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City considers celebration date
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In city records from the 1800s, Hoisington was officially incorporated on Nov. 11, 1887 as shown in the picture above. The city has traditionally celebrated 1886 as the year of its birth. That is when the Central Kansas Town Company was formed. - photo by KAREN LA PIERRE

HOISINGTON — The Hoisington City Council discussed on Monday the date when Hoisington became an official city.

City Manager Jonathan Mitchell researched the topic and found incorporation letters in historic books. The letters of incorporation were signed on Nov. 11, 1887, and the city held its first city council meeting on Dec. 10, 1887.

However, the city has been celebrating October 1886 as its anniversary date which would make 2011 the 125th anniversary. It was on this date that the Central Kansas Town Company formed to begin organizing a place called Hoisington.

The council said they would like input from residents which date to celebrate. The item was tabled.

The recreation commission will begin holding swim lessons in July in evening. This will be for the month of July only on Monday’s through Thursdays. On Friday through Sunday, the pool hours will remain the same. Adult swim will still be held from 5 to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

The city will amend ordinance 1458 to allow payment for reconnection fees with cash, a cashier’s check, debit card, credit card or money order.

In addition, each utility account will only be allowed two extensions per calendar year. Extensions must be applied for by the end of the month. The extension will not relieve an individual from incurring charges for delinquent payments.

In final business, the city:

•Approved cereal malt beverage consumption permits for the Hoisington Horseshoe Club, Paul Bishop 2011 Horseshoe season, Bi-Centennial Park Shelter and Horseshoe Pits.