Monday, October 8, 2007

Kiowa County/Greensburg 10-8-07 to 10-10-07

Public Information Update
Monday, October 8 – Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Prairie Land Foods is available to any Kiowa County resident wanting to purchase a value food pack for $22 plus 2 hours of volunteer service. Prairie food packs include meat, vegetables and fruits. Orders need to be turned in by noon on Monday, October 8th. Please call the Kiowa County Health Department at 620-723-2136 or the Kiowa County Extension Office at 620-723-2156 if you would like to place an order.

The Kiowa County Health Department will begin giving flu shots at the Flu Clinics scheduled for Thursday, October 18th and Friday, October 19th. Clinics will be held every Tuesday after while supplies last. Please bring your insurance, Medicare and Medicaid information with you. Costs are Influenza $30 and Pneumococcal $45.

Charles Rogers, Mayor of the city of Fairview, Kansas (approximately 300 miles away) contacted this office to let Greensburg know that his city has been holding benefit fundraisers for the residents of Greensburg this summer to provide Fresh Cut Christmas Trees for each home. They are also collecting toys for the children for Christmas. The trees and toys will be arriving around the 1st of December and will be distributed through Marvin George.

Acres are now available for Continuous CRP signup. Signing and Practice Incentives are possible. Grassed waterways, Shelterbelts, Filter Strips, Riparian Buffers, Wetland Restoration and Field Borders are all eligible practices. 10 or 15 year contaracts. Contact the Kiowa County Conservation District or Natural Resource Conservation Service at 620-723-2146 for more information.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced that Friday, November 2, 2007, as the cutoff date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications to be considered for Fiscal Year 2008 funding. Contact the Kiowa County Conservation District or Natural Resource Conservation Service at 620-723-2146 for more information.

KDOT will be hosting an informational meeting on Thursday, October 11th from 4 – 6 p.m. to show the latest plans for the proposed highway 54 corridor through Greensburg. The meeting will be held in the Kiowa County Meeting room, located in the northwest gray trailer southwest of the courthouse square. KDOT will stay for the City Council work session to be held immediately following this meeting. Contact Martin Miller at 620-663-3361 or 1-877-550-5368 for more information.

You’re invited! The USDA Service Center at 122 E. Illinois, in Greensburg will hold an open house for the public on Thursday, October 11, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please come join us!

The City of Greensburg resumed trash pick-up routes last Monday. North/South Streets will be picked up on Mondays and East/West Streets will be picked up on Fridays.

The communities of Udall, Hesston and Halstead have teamed up with Westar Energy, the Kansas Forest Service and K-State Research and Extension to plant trees back into the yards of homeowners.

The trees will be provided in phases as residents are ready to move back into their homes. The first phase will be 50 to 75 trees for homeowners ready to move into or living in their homes. The trees will arrive in October to be planted. You will be allowed to choose your preference of a large shade tree, a small to medium ornamental, or a shrub. Please contact Carmen Stauth at 620-723-2156 to register your name and selected a tree category.

Researchers at the University of California – Santa Barbara are interested in anyone who would like to discuss their experience before, during and after the tornado of May 4th. Participation will involve a 45 minute phone interview. In return for your participation, you family will receive compensation. Interviews will be scheduled at your convenience. Confidentiality is guaranteed. If you are interested or have questions, contact Dr. Walid Afifi at 805-893-7105 or e-mail

· County Offices are located on the square. Hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· County Commission meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays and the last working day of the month at 9:00 a.m. in the northwest gray trailer located southwest of the courthouse square.
· South Landfill hours are Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The landfill is now charging $3.50 per cubic yard for debris.
· North Landfill will only accept clean concrete. If the concrete has any metal or other debris mixed then it must go to the South Landfill.

· City Hall Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.
· City Hall Phone Number is 620-723-2751. Please call if you have questions.
· City Council meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held in the Kiowa County Commissioners Meeting room, located in the northwest gray trailer located southwest of the courthouse square.
· Greensburg Planning Commission meetings are held Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Kiowa County Commissioners Meeting room, located in the northwest gray trailer located southwest of the courthouse square.

