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Plans continue for June Jaunt
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ELLINWOOD — Plans are continuing to be made for the upcoming June Jaunt, from June 1-3, the Ellinwood City Council heard at its regular meeting.

Jacque Isern, from the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce, requested permission to use Wolf Park for booths and activities on June 2. There will be antiques in the American Legion parking lot.

The council has agreed to purchase a used street sweeper from Elliot Equipment in Davenport, Iowa for $39,000. They city has been considering an upgrade for many years.

The VFW has requested that they be able to sell concessions at the south baseball diamonds on a regular basis, not to include special tournaments. The council agreed.

Gordon Eggers was present to request that the city enforce more of the abandoned vehicle ordinance. Peter said the city does send out letters, but could send out more.

Curtis Wolf from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center was present. He reported that while the number of drop-in visitors per day had decreased, the number of participants in programs had dramatically increased. Also, the number of facility rentals was up so that the total number served was 32,112 in 2011. In 2010, the total number served was 23,533.

"We value the support you have given us," said Wolf. "The van tours are popular."

In his report City Administrator Robert Peter said the city will allow the Ellinwood High school golf team to practice on the north side of Lakin-Commanche Cemetery.

He also reported that Hoisington has received a Community Improvement grant in conjunction with Hoisington and Claflin. The city plans to add landscaping and bleachers, and an improvement to water lines to the pool.
In other business, the council:

• Gave Mark Pohlman a service award for 20 years in the ambulance department.

•Appointed Dave Lloyd to the Kansas Municipal Energy Agency Board of Directors and Frank Koelsch was appointed as alternate.