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Mayor Charles Batchelder and the 2022 council members welcome you to Highland, KS. Highland is nestled in the very Northeast county of Kansas, a small community with a big heart.  With education at an utmost importance, Highland Community College gives many opportunities to community personnel and many others.  Being the “oldest college in Kansas,” Highland Community College gives a solid base to individuals wanting to further their education.  If adventure is your call, then Highland can give you that too.  Fishing, hunting and boating can all be done within a 5 mile radius from town.  Come visit Highland where Learning to Live is Living to Learn! (Standing L-R: Terry Gibson, Mayor Charles Batchelder, Keith Edmonds; Seated L-R: Marty Allen, Tana Snyder, Dan Collins)

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The governing body of City of Highland will meet on September 13, 2023 at 5:00 PM at City Hall for the purpose of hearing and answering objections of taxpayers relating to the proposed use of all funds, the amount of ad valorem tax, and the Revenue Neutral Rate.  Detailed budget information is also available at City Hall and will be available at this hearing.  View Here

**City Water Has High Levels of Nitrate**
A water sample collected on 5/8/2023 showed a nitrate level of 12 mg/L. This is above the federal nitrate standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), of 10 mg/L. Nitrate in drinking water is a serious health concern for infants less than six months old.  Full Notice

Arbor Day In Highland
Arbor Day is a day to observe, appreciate and plant trees.  Arbor day represents hope for the future.  The simple act of planting a tree represents a belief that the tree will grow to provide clean air and water, cooling shade, habitat for wildlife, healthier communities, and endless natural beauty – all for a better tomorrow. 

Friday, April 28
, the City of Highland will be planting a tree in Minier Park to observe Arbor Day 2023.  The Highland Tree Board, Highland Pride Association, USD #111 FFA students are working together to celebrate Arbor Day and raise community awareness of the value of tree planting as an investment in our environment and the future.

Consumer Confidence Report (CCR)
During the 2022 calendar year, the City of Highland had Nitrate violation of the drinking water regulations.  Nitrate in drinking water at levels above 10 ppm is a health risk for infants of less than six months of age.  High nitrate levels in drinking water can cause blue baby syndrome. Nitrate levels may rise quickly for short periods of time because of rainfall or agricultural activity.  If you are caring for an infant, you should ask for advice from your health care provider. There are no additional required health effects violation notices. Because of the sampling schedules, some of the results are more than one-year-old.  The Consumer Confidence Report is available directly on line by clicking here or anytime during business hours, you may pick up a hard copy at city hall.

Highland Cleanup Day 2023
The City of Highland has designated Saturday, April 29th, 9 a.m. to Noon as "City-Wide Cleanup Day' with dumpsters being available starting Friday, April 28th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be a dumpster near the burn pile at the bottom of the hill east of town for any Highland resident to use for disposal of acceptable items.  This is the time to clean out and get rid of old appliances; air conditioners; mowers; furniture; sinks, tubs and toilets; bedsprings and mattresses; etc.  Residents with larger items may set them at curbside, report the item(s) and location to city hall (785-442-3765) or Dorothy Diveley (785-442-3718) and city workers will pick up.

From now thru Friday, April 15th, the city will assist in hauling limbs to the burn pile.  Place the limbs in a pile along the street and call city hall.  The burn pile is open for residents to use for disposal of ONLY yard waste and tree limbs.   NO trash or construction material.

We will NOT be able to help you dispose of household hazardous waste.  Household hazardous waste can be taken to the Road and Bridge shop at 1144 St. Columbus Road, Wathena, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of every month.  Acceptable items include antifreeze, herbicides, pesticides, transmission fluid, brake fluid, household cleaners, paint and paint products, spray paint, fluorescent light bulbs and ballasts, alkaline and Ni-Cad batteries and fire extinguishers.  Must show proof of being a Doniphan County resident.  For more information, call NEK Environmental Services at 785-985-2778.   See Flyer Here

**City Water Has High Levels of Nitrate** A water sample collected on 2/6/2023 showed a nitrate level of 12 mg/L. This is above the federal nitrate standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), of 10 mg/L. Nitrate in drinking water is a serious health concern for infants less than six months old.  Full Notice

Water Conservation Throughout the Home
Today’s household uses water for numerous purposes. Everyday tasks like cleaning dishes, taking showers, doing laundry and washing the car can add up to several or even hundreds of gallons of water used every month.   See More Here

