Special Notices

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

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

  • City of Howard is taking applications for a part time Deputy Clerk, 15 to 20 hours per week. The job emphasis is on phone, data entry, cash drawer, and customer service. Must be comfortable with computers and internet. Pick-up an application at the Howard City Office, 110 N Pine. No phone calls. Must reside in city limits.  

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.
There is usually someone there collecting metal. The City does not come to your house to pick up items. Sometimes there are volunteers who will provide that service, but you'll need to call the City office before 5pm on Friday the 11th to see if you can get on the list.

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...

We have discovered some vandalism and theft of Pool equipment at the Pool. Please be aware that no-one other than City employees and the Pool Restoration employees should be in the area. If you see something suspicious, please call the Office during business hours, or the Sheriff after hours.
The Pool work is ongoing. With the restoration company siting product delays and labor shortage,
it looks like it will be late June when the pool is open. The Pool plans to have a grand opening,
and more details will be published as it comes closer.
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.
Donations for the pool are welcome at the City Office.

Upcoming:
May 31, Monday - *Memorial Day* (city office is closed)
June 4,5,6 Citywide Yard Sales, contact Batson’s to get on the Map!
June 7, Monday - Regular City Council Meeting, 7:30 at City Hall
June 12, Saturday - City wide cleanup
June 14, Monday - *Flag Day*
June 20, Sunday - *Father’s Day*
June 21, Monday - Regular City Council Meeting, 7:30 at City Hall
July 02, Friday - City office will be closed for Independence Day holiday
July 04, Sunday - Independence Day

***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***

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.

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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

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

I am putting bills out earlier so there is ample time for paper bills to be delivered. The USPS sometimes takes a week and sometimes deliveres next day, so until it becomes regular I'll send them early.
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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