How do I get an item on the agenda for a City Commission meeting?
Citizens wishing the Commission to review a particular item should send a written request to the City Commission or the City Manager, PO Box 499, Garden City, KS 67846. Items can also be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Items will be reviewed in order to determine whether they should be addressed administratively, referred to a board or commission, or added to an upcoming Commission agenda.
Am I allowed to use my barbecue grill on my apartment/condo balcony or deck?
With the implementation of the code, the use and storage of charcoal and propane grills within 15 feet of combustible construction on the deck or patios of multi-family dwelling (such as apartment complexes, condominiums and town-homes with more than two attached unit) are not allowed. Only single family homes or duplexes may use open flame devices on their decks or patios.
Are portable outdoor fireplaces and chimineas allowed?
Chimineas and portable out door fireplaces are allowed on decks and patios of single family homes or duplexes. As with charcoal and propane grills, the use of open flame devices on decks or patios of multi-family dwellings (apartment complexes, condominiums, and town-homes with more than two attached units) are not permitted within 15 feet of combustible construction (wall of the building, wood, deck above fences, etc.).
Do I need a permit to use my portable outdoor fireplace or chiminea?
Burning without a permit is allowed for outdoor personal enjoyment and non-commercial preparation of food provided that the fire is in an appliance approved by the Fire Department. These appliances include chimineas, manufactured grills or smokers, and outdoor fireplaces. The approval of their use is based on the following conditions being met:
Residence is a single family home or duplex, or appliance is 15 feet from combustible construction;
All original guards and protective equipment shall be in place on all the appliances;
All burning shall be attended by a responsible resident of the property, 18 years of age or older at all times;
When not attended, fires shall be completely extinguished;
No burning will be allowed between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.;
At no time shall yard waste (e.g. leaves, brush, or trimmings, etc.) be used as fuel. Only firewood or charcoal, in the case of non-commercial food preparation, may be used as a fuel source.
Does the City of Garden City pay for the firefighters' groceries or furnish their meals?
The firefighters of Garden City Fire Department are responsible for providing their groceries and meals from their own pockets.
Garden City firefighter's work 24-hour shifts and the fire station is their home during this time. When they are out on fire department business and stop to purchase groceries, the firefighters are either shopping as individuals or they are buying items for the evening meal using funds from a pool to which they all have contributed. The types of groceries purchased are determined by individual crew preference, the number of fire personnel contributing and the agreed upon budget.
Does the Fire Department do blood pressure checks?
Based on the availability of a firefighter that has their Emergency Medical Technician certification , the Garden City Fire Department welcomes walk-ins who would like to have their blood pressure checked.
Does the Fire Department fill swimming pools?
The Garden City Fire Department does not fill pools.
Reporting fire hydrant problems?
If you notice a problem with a fire hydrant, such as leaking, damage, or you know it to be non-operational, please contact the Garden City Water Department at 620-276-1291 with the address or cross streets (e.g. Kansas Ave. and 8th Street) of the fire hydrant.
What Fire Code is used by the Fire Department
We adopted the 2018 edition of the International Fire Code and the referenced standards found in Chapter 80, as well as the International Building Code and International Mechanical Code as it pertains to fire regulations. We adopted this by ordinance on 09/17/2019. We no longer reference the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code so you can leave that portion out of the paragraph.
What should I do with old paint and other household hazardous materials?
As a public entity, the Fire Department is unable to recommend one company over another. We suggest checking the section in the Yellow Pages business section under "Fire Extinguishers' for a listing of companies that provide the service. In certain circumstances, as in residential situations, where only a small number of fire extinguishers need to be kept at hand, it may be more cost effective to purchase new extinguishers from an area home improvement/hardware store.
How do I apply for a job with the City of Garden City?
You may apply online or pick up an application in the City Administration building at 301 North 8th Street. The Human Resources Department is located on the 2nd floor. Apply Online.
What are the benefits for the City of Garden City employees?
Please visit the Benefits webpage or contact our office for further details at 620-276-1175.
Neighborhood & Development
Are sewers and storm drains the same thing?
No. They are two completely separate drainage systems. Wastewater from your sinks, showers, toilets, and washing machines will travel through the sanitary sewer system to the Wastewater Treatment Plant where it will be extensively treated before being discharged into the Arkansas River. On the other hand, the water entering the storm drains flows untreated, directly to the Arkansas River.
How can I get involved?
The City of Garden City has a volunteer storm drain marking program for local organizations. For more information contact the Storm Water Coordinator at 620-276-1120.
I have seen markers on the storm drains. What do they mean? How can I get one for an unmarked drain?
