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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.

Goodwill Donation Drive

Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska is having a donation drive in St. Francis, Kansas beginning after noon on Friday, October 15, 2021 and continuing daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until noon on Friday, October 22, 2021, or until the trailer is full.  People living in St. Francis Kansas and the surrounding area can drop off their donations at the Goodwill Donation Trailer parked at the Community Recycling Center.

Virtually anything in your home or garage that you no longer use is accepted; clothing, household items, shoes, boots, purses, belts, hats, books, computers, printers, monitors and all computer accessories can be placed inside the Goodwill trailer. Due to limited storage space, furniture, televisions and large appliances are not accepted. Tax donation receipts are available at the trailer.

Goodwill appreciates the generosity of the people of St. Francis and the surrounding area. Revenue generated through the sale of donated items at Goodwill’s retail stores supports services for people.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska’s mission is to help people with disabilities or barriers achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. The organization fulfills this mission every day by supporting people to find jobs that match their talents and gifts, teaching skills leading to increased independence, helping people through the process of recovery and empowering people to focus on their strengths and abilities rather than a diagnosis or disability.

ABOUT GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF GREATER NEBRASKA
Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska Inc. serves 55 counties in Central and Western Nebraska. Goodwill serves over 1,600 people every year. Donation centers/retail stores are located in Columbus, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lexington, North Platte and Scottsbluff. Service office locations are located in Columbus, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lexington, North Platte and McCook.

For questions please contact Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska, Inc. at (308) 384-7896.

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.

City Receives Donation

A local farmer who wishes to remain anonymous recently directed a $2,500 Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to the City of St. Francis. The City of St. Francis will use the funds to make improvements to the Bandshell at Sawhill Park.

“The City of St. Francis would like to thank the local farmer who made this donation possible.  The historic Bandshell is the centerpiece of Sawhill Park and is a unique asset for our community.  It is often the site of various events and functions, including weddings and concerts. The donation will be added to the Bandshell Fund which is designated for future improvements to the Bandshell”, said Lila Whitmore, St. Francis City Clerk.

Since 2010, the America’s Farmers programs have awarded more than $59 million to nonprofits, aspiring ag students and public schools across rural America. Farmers are leaders in their communities, which is why America’s Farmers programs rely on them to help identify the most worthy causes.

Dedicated to making a difference in rural farming communities, the Grow Communities program asks farmers across the country to participate by nominating nonprofit organizations with resources to strengthen their local communities. Last August, farmers entered for the chance to direct a $2,500 Grow Communities donation to a local eligible nonprofit of their choice. Farmers have directed donations to food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others that reflect the spirit and support the vibrancy of rural America.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, including those in rural regions, and farmers play a critical role in helping communities overcome challenges, like the ones we’re currently facing” said Al Mitchell, Bayer Fund president. “Bayer Fund is proud to work side-by-side with farmers to identify local eligible nonprofit organizations that are able to provide their residents with solutions that leave a lasting impact.”

To learn more about how America’s Farmers programs are making an impact, visit www.AmericasFarmers.com.

About Bayer Fund

Bayer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.

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

Important Roofing Contractor Information

The Kansas Roofing Registration Act was enacted by the Kansas Legislature and signed by the Governor on April 22, 2013. Under the provisions of this law, on and after July 1, 2013, every “roofing contractor” must obtain a roofing contractor registration certificate from the Kansas Attorney General in order to legally provide commercial or residential roofing services for a fee in Kansas.

Homeowners are encouraged to reference the following website for a listing of roofing contractors who have completed the registration requirements pursuant to the Kansas roofing registration act, or contact the Attorney General’s office at (800) 432-2310 for further questions:

www.ag.ks.gov/roofing

In addition to the registration certificate, before soliciting door to door roofing contractors must obtain a Peddler’s License issued by the City of St. Francis, which includes a background check and proof of insurance.

Here are some helpful tips to protect yourself from fraudulent door-to-door sales:

  • Never let a salesperson into your home unless you are sure of who they are and why they are there.
  • Ask to see their peddler’s license, it is required by your local city government.
  • Ask for written information on the company and salesperson and take plenty of time to read it and shop around, rather than making a purchasing decision on-the-spot. A legitimate salesperson will be happy to leave their business card and come back if you decide to make a purchase.
  • If the salesperson says it is a special deal for “today only,” it’s probably too good to be true.
  • Never pay for door-to-door purchases with cash. When possible, use a credit card, which will allow you to cancel or dispute the charge.

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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