In 1959, the Kansas Legislature approved a new Charter and the Town of Lansing and the Town of Progress became the City of Lansing. Lansing residents are served by a Mayor/Council form of government. Voters elect eight council members representing four wards, and a mayor. The Governing Body holds regular meetings on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at City Hall, 800 First Terrace. Study sessions are held on the last Thursday of the month.
The council employs a city administrator to carry out council policies and supervise the day-to-day operations of the city. The city administrator supervises the city staff, a workforce of approximately 50 individuals.
Public safety is a top priority of Lansings city government. The Lansing Police Department and Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Department are lead by highly qualified, specially trained officers.
The Lansing Police Department, located at 800 First Terrace, is a highly professional and modern law enforcement agency. The mission statement for every member of the Police Department is to consistently seek and find ways to promote, preserve and deliver security, safety and quality services through a partnership with the citizens of our community. The Police Department consists of twelve full-time officers, ten reserve officers, one part-time animal control officer and two municipal court staff.
The Police Department sponsors several important programs including the Drug Abuse Resistance and Education (D.A.R.E.) program, Neighborhood Watch, Safe Homes, and walking patrols. All of these programs serve to reduce crime. D.A.R.E. has been a part of the Lansing Intermediate School curriculum for twelve years. The Lansing Police Department helps keep this program active and an intricate part of the Lansing students lives.
The Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Department serves an area of 78 square miles including the City of Lansing.
The department has approximately 25 volunteer fire fighters. On an annual basis, they respond to 500 calls for assistance to include medical, motor vehicle accidents, fires, and other various emergencies. The city has a homeowner insurance ISO rating of five for all homes located within five miles of the fire station.
The Mayor has an open door policy and is usually available each morning at City Hall. Feel free to drop in and get to know your elected officials and city staff.
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