Special Notices

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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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4/9/2021
   The Howard Governing Body is working to find a reasonable cost increase on your utility bill to repay the State sponsored loan received to pay for the gas used in February. While we expected a bill of $9,000 to $10,000, the bill received was nearly half a million dollars. The City applied and received a loan from the Kansas State Treasurer’s City Utility Low-Interest Loan Program to pay the bill and keep gas available to the residents; but that must be paid back to the State.
   The City has sent information to each of the following people to let them know that we need relief from this extreme financial burden, that we don't believe it is an accurate price for the product received (price gouging) and to ask for their attention and help on the issue. The City Council is encouraging each of you to let the following people know your opinion on the issue as well. We understand the State legislature and State Attorney General are investigating the issue, and the City of Howard is looking into other action. It may take years to find a resolution, but we are working.
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

 

03/30/21
GAS PRICES:
GAS INCREASE WILL BE ON NEXT BILLING 
           The City applied for the State Treasurer’s “City Utility Low-Interest Loan Program” to pay the invoice that was due March 24, in order to keep the gas supply flowing for Howard. For the gas price spike in February, the gas purchase invoice for Howard was less than the $650,000 originally estimated, due in part to the effort of citizens, businesses and the West Elk School to conserve energy during the February Freeze, as well as the supplier and the State reducing their fees and fines for that time period. However, the actual bill was nearly $500,000.
            To comply with the loan agreement,
the Howard Governing Body will have to declare how the City will raise the funds to pay off the loan. The State Treasurer’s Office had not provided our loan numbers at the time of this notice, so the billing has not changed on the bills due April 10.
            Several state and federal government entities are still looking at ways to understand and resolve the huge price increase that occurred. They are investigating price-gouging along with other possibilities. They have assured us that they are not giving up. This loan program is a measure taken to be sure cities affected can still provide natural gas to their residents.

֎Dog Tags are due! ֎
Animal Regulations
April 01 each year all dogs over 6 months of age need to have a yearly tag which you purchase at the city office. You will need current rabies vaccination records from a licensed veterinarian. Altered or unaltered status (spayed/neutered) and breed must be on your vet papers. If you have more than 3 dogs, you must purchase a tag for each PLUS a kennel license ($100.) The City of Howard does not allow Pit Bulls or vicious animals in the city limits. Howard does have a leash law. Howard’s dog pound is a 3-day-hold pound. While efforts are made to find owners quickly, impounded animals must be picked up in 3 days to avoid euthanasia. Cats are not regulated by the City; however, you are required to be a responsible animal owner/harborer and follow all city, state and federal regulations for the health and safety of all animals on your property that you own, or that you feed; and to avoid nuisance or danger to people or property. For detailed animal regulations, see the City Ordinances available for view online https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/howard/latest/overview  or on the web page or in the city office.

Trees at the City Lake:             Many trees at the lake recently died, mainly the result of aerial spraying/overspray a few years ago. The State Wildlife & Parks officers confirmed this. We all miss the trees, but for safety, they had to be cut down and removed. The wood cut to size is for campers or shelter firepits. The brush piles and larger logs will be burned when the weather is right. City residents may take wood from those scrap piles for their own use, but do not to take the pre-cut wood. ***Lake permits may now be purchased at Allen’s Liquor as well at the City Office. Allen’s hours are 10 am to 9 pm, Mon-Sat and 12 to 8 pm Sun. They have a drive-up/walk-up window***

The Pool work is ongoing. If you go by to look, please stay at a distance and don’t distract the workers. We want them to work safely and without interruptions to finish as soon as possible. They do plan to be finished in time to allow the City to complete preparation to open the pool this summer. Donations for this project are welcome at the City Office.

Vandalism: Light bulbs in shelter houses have been smashed lately, along with garbage dumped in burn pits at the lake and other miscellaneous vandalism at parks and private property. Please promote the importance of respecting others’ property and report any issues you see

Upcoming:  
  4/4/21 Easter Sunday
  4/5/21 Howard City Council meeting, 7:30pm at City Office
4/11/21 Late fees are applied to unpaid city utility balances at 8am
4/17/21 Small craft expo at Fair Barn 9-5
4/19/21 Howard City Council meeting, 7:30pm at City Office
4/21/21 Administrative Professional’s Day
4/22/21 Earth Day
4/28/21 Howard Chamber of Commerce Meeting

I am putting bills out earlier so there is ample time for paper bills to be delivered. THIS MONTH, THERE WAS A DELAY, but typically I will try to mail them on the 23rd of the month. 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.

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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