Part of the Phase II requirements is marking storm drain inlets. These are placed to remind people that anything dumped in the gutters or storm drains could end up in the Arkansas River. The city is inviting local clubs and organizations to assist the city by spending a couple of hours with a staff member marking drains and passing out information in residential areas. If this is something you are interested in finding out more about contact the Storm Water Coordinator at 620-276-1120. If you see an unmarked storm drain contact us and we will check to see if it was missed or if your area has yet to be done.
No. Pet waste carries bacteria that harm humans and other animals. When left on the ground it can contaminate rain or snow runoff as it travels to the storm drains. Pet waste should be picked up and disposed of in the sanitary sewer or trash containers. Contrary to what most people believe pet waste is not natural for our environment, especially when being dumped into the river. Additionally allowing pet waste to accumulate is prohibited by local pet ordinances and can result in a citation being issued by Animal Control.
The City recognizes and shares the pride many people take in their vehicles and understand that you enjoy washing them at home. If done on the driveway this results in soap and chemicals entering the storm drains and eventually draining to the Arkansas River. Commercial car washes are connected to the sanitary sewer system and the soap and chemicals flow to the treatment plant instead of the river.
Is it okay to wash or sweep leaves, grass, soil, and/or natural elements down the storm drain?
Leaves, grass and sediment (sand and soil) swept or washed into the gutters and storm drains clog the system reducing flow during rain events and requiring increased maintenance. These can also provide a breeding ground for insects and rodents.
Is it okay to wash out paintbrushes and similar items in the gutter?
No. Paintbrushes and other equipment should be cleaned in a sink. Old paint should not be poured out outside.
Isn’t stormwater runoff natural and harmless because it only consists of rainwater?
Rain and snow are not to blame for the stormwater runoff problems. In fact, rainfall and snowfall are completely natural. The problem is the pollution that contaminates runoff during its journey over streets, parking lots, driveways, and other impervious surfaces. Stormwater can also pick up fertilizers, chemicals, and pet waste from lawns and landscape areas.
What can I do to make a difference?
You can make a significant difference in storm water quality simply by changing a few practices at home and work:
Avoid over watering and watering over pavement.
Mulch grass clippings into your lawn or begin composting your organic waste.
Pick up your pet waste and flush it down the toilet or dispose of it in the trash.
Sweep dirt onto the lawn and pick up any litter you find.
Wash your car at a commercial car wash or on the lawn.
When fertilizing follow instructions, sweep up any excess and avoid fertilizing before it rains.
What happens if I see a neighbor, or know of someone who’s dumping trash, oil, or other harmful items into a gutter or storm drain?
A storm drain’s sole purpose is to collect unpolluted storm water runoff and transport it to the Arkansas River. Dumping anything into the gutters or storm drains is illegal. To report illegal dumping or other storm drain related concerns call the Storm Water Hotline at 620-276-1120 or contact the Storm Water Coordinator. If you feel you can talk to the person it may just be a matter of talking to him or her and explaining the detrimental effects it could have.
What is NPDES?
NPDES stands for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, which is the compliance system for the EPA’s Clean Water Act. NPDES is divided into two phases. Phase I regulates cities of 100,000 or more. Phase II covers cities of less than 100,000 like Garden City. NPDES requires that storm water discharging to waters of the United States (in our case the Arkansas River) meet minimum federal water quality requirements. More information about the NPDES can be found at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
What is runoff?
Runoff is water in the street gutter and storm drain system. Easily the largest contributors to runoff are rain and snow melt, but they can also be the excessive irrigation of lawns and landscape areas and washing vehicles on paved surfaces that drain to the street.
What is the city doing about illegal dumping into storm drains?
The city has ordinances prohibiting unlawful dumping into storm drains. Enforcement of these ordinances is part of the Phase II program and the City encourages you to report any concerns to the Storm Water Hotline at 620-276-1120 or contact the Storm Water Coordinator so the problem can be investigated and the appropriate action taken. After hours, contact the Police Department at 620-276-1300.
What kind of educational programs or informational materials about storm water are available?
The city has placed programs on channel 8, developed informational brochures with local, state, and federal information, including many links to interesting websites on storm water and related issues. In addition the city has is conducting a survey about storm water issues and staff members are available to give presentations.
What solutions exist to solve storm water pollution issues?
Storm water pollution problems can be reduced or prevented through responsible and efficient practices of citizens, property owners, businesses, and even governmental agencies, such as the city and county.
Why doesn’t the city build a storm water treatment facility?
Because of the variation of rain and snowfall amounts and runoff volume, a storm water treatment facility is economically infeasible.
Why should I care about what goes down the storm drain?
