Apr 22

City to Launch Street Improvement Demo as part of the Bike/Ped Systems Plan

Posted on April 22, 2019 at 10:30 AM by Vivienne Uccello

(MANHATTAN, KS - April 22, 2019) The City of Manhattan Community Development Department and the Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) are set to launch several short-term, low-cost, and active transportation demonstration projects, the first of which will be deployed at the intersection of North Manhattan Avenue and Fremont Street from Tuesday, April 23 through Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

The demonstration project will test potential street improvements intended to increase safety and enhance the community through the implementation of temporary curb extensions and temporary painted crosswalk stripes.

The City, in partnership with the MPO, is developing a new Bicycle & Pedestrian Systems Plan which will provide a 20-year vision to expand and enhance the community’s biking and walking infrastructure. The demonstration projects are created to engage the public during the development of this transportation plan. Funding for the materials for the temporary demonstrations is provided through KDOT’s Consolidated Planning Grant and America Walks grants.

For questions regarding the demonstration project, please contact John Adam, Senior Planner, john.adam@cityofmhk.com. For more information about the Systems Plan, please visit www.bikemanhattan.com.

Mar 18

2019 Community Survey hitting inboxes and mailboxes

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 1:22 PM by Vivienne Uccello

Approximately 5,000 Manhattan households will be receiving a website link and unique password to access the City of Manhattan's 2019 Community Survey via email on March 18. The City will be utilizing emails from utility billing accounts. In order to also reach households without email, post cards with the survey link will be mailed to a random sample of 1,000 Manhattan addresses who do not have an email linked to their utility bill.

Continue Reading...

Mar 18

What to Expect from the Next Winter Storm

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 12:58 PM by Vivienne Uccello

(MANHATTAN, KS – February 19, 2019) The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Manhattan area in effect from 3:00 p.m. Tuesday to 9:00 a.m. Wednesday. 3-5 inches of snow and around 1/10 inch of ice accumulation is possible. Expect slick roads and hazardous driving conditions.

Continue Reading...

Jan 29

NEWS RELEASE: Staying safe in the extreme cold

Posted on January 29, 2019 at 4:25 PM by Vivienne Uccello

(MANHATTAN, KS – January 29, 2019) Frigid wind chill values of 15 below zero to around 25 below zero are expected tonight into Wednesday morning generally along and northeast of a line from Belleville to Manhattan to Emporia. As a result, a Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for those locations starting at 9 PM this evening.

Continue Reading...

Jan 22

Manhattan Regional Airport closed due to winter weather

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 7:31 PM by Vivienne Uccello

(Manhattan, KS - January 22, 2019) Attention travelers: Manhattan Regional Airport is closed due to cancelled flights and winter weather conditions.

Continue Reading...

Jan 03

Tammy Galvan will be the City's new Human Resources Director

Posted on January 3, 2019 at 3:28 PM by Vivienne Uccello

(Manhattan, Kan., Dec. 14, 2018) — Tammy Galvan has been named Human Resources Director for the City of Manhattan. City Manager Ron Fehr announced the appointment today. Galvan will begin leading the Human Resources Department effective January 14, 2019.

Continue Reading...

Jan 02

Dennis Marstall named Manhattan's new Assistant City Manager

Posted on January 2, 2019 at 10:19 AM by Vivienne Uccello

(Manhattan, Kan., Jan. 2, 2019) — City Manager Ron Fehr announced today that Dennis Marstall has been named Assistant City Manager for the City of Manhattan. Marstall was selected from a group of four finalists after a national search and plans to begin work January 25th.

Continue Reading...

Dec 28

Structure Fire at 420 Tuttle Creek Boulevard

Posted on December 28, 2018 at 1:38 PM by Vivienne Uccello

At 5:53 am on Friday, December 28, 2018, the Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to 420 Tuttle Creek Boulevard for a report of a structure fire.

Continue Reading...

Nov 30

Federal funding awarded to raise Manhattan’s levee system

Posted on November 30, 2018 at 10:45 AM by Vivienne Uccello

(MANHATTAN, KS – November 30, 2018) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) notified City of Manhattan officials on Wednesday, November 28th that $18,494,400 will be awarded to fund improvements to Manhattan’s levee system in fiscal year 2019.

