A Note From Mayor Ryan Kern

Citizens of Washington,

As COVID-19 continues to move closer to our community, I want to assure you that your health and safety is of the utmost priority to the City of Washington. We have been following the situation as it changes and have been following the guidance and orders that have been issued by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. We can all do our part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. If you are sick or experience any symptoms related to COVID-19 please STAY HOME and contact your healthcare provider.

You can help protect yourself and your family by:
• Washing your hands with soap and water while singing Happy Birthday

• Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth with unwashed hands

• Avoid contact with those that are sick

• Stay home unless you need essentials such as food or work for a business deemed essential

• Follow the guidance from credible public health officials or verified sources

• Please do not travel to areas that have concentrations of COVID-19, because you could potentially get it and bring it back our community

As the weather continues to get nicer outside, please observe the social distancing rules that have been put in place for your own safety. That means stay 6 foot apart if it is possible.

I know that the Easter season is upon us. As my wife Stephanie and I were visiting about this, she suggested having families make Easter eggs out of paper and place them in their windows, so families could take a walk around town and have an Easter egg hunt.

So please take some time and make an egg or two out of paper and display in your window for others to enjoy.

Please stay safe out there and lets each do our part to help protect this great community that we love from COVID-19.

Sincerely,
Mayor Ryan W. Kern

Stakes With Flags

If you have noticed stakes with a pink or blue flag on your property, these are part of the water project.

PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE THEM.

The pink flags indicate city right of way and the blue flags indicate where the new waterlines will be installed, approximately 4' deep.

Property owners with underground sprinkler/irrigation or any other private systems such as pet containment systems, etc., are asked to mark the systems and notify City Hall.

The project has begun on the west side of town and will progress across town over the next year.

If you have questions, please call City Hall.

 

2020 CCR Water Report

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

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

Resolution 2020-03 

A RESOLUTION CONCERNING CITY OPERATIONS AND ACCESS TO THE CITY OF WASHINGTON CITY HALL AND OTHER CITY BUILDINGS DURING PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW.

Electrconic Payments

The City of Washington does accept electronic payments.  You may call City Hall at 785-325-2284 to make a payment over the phone using your debit/credit card, or an electronic check.   You can also sign up for automatic withdrawal from your bank account by contacting City Hall.

Cold Mix Bid

City of Washington is accepting bids for Cold Mix.  For bid packet contact City Hall, PO Box 296, 301 C Street, Washington, KS  66968, or bid packet may also be downloaded below.  Bid due 1pm Thursday, April 2, 2020,

Cold Mix Bid Packet

Invitation to Bid

City of Washington, Kansas, is inviting sealed bids for RICE-MACT Compliance Testing on power plant engines.  Bids must include any and all associated costs with this project.
Sealed proposals will be received at the City Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 296, 301 C Street, Washington, Kansas 66968, until 1:00pm on Monday, March 30, 2020.  To obtain bid packet, call City Hall at 785-325-2284 or download below.

RICE MACT bid packet

Fair Housing Month

Mayor Ryan Kern signed a proclamation declaring April 2020 Fair Housing Month.  The proclamation can be viewed Here.

City of Washington Suspends 2020 Curb and Gutter and Sidewalk Programs

City of Washington has two large-scale capital improvement projects in progress within the City of Washington, the water line replacement project and the final phase of B Street reconstruction. 

Since both of these projects have the potential to impact sidewalks and curb and gutters, the City Council has suspended the Curb & Gutter and the Sidewalk Program for the 2020 year.  Council will reevaluate early next year for the 2021 program year.

 

Mill Creek Bid Packet

HELP WANTED

City of Washington is accepting applications for Summer Help, 18+ years old preferred, but will consider 16-17 year old applicants. Applications available at City of Washington, P.O. Box 296, 301 C Street, Washington, KS 66968, or download below.  Applications due by February 20, 2020.  EOE

Applications available at City of Washington, P.O. Box 296, 301 C Street, Washington, KS 66968, or   Applications due by February 20, 2020. EOE

Job application

Summer Help job description

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.

 

 

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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