Overbrook Overlook: Animal ordinances under consideration

News from the city …

The Overbrook City Council sought input from residents regarding the total number of dogs allowed at a residence, and the council reviewed that input at its June meeting and decided to consider creating a new ordinance regarding animal husbandry, including the allowable number of dogs, the manner in which they are kept, and other details about animal control and enforcement. More information will be presented and discussed at the next council meeting, 7 p.m. July 12, 2017.

Overbrook water supply under study

The city has contracted Kramer Consulting LLC, of Topeka, to study the water system The city has used the firm twice in the past to evaluate wells and the water system. Upon completion of the study they will submit a report to help set priorities for upgrading the drinking water system. The city received a grant to conduct the study.

City budget planning

City budget planning for 2018 is underway. The mayor and council work with the city’s accountant, treasurer and department heads to calculate a budget that is as conservative as possible but still provides funds for all city services. A public hearing on the proposed budget is held in August each year. The date and time of this year’s hearing will be announced when it’s set.

Open board positions

Positions on the planning and zoning board and on the park and recreation board are open to city residents. Anyone interested in being a candidate should contact city hall.

Baseball

Overbrook Park and Recreation youth baseball games continue as league play works its way toward the tournament later this summer. The week of July 10, the Flint Hills League Midget Boys Tourney will be in town. Ray Burt’s high school age boys team is hosting a tournament on the local fields July 22-23.

Fishing clinic

A kids fishing clinic will be held the week of July 10 at the picnic shelter in City Park. The annual kids fishing derby will be held in September. Watch for updates on this.

New community foundation forms

The Overbrook Community Foundation has been established to support Overbrook. It complements other local fundraising organizations and may provide matching funds for their approved projects. For more information, contact Jerry Meng at 785-665-7155 or overbrookcf@hmail.com.

Summer concert promises ‘sizzling fun’

Overbrook Performing Arts Concert Series will host a family fun fundraising event at City Park on Sunday, July 23. It’s “Sizzling Summer Fun at the Gazebo” featuring karaoke, games for all ages, a cake walk, and a homemade ice cream social. The fun and food starts at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring lawn chairs to the gazebo and enjoy an evening in the park for the benefit of the OPACS.

Summer at the library

Summer reading program at the Overbrook Public Library is nearly complete, with an event at 11 a.m. Friday, July 7. A finale ice cream party celebration for winning readers is scheduled for Friday, July 14.

The Friends of the Overbrook Library annual book sale is scheduled for July 26-29. With many books available for sell, help is needed at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 25 to setup for the sale.

A new event for Friends will be a soup dinner and dessert auction fundraiser the evening of Sept. 23. Funds raised will be used to purchase a new book drop box at the rear entrance of the library.

Primary election not needed for Overbrook city offices

Aug. 1 is primary election day, but an election is not needed for city government positions because there is only one candidate for mayor and one for council member. With two council seats open, a write-in candidate may fill the second position or, the new council may appoint a member.

Overbrook Osage County Fair Aug. 9-12, 2017

The Overbrook Osage County Fair officially gets underway on Aug. 9 and goes through Aug. 12, with the parade that Saturday evening. This year’s theme is “Country Pride County Wide”. Contact parade organizer Scott Averill at 785-224-3453 to enter floats or your organization in the parade. Prizes will be given. The 4-H horse show, held in conjunction with the fair, will be Saturday, Aug. 5 at our fairgrounds arena.

New store update

City hall reports that Casey’s General Store’s district manager called to say that since the new business year for the company just recently began, she believes work on the former BP station will start soon. She also said she was giving attention to the current facility to assure business was going well with the increased traffic load.

Information thanks to Overbrook City Hall.


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