Invitation To Bid

City of Washington, Kansas, is inviting sealed bids for computers, setup and installation, transfer of files, printers, and related information technology (IT) services.  Sealed proposals will be received at the City Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 296, 301 C Street, Washington, Kansas 66968, until 1:00 pm on Thursday, October 31, 2019.  For a bid packet contact City of Washington at 785-325-2284 or download HERE.

Mill Creek Advisory Amended

TOPEKA – The Stream Advisory the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) issued for Mill Creek downstream of Hwy 15 near Morrowville and the Little Blue River downstream of Hanover, remains in effect for uses such as swimming and boating. The public and landowners are advised to avoid extensive contact with the water until monitoring indicates conditions are safe. Pets and livestock access to those waterways should continue to be restricted.

The Stream Advisory for Mill Creek continues to be issued because of high pathogens, including E. coli bacteria which is currently being investigated.
Water-borne pathogens can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, rashes, infections and other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.

The stream advisory is in effect until monitoring indicates conditions are safe. KDHE will continue monitoring and sampling the creeks and update the public when the advisory is lifted.

Update: Uses such as fishing are allowed. Avoid full immersion or ingestion of water, and wash with clean water after any contact. Clean fish well with potable water and eat fillet portion only.

 

Electric Lineman Position

The City of Washington, Kansas, is accepting applications for Electric Lineman. The applicant must possess a valid Kansas Class B CDL; HS Diploma/GED; and, if certified, must submit a transcript of completion of technical training in line maintenance, construction and safety a line apprentice program certificate. Knowledge in overhead and underground distribution and transmission lines including construction, metering and sub-station maintenance and operations is required for this position. This position is required to be on call on a rotating basis and residency within a five mile radius of the City required. Applicant subject to pre-employment drug screening.

Contact the City Clerk at (785) 325-2284 or CLICK HERE for a full job description. Compensation dependent upon qualifications and includes an excellent benefits package. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and at least three work-related references to City of Washington, Attn: City Clerk, P.O. Box 296, Washington, Kansas 66968. If confidentiality is requested, please state in application materials. Position open until filled. EOE

 

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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