People hoping to cool off from the warm temperatures only have a few more days left to visit the City Park Waterpark and Northview Waterpark.

The two waterparks close for the season Sunday, the city announced last week. However, the CiCo Park Waterpark is open through Labor Day.

Beginning Monday, CiCo will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday for twilight swim, which offers half-price admissions. The waterpark will also be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at regular admission. The last day of the season for the CiCo Park Waterpark is Sept. 2.

The City Waterpark is at 1220 Poyntz Ave. and the Northview Waterpark is at 510 Griffith St. CiCo Waterpark’s address is 3309 Robinson Ave.

Budget amendment

The Manhattan City Commission on Tuesday approved amending the 2019 budget for the special street and highway and special street maintenance funds.

“So after the second reading, those budgets are amended and then they can spend that money that’s already there in those accounts,” said Bernie Hayen, director of finance for the city.

The amendment allows an increase from $3.86 million to $5.16 million in the budget, which is an increase of about $1.3 million or about 33.75%.

“We brought cash forward in those two funds,” Hayen said.

The city had the opportunity to use leftover funds in the 2019 budget after some projects slowed down in 2018, Hayen said.

“Every dollar we can get becomes an important issue,” he said. “So that’s why we went ahead on those two budgets and said, ‘let’s take advantage of that extra cash balance that was carried forward.’”

Every dollar counts when looking at streets within the city, Hayen said.

“Since streets have such a high priority right now in the town, everything we can get is really useful,” he said.

Amending the previous year’s budget is a routine move for the city commission every year, Hayen said.


Kimball Avenue will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. due to a failing storm sewer pipe, Manhattan city officials announced Thursday.

Workers have to remove the pipe before construction proceeds.

The city is also planning to install a pedestrian signal at the corner of College and Dickens Avenues.

The project’s completion date is set for September or October.

College Avenue will be reduced to two lanes, according to city officials. Dickens Avenue will be closed at times during the project’s construction.

Additionally, the city planned to open 11th Street on Friday after ongoing construction.

Election schedule

The last day to register for the upcoming November general election in Riley County is Oct. 15. The general election will be held Nov. 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Advance voting by mail and advance voting in-person at the county office building, 110 Courthouse Plaza, starts Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., allowing individuals to stop within that time frame Monday through Friday. Voters can also stop by Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon. Advance voting ends at noon Nov. 4.

Sept. 1 is the deadline for general election ballot question submissions while Sept. 20 is the deadline to mail out federal service ballots.

No primary election was needed this year, according to the county. The general canvass is Nov. 18.

Individuals can find their specific polling location and other information online at


The Manhattan City Commission approved the following board appointments during its Tuesday meeting:

  • Jordan Cousland, 5008 Canyon Road, was appointed to fill an unexpired term from Dave Rogers within the Airport Advisory board. The term starts immediately and ends June 26, 2020.
  • Karla Wilcox, 1617 Houston St., was appointed to an at-large two-year term in the City-University Special Projects Fund committee. Wilcox’s term begins immediately and expires June 30, 2021.
  • Michael Wilson, 3334 Arrowhead Drive, was appointed to an at-large three-year team in the Food and Farm council. Wilson’s term starts Sept. 1, 2019 and ends Aug. 31, 2022.
  • Joshua Brewer, 410 Fremont St., was re-appointed to a three-year at-large term. Brewer’s term begins Sept. 1, 2019 and ends Aug. 31, 2022.
  • Renee Erickson, 1565-06 Jefferson Ridge, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Craig Hager in the Historic Resources board. Erickson’s archaeology term starts now and ends April 30, 2021.
  • Corbin Sedlacek, 724 Pierre St., was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Keith Weber in the Special Alcohol Funds Advisory committee. Sedlacek’s term starts immediately and expires June 30, 2021.
  • Jason Suther, 1731 Kings Road, was appointed to a three-year term in the Special Alcohol Funds Advisory committee. Suther’s term starts immediately and ends June 30, 2022.