Continue Reading...

Nov 13

MFD News Release: Structure Fire 2300 Vineyard Circle

Posted on November 13, 2018 at 9:15 AM by Vivienne Uccello

At 6:18 pm on November 11, the Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to 2300 Vineyard Circle for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a vehicle on fire inside the garage of a two story residential structure.

Continue Reading...

Nov 05

Sunset Zoo presents new master plan

Posted on November 5, 2018 at 10:19 AM by Vivienne Uccello

It has been 30 years since Sunset Zoo had a master plan created by a professional firm, and much has changed in the zoo profession and zoo facilities since that time. Adopting a professional master plan is also one of the requirements for Sunset Zoo’s accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  

Continue Reading...

Nov 05

State Transportation Task Force will meet in Manhattan on November 9

Posted on November 5, 2018 at 10:05 AM by Vivienne Uccello

The last task force meeting is taking place in Manhattan on November 9th from 10 am to 3:15 pm at the Kansas Farm Bureau Plaza, room 2627. In the morning, the Task Force will be discussing issues on local roads, emerging needs, and processes for priority formulas and selection criteria to determine how funding is distributed to cities across Kansas.

Continue Reading...

Nov 05

Memorial trees planted to honor city employees

Posted on November 5, 2018 at 10:02 AM by Vivienne Uccello

Friends and family gathered at Manhattan's Water Treatment Plant on October 22nd for a tree planting memorial service honoring Kenny Henry and Alan Shineman. 

Continue Reading...

Nov 05

MFD News Release: House Fire on Church Ave

Posted on November 5, 2018 at 9:52 AM by Vivienne Uccello

(Manhattan, Kan., November 2, 2018 ) — At 9:22 p.m. on Friday night, the Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to 820 Church Avenue for a report of a house on fire with multiple explosions. 

Continue Reading...

Nov 01

News Release: Political signs may not be placed on public property

Posted on November 1, 2018 at 9:47 AM by Vivienne Uccello

(MANHATTAN, KS - October 22, 2018) As election time approaches, it’s important to remember that Manhattan Zoning Regulations do not allow campaign signs, or any other signs, to be located in the public right-of-way. Campaign signs are permitted on private property.

Continue Reading...

Nov 01

MFD News Release: Chemical Spill at Burt Hall KSU

Posted on November 1, 2018 at 9:47 AM by Vivienne Uccello

(Manhattan, Kan., October 31, 2018) — At 2:56 p.m., the Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to 1220 North 17th Street, Burt Hall on the Kansas State University Campus for a reported chemical spill.

Continue Reading...

Oct 09

News Release: Water levels falling well below flood stage at Wildcat Creek

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 8:37 AM by Vivienne Uccello

(MANHATTAN, KS - 7:00 AM 10/9/2018) Water levels are falling in Wildcat Creek and emergency managers will continue to monitor the situation closely. No major roadways are closed at this time.

Continue Reading...

Oct 09

News Release: Flooding expected for Wildcat Creek

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 8:31 AM by Vivienne Uccello

(MANHATTAN, KS – 10:30 PM October 8, 2018) Wildcat Creek is expected to rise above flood stage, reaching 21’ by 8:30 AM Wednesday morning. The Labor Day flood crest was 28’. Additional heavy rain is possible tonight and residents are encouraged to prepare for flooding in low lying areas.

Continue Reading...

Sep 26

News Release: FEMA Individual Assistance Not Expected

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 11:18 AM by Vivienne Uccello

After Governor Colyer declared a state of disaster for five counties in Kansas following the September 3, 2018 flood, a request was made to the President to provide federal aid. The requirements for some, but not all, forms of federal aid were met based on the scale and severity of the disaster.

Continue Reading...

Sep 24

News Release: Manhattan Flood Recovery Committee

Posted on September 24, 2018 at 11:54 AM by Vivienne Uccello

A Manhattan Flood Recovery Committee has been formed with representatives from Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, United Way, and Shepherd's Crossing to distribute funds collected by the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation. Their goal is to provide financial assistance to those who were impacted by the Wildcat Creek Flood on September 3, 2018. Funds are limited and will be distributed based on need.