Everyone should be concerned about storm water quality because what we put down storm drains could end up in the Arkansas River. Besides being potentially harmful to our own area what we do affects people downstream. And we all live downstream from somebody.
What can cause the tap water to be cloudy or milky?
Cloudy water commonly is caused by air in the water.
Are Bio-Solids available for purchase by members of the public?
The Wastewater Treatment Facility processes Class B Bio-Solids, which are treated, but still contain detectable levels of pathogens. This Class is authorized for some crop use, however, use by the general public for fertilizer is not authorized. Even for farming use there are buffer requirements, public access and crop harvesting restrictions. Please contact Anca Jucan, Laboratory Analyst at 276-1280 for information regarding Bio-Solids Land Application requirements.
A sewer backflow prevention device allows water and materials that back up to escape through the cleanout rather than flowing into the home. Many backup prevention devices can be installed by the homeowner or a plumber. If not already installed, this item will be required if you remodel or add a bathroom to your home.
How do I report an electrical problem?
You may report any outages, downed lines, partial power, broken street lights, or other electrical problems the City of Garden City would be responsible for to us at 620-276-1290, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. After hours please call the Garden City Law Enforcement Center at 620-276-1300.
I received a leak detection notice on my door. What does that mean?
It means our Flex Net System detected higher than normal usage on your meter along with constant usage as well.
What can I do to prevent blow-back into my home when the City is performing sewer line maintenance?
The City will notify residents and businesses prior to performing sewer line maintenance in their area by leaving a door knocker with the dates and times of said maintenance. Sewer lines can develop air pressure or a partial vacuum from the cleaning process. Usually any excess air pressure or vacuum will dissipate through the plumbing vents, but occasionally there are facilities with inadequate plumbing vents (ie: no vents, undersized vents or obstructed vents). In the case of inadequate venting, air pressure could escape through the toilet, floor, sink, tub or shower drains, causing water to splash out or, a vacuum could draw the water out of the fixture traps causing and unpleasant odor. To guard against this possibility: cover all floor drains with plastic and place a weight on the plastic, cover all toilets with plastic and close the lid on the plastic, and for odor, run water into each drain to refill the traps.
What is the cause/remedy for sewer odor in my home or business?
When routine sewer line maintenance is performed on the City sewer mains, it is not uncommon for the vacuuming process to draw the water out of your fixtures, causing an unpleasant odor. To eliminate this odor it is recommended to run water into each drain to refill the traps. Opening windows or dispersing a small amount of liquid cleaner, such as Pine-Sol into the drains can also help eradicate the odor more quickly. Occasionally, pervasive sewer odor is an indication of a more serious problem and may require inspection. The City will respond to a sewer odor complaint upon receipt of a service request.
What is the procedure if the City discovers blockage in my service connection?
The City performs routine sewer main line inspection with the use of a TV Inspection camera unit. If, during the course of these inspections, a blockage is discovered in a service connection, the City will send a notification letter to the residence or business owner, along with a photograph of the blockage. Upon receipt of said notification, the City recommends you call a professional plumber.
For a list of licensed plumbers, contact Community Development at 276-1170.
Who can I call with questions about the sewer charges on my utility bill?
For questions regarding utility billing please contact the City of Garden City's Service and Finance department at 276-1100.
Will the City clean/inspect my residential sewer line?
The City Wastewater Collections Department has a combination Jet/Vac unit and a CCTV Inspection unit that can be used to check for or remove blockage in the City sewer mains, however, this equipment cannot be used to clean or inspect private service lines. If your service line is running slow or is backing up, it is recommended you call a professional plumber.
The City will use its equipment to check the sewer main to ensure there is no blockage in the City's line.
For a list of licensed plumbers, contact Community Development at 276-1170.
I have limbs and/or debris that needs to be hauled off. Will the City dispose of it?
We have a Rent-A-Truck Program for a fee or the City will haul it off for a fee.
When is spring and/or fall cleanup?
Spring cleanup occurs the first two weeks in April and the fall cleanup occurs the first two weeks in October.
Service & Finance
How do I obtain a Kansas ID or driver's license?
You may obtain both at the Department of Motor Vehicles, located at 2506 North John Street. You can contact the Department of Motor Vehicles at 620-276-8411.
Where do I obtain a marriage license?
You can obtain a marriage license at Finney County District Court, located at 425 North 8th Street. Contact the Finney County District Court at 620-271-6120.
Where do I pay for my car tags / vehicle registration and/or property taxes?
You can pay for your car tags/vehicle registration and/or property taxes at the Finney County Administration Building located at 311 North 9th Street. Contact the Finney County Administration building at 620-272-3559 or visit their website.