Special Notices

GOOD NEWS! ACH IS NOW AVAILABLE
Your City bills can be paid from your bank accounton the 10th of every month.

There is no charge for this service. We must have a signed form on file.
Call or come in the office for details!

Link To Pay to the city online with credit or debit card:     HOWARD     The service is provided through the State of Kansas, and NICUSA. There is a 2.5% convenience fee for credit/debit cards or a $1.50 flat fee for an online check transaction that is added to your payment. If you are paying over $60, you may wish to use the online check option as it will be a little cheaper for larger payments.
You may ALWAYS drop payment in the front door drop box at 110 N Pine, or mail your payment to POB 335, Howard 67349

Link to City Ordinances:  https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/howard/latest/overview

2020 City of Howard Consumer Confidence Report: http://cityofhoward.org/Portals/howard/CCR/2020.pdf

Following is the City's notice of Exceeding the Revenue Neutral Rate and 2022 Proposed Budget hearing set for September 8, 2021 beginning at 7:30p.m. at the Howard City Office, 110 N Pine St, Howard, KS

Dog Note: We are receiving an increase in reports of dogs running loose. Dogs will be impounded and we have to follow all the State required steps to get them released. We work hard to find their owners, but most don't have identification on them. Our dog pound is a 'minimal holding facility' and we can hold the dogs 3 days, then have to have them euthanized. PLEASE do not let your dog run, and if one gets loose, report it to us so we can get it back to you quickly if possible.
Cats are not regulated by the City. However, you ARE responsible for ANY animal that you feed or that lives on your property, and are responsible for any damage that animal causes. You are ALWAYS bound by all State and Federal regulations on animal care, neglect and abuse.

THE POOL is getting close to being done. We will announce it as soon as we have an opening date. Watch for information on Grand Opening.

The next City Wide Cleanup will be October 9. You will take your items to large dumpsters at the old City shop,
near the corner of Cherry and Jefferson.

City of Howard recently received notice that we are approved for the Spring 2021 IKE Cost Share Program. You can read the story at www.ksdot.org . The City plans include drainage at the main intersection of Wabash & Randolph, as well as overlay on a large portion of 5 streets in town

Safety alert:
With summer, comes great times outdoors, but safety is important.
ATVs UTVs and Golf Carts are allowed on the City of Howard streets & alleys, but there are restrictions:
Drivers must be 16 years or older and have a valid driver's license, no exceptions.
All appropriate safety equipment must be used.
ALL TRAFFIC LAWS apply, including signs, turn signals, right-of-way, speed limits, lights, etc.
Adults who own or store these vehicles are responsible for any juvenile using them.
See the city codes for complete information:
https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/.../howard_ks/0-0-0-3193...

***Lake permits may now be purchased at Allen’s Liquor as well at the City Office.
City office hours are 8-12 and 1-5 weekdays excluding holidays.
Allen’s hours are 10 am to 9 pm Mon-Sat; and 12 to 8 pm Sun.
***Allen’s has a drive-up/walk-up window***
There is NO LIFEGUARD at the lake.
NO ONE is allowed on the water intake tower near the dam. No exceptions.
NO ONE is allowed on the fish feeder. No exceptions.

Fishing from the bank or a boat is free with the required State fishing license.
Swimming or pleasure boating require a “day use” permit.
Camping requires a daily camping permit. Camping Permits are good for 24 hours.
Shelter rent runs from midnight to midnight,
Overnight shelter use must purchase camping permit for both days in addition to paying shelter rent in advance

Upcoming:
July 17, Saturday - City Library offering free items to empty adjacent building - to prepare for expansion project!
July 17 FAIR PARADE!
July 19, Monday - Regular City Council Meeting
August 02, Monday - Regular City Council Meeting
August 16, Monday - Regular City Council Meeting

City of Howard Governing Body voted 4/19/21 to raise the gas service fee a flat rate of $12.00 per meter per month to help cover payments on the City Utility Low-Interest Rate Loan from the State of Kansas for the gas price spike in February, 2021. This action will make the first unit of gas $40.17 (previously $28.17) and additional unit price will remain at $8.17 each. This is effective beginning the bill due by May 10.