Continue Reading...

Sep 24

News Release: SBA Offers Disaster Assistance Through Federal Loans

Posted on September 24, 2018 at 11:52 AM by Vivienne Uccello

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Kansas businesses and residents affected by flash flooding, flooding and severe storms that occurred Sept. 1-3, 2018, announced Administrator Linda McMahon of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D. on Sept. 11, 2018.
 
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Clay, Geary, Marshall, Pottawatomie, Riley, Wabaunsee and Washington counties.

Continue Reading...

Sep 24

News Release: Kansans Await Federal Public Assistance Declaration for Flood Relief

Posted on September 24, 2018 at 11:51 AM by Vivienne Uccello

(MANHATTAN, KS – September 13, 2018) Kansas counties impacted by September 3, 2018 flood events are awaiting federal declaration to be eligible for public assistance.

Last week, Gov. Jeff Colyer MD issued a state of disaster emergency declaration for five Kansas counties which started the process for federal relief opportunities. The state declaration sent notification to the President, initiating a request for federal disaster declaration based on The Stafford Act. The law states "All requests for a declaration by the President that a major disaster exists shall be made by the Governor of the affected State." 

Continue Reading...

Sep 24

News Release: Manhattan Flood Update 9/12/2018

Posted on September 24, 2018 at 11:49 AM by Vivienne Uccello

The Manhattan City Manager’s Office (CMO) is coordinating information to help people impacted by the recent flood. Anyone who has not yet registered with the Red Cross is encouraged to contact the CMO during regular business hours at 785-587-2404 to ensure they stay informed of all resources for flood relief.

Continue Reading...

Sep 20

News Release: Manhattan Parks and Recreation Assesses Closures After Flooding

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 11:50 AM by Vivienne Uccello

(Manhattan, Kansas, September 4, 2018) — Due to extreme flooding in the Manhattan area, Manhattan Parks and Recreation has conducted site assessments of all parks and trails in our area.

Continue Reading...

Sep 11

News Release: Manhattan Flood Update 9/4/2018

Posted on September 11, 2018 at 9:56 AM by Vivienne Uccello

Gov. Jeff Colyer MD has issued a state of disaster emergency declaration for five Kansas counties affected by flooding over the weekend.

Continue Reading...

Sep 11

News Release: Manhattan Flood Update 9/10/2018

Posted on September 11, 2018 at 9:55 AM by Vivienne Uccello

Eighteen service agencies participated in the Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) last Friday and were able to serve more than 100 families affected by the recent flood. According to Debra Tucker from the American Red Cross, it was the largest MARC event in recent Kansas history.

Continue Reading...

Sep 11

News Release: Manhattan Flood Update 9/7/2018

Posted on September 11, 2018 at 9:51 AM by Vivienne Uccello

Inspections have completed for properties affected by the flood. The preliminary estimate of damage includes 93 properties with 106 buildings and a total of 381 dwelling units. 

Continue Reading...

Sep 11

News Release: Manhattan Flood Update 9/5/2018

Posted on September 11, 2018 at 9:47 AM by Vivienne Uccello

The American Red Cross is expecting 30 displaced residents to stay at the Pottorf Hall emergency shelter overnight. The second shelter location, at St. Thomas Moore church, has been closed and people were transferred to Pottorf Hall this afternoon.

Continue Reading...

Sep 11

News Release: Manhattan Flood Update 9/6/2018

Posted on September 11, 2018 at 9:47 AM by Vivienne Uccello

Friday, September 7 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) will be open at St. Thomas Moore Church, located at 2900 Kimball Avenue. People affected by flooding can stop by throughout the day to meet with area support agencies.

Continue Reading...

Sep 05

News Release: Flooding in Manhattan September 3, 2018

Posted on September 5, 2018 at 9:38 AM by Vivienne Uccello

Riley County Emergency Management, the Manhattan Fire Department, Public Works and RCPD were notified around 4:30 AM that the water in Wildcat Creek was rapidly rising.

