Residents want to keep geese at home

KANSAS — The annual appropriation ordinance was unanimously approved during the Wednesday, June 6, Kansas Village Board 

“There are not a lot of changes,” said board member Susan Saxton. “It is basically the same. The appropriations income increased by $21,600.”

Kansas residents Chris and Catherine Frevele asked the board to consider adopting a geese ordinance similar to the village’s chicken ordinance. The Freveles have four domesticated geese for egg production. He noted the animals are tame and are currently housed in a large pen. 

Board members tabled the request for discussion with the village attorney regarding liability issues and the necessary procedures to adopt such an ordinance. 

Trustee Steve Hood asked Chris Frevele to canvas his neighborhood to determine if nearby residents have any issues with the geese. In the meantime, Frevele told the board members he will move the domestic fowl to a location outside the city limits and not violate the village’s ordinances.

The board approved salary adjustments for 2018. Full time employees will receive a three percent salary increase.

The board directed water superintendent Andrew Henn to resume installing remote water meters. The water department was installing the upgraded meters before work began on the water treatment plant. During the improvements to the treatment plant, installation ceased. 

Henn also is working on gathering the water department’s cross connection surveys passed out to Kansas residences. He hopes to get a 75 percent response rate.

Kansas Police Chief Jeff Goodwin announced the rear window kick guards were installed in the village’s Ford Police Interceptor automobile. The equipment was purchased after the Interceptor was damaged earlier this year while transporting an individual to the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department. 

He also reported dash cameras were installed in the Interceptor and the second police squad car.  

“They are working great,” said Goodwin.

The department issued 12 citations, 16 written warnings and 10 verbal warnings during May. KPD made three criminal arrests and resolved two criminal complaints and two non-criminal complaints. In addition, the department helped recover stolen property in Dudley, assisted the Eastern Illinois University Police to collect evidence in a mutual case and assisted with a commercial vehicle rollover accident near Borton.

During the public health and safety report, Henn said he will start spraying for mosquitoes and other insect pests next week. He has already treated the village twice with larvicide to help combat mosquito infestations.

In addition, the village employees installed the new fall protection areas around the playground equipment in the village park. The employees also tilled the existing compacted sand surrounding the play equipment.

As part of the village’s beautification efforts, Hood said the village’s large flowerpots were distributed throughout the community and 12 volunteers have pledged to weed and water the pots filled with flowers. The plants were donated by the 18th Street Garden Stop of Charleston.

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