Help Prevent Sewer Backups

Everyone can contribute to the success of sewer lines flowing freely whether it is in your home, business, apartment or public places.  Only two items are flushable – human waste and toilet paper.  All other items are to be disposed of in the trash.  “Disposable” or “flushable” wipes are not to be flushed as they do not break down like toilet paper and can clog the home’s plumbing system and/or the city’s sewage pumps.  F.O.G. (Fats, Oils and Grease) also contribute to clogged sewer pipes.  All grease and grease products should be disposed of in the trash.  City Emergency numbers:  City Hall (785) 442-3765, Aaron Leach (785) 741-1131 or Trevor Saunders (785) 741-4919     See Attached Flyers - Preventing Sewer Backups - What Not To Flush - Printable Bathroom Poster - Frequently Asked Questions - Disposal Of Food Scraps, Fats, Oil & Grease

Doniphan County Household Hazzardous Waste
A FREE program to help Doniphan County residents remove household hazardous waste.  Call NEK Environmental Services with any questions 785-985-2778.

Highland Parking Ordinance
The City of Highland, effective as of June 29, 2017, established new restrictions concerning parking of certain types of vehicles, trailers and agricultural equipment on city streets.  Ordinance #538 was adopted by the governing body in response to many discussions and complaints made through the years concerning safety issues, specifically, such parking causing difficulty in seeing around the parked equipment and blocking safe passage in the adjacent roadway.  Additionally, it was felt that heavy equipment, including semi-trucks and semi-trailers, was causing permanent damage to city streets. The complete terms of Ordinance #538 can be reviewed at city hall or by visiting the city’s website at .

In brief summary, the ordinance disallows parking of the following on any street within the corporate city limits:  semis, semi-trailers, gooseneck and box trailers, commercial motor vehicles, farm tractors and implements, RVs, and school busses.   Exceptions are allowed for temporary parking to frequent a retail business, delivery vehicles and vehicle repair businesses.  

The governing body is looking forward to citizens and the travelling public voluntarily complying with the new law.  If anyone has a question concerning interpretation of the ordinance, or how it may apply in any given situation, they are encouraged to contact the police department or office of the city attorney. 

Notice to All City of Highland Dog Owners
City Hall is currently accepting registration for 2023 Registration – The owner, keeper, harborer of any dog over two months of age must register the dog within 30 days of acquisition and must pay an annual registration fee on or before January 31 of each calendar year.  After February 28th, the penalty for late registration will increase $2.00 for each dog and law enforcement officials may issue a citation for non-registration.  The following registration fees apply: For each non-spayed female, $6.00. For each spayed female and each male, $3.00.  Call city hall or stop by city hall for a hard copy 785-442-3765.

NOTICE to Highland Residents:
The City of Highland will soon begin more vigilant enforcement of Dog Ordinance #393, which requires that all dogs must be confined to their owner's property or otherwise remain under the direct control of their owner.  Citations will be issued in municipal court for dogs running at large and, if captured, dogs will be impounded.  Owners are subject to fines and associated costs.  Click for Full Ordinance 

Online Payment Now Available!
City of Highland is offering another option to make your municipal court or utility payments.  The city is using Kansas Information Consortium, LLC (dba for online payments.  Click here to make a payment.   Disclaimer:  You will be leaving the City of Highland’s website and going to a website that is not operated by the city. 

The City of Highland, its employees and agents bear no liability or responsibility, in any manner whatsoever, in connection with the usage or operation of this, or any other, linked website, including the content, accessibility or availability thereof.  

About Third Party Links on Our Site:
The links provided in our website are provided solely for your convenience and may assist you in locating other useful information on the internet.  When you click on these links you will leave the City of Highland’s website and will be redirected to another site.  These sites are not under the control of the city.  The city is not an agent and we do not endorse or guarantee their products.  We make no representation or warranty regarding the accuracy of the information contained in the linked sites.  We suggest that you always verify the information obtained from linked websites before acting upon this information.   If you have any questions or concerns about the products and services offered on linked third party websites, please contact the third party directly

Doniphan County's Recycling Program
Please feel free to share this and help spread the word. In addition, paper versions of this brochure will be available at various locations across the county for citizens to pick up, including the County Clerk's office at the courthouse in Troy. Thank-you for recycling!  Sheet #1 - Sheet #2

Community Center Rental
For scheduling dates for use of the Highland Community Center contact Highland City Hall (785.442.3765)  For more details, click here

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In January of 2011, Highland PRIDE voted to raise $7,000 to purchase lighted snowflakes for the downtown streetlights and become the self-proclaimed “Snowflake City of Kansas.”  Full Article

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