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Name not shown inside Kuney And Brady September 30, 2018, 11:38 AM

I think that we should promote city beautification. What better way to promote Abilene than for visitors to see a clean and vibrant town that they can go back to their hometown and advertise. The focus should be on the main thoroughfares, but we shouldn't stop there. People are curious and will drive around other parts of town too. Abilene draws a lot of tourists. What do we want them saying about our city? People come for the tourist attractions, but what do they see first? If Ike were to see Abilene today, what would his first impression be? I don't know, but we can do our best to make sure the first impression of others is something they will remember in a positive light.

Traci Corbett inside North Cedar September 17, 2018, 3:22 PM

Are you interested in having chickens?
Yes


How do you feel about backyard chickens possibly being allowed in your neighborhood?
In favor


Please indicate what you feel the benefits may be if chickens were allowed. Choose as many as apply.
Food security (an available and accessible food source), Other - They eat bugs


Please indicate what concerns you may have if chickens were allowed. Choose as many as apply.
None

Heather Dannelley inside Home of Eisenhower September 17, 2018, 1:43 PM

Are you interested in having chickens?
Yes


How do you feel about backyard chickens possibly being allowed in your neighborhood?
In favor


Please indicate what you feel the benefits may be if chickens were allowed. Choose as many as apply.
Food security (an available and accessible food source), Environmental sustainability (transportation of food, packaging of food, etc), Neighborly activity, Educational opportunity, Companionship


Please indicate what concerns you may have if chickens were allowed. Choose as many as apply.
None

Name not shown outside Abilene Neighborhoods September 16, 2018, 3:59 PM

“An “exponential” increase in the number of vehicles driving down Buckeye Avenue is expected when the Dwight D. Eisenhower Museum reopens next June.” Abilene Reflector-Chronicle, August 23, 2018.

When I first read this I thought of a parade. Entrants could chose from WWI, WWII or the presidential years. Early years in Abilene would also fit into the theme.

It leaves a wide range of years for antique cars. I would think Fort Riley would be eager to tell their story of D-Day with various military units.

Another idea would be a commemorative coin for the event.

Encourage surrounding communities and state museums to participate.

A flyover by B-29 Doc would be awesome.

Encourage area students to be active participants.

Name not shown inside Eisenhower Park September 14, 2018, 11:13 AM

Are you interested in having chickens?
No


How do you feel about backyard chickens possibly being allowed in your neighborhood?
Not in favor


Please indicate what you feel the benefits may be if chickens were allowed. Choose as many as apply.
None


Please indicate what concerns you may have if chickens were allowed. Choose as many as apply.
Public health concerns, Potential to attract rodents and pests, Potential to attract wildlife, Odor, Noise, Coops may be unsightly, Concerns that a coop will be situated too close to your property, Potential increase in municipal services and calls for service

Jerry Rankin inside Kuney And Brady September 4, 2018, 12:35 PM

How much money in total should be set aside every year to support community organizations? (For instance $72,000 was set aside for 2019)
80,000


What kind of support should these community organizations receive from the City?



If you had 10 dollars or dots set aside for community organizations, how would you spend them?
City grant program (to require annual application) (4), City Band (3), Sister City International (3)


How should the City oversee or hold accountable if these organizations receive taxpayer funds?



What other advice do you have for the City Commission on this issue?
Since the Sister City relationship is a direct government to government relationship entered into by the mayors and city councils of both Abilene and Omitama, there is more to this relationship than simply being a community organization e.g. the Abilene City Band. In the agreement signed by the mayors of Abilene and Omitama on October 3, 2006 each municipality promised that "Citizens of both Omitama City and the City of Abilene will deepen their mutual understanding and friendship through close exchange in every field: industry, culture, economy, education, athletics, administration . . . and others. Alliance in a sister city relationship by these two cities will also contribute to further enhancement of the friendly relationships between Japan and the U.S.A as well as the mutual prosperity and happiness of both cities and their citizens."

To this point, the City of Abilene as exercised it's part of relationship through the appointment and agency of the Abilene-Omitama Sister City Board and direct budgetary support. In return, the Board exercises it's mandate through the planning of the annual delegation visits, the grade 4 and 5 after school program, Japan Club, and an annual community gathering to highlight the work of the past year. If anything, in addition to the appointment of board members and budgetary support, additional involvement of the City of Abilene could be beneficial, especially in the areas of industry, education, and administration.

