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Bandstand Placed on the National Historic Register
Downtown Action Team Gets Go Ahead for Streetscape Project
Brush Pile at Camp Hunter Now Open
Neosho River Park Dedication
NOTICE - Attention City of Humboldt Water Users
NOTICE - New Rules At Brush Dump
City Square Park Bandstand Dedication and Concert
Thrive Award Given to the Neosho River Park Projects
Housing Conversation
Senior Housing Now Available
Downtown Action Team Update
Neosho River Park Improvements
City Bandstand Project
City of Humboldt Video
Public Works Moves to Summer Hours
New Neighborhood Revitalization Area
Wi-Fi Now Available At City Parks
Wellness Exercise Circuit Trail Now Open
Neosho River Park Fishing Area Now Open
City Passes New Animal Control Ordinance
City Now Accepting Online Payments
NOTICE - Gas Department & Dig Safe
City Financial Report
Important Notices
Humboldt Explores Business Incubator Program
Code Red Weather Alert Available for Allen County Citizens
Humboldt Property Taxes Competitive in SE Kansas
Loans Available Through USDA Rural Development

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bandstand placed on the National Historic Register

The City and the Downtown Action Team will host a concert on April 12th to celebrate the designation of the City Square Park bandstand placement on the National Historic Register. The Humboldt High School band will perform a concert at 4 PM on the bandstand. All citizens are welcome to attend to celebrate this historic event.

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Downtown Action Team gets go ahead for streetscape project.

The City Council gave approval for the Downtown Action team to pursue a grant to raise funds for new street lights, repair sidewalks, plant trees, provide flower pots, park benches and trash receptacles in the downtown business district. The Downtown Action Team has raised over $80,000 towards a local match to submit with the grant application. For more information, contact City Hall.

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Brush Pile at Camp Hunter Now Open

The brush pile gate is now open at Camp Hunter to bring limbs, brush and yard waste during the hours of 7 AM until dark. If you have questions, please contact City Hall at 620-473-3232 or the Water Plant at 620-473-3131.

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Neosho River Park Dedication

Over 100 people attended the Neosho River Park dedication on Saturday, June 8th. The park now includes a fishing dock, amphitheatre, electrical and wi-fi access, walking trail, trees, plants and a prayer wheel flower garden. To schedule an event, contact City Hall at 620-473-3232.

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image of neosho river dedication

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NOTICE - ATTENTION CITY OF HUMBOLDT WATER USERS

The City of Humboldt will be conducting our semi-annual free chlorine burnout beginning May 28, 2013. The effort consists of turning off our ammonia feed and increasing our free chlorine feed in order to maintain a more uniform disinfection level throughout the city water distribution system. You may notice a taste or odor of chlorine in your water, this is normal in the process and the water is completely safe for use. Any questions should be directed to the Humboldt Water Plant at (620) 473-3131.

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NOTICE - New Rules At Brush Dump

The City Brush Dump, located in Camp Hunter, must now be accessed by key only. Those using the brush pile may check out a key from the Water Plant located at 14 Bridge Street, or City Hall, 725 Bridge. Please provide a current driver's license. The load will be subject to inspection of the materials to be dumped. Only brush and limbs can be taken to the Brush Dump. No leaves. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 473-3232 or the Water Plant at 473-3131.

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City Square Park Bandstand Dedication and Concert

The City will be hosting a concert and dedication of the City Square Park bandstand at 2 PM on April 20th. The Humboldt High School band will perform a concert followed by a dedication by the Mayor. For information, please contact City Hall.

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Thrive Award Given to the Neosho River Park Projects

The Humboldt Healthy Eco-Systems Committee received the “Donna Talkington” award for the most outstanding project of 2012. The plaque will be on display at City Hall and the sign will be placed at the entry to the Neosho River Park.

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Housing Conversation

The Humboldt Housing Action Team will be hosting a Housing Conversation on Monday, November 5th, at the High School cafeteria starting at 6 PM. They are seeking input into the housing and economic needs for Humboldt and its future. Refreshments will be served and child care will be available. For more information, contact City Hall at 620-473-3232. See attached flyer.

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Senior housing now available

Click here for more information about the new senior housing available in Humboldt.

