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Perreira paints a mural on the patio wall behind AJ’s NY Pizzeria.


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Hatesohl raises over $15K toward city commission campaign

Manhattan City Commission candidate Mark Hatesohl raised $15,214 toward his campaign to fill one of the three spots open on the city commission.

Candidates submitted their campaign finance reports Monday, detailing money raised and spent from July 26 to Oct. 24.

Hatesohl raised nearly double the amount received by the nearest candidate, current commissioner Linda Morse.

Hatesohl started the period with $436.52. He spent $12,542.11.

The following entities donated over $200 toward Hatesohl’s campaign (all contributors are from Manhattan unless noted): Thomas O’Boyle ($200), Gail Urban ($245), William Jorns ($300), Patrick Keating ($250), James Champagne of Junction City ($250), Rep. Tom Phillips ($250), Roger Sink ($500), H. Philip Howe ($500), Jarold Boettcher ($250), Perry and Annette Wiggins of Chapman ($500), Kim McGinis ($250), Kelly Adams ($250), S. Thomas Abbott ($250), Anderson Knight Architects LLC ($500), Shilling Construction Co., Inc. ($250), Julie Hostetler ($250), Ilene Briggs ($250), Gilbert Sabatka ($200), Nelson and Marilyn Galle ($250), C & W Insurance ($500), Wayne Sloan ($250), Patrick Schutter of Wamego ($250), Fred and Lorraine Willich ($500), Landlords of Manhattan, Inc. ($300), Abbott Auminum ($250) and Kyle Bauer ($500).

Hatesohl ended the period with $3,108.41.

Linda Morse received $8,500 during the period in contributions and began with $3,785.56. Morse spent $6,660.77 and ended with $5,624.79.

Over $200, she received donations from the following entities and individuals: Linda Thurston ($200), Wayne and Cindy Sloan ($250), Edna Boyer ($500), Alan Boyer of Duluth, Georgia ($500), Landlords of Manhattan ($200) and Carol Eichman of St. George ($250).

After the period, H. Philip Howe contributed $500 toward Morse on Oct. 28.

Sarah Siders received $7,543.07 in contributions and began with $428.05. Siders spent $6,560.35. At the end of the period, Siders had $1,410.77.

Siders received contributions, over $200, from the following individuals and entities: Wayne Sloan ($500), Mark Knackendoffel ($250), Bayer Construction ($250), Dennis Mullin ($492.45), Matt Crocker ($242.45), Cameron Ward ($250), Kent Glasscock ($250), Mary Vanier ($500), Tyler Holloman of Alma ($250), Barbara Wassenberg ($250) and Mayor Michael Dodson ($200).

Aaron Estabrook collected $6,650 and spent $5,559. He began the period with $100.

He received donations over $200 from the following individuals and entities: Johnny Taylor ($200), Rajiv Srinivasan of San Francisco ($250), Dan Bird ($200), former candidate for Kansas governor Greg Orman of Fairway ($500), Craig Bowser ($250), Sybil Orman of Olathe ($500), GMG Real Estate LLC of Olathe ($500), Exemplar Fund 1 LLC of Olathe ($500) and AES Project Solutions, LLC of Olathe ($500). Estabrook also personally donated $1,500 toward his campaign.

Estabrook ended the period with $1,191.

Mary Renee Shirk received $1,840 in contributions. She started the period with $500. Shirk spent $1,161.91 during the period and ended with $1,178.04.

She received contributions, over $200, from the following individuals and entities: Jared May of Lathrop, Missouri ($250), Jeremiah Shirk ($500) and Landlords of Manhattan ($300).

Maureen Sheahan received $1,457.36 in contributions, including a $300 donation from Francine Rowland .

She started the period with $347.97. She spent $1,298.83. She ended with $524.40.

Vincent Tracey started with $1,043.61. He did not receive any monetary contributions during the period. He spent $714 and ended with $329.

Candidate Kaleb James did not submit his report to the county’s election office. He did not respond to requests for comment on why he did not submit it from The Mercury as of early Wednesday afternoon.

USD 383 school board candidates are not required to disclose reports until December 2020.


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Scooter's expanding to Manhattan, Junction City

Manhattan and Junction City residents will have a new location to get their caffeine fix by late November or early December.

Scooter’s, a coffee chain based in Nebraska, is expanding to both cities later this fall.

The drive-thru coffee business specializes in hot and cold coffee drinks, pastries and other speciality drinks and foods.

The Manhattan location will be at 407 McCall Road and the Junction City location will be at 439 W. 6th St.

Stephanie Klaus of media company Eleven Twenty-Three on Wednesday gave confirmation to The Mercury about the status of the locations moving into the area.


