Your City Hall news bulletin with updates on all things De Soto.

April 7, 2023

City News & Updates

Public Visioning Survey

April’s Designing De Soto survey is open!

This month we're focusing on the downtown area as well as economic development and businesses that are important to you and your family; follow the link below to tell us your thoughts!

Take the Survey

Pulse Panel

Want even more opportunities to provide input on the future of De Soto? Sign up for the Pulse Panel!

This group gets quick polls and surveys sent directly to their email.

Sign Up for the Pulse Panel

Contain the Rain

Thinking about upgrading your landscaping this season?

Consider eco-friendly options like installing a rain barrel, building a rain garden, or planting native trees. You could be eligible for up to 50% reimbursement of materials and installation costs through the Johnson County ‘Contain the Rain’ program!

Visit to learn more and apply for reimbursement.

We're Hiring!

Come join our team! We're hiring a bunch of new positions -- full-time, part-time, and seasonal:

  • Lifeguards & Concessions
  • Umpires/Sports Officials
  • Building Custodian/Gym Monitor (PT)
  • Wastewater Technician
  • Water Plant Operator

Check out our Job Board for more info.

Zoning for Solar

The City Council approved a zoning regulation that will pave the way for a Utility-Scale Solar Facility on the southern edge of Astra Enterprise Park. The area was selected because it is heavily timbered -- providing a natural screen -- and will be buffered by approximately 2,000 acres of passive-use parkland.

To learn more, read this news release.

Water & Sewer Rate Change

The City Council approved a 5% water rate increase and a 4% sewer increase at last night's Council meeting.

The increase, which will take effect immediately, accounts for inflation and an increase in the price of lime. Read about the increase, including options for utility assistance, here.

City Council Meeting Recap

The De Soto City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting last night, April 6th, at City Hall. View the agenda here. Here is a quick run-down:

  • Proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month
  • Approved an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation for the Sunflower Recreational Path
  • Approved text amendment regarding Solar Ordinance
  • Approved agreement with Sosaya and Sons Construction for traffic signal maintenance services
  • Approved resolution to increase water & sewer rates
  • Approved bid for CDBG sidewalk construction on Ottawa Street
Watch the Meeting

Parks & Recreation

Toddler Time

Bring your little ones to our new Parks & Recreation program, Toddler Time! We've got tons of toys and equipment, including slides and tunnels, so the kids are sure to have a blast!

  • Every Wednesday until April 26th
  • 8:30am-10:30am
  • De Soto Community Center
  • $1 per child
  • Guardian required to stay with child

Programming Poll

What types of recreation programming, workshops, or events would you and your family like to see in De Soto?

🎨 Arts & crafts?

👨‍🍳 Cooking workshops?

🤠 Line dancing?

🔍 Candy cane hunt?

🚚 Touch-a-trucks & community picnics?

Take the Poll to Let Us Know!

Senior Activities

Every Monday & Wednesday from 9am-11:30am, we're offering free games and bingo for seniors in the Senior Center.

♠️ Monday: Cards, dominoes, board games

📣 Wednesday: Bingo

We can’t wait to see you there!

Partner News

Welcome New USD 232 Superintendent Cory Gibson!

The Board of Education formally appointed Cory Gibson, Ed.D., to the position of Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2023.

Gibson will work with the Board and current Superintendent Dr. Frank Harwood to implement a smooth transition of leadership.

Visit USD 232's website for more details on the Superintendent Search process.

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