Overbrook Overlook: Neighbors help neighbors during recent storm

A note from Overbrook City Hall: Thank You! What a wonderful community Overbrook is! Following the storm on May 5, 2020, there were many examples of neighbors helping neighbors. Our police department, fire department and city crew were out and about, going the extra mile as were other dedicated service workers. If you needed something, you didn’t have to look far to find a helping hand. As our world struggles with COVID-19, Overbrookians are right there, lending support. Residents have been donating materials for masks and our seamstresses are sewing, sewing, sewing. Donations are being made to help those in need, ranging from donating food to donating money for utility payments. LaVerna Gray noted at the last city council meeting that she has lived in many communities following her husband’s journalism career and that Overbrook, by far, has been the kindest, most caring community of them all. We are all truly fortunate to have each other.

Firework ordinance

At the request of citizens, the city council will be reviewing the current fireworks ordinance at the next council meeting on June 10. Public input is welcome. You may share your thoughts by calling city hall at 785-665-7328, putting a note in our drop box, or mailing a note to Overbrook City Hall, PO Box 288, Overbrook, KS 66524.

Some of the revisions that are being considered are as follows:

  • Changing the dates that fireworks can be shot off from June 27-July 5 to July 1-July 5.
  • Revising the hours that fireworks can be discharged from 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. to 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Changing the hourly exception from Fridays and Saturdays and the Fourth from 8 a.m.-midnight to only the Fourth from 10:30 a.m.-midnight.
  • An official request made to the council to shoot fireworks outside of the new timeframe.

City pool opening 

The pool will tentatively open on June 15 with an offer to swim for free from 1-7 p.m. on opening day.

Wiffle ball

Overbrook Parks and Rec will be hosting a free all-age wiffle ball tournament on June 27 at Jones Park, in Overbrook. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Age groups are 8 and under, 9-13, 14-18, and 19 and over. Forms will be available at city hall, on Facebook, or at www.overbrookks.com.

Overbrook Historical Society

Through your kind donations along with several fundraisers hosted by its board of directors, the Overbrook Historical Society has raised more than $12,000 to date. These funds will be used toward the construction of a building that one day will house the museum we intend to build. We are happy to report that the city of Overbrook has given us the plot of land just north of the post office in downtown Overbrook as a site for the museum. Fundraisers we were planning for 2020 have all been put on hold due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, but our work continues behind the scenes. We encourage Overbrook citizens to start gathering any historical materials, such as photos, journals, scrapbooks, articles, funeral and wedding programs, that might be of interest to the museum for a scan party we will host as soon as we are able. Every family has a story to tell, and we intend to tell them all. We thank you for your support and hope you are all safe and well. You can follow our work on the Overbrook Historical Society Facebook page.

Overbrook Public Library

The Overbrook Library is currently providing curbside pickup of requests from 12-6 p.m. Monday to Friday. To make a request, call 785-665-7266, or make requests online. June 1 we will start offering 30-minute time slots for computer use by reservation Monday to Friday. Summer reading registration also begins June 1. The main library is closed for browsing and the community room is still closed to the public at this time. More details can be found on the website or are available by phone.

Overbrook Police Department

With this beautiful weather we have noticed an uptick in ATV and UTV use, as well as electric bicycles and mopeds around town. While the use of these machines is up so are the complaints and infractions. First and foremost, under Kansas law, all drivers must hold a current Kansas driver’s license. Also, anyone on an ATV who is under the age of 18 must have a DOT approved helmet. All riders are subject to the same traffic laws as any other car, or truck driver. Failure to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, or yielding when required is considered an infraction, same as speeding. Also, ATVs, UTVs and motor scooters are not allowed on the walking path around City Lake. There are signs up and more are planned to be posted in the near future. Finally, I have had some complaints and concerns about riders carrying their small children, with no helmets, sitting on the gas tanks. This is strictly prohibited. Go out and have fun riding – just do it safely and within the limits of the law. Thanks, Chief Terry Hollingsworth

Oak Street Plaza

Nancy Lee-McQuillan will be visiting Oak Street Plaza at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 18. She will be meeting with a majority of the residents to get signatures for previous re-certifications.

Farmers market

Come one, come all! Mark your calendars now. The Overbrook Farmers Market is up and running. Visit the market 4-6:30 p.m. Mondays on Market Street, just west of Maple Street.

For more information, contact Overbrook City Hall, 785-665-7328, PO Box 288, Overbrook, KS 66524.

 

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