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  • Seneca council hears concerns about cleanliness, safety

  • The Seneca City Council heard from a concerned citizen at their council meeting Monday evening regarding the safety and cleanliness of the town.
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  • The Seneca City Council heard from a concerned citizen at their council meeting Monday evening regarding the safety and cleanliness of the town.
    “I love this town and it used to be so quaint, but we’re ghetto now,” said Maryann Anderson. “On our side streets, it’s not so pretty anymore. You know, what is that saying about us?”
    Anderson asked council members if there were any incentives the city could offer, such as excusing tickets, in exchange for community service.
    James Altic, Seneca police chief, said he has worked to make such community service arrangements, though interest in the program has been low.
    “It’s out there if they want to do community service, our judge is more than willing to assign them to help us,” Altic said.
    He said his department has also been working to clean up the city, including an attempt to crack down on eyesores and illegal drug use throughout Seneca.
    “We’ve written a tremendous amount of tickets for their grass being too tall or their cars being disabled along the side of the road,” Altic said.
    Altic said in the past 45 days, his department has issued 60 tickets that were not traffic related.
    Altic also reported that his department made 286 traffic stops between July and August, compared to 157 stops between January and June.
    “These guys are working their tails off,” Altic said.
    Cecil Vance, councilman, assured Anderson that change in Seneca is coming.
    “It’s going to take time to get rid of the riff raff that has caused the issues,” Vance said. “We’ve got to give it time. The changes have been made and we’re working diligently to get things right.”
    Council members also heard a presentation from representatives of engineering firm Allgeier, Martin and Associates, regarding the city’s upcoming well project.
    The council is pursuing a new well, to be located on Lewis Street. The site currently has a water tower, but is lacking a well to feed the tower.
    Mark Bennett, Seneca mayor, said because there is no well on the south side of Seneca, water is moved across town to feed into the south side tower.
    That tower supplies water to the city’s largest water user, Milnot Co.
    The council also heard a presentation regarding the well project from engineering firm Shafer, Kline and Warren, Inc. of Lenexa, Kan. at their Sept. 10 council meeting.
    On Monday, council members voted to accept the bid from Allgeier, Martin and Associates for $1,500.
    That bid will include the pursuit of grants to help fund the project, as well as an update to a previous study the company had performed for the city.
    Page 2 of 2 - Council members said the city of Seneca has a long-running relationship working with Allgeier, Martin and Associates, who they worked with most recently on the city’s new wastewater treatment plant.
    “They know our system, where a new firm would have to come in and learn,” said councilman Eric Quee.
    Council members also voted on Monday to accept a bid of $105 from Pete Puckett for the city’s surplus snowplow.
    Puckett was the only bidder.
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