BARBARA JOHNSON inside Kuney And Brady August 30, 2018, 11:32 AM

How much money in total should be set aside every year to support community organizations? (For instance $72,000 was set aside for 2019)
To be reassessed annual as needed to account for changes and cost of living/inflation variability


What kind of support should these community organizations receive from the City?



If you had 10 dollars or dots set aside for community organizations, how would you spend them?
Community Foundation (to administer grants) (2), City grant program (to require annual application) (2), City Band (1), County Heritage Center (1), Sister City International (1), Old Abilene Town (2), Others (1)


How should the City oversee or hold accountable if these organizations receive taxpayer funds?



What other advice do you have for the City Commission on this issue?
I have read comments about the necessity of Sister City International. I agree with those positive comments about Sister City. I refer you to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sister_Cities_International. This concept was proposed by Pres. Eisenhower, such being the case, I think we should continue his legacy to strive "build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development". I have seen firsthand the impact this relationship to our young citizens of Abilene. Kubota, (Great Plains) a major employer, is a Japanese company. Though probably Sister Cities had not much to do with this transition, it benefits Abilene to have commonality between businesses. We have taken Japanese delegates on tour of Great Plains and with the local Japanese corporate officials, who were impressed with the relationship Abilene has with Omitama, Japan. Connections may bring other possibilities for future economic development to Abilene.

Name not shown inside Kuney And Brady August 29, 2018, 2:45 PM

How much money in total should be set aside every year to support community organizations? (For instance $72,000 was set aside for 2019)
dependent on what else is going on, varies


What other advice do you have for the City Commission on this issue?
I'm the worst to ask on this issue! I flip flop terribly. I don't think many of these things are government responsibility. On the other hand; most contribute to quality of life for all citizens. I don't know that it's a good idea to specify a concrete figure to set aside as this would/should be a contribution of funds that benefit all/most of our citizens. When using tax monies to contribute to such organizations I'm mostly concerned with 1. what are they doing to fund themselves, 2. How much of our population is served and how, 3. Tax money needs to be highly accountable and I would want to know what it was used for specifically. 4. I'd want to see budgets, end results (measurable) 5. I'd also expect this money to be used for specific tasks/events/equipment and not be just part of some one's general annual budget. I believe it's the responsibility of the Commission to spend tax money, but to spend it VERY well for the betterment of ALL our citizens AFTER all the things that ARE our basic governmental responsibilities are fulfilled VERY well. (How's that for a run-on sentence!)

Name not shown inside Eisenhower Park August 29, 2018, 2:16 PM

How much money in total should be set aside every year to support community organizations? (For instance $72,000 was set aside for 2019)
1 Mil


What kind of support should these community organizations receive from the City?



If you had 10 dollars or dots set aside for community organizations, how would you spend them?
Normal City operations only (but could provide in-kind support) (2), Community Foundation (to administer grants) (3), City grant program (to require annual application) (2), Central Kansas Free Fair (1), County Heritage Center (1), Others (1)


How should the City oversee or hold accountable if these organizations receive taxpayer funds?



What other advice do you have for the City Commission on this issue?
I believe that each of the programs that were mentioned have merit. I would hope that the City Commission looks at the broader picture of how each program can be broadened and used to promote a better town atmosphere and better well-being for our citizens

Michelle Stephens inside Kuney And Brady August 29, 2018, 7:42 AM

How often do you use or discharge fireworks during Independence Day celebrations?
Always


How well do you feel the City enforces current fireworks laws and rules?
Very well


Due to fire hazards and other nuisance issues, should the City ban fireworks altogether?
No


Which timeframe should vendors be allowed to sell fireworks?
June 27 through July 4 (current rule)


What timeframe should residents be allowed to discharge or use fireworks?
June 27 through July 4


What locations do you approve of allowing residents to use or discharge fireworks?
Private property, Streets, parks, and other public spaces


What else should the City consider in regulating fireworks:
Not every firework business in Abilene signed the petition like it said. By keeping the current regulations aligned with the county, it would make for easier management for law enforcement. If the duration to sale decreases, residents and customers will go to surrounding towns to purchase product leading to Abilene losing tax revenue. Fundraising organizations who work the tents would also lose out on critical fundraising dollars if duration to sale is shortened. These are just a few reasons to leave the regulation as is. Thank you!