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Downtown Action Team Update

The Downtown Action Team has now raised over $40,000 for its downtown revitalization projects. Shown below is Harvey Peck painting the DAT thermometer. Thanks to all those that have made donations to their projects.

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Neosho River Park Improvements

Volunteers continue to work on improvements at the Neosho River Park. The park will have a new amphitheatre for outdoor classrooms, a nature trail, native and traditional plants and walking access to the river. These improvements were funded by a grant from Kansas State University through the Humboldt Healthy Eco Systems project.

neosho river park amphitheater photo

neosho river park amphitheater photo

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City Bandstand Project

The Downtown Action Team has been given permission to make repairs to the City Square Park bandstand. The repairs will included painting and replacing flooring. Saturday dates have been set up for volunteers to help on April 14th, April 20th and April 27th. If you can help with the project, please contact City Hall at 620-473-3232.

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City of Humboldt Video:

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Public Works Moves to Summer Hours

Starting June 1, 2011, the public works department will be scheduled from 7 AM to 4 PM until further notice. For information, please contact City Hall.

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new Neighborhood Revitalization area

The City has added a new Neighborhood Revitalization area effective February 1st. Property owners that make improvements to their house or business may apply for tax refunds in the Central Business District and/or west of 9th street within the City limits. For more information, contact City Hall at 620-473-3232.

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Wi-Fi Now Available At City Parks
 
The City’s free Wi-Fi access through wireless internet is now up and running at selected City Parks. Computer laptops can connect to the internet at City Square Park, Cannon Park, Camp Hunter and Centennial Park. For more information, contact City Hall.

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Wellness Exercise Circuit Trail Now Open
 

The new wellness exercise circuit trail is now open at Centennial Park. Dedicated in September 2010, the circuit includes nine different types of outdoor exercise equipment good for both the young and old. Funded by a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, the trail is designed to improve the overall health of the community.

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Neosho River Park Fishing Area Now Open
 
The City’s Neosho River Park fishing area is now completed and open to the public. Located on the west side of Neosho River, the Park has added a fishing dock with steps that lead to the  dam area. Also added were picnic tables and a sign honoring Fred Tillman in memory for his support in helping complete the project.

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City Passes New Animal Control Ordinance

The City now requires persons and pet-owners to  pick up animal excrement on public and private property including public right of way such as sidewalks or streets. Fines up to $500 may be imposed on violators. City lease laws also remain in effect and animal owners must keep areas clean where animals are housed. Registrations and vaccinations for rabies are also required. For more information, contact City Hall or the Police Department.

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City Now Accepting Online Payments

The City is now accepting utility payments and court payments online.  There are two separate websites for each type of payment.

To pay utility bills or court fines, go to the following websites:
Utility bills: www.humboldtutilitypay.com
Court fines: www.humboldttix.com

To make payments, you will need your utility bill,  police issued ticket, and a bank debit or credit card.  A fee is added to all payments.  For more information, contact City Hall at 473-3232.

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NOTICE
You can’t smell gas in its natural state, so your gas department adds a distinctive odor to make leaks easier to detect.  Natural gas is clean, safe and efficient but, if you smell gas in your home, even if you don’t use it, there are certain things you should do.

If the odor of gas is light, the source of the leak is probably one of your gas appliances.  Occasionally pilot lights will blow out, so first check each of these.  While you’re doing that make sure each of the burners of your range and oven are turned completely off, in most cases, these two checks will solve the problem.

If the odor grows stronger and you can’t locate the source, here’s what to do:

** VENTILATE your home by opening windows and doors.  Doing this will prevent a concentrated build-up of gas in your home.

** EXTINGUISH all open flames.  Don’t use matches.  Don’t smoke.  Don’t cause any sort of spark of combustion.  Don’t turn on or off light switches or use electrical or battery-powered equipment that might create a spark (such as an electric garage door).  Do not use the phone.

** GET OUT of your house and call us from an outside phone.  Wait there until our service representative arrives.

However slim the chances of danger, don’t take risks.  Give us a call.

