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Mayor: John Johnson
Chief of Police: Matthew M. Cox
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Eastborough City Newsletter - May 2013

In this issue

City Clean Up Day - Saturday, May 18th

Please place all items at the curb prior to 7:00am on Saturday, May 18th for the City Clean Up Day. Waste Connections will make one pass thru the city. Any trash not in the trash cart must be in throwaway containers such as boxes or bags, no more than 30-gallan capacity, (no loose piles of trash). No box or bag may exceed 40 pounds in weight.

Note items NOT permitted: car batteries, oil filters, fluorescent light bulbs, propane tanks, any asbestos materials, explosives, paint (we will take empty & dried up paint cans), no hazardous liquids (such as fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, diesel fuel, gas, oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, etc....) tires.

If you have any further questions, please contact city hall at 316-682-4111.

Update on Replacement of Water Mains

The replacement of the water mains is almost complete south of Douglas. Given the complexity and scope of the project we believe the contractor has done a great job, especially working with residents. After construction is completed all affected areas will be repaired including new sod, street and curb repairs and cleanup. If you have any issues with curb or other damage and/or grass replacement we recommend you contact Bob Curry at the Norwak office, 794-8898 or Damian, the on-site manager, at 655-0599.

After this project is completed, MKEC, our engineering firm, will start the process of solving standing water issues at many of our intersections. This will be accomplished with a combination of valley gutters or drainage pipes to existing sewer lines.
Chris Owen

MAYOR'S LETTER - May 2013

Dear Eastborough Resident-

As your new Mayor my first official duty will be to thank both Dr. Thom Rosenberg and John Johnson for their service to the city. Both retired from Eastborough public service in April.

John began as our City Attorney in 1986 and continued his public service as a distinguished Council Member until this year. We will all remember his outstanding management of the recently completed West Eastborough road rebuilding project.

Dr. Thom began his tenure with the City in 1997 as a Commissioner and served as your distinguished Mayor for the past eight years. His contributions to our City are numerous including his cost saving negotiation with the City of Wichita for our fire protection previously handled by Sedgwick County. Both were recognized for their service to the City at our most recent Council meeting.

In addition, Britt Brown has just submitted his letter of resignation from the Council due in part to health issues. Britt is at the end of his 2nd year of his 2nd 4-year term as a Council Member. Britt grew up in Eastborough until he went away to college. Britt and his family returned to become residents again in 1992 so he has been an Eastborough resident for over 39-years. Britt has been an invaluable member of the Council. He has served in many capacities, principally helping staff with investment options as well as our bonding issues for financing the West Eastborough street project. In addition Britt headed up our previous Chief of Police search committee. I encouraged Britt to consider running for City Council over 6-years ago as did other Eastborough residents. I will miss his leadership and voice of reason in the future. Thanks Britt for a job more than well done!

Ann Townsend, our City Clerk, has also tendered her resignation effective May 1st. She has sold her Eastborough home and is returning to the Phoenix area. We will all miss her and wish her well! Both Britt and Ann will be recognized at our May Council Meeting.

As a result of the two resignations, I have appointed Stacy Moore, who resides at #7 St James Place, to complete Britt's 2-year term on the Council Member. I have also appointed our 2nd Assistant City Clerk, Debra Gann, who lives at 5954 E Douglas, to be our new City Clerk. I have also asked Greg Shelton to serve as Council President. Congratulations to all.

As your new Mayor I wish to thank you for your vote of confidence, even though I ran unopposed. Your Council will continue to work to insure that the City of Eastborough remains one of the premier places to live in the Wichita area. Newly elected Council Members are Danny Wallace and Cathy Tilma. We all welcome them to the Council. With the departure and additions to the council, new areas of responsibility have been assigned. Those are:

If you have any question or issues I recommend you contact the commissioner in charge.

Matt Cox was recently promoted to the Chief of Police for the City of Eastborough. He replaces Chief Danny Bardezbain who resigned to accept the position as Undersheriff with Sedgwick County. Matt joined the Eastborough Police Department as an officer in1998. He was selected for promotion after interviews with several potential candidates. Chief Cox is in the process of interviewing for additional officers.

In closing I would like to remind everyone that the Council meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at City Hall. I would encourage every resident to attend any or all meetings. If you have any complaints or questions, I would ask that you either submit those in writing to our City Clerk for the Council to consider or come to a meeting to address the Council in person.

David Anderson, Mayor

In Memory

Jay D. Swanson, long time resident and former Mayor died recently. He will greatly missed. Although it had been a number of years since Jay served on the City Council, we all considered him "The Mayor".

PARKS UPDATE

Our parks are in pretty good shape considering the lack of rain we all experienced last summer. Overseeding will be done in several areas in the Eastborough Park very soon as well as new plants and mulch to fill in where needed.

We will continue with our program of encouraging the geese to find a new home. We will have a regular schedule of power washing our sidewalks in the park to insure that walkers can actually look ahead rather than down to avoid a "messy shoe" problem. If any resident sees anything that needs to be addressed in any of our parks or common areas please contact me as your new Park Commissioner.

We have recently resurfaced and expanded the bridge in the North Park. It was in need of repairs. I think you will like the updated look.

Greg Shelton, Parks Commissioner

A message from Police Chief Cox:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank former Mayor Thom Rosenburg and your City Council for appointing me as your Chief of Police. As many of you are aware, I have served the City of Eastborough for over 16 years and have had the pleasure of meeting many of our residents. I consider it an honor to serve you as Chief of Police.

The most important message I would like to get out to all of our residents and their guests is the use of the 9-1-1 system. Our officers are dispatched through Sedgwick County Emergency Communications (9-1-1), not Eastborough City Hall. Anytime you have an emergency or see suspicious activity or persons call 9-1-1 immediately.

When to call 9-1-1:

When NOT to call 9-1-1:

I hope this information has been helpful to you. I want to remind everyone to do our part in keeping crime to a minimum in our community by keeping your doors and windows (even on garages and sheds) closed and locked when unattended, not hesitating to report any crime or possible crime and being aware of your neighborhood in order to recognize something out of place.

Feel free to contact me or any of my officers by phone or e-mail if you have any questions or concerns.

Matthew Cox, Chief of Police
Eastborough Police Department

City Updates

Previous City Council Meeting:
April 23rd, 5:30pm
Next City Council Meeting:
May 28th, 5:30pm
Some items discussed:
  • Introduction of new council members
  • Susan B Komen race will be Sept 28, 2013 through Eastborough. They are looking into a new location for 2014.
  • Home business ordinance was discussed.
  • Report from Police Chief Cox
  • City Clean Up Day is Saturday, May 18th
Some items currently on the agenda:
  • Presentation to outgoing city clerk and outgoing council member Britt Brown
  • Swearing in of Stacy Moore (new council member)
  • Home business ordinance