Archive for Tuesday, April 14, 1998


April 14, 1998


A field day at Baker Wetlands, in which the public may learn about the area through exhibits of wildlife and walking tours, will be held Sunday.

The seventh annual event will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participants should enter the wetlands at Haskell Avenue and 35th Street.

Activities will include canoe trips, exhibits of live snakes, frogs, fish, birds and aquatic invertebrates. There also will be demonstrations on the function of the wetlands.

The event is sponsored by Baker University's biology department, an environmental group, Earth We Are, and the Jayhawk Audubon Society.

The wetlands are located south of 31st Street between Louisiana Street and Haskell Avenue.

Tonganoxie approves

walkway for park

The Tonganoxie City Council on Monday night approved the placement of a walking bridge between two parcels of city-owned land that officials hope will become a connected park.

The bridge will be placed near Main Street and U.S. Highway 24-40.

``Hopefully, it will become part of a walking trail,'' City Administrator Chris Eppley said.

Cost for installation of the bridge is $9,500, which includes cement pillars and about 50 feet of walkway on either side.

In other business, the council approved the hiring of Linda L. Lewis of Basehor as city clerk.

Lewis replaces Karen J. Walters, who retired last month after 12 years.

Ottawa board members

to meet with teachers

The Ottawa school board on Monday night approved a proposal in which two of the board members would meet privately with two or three members of the teachers union.

The hope is that members from both sides could speak informally about the process in this year's negotiations, which have been marked by bitter disputes and no new contract agreement.

``The idea is to sit down with two or three members ... in a private meeting where there can be frank discussion and talk about the process and how to improve it,'' board President Sam Sheldon said.

A letter on the proposal will be drafted and sent to the teachers union, the Ottawa Education Assn., Sheldon said.

Monday's proposal by the board was made in response to a recent proposal made by teachers that they sit down with the entire board and talk about the process, without negotiators.

The board rejected that idea.

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