BETWEEN 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Call 473-3232 or 473-2441, Monday-Friday
On weekends or holidays and after 5:00 p.m., Call 473-3131
GAS DEPARTMENT – CITY OF HUMBOLDT

DIG SAFE
The City of Humboldt has many gas, water and sewer lines buried in the street parking, alleys, and utility easements in various locations in the City.  The customers also have buried lines from the meters to the building.

Don’t excavate, fill, grade, deep plow, bore or plant trees until you make a toll-free call, so these lines don’t get damaged or anyone get hurt.

Have the area checked out, prevent damage, inconvenience and costly interruptions.  There is no charge for locating underground utility lines.

Call the Kansas One-Call System at 1-800-DIG-SAFE (1-800-344-7233).

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CITY FINANCIAL REPORT

Each month, the City will show on its web page its current financial report and debt summary. The cash summary work sheet which shows each existing governmental and utility fund including any current capital improvement projects. The cash summary also shows totals for outstanding obligations and transfers made for the month. The debt summary includes the current principal balance, annual payment and maturity date for each City debt obligations.

If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 620-473-3232.

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NOTICE:

TREE & BRUSH BURNING AREA
The City of Humboldt tree and brush burning area near the City Waste Water Treatment Plant is used ONLY for trees, limbs and brush.  It is NOT for garbage, tires, car parts or lumber.  To prevent the State from shutting down the burn area (if the trash dumping continues), the City will be forced to limit access and hours of operation of the burning area.

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CITY OF HUMBOLDT EXPLORES BUSINESS INCUBATOR PROGRAM

With the help of the Kansas Small Business Development Center at Pittsburg State University, the City is conducting town forums to obtain input from local and area residents on views concerning development of new businesses in Allen and Neosho Counties.

These meetings will provide information to the City as it explores the possibilities of establishing a business incubator facility in Humboldt. Such a facility would provide space and management support services for startup businesses until they are able to move to a permanent facility located in Humboldt, Allen or Neosho Counties.

Statistics show that 8 out of 10 new businesses fail during the first 18 months. Business incubator programs are designed to support the new business with legal, financial, secretarial, computer and marketing and other services to help them through the critical stages of starting a successful business venture.

Business incubators have been conducted across the country assisting 27,000 successful startups, which now employ more than 100,000 workers and generate over $17 billion in new revenues.

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CODE RED WEATHER ALERT AVAILABLE FOR ALLEN COUNTY CITIZENS

Allen County now has access to Code Red Weather Alert for all citizens that have a local telephone number. And you can even include your cell phone number.

If you would like to have advance warning of any severe storms, flood activity or ice storms in your work or home area, sign up today by going to www.allencounty.org.

Keep your business and family safe. Sign up for Code Red Weather Alert today. For more information, please see attached.

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HUMBOLDT PROPERTY TAXES COMPETITIVE IN SE KANSAS
Southeast Kansas Property Taxes Per Household Income

Recent information provided by the Kansas League of Municipalities shows that the City of Humboldt property taxes per household (capita) income are competitive in Southeast Kansas.

Of twenty-five (25) area cities surveyed in Allen and surrounding counties for the current year (2011), Humboldt ranks 10th with $79.73. There are nine other cities that rank higher than Humboldt with the City of Pittsburg the highest with a cost per household of over $1,023.12. Other local cities surveyed include Chanute, $690.03 per household, Iola $310.74, Fredonia $99.96 and Neodesha $89.48, see attached chart.

Per capita income is the average total income of all members in a household as determined by the United States census bureau.

Rural towns in Kansas can be good choices for new business and property owners when it comes to property taxes. Many of the same services are available, plus school districts offer quality education in smaller communities.

If you have questions, or need more information, contact the Humboldt City Hall at 620-473-3232.

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LOANS AVAILABLE THROUGH USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT

The USDA Rural Development office has both direct and guaranteed loans available for income qualifying homebuyers in the Humboldt and Allen County area. 100% financing is available with no down payment required.

The USDA Rural development also can guarantee loans made with other lenders and offer 102% of the market value of the home. Again, no down payment is required, income requirements are higher and with the extra loan value, closing costs can also be financed.

The down payment financial assistance program through the State of Kansas is also available with these loans and can substantially reduce your monthly mortgage payments.

For more information, contact the USDA Rural Development office at (620) 275-0211.

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