Mayor's Notes January 2015
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Dear Culver resident,
The Kan-Step project to replace the water lines has begun. The pipe and other supplies have been delivered. Doug Guenther, from
Kansas Rural Water Association, was here in November and visited with a small group of volunteers about the project. Of course,
we can't do much over the winter, but as soon as the ground thaws we will be ready to get busy. If you are on Facebook, like our
City of Culver Kansas page for pictures of the project, and information on progress, when and where you can help, etc.
The Genereal Election is April 7th. You will be voting on the mayor position and two council positions--those positions that John
Axtell an Ed Winebrenner currently hold. Ed has indicated that he will not be running again. If you are not registered to vote, the
registration books are open until March 2nd.
The city has opened a NIXLE account for community messages, such as when water may be turned off for a few hours during the
Kan-Step, or when work is called off for the day due to weather, etc. We can also use it for storm warnings or to announce special
city meetings. I will have the only access in Culver to put messages on to it. In my absence you may call Marie Ballou with the
Ottawa County Emergency Management at 392-3600. You must sign up to receive these messages, and select text, e-mail, or both.
Obviously, this is the fastest way to be in the know! This does not cost you anything, and messages most likely will not be fequent.
Please click here: to sign up for NIXLE
We have been notified by the Kansas Dept of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources/Floodplain Management, that we need to
become compliant with building permits within the floodplain (City of Culver). In the past, the City made an agreement with FEMA
and as part of that agreement, adopted a floodplain ordinance. A part of that ordinance is that we will make sure the necessary
building permits are issued for any new construction in the City.
We received a two page letter of consequences we could face if we were found to be non-compliant, with one of the most significant
is that homeowners here with mortgages would lose their flood insurance, and therefore their home financing. It also would be
impossible to obtain a new financing loan in this community for any structure. We also would get no help from FEMA in case of a
major flood to repair our roads, etc.
To solve this, we ask that if you are doing any building in the community--may it be an addition to your home, a fence, a shed, a
garage--please see the city clerk or Jim Murphy, building inspector, about a building permit. The cost of a Permit is very reasonable.
The Low Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a federally funded program that helps eligible households pay a portion of their
home energy costs by providing a one-time per year benefit.
In order to qualify, applicants must be living at the address, be personally responsible for utilities at the residence, demonstrate a
recent history of payments, and have a combined gross income (before deductions) of all persons living at the address that does not
exceed 130% of the federal poverty level. If you are unsure if you meet the guidelines or have additional questions, please call
LIEAP at 1-800-432-0043.
Studies have shown that a large portion of the residents in Kansas who may qualify are unaware of the program.
Thank You. If you have any questions, please call me. 785-283-4739