Updated 06/21/21 Howard City Council Meeting
New service install water meter $1,000
New service install gas meter $500
New service sewer hook-up inspection $50
Street cuts asphalt streets $500
Street cuts rock/dirt streets $300. Carried 4-0
As in the past, repairs or replacement of existing service will be priced at actual cost of time and materials; and determination of liability for those costs will be made on individual basis. Typically the City is responsible for the meter and lines on our side, and property owner responsible for lines from meter to and including their house or building. Damage beyond regular maintenance should be paid by resident, owner or the person causing the damage
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Do you have dogs? Dog tags are due April 01 each year and are $5 for altered dogs, $10 for unaltered. After April 30, there is a $10 late fee per tag, so altered dogs are now $15 and unaltered $20. All dogs over 6 months old are to be licensed annually with the City, and that requires a licensed veterinarian certificate showing proof of current rabies vaccination and spay/neuter status.
If you have 4 or more dogs, you must also purchase a kennel license.
Please note
: The City of Howard has the following ordinances regarding animals in the city limits.
#635–Prohibiting Pit Bulls and vicious animals, #636-Leash Law, #637-Prohibiting Exotic Animals
In addition, you are bound by all state and federal laws including animal neglect and abuse regulations

National
House Representative Ron Estes https://estes.house.gov/
Senator Jerry Moran https://www.senate.gov/states/KS/intro.htm
Senator Roger Marshall https://www.senate.gov/states/KS/intro.htm
State of Kansas
House Representative Joe Newland email: Joe.Newland@house.ks.gov
http://www.kslegislature.org/li_2020/b2019_20/members/rep_newland_joe_1/

Senator Michael Fagg email: Michael.Fagg@senate.ks.gov
http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/members/sen_fagg_michael_1/

City’s gas supplier:
Gus Collins, President KMGA info@kmea.com
Paul Mahlberg, General Manager KMEA mahlberg@kmea.com
6300 W 95th Street Overland Park, KS 66212
KMEA/KMGA Phone: (913) 677-2884

I am putting bills out earlier so there is ample time for paper bills to be delivered.
Several bills have been reported lost in the mail, please remember we have not control over that and WATCH for your billing near the first of the month if you get paper bills. Using Email to receive your bill is the fastest delivery option. Any customer may choose to receive email billing by calling or coming in the office and requesting it.
People who get paper bills do not get the newsletter individually, but may look at it on the Facebook page or at the City office. 
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE ONLINE PAY if you receive online billing,  it is optional for either, neither or both.

YOU MAY sign up for ACH. Your bill will be sent regularly, and your payment is withdrawn from your bank account on the 10th of each month. Call or come in to the office to get the authorization form for this service.

Bills are sent near the end of the month. Bills are due by the 10th, then a late fee is added to unpaid accounts. If not paid by the 20th, a shut-off notice will be sent, and if not paid by the 30th the utilities are turned off. The total balance due plus a reconnect fee must be paid before utilities are back on. Please remember that our city gas and water meters are read near the 15th of each month, so your bill due April 10 is paying for your utilities from about the 16th of February to the 15th of March.

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Link To Pay to the city online:   HOWARD        The service is provided through the State of Kansas, and NICUSA. There is a 2.5% convenience fee for credit/debit cards or a $1.50 flat fee for an online check transaction that is added to your payment. If you are paying over $60, you may wish to use the online check option as it will be a little cheaper for larger payments.
You may ALWAYS drop payment in the front door drop box at 110 N Pine, or mail your payment to POB 335, Howard 67349

Link to City Ordinances:  https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/howard/latest/overview

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