Continue Reading...

Aug 21

News Release - Partnership Agreement Between Fort Riley and the City of Manhattan

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 9:07 AM by Vivienne Uccello

(MANHATTAN, KS – August 21, 2018) Fort Riley Garrison Commander, Col. Stephen Shrader, and Mayor of Manhattan, Linda Morse, will formally sign an InterGovernmental Support Agreement (IGSA) at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21 in City Hall. 

Continue Reading...

Jul 13

Furniture Amnesty Day Schedule 2018

Posted on July 13, 2018 at 1:12 PM by Vivienne Uccello

The 10th annual Furniture Amnesty Day is just two weeks away! Donate your old furniture and/or pick up new-to-you items for your home.

Continue Reading...

Jul 11

News Release: Trail Talks with Neighborhoods Begin 7/12

Posted on July 11, 2018 at 3:03 PM by Vivienne Uccello

Five meetings will be held throughout the city and participants will get to explore interactive concepts, provide feedback, and ask questions about the future of Manhattan trails.

Continue Reading...

Jul 05

MFD Fireworks Incidents July 1 - 4, 2018

Posted on July 5, 2018 at 12:11 PM by Vivienne Uccello

The Manhattan Fire Department responded to the following fireworks-related incidents July 1-July 4, 2018.  In 2017, the Department responded to eight fireworks-related calls.

Continue Reading...

Jun 19

Construction Update: Allen Road Project

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 5:14 PM by Vivienne Uccello

There has been some public concern about the timeline for completion of the Allen Road project.  Due to several factors, including the unusually cold weather this winter and spring, multiple utility conflicts in the area, including natural gas, phone, fiber and cable, and poor subgrade conditions that were realized upon excavation, this project has taken longer than anticipated.

Continue Reading...

Jun 19

Causes of Manhattan Waterparks Early Closures Memorial Day Weekend

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 10:31 AM by Vivienne Uccello

(Manhattan, Kansas, May 30, 2018) –Manhattan Parks and Recreation had a difficult beginning to waterpark season with the early shutdown of City Waterpark on Saturday, May 26 and Northview Waterpark on Monday, May 28 due to water clarity. When water becomes too cloudy for the bottom of the pool to be seen by lifeguards, it is safety protocol to close the waterpark until the water is clear.

Continue Reading...

Jun 19

10th Annual Furniture Amnesty Day

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 10:30 AM by Vivienne Uccello

(MANHATTAN, KANSAS June 15, 2018) – The tenth annual Furniture Amnesty Day will take place in Manhattan at City Park on Friday, July 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event provides a chance for Manhattan residents to donate their used furniture to people who can make good use of it.

Continue Reading...

Jun 19

Thompson Receives Partner of Excellence Award

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 10:30 AM by Vivienne Uccello

Wyatt Thompson, PLA, ASLA, CPSI, Assistant Director for Manhattan Parks and Recreation has received the Partnership in Excellence award from the National Parks Service. The award recognizes excellent partnership and dedication in developing a master plan for Manhattan's newest park, the Park at Lee Mill Heights. 

Continue Reading...

Jun 13

Structure Fire - 2501 Meadowood Drive

Posted on June 13, 2018 at 8:17 AM by Vivienne Uccello

At 3:31 pm on June 12th , the Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to 2501 Meadowood Drive for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a one-story residential structure with smoke showing. Crews were able to locate  and extinguished a fire in the basement within 20 minutes of arriving on scene. A total of 16 firefighters responded on six fire apparatus.

Continue Reading...

Jun 12

2018 Utility Rate Changes

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 11:30 AM by Kristen Isch

The City of Manhattan has approved changes to water and sewer rates which will go into effect January 1, 2018.  Stormwater rates will also change, but those changes will not go into effect until July 1, 2018. 



Continue Reading...

Jun 12

Public Meeting for Seth Child Road Corridor Study

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 11:29 AM by Kristen Isch

A public meeting for discussion of potential improvements for the Seth Child Road (K-113) Corridor will be held next month. The study (Project No. ST1507, CIP#EN090P), funded by the City of Manhattan, Riley County and the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), has identified areas where changes could be made to improve capacity, safety and operations along the corridor .


