Friday, March 28, 2008

Kiowa County / Greensburg 3-27-08 to 3-30-08

Public Information Update
Thursday, March 27, 2008 – Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Carriage House is now accepting applications for all positions. To inquire about the positions or to pick up an application contact Steve at 620-546-4576 or Judy at 620-770-2774.

Papa John’s Pizza trailer will be in Greensburg on Monday, March 31st from 4 – 8 p.m. The trailer will be located on the 100 S. Main block.

On Saturday you and your family can visit RnE2EW (Renewable Energy and Efficiency Education on Wheels). This mobile educational unit is a project of NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) and features fun hands-on learning activities for people of all ages. The mobile will be parked on Sycamore, just behind the Kwik Shop between 10-2. Then it will move to the school parking lot and be open from 3-8 p.m. Bring the kids. Learn all about solar energy, wind power, and lots more!

Udall has teamed up with Westar Energy, the Kansas Forest Service and K-State Research and Extension for the 2nd phase of trees for Greensburg homeowners.

The trees will be provided in phases as residents are ready to move back into their homes. The second phase will be 75 to 100 trees for homeowners ready to move into or living in their homes. The trees will arrive on April 12th 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.

Green Day will be held on Saturday, March 29 from 4-8 p.m. in the school practice gym. There will be speakers, helpful written materials, and lots of advice available. A buffet supper will be served, brought to you by NREL. It’ll be a wonderful celebration of the green initiative, and we hope you and your family will be able to join us. The event and meal are FREE.

The event is co-sponsored by NREL, the City of Greensburg, Kiowa County, and GreenTown. Please call GreenTown at 620-549-3752 or 620-723-2790 for more information.

The Greensburg Lyons Club has purchased a portable PA system to be used for Ground Breaking ceremonies and other public events. To reserve the system, please contact Steve Kirk at Centera Bank, 620-723-3356, or Steve Dawson at 620-546-4576.

Habitat for Humanity now has an office in Greensburg. It is located in the FEMA trailer B, located SW of the courthouse square. Appointments available on Wednesdays (10am-4pm). Contact Marci Hawks at 316-269-0755 or 316-619-2227.

· County Offices are located on the square. Hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· Court Services and County Attorney are located in the beige trailers located to the north of the courthouse. 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 Kiowa County Meeting trailer located directly west 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.

· 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.

· 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 website is check out the website for city services, photos, news and the latest information.
· City Council meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Council work sessions will be held on the Wednesday prior to Council meetings. The meetings and work sessions will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held in the Kiowa County Meeting trailer, located directly west of the courthouse square.
· Greensburg Planning Commission meetings are held Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Kiowa County Meeting trailer, located directly west of the courthouse square.
· Greensburg Trash Routes are running. North/South streets are picked up on Mondays and East/West streets are picked up on Fridays.
· Moving out of Keller Estates? Notify city hall so utilities can be shut off. Without notification, the City will continue to bill for water.
· Big Well Gift Shop hours are Tuesday-Friday 11-4, Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-4. The phone number for the gift shop is 620-723-4102.

· Lighthouse Worship Center is meeting in their temporary facility located at 804 W. Wisconsin. Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. Worship and Children’s Church starts at 10:45 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 Merlyn Lohkre, 620-298-2762.
· First Christian Church is meeting at the SCKTRO Village at 10:30 a.m.
· Faith Tabernacle is meeting at the Greensburg Family Practice temporary facility each Sunday at 10 a.m.
· Greensburg Mennonite Church is meeting at the Mullinville High School Auditorium at 10 a.m.
· Bible Baptist Church is meeting at 605 S. Elm Dr. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m. and Church begins at 11 a.m. For more information, Wesley Carlton at 620-723-2834.

The one month extension of the 2002 Farm Bill is allowing the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to offer additional funds to landowners interested in the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP). The NRCS accepts applications on a continuous basis. Applications received now through April 1, 2008, will be considered for funding.
"This is a short timeline but it will allow interested landowners to apply for the program," said Astor F. Boozer, NRCS Acting State Conservationist for Kansas. "Approximately $150,000 is available statewide. Interested landowners should contact their local NRCS to apply by April 1."
The WHIP offers the financial and technical assistance for the development of habitat, for both wildlife and fisheries, on private or tribal lands. Priority is given to applications that benefit declining species. The program encourages creation of high-quality wildlife habitat for uplands, wetlands, riparian areas, or aquatic areas.
The NRCS identified the following priorities for the Kansas WHIP plan:
* Grassland birds with emphasis on bobwhite quail, ring-neck pheasant, and prairie chicken (lesser and greater),
* Threatened and endangered (T&E) species and species in need of conservation (SINC), and
* Natural communities to include prairies, wetlands, and riparian areas.
"During the last 10 years in Kansas, we have written over 1,000 WHIP contracts to improve more than 151,000 acres so these are very small parcels but vital to wildlife," said Boozer.
Apply at Local NRCS Office Agricultural producers interested in participating in WHIP can apply at any time at their U. S. Department of Agriculture Service Center at their local NRCS office or conservation district office. Phone numbers are listed in the telephone book under United States Government or on the Internet at Information about WHIP for Fiscal Year 2008 is available on the Web site at and scrolling to WHIP.

· USDA Rural Development – Greensburg office is located in the FEMA trailer E, located just southwest of the courthouse square. 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.
· Salvation Army is located in the Barclay College Library. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. Contact Deb Folkerts at 620-388-4684.
· Contact U.S. Representative Jerry Moran for assistance with the federal government at 620-665-6138.
· Kansas Housing Resources Corporation is offering several housing reconstruction assistance programs. 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 the Greensburg Office at 620-723-1088, Project cell phone at 785-313-6123 or toll free at 866.327.6578 or e-mail with questions. They will be in five communities until June 2, 2008. Kansas Assisting Recovery Efforts (KARE) KARE 1 Program offers a range of crisis support services: support groups, educational presentations, and individual counseling.
· 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. For more information, call 620-862-5422.
· 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.
· Wichita Area Builders Association is working through the Salvation Army to locate Greensburg Families rebuilding within the city limits who have a contract with a building contractor to build their home, which will come to no more than $120,000 and who would not qualify for a loan without the $5000 available through WABA. If you or someone you know falls within these guidelines please contact Deb Folkerts at 620-388-4684.

· Curfew Hours remain in effect. For youth under 16 years of age, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. For youth 16 – 18 years of age, 12 a.m. to 5 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.


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