· Lighthouse Worship Center is meeting in their temporary facility located at 804 W. Wisconsin. Church starts at 10 a.m.
· First United Methodist Church is meeting in their temporary facility located at 600 W. Lincoln. Worship at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Contact Pastor Mayhew at 620-723-3338 with questions or concerns.
· Catholic Church is meeting in their temporary facility located at 215 W. Morton at 10:45 a.m.
· First Baptist Church is meeting in their temporary facility located at Kyle’s farm ½ mile east, ½ mile north and ¼ mile east of Greensburg. Church begins at 10:50 a.m.
· Peace Lutheran Church is meeting in their temporary trailer at 321 S. Walnut at 11 a.m. For more information, call Pastor Henning at 620-388-0518.
· First Christian Church is meeting at Brown Auction beginning at 10:30 a.m.
· Faith Tabernacle is meeting at the temporary Kiowa County Memorial Hospital each Sunday at 10 a.m.

· JOBS IN GREENSBURG: Greensburg residents are being considered for employment. Those interested can visit the KansasWorks Mobile Center on the square, or by calling Amber or Christina at 620-723-2030 or 620-388-4993. Hours are Monday –Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Health benefits are provided.
· FEMA positions remain open to residents living within 50 miles of Greensburg and within 50 miles of Wichita. Specialty positions for planning and geographical information systems (GIS) are needed. More information about the open positions, call 620-723-4423 or 601-818-7515 or .
· Greensburg Recreation Commission is looking to hire a Recreation Director. Duties include but are not limited to: year-round athletic and recreational programming for all ages, basic bookkeeping, and upkeep of equipment and facilities. Salary commensurate of experience. Position will remain open until filled with a qualified applicant. Interested persons should send a letter of interest and resume to: Greensburg Recreation Commission, 132 S. Main, Greensburg, KS 67054. For questions, call Kim at 620-546-4504.

· Curfew Hours remain in effect from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.
· Treat ALL power lines as if they are live. Call 911 if you observe an arcing power line.
· Respiratory protection is recommended for all workers. Dust masks and safety glasses are available at the Health Department on the square.
· Burning is prohibited in the Greensburg city limits. In rural areas, follow county ordinances. Burning is strongly discouraged in high winds.
· Protect yourself with gloves, hard-soled shoes or boots. If you have a cut or scratch that does not heal normally, seek necessary medical attention.

· All contractors must register at City Hall between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Contract work is prohibited without registration and/or license. Contractors are responsible for hauling jobsite debris and must plug any sewer lines.
· Building permit applications are available at the Building and Codes office on the square. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Call 620-723-4109 for information about required documentation and information.

· Salvation Army warehouse is located at 201 S. Jackson St. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Stop by to pick up food, household items, cleaning supplies and other house wares. For more information, contact Billie Taylor at 620-388-4685. No appointments are necessary.
· USDA Rural Development – Greensburg office is located in the Kiowa County Commissioners Building just west of the courthouse. Office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, night appointments upon request. Please call 785-628-3081 ext. 4 or 1-800-338-5546 for more information.
· Contact U.S. Representative Jerry Moran for assistance with the federal government at 620-665-6138.
· Kansas Housing Resources Corporation is offering a housing reconstruction assistance program. Call 785-296-5865 or log on to
· Kansas Assisting Recovery Efforts (KARE) is a grant funded outreach project serving the counties of Kiowa, Edwards, Comanche, Pratt and Stafford. Call 785-313-6123 or 1-866-327-6578 or e-mail with questions.
· South Central Kansas Tornado Recovery Organization is providing repair and rebuilding assistance, volunteer labor, donated goods and spiritual and psychological referrals for individuals and families. For more information, call 620-862-5882 or stop by at 201 N. Main St., Haviland.
· United Methodist Recovery Center is located at 322 N. Main in Haviland. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Come sign-up for volunteer assistance with clean-up and repair or reconstruction.
· UMC Recovery Store hours are Thursday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the 2nd Saturday of each month. The Recovery Store is located at 322 N. Main St. in Haviland. Items such as food, clothing, and bedding are also available. Be prepared to show your storm ID or FEMA number.
· Hudson Oil Company, H.B. Hudson, founder will provide every family rebuilding or remodeling within the city limits of Greensburg $700. See Tom Corns at the Greensburg State Bank to pick up the application.

Have you missed gathering with friends over coffee? Then come reunite with friends and neighbors over free coffee Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Iroquois Center Annex Building, located just behind the Iroquois Center at 610 E. Grant St. Donuts will be provided on Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, call 620-723-2272.


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