Continue Reading...

Jun 12

Structure Fire at 600 Osage Street

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 11:28 AM by Kristen Isch

At 2:22 am on Thursday, the Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to 600 Osage Street for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a 2 story residential structure with smoke and fire showing on the second floor. The fire reached a 2nd Alarm before it was contained within an hour. A total of 22 firefighters responded on 6 fire apparatus. No injuries are reported at this time and units are currently still on scene.
 

Continue Reading...

Jun 12

T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter Receives Updates

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 11:27 AM by Kristen Isch

he T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter will be closed January 9-15, while undergoing interior renovations. 

The animal shelter will still accept animal surrenders and process reclaims during this time, however, adoptions will be on hold until the Shelter re-opens, January 16. 

Renovations include new flooring throughout the building, as well as portions of the building, are being repainted.  All care areas of the animals will not be affected by the installation. 

Continue Reading...

Jun 12

Structure Fire at 400 Knoxberry Drive

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 11:26 AM by Kristen Isch

 At 7:15 pm on January 18, 2018, the Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to 400 Knoxberry Drive for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a one story residential structure with light smoke showing. Firefighters quickly located and extinguished a small fire in a bedroom within 10 minutes.

Continue Reading...

Jun 12

New Faces at Sunset Zoo

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 11:25 AM by Kristen Isch

Sunset Zoo has several new faces among the animals at the Zoo! Along with the recent summer births of a red panda cub and a white-handed gibbon baby, Sunset Zoo is also welcoming a female Asian small-clawed otter and a Bennet’s Wallaby joey to the Sunset Zoo animal family.


Continue Reading...

Jun 12

Westbound Anderson Ave. Closure January 31

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 11:23 AM by Kristen Isch

A section of westbound Anderson Avenue will be closed from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Wednesday, January 31. Repairs to concrete between Timberlane Dr. and Woodland St. will begin at 9:00 AM and will be completed in time for the evening commute. Westbound traffic will be redirected to Claflin Rd. via College Ave. One eastbound lane of Anderson will remain open. Expect delays in this area and please use extra caution when driving in work zones. 


Continue Reading...

Jun 12

Westbound Fremont St. Closed Feb 5-7

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 11:22 AM by Kristen Isch

Westbound Fremont Street, between 12th Street and N. Manhattan Ave., will be closed Monday, February 5 through Wednesday, February 7. The eastbound lane will remain open. All westbound traffic will be routed to N. Manhattan Ave via Laramie St. and Fremont will reopen to westbound traffic Thursday, February 8.
 

Continue Reading...

Jun 12

Draft #2 of Unified Development Ordinance

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 11:20 AM by Kristen Isch

Kendig Keast Collaborative (KKC) has provided the City of Manhattan with a draft of the second module of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) for the community to review.  A UDO is a set of regulations that combines zoning and subdivision regulations as well as other applicable development requirements and design standards into one document to manage land use and development in the City. 


Continue Reading...

Jun 12

Sunset Zoo Says Goodbye to Asian Small-Clawed Otter

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 11:19 AM by Kristen Isch

Sunset Zoo is saddened to announce the sudden loss of longtime resident, Bagus, due to age related medical complications. He was 15 years old. The median life expectancy for Asian small-clawed otters in human care is anywhere between 10-15 years.
 
“Bagus will be missed by his keepers, staff, and guests alike. He lived a long life and we have enjoyed our time with him immensely. We are mourning his loss and thank the community for their thoughts and condolences during this time,” said Scott Shoemaker, Zoo Director.
 

Continue Reading...

Jun 12

Maned Wolf Pups Born at Sunset Zoo

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 11:15 AM by Kristen Isch

Manhattan’s Sunset Zoo is proud and excited to announce the birth of three maned wolf pups. Born on a freezing night in December to mother Lelah, and to father Meek, the trio are doing very well. As they approach their nine week mark, the trio can be seen exploring their home and following their parents around.

 

Continue Reading...