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From left, customers Jenell Williams and Virginia Brunner on Wednesday pick out scarves from Bolivia made from alpaca wool at the K-State Farmer’s Market at Bosco Plaza. Chasqui Manos Andinas Fair Trade has been coming to the K-State campus for 25 years selling fair trade goods.


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Rental laws, tenant responsibilities discussed at housing forum

A recent survey found 76% of Kansas State University students and staff were unaware of free, voluntary rental inspections offered in Manhattan.

This survey and responsibilities of landlords and tenants were among the topics discussed Tuesday at the Manhattan Rental Housing Forum held at K-State. Twenty to 30 people attended the forum.

The Manhattan City Commission requested this forum to understand issues surrounding rentals in Manhattan, said Dennis Marstall, assistant city manager.

The survey, filled out by 143 respondents comprised mostly of K-State students, faculty and staff, found that price and condition of rentals are the most important aspects when selecting a rental in Manhattan.

From the survey, 48% said they would recommend their current unit and landlord, but 25% said they have witnessed or experienced situations of “landlord retaliation.”

Ryan Courtright, assistant chief of the Manhattan Fire Department, talked about voluntary rental code inspections offered by the Code Services Office. The inspections aren’t required.

People can request a rental inspection by filling out a form on the city’s website.

The city also sent out a survey to landlords earlier this month. Of the 129 landlords who took the survey, 66% said they are concerned with the rental market in Manhattan.

The survey allowed landlords to give feedback about the rental housing market as well. Many expressed that they wanted the city to allow more than four unrelated tenants to live together in a single-family home. Landlords also said they think there are too many apartments in Manhattan.

Approximately 70% have not evicted a tenant over the past two years. For those that had to issue an eviction, it was because of failure to pay rent.

Teresa Baker, Rental Housing Program Manager at Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc., discussed tenant responsibilities and how to react to certain situations if a landlord does not fix something in a rental.

“I just want you to know you don’t have to put up with a lack of maintenance,” Baker said.

She said both landlords and tenants can use the 14/30 day lease violation notice method. This notice gives 14 days to correct the issue, whether it is on the landlord or tenant, and then either the landlord can evict the tenant or the tenant can vacate in 30 days.

This notice can be used by a landlord if a tenant is violating their lease, or a tenant can use the notice if the landlord does not follow through with something such as providing necessary maintenance within the rental property.


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I WONDER | Aren't candidates supposed to have a 'paid for by' line on materials?

Q: I got a campaign postcard from city commission candidate Sarah Siders, and it didn’t include the “paid for by” line, which usually mentions the candidate’s treasurer. Isn’t that against the rules?

A: Yes, it is against the rules, according to the Riley County Clerk’s Office.

But county elections supervisor Susan Boller said Tuesday that Siders had had already realized the omission and reported it to the Kansas Government Ethics Commission, which is the entity that handles these kinds of issues, even for local races.

“Sarah actually did realize that was omitted accidentally,” Boller said. “She’s already taken the appropriate steps to try to make it right.”

“We actually caught that last week,” Siders said Wednesday. “It was a mistake.”

She said while they were going through the design process back-and-forth for various campaign materials, the line was left off of a postcard they sent out.

“We notified the ethics committee and sent them an image,” she said. “They said it happens a lot. They said there’s a first-time exception, especially if you self-report.”

Because of that, Siders doesn’t believe the commission will issue any sort of penalty.

She said that of course the exception wouldn’t apply if her campaign made the same mistake again.

“We’re complying with their request,” she said. “They didn’t have anything for us to do at this point. We’re on top of it.”

Siders said voters are welcome to reach out to her if they have any questions.

Boller said the state requires city commission candidates in first-class cities (which includes Manhattan) to appoint a treasurer. It’s part of their filing packet. Siders’ treasurer is Caronda Moore.

The only candidate who didn’t appoint a treasurer is Aaron Estabrook. Boller said he filed an affidavit of assumption, which means at the time he didn’t think he would collect more than the $1,000 limit.

Other candidates have to appoint a treasurer within a certain period after they file for election.

Boller said the county collects forms from candidates, but it’s the Government Ethics Commission that ensures candidates are complying with election rules and makes decisions about penalties if someone has broken the rules.

“It’s their responsibility to contact the candidate and let them know if there’s something missing or that they didn’t turn in,” Boller said. “They manage getting that information.”

Siders is one of eight candidates vying for three spots on the city commission. The other candidates include Aaron Estabrook, Mark Hatesohl, Kaleb James, current commissioner Linda Morse, Maureen Sheahan, Mary Renee Shirk and Vincent Tracey.

To submit a question, send by email to questions@themercury.com, or by regular mail to Questions, P.O. Box 787 Manhattan, KS 66505.


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Douglas de Castro and Renato Perreira of Bicicleta Sem Freio paint a mural Wednesday on the patio wall behind AJ’s NY Pizzeria throughout the week.