download the 2021 Candidates Guide at https://www.lkm.org/page/citycandidateguide

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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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.