Burlingame council prepares for holidays

BURLINGAME—The Burlingame City Council approved Christmas bonuses for all full-time and part-time employees at its Nov. 7 regular meeting.

Full-time employee will receive a $100 bonus and part-time employees will receive $50. The city hall will close at 3 p.m. Dec. 23 and all employees will be paid for normal hours. 

The council also approved a Giving Tree for an adopted family.

“I’m actually very excited about this,” said Kenna Burns, council member. 

Burns said there are three single parents and three families on the adopt-a-family list. 

“We will continue to take applications thru November 15,” said Burns. 

Patty Atchison, city clerk, explained the idea of a Giving Tree. 

“In the past, we had our Christmas tree behind the counter in our own little world back there,” Atchison said. “This year, we are going to stick it in front of the counter in the window and we are going to put their list of wish items and make an ornament for each item. Then, when people come in, before they were always like what can we do help, we’ll give you money and then someone would have to do the shopping. This way they can pick an ornament and we will explain that the present and the ornament have to be back by a certain day. This way the whole community can help.”

The city will also accept non-perishable food for donation. 

Wes Colson, city superintendent, commented that the signs are ready for Thrills Kettle Corn. The local business was a triple winner in the Kansas State Fair and Burlingame has been named “The Kettle Corn Capitol of Kansas.”

The signs will be displayed on the first block on the four main roads entering the city. 

In other business, the council:

• heard an anonymous donor had gifted $1,000 toward the construction or remodel of the restrooms at City Park

• heard from Leslie Holman, council member, that repairs are needed on Banks Street by the dog kennels. Colson will look into the repairs and report back to the council.

• approved Ordinance 2339.

• approved a cereal malt beverage renewal for Casey’s General Store.

• heard that the audit is ongoing but making very good progress.

• heard that KDOT has approved a Christmas tree for the parade route.

• heard from Michelle Mullinix, council member, about a concern regarding keys for the concession stand. Someone has been entering the concession stand without permission after hours.

• heard from Doug Moon, council member, who wanted to make sure the flags were up for Veterans Day.

• heard from Kenna Burns, council member, who commented on the youth programs. 

“What kind of programs are we looking for?” asked Burns. 

Vikki DeMars, mayor, mentioned that the city would like to see any youth program from community service to youth and government.

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