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  • Arma approves extending Franklin water deadline

  • The Arma City Council voted unanimously at its Monday meeting to proceed with the demolition of the dilapidated blue trailer home at 316 S. Pine Street.



    City Manager Troy Graham told the council the city had been attempting to make contact with the owner, who does not live in Arma, for more than a year to get them to clean up the property and repair the trailer.

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  • The Arma City Council voted unanimously at its Monday meeting to proceed with the demolition of the dilapidated blue trailer home at 316 S. Pine Street.
    City Manager Troy Graham told the council the city had been attempting to make contact with the owner, who does not live in Arma, for more than a year to get them to clean up the property and repair the trailer.
    “We talked about it again in the first meeting in May,” Graham said. “I also sent letters to the owner and still haven’t heard from them.”
    The council will now send out for bids for the removal of the trailer and cleaning up of the property.
    “We tried and tried and tried to get this resolved,” council member Rock Anderson said. “We gave them opportunities.”
    The council also voted to extend the deadline for Franklin Rural Water District No. 7 to pay $11,000 it owes to the city for water service; Arma sells water to the district wholesale. The district originally had 180 days to pay its bill, Graham said, and it comes due on June 29. The council discussed the issue in an executive session at the beginning of the meeting and voted for a 90 day extension afterward.
    Later in the meeting, Graham told the council that with help from the Kansas Department of Administration’s Kansas Setoff program, they have collected more than $2,000 in taxes owed to the city. According to the department’s website, the Setoff Program began in early 1981 following legislation that allowed the Director of Accounts and Reports to set off moneys the state owes debtors against moneys owed to the State of Kansas.
    It allowed agencies to collect delinquent accounts receivable and in turn provided new revenue at low cost. The program became available to municipalities in 1993, and to district courts in 1996.
    At the end of its first year of operation in Fiscal 1982, the Setoff program had 12,300 delinquent accounts on file and collected $196,000, the department said. It has since grown tremendously; at the end of Fiscal 2009, the number of accounts had increased to 424,000 and collections to $25 million. Currently, 65 state agencies, 539 municipalities, and 18 district courts are participating in the Setoff program.
    “We were able to get some revenue,” Graham said.
    Also Monday, Arma Police Chief Al Combs said the department, with the help of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, located and dismantled a methamphetamine lab located within city limits.
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