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Mayor: John Johnson
Chief of Police: Matthew M. Cox
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Eastborough City Newsletter - April 2008

Mayor's Report-Thom Rosenberg

Your city council continues to work hard on your behalf. Fiscally, our city is sound with a 2008 budget now over $1,000,000. Over the next year we will have significant issues with street repairs to west Eastborough. The streets are deteriorating and will need a significant overhaul but work cannot be started until the on-going construction projects are completed. Our parks are beautiful but continue to be a significant expense. Your council and especially Councilman Anderson are doing an extraordinary job of keeping things on track with our parks. We appreciate your help in keeping the parks clean and free from refuse and animal droppings.

With less than a year remaining to the terms of two council persons and your mayor, I would like our citizens to give serious thought about contributing their time and consider running for City Council. It is an honor to serve our community of Eastborough and now would be a good time to attend council meetings and see how it works. Council meets at City Hall at 5:30pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month and is open to the public. I have appreciated the privilege of serving as your Mayor and look forward to the next year to continue to serve your needs. As always, I am available for your comments or suggestions.

Thom Rosenberg, M.D., Mayor

Communitee Affairs Committee-Jennifer Wagle

The Eastborough community hosts three events each year - an Easter egg hunt at the park; a 4th of July parade; and typically a Halloween/Fall event in the park. A committee is currently being formed to plan and host these events. Volunteers are critical if these long-standing traditional events are to continue. Jamee Ross, #56 Mission Rd. (612-0151), has agreed to serve as the chair of this committee but she will need help. Please contact her if you can volunteer to help.

Long Range Planning Committee-John Mastio

The Eastborough City Council is working on the "Long Range Plan". Mayor Thom Rosenberg and Council member John Mastio are focusing on a "Vision of Eastborough's Future".

We are in need of several nominations of Eastborough residents to serve on a short term committee. Please consider yourself, or nominate someone you believe has input on the "Vision of Eastborough's Future". City Council believes this important committee will have an impact on our City's future. Please submit your nomination to Barbara Kratzer at City Hall.

Ordinance Update

Council recently passed Ordinance #G-0801 which repeals Ordinance #82. This ordinance declares it unlawful to keep or harbor any cattle, hogs, horses, mules, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens or game birds within the limits of the City of Eastborough, and providing penalties for the violation thereof.

Park Commissioner-David Anderson

Street Signs
We have installed the first street sign at the southwest corner of Stratford Rd. and Douglas. The remainder of the signs will be installed in an orderly fashion as soon as we receive the proper mounting brackets. If you have not noticed the new pole and signs I encourage you to do so. This should improve the look of the "Eastborough Neighborhood".

Parks
Spring clean-up has begun at the South Park. Tree Top Nursery, our primary contractor for maintenance, has begun the process with top dressing of the planting beds. In addition, we have placed new special mulch in the playground area for the safety of the children.

Some of you may have noticed that the large waterfall is now working. Over the winter months the sump pump in the motor box failed and our pump and electrical connections were under water. The pump is being repaired and the electrical repairs have been completed including the replacement of the sump pump and the addition of a backup pump. I expect the waterfall to be operating within the next ten days. We have contracted with Trim All-Professional Lawn Care to maintain City Hall and the common areas with Tree Top maintaining the major park areas. Our feeling is that these smaller areas will receive better attention with this service.

Communitee Affairs Committee-Jennifer Wagle

The Eastborough community hosts three events each year - an Easter egg hunt at the park; a 4th of July parade; and typically a Halloween/Fall event in the park. A committee is currently being formed to plan and host these events. Volunteers are critical if these long-standing traditional events are to continue. Jamee Ross, #56 Mission Rd. (612-0151), has agreed to serve as the chair of this committee but she will need help. Please contact her if you can volunteer to help.

DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE

It has come to our attention that ducks and geese have overpopulated our pond area. According to Wild Life and Parks it is hurting the quality of our beautiful pond and surrounding area. We have discussed relocating many of the wildlife but the feeling is that they will return as long as there is food available.

We believe the answer is to discourage supplemental feeding of the wildlife. The sign identifying the duck feeding area next to the gazebo will be replaced with a new sign in the near future requesting that feeding of wildlife is prohibited. There is enough natural food available in the area to support the appropriate number of geese and ducks for the pond size. It is the artificial feeding that draws the extra wildlife to the area. Please do your part by not feeding and discourage others to do the same. More information on this later.

Police Alert-Chief Bridgewater

Over the last two to three weeks, the Wichita Police Department has investigated a rash of thefts from cars just to the North and West of Eastborough. We ask that you make sure your cars are locked up if you have to leave them in the driveway of your home. Also, be attentive to the fact that if your vehicle is inside the garage but the garage door is left open, you may still become a crime victim. Some of the reported thefts occurred that way. Please be alert to any suspicious activity around your home as well as your neighbors, particularly in the evening and night hours, and report suspicious persons or vehicles to your police department.

Trash Service

Trash containers are not to be placed at the street on pickup day per Ordinance #988. If you have any questions, call Chief Bridgewater at City Hall. (682-4111)

Spring Cleanup Weekend

The Annual Spring Cleanup weekend is scheduled for May 9, 10 & 11. Waste Connection will be delivering 2 large dumpsters on Friday the 9th, changing them out on Saturday and picking them up on Monday the 11th.

One dumpster will be placed in the hammerhead east of the Duck Pond Park where it was placed last year. The second dumpster will be placed in west Eastborough at the intersection of Norfolk, Highland and Parkwood. Signs will be posted on the dumpsters indicating what can and cannot be placed in the receptacles. Under no circumstances should anything be left sitting next to the dumpsters. If one is full, try the other.

Beautification Committee-Holly Friend, Chairman

The Beautification Committee wishes to remind residents of the following:

The Beautification committee offers the following tips:

  1. Keep your grass mowed and edged-
  2. Use mulch or groundcover in areas that will not grow grass-
  3. Control poison ivy on your property-
  4. Keep your trees and bushes trimmed-
  5. Don't let grass clippings get into the street-
  6. Spray your trees to prevent disease-
  7. Control your weed population-
  8. Don't store items outside for all to see

All of these things improve the overall look of our city; make you a good neighbor; and help keep our parks in shape by preventing the spread of weeds, poison ivy, and tree disease.

Those interested in recycling items stop by City Hall and pick up a copy of the "2007 Recycling/Disposal Guide" put out by Sedgwick County.