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The Ledger February 16, 2017The Ledger February 16, 2017

Funds Will Go To Water Rescue Equipment

Posted 2/24/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff 

MOUNDRIGE – Ron Blaylock, chief for the Moundridge Fire Department, said they want to use the money donated during the auxiliary’s annual chili feed to purchase water rescue equipment.

The auxiliary’s 10th annual chili feed took place Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Moundridge Middle School’s Common.

While the amount of money raised was not available, Blaylock noted they were extremely pleased with the turnout for the event. He added they had a steady stream of customers during the feed.

The department would like to purchase four ice rescue suits and they cost $1,000 each. They also want an inflatable raft and it is $3,600.

Blaylock noted the raft is easy to store and can be inflated within 60 seconds.

He said the department could need to do a water rescue at a variety of locations – farm ponds, Pack Park and the north pond.

“It’s the right time for us to get it,” he added.

Three Moundridge firefighters – Lt. Rhett Neufeld and firefighters George Nelson and Jeff Wedel – took part in water rescue training three weeks ago in Harvey County.

“These were the people who were able to do the training this time,” Blaylock said. “We had been thinking about ice water rescue training for years.”

He added Moundridge firefighters do water rescue training annually.

“The deal that happened in Pack Park (which had two fatalities) was the first ice rescue call in McPherson County in 20 years,” Blaylock said. “You don’t need to use it often.”

He noted the three department members have already led ice water rescue training for other local firefighters.

“We’ll continue with it,” Blaylock said.

Neufeld said the suits give firefighters plenty of buoyancy.

“You can’t sink,” he added. “You have to put ankle weights on.”

Neufeld said it takes five minutes to get the suit on and into the water.

Blaylock said they want to have a two-man team that can get into the water and have another two-man team for standby.

The raft will hold two men.

Neufeld noted Hutchinson Community College has wooden planks they use as “ice” for training exercises. One plank has a hole in it for the rescue training.

Neufeld noted the Harvey County training was the first time for them to put on one of the ice rescue suits.

“We didn’t know what to expect,” Neufeld said. “It was good training to get use to the suit and how it fits you.”

“The goal is to get all of our guys trained,” Blaylock said.


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Grant Providing For 10 New Inman Homes

Posted 2/24/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN –  The city of Inman has received a grant for $340,000 through the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC). The grant will allow for 10 homes to be built in the Valley View Addition in southeast Inman.

Moderate Income Housing (MIH) grant applications are available at the Inman City Office.

The KHRC has established income range guidelines to be eligible for the program. It is based on the number of people in the family. The range for a one-person family is $28,013 to $70,031. A four-person family can have income from $40,013 to $100,031. The income for an eight-person family can range from $52,838 to $132,094.

Income-eligible applicants must be pre-approved for a home mortgage from a qualified lender.

“They can customize the home to a certain extent,” City Clerk Barbara Tuxhorn said.

The homeowner must continue to maintain property insurance based on the mortgage, as well as pay property taxes.

Tuxhorn noted a lien will be filed on the homes to prevent profits on the sale for 10 years. Any profits on the sale in the next 10 years will require a pro-rated portion be paid to the city. The rate will decrease 10 percent for each year.

At the Inman City Council meeting Monday, Feb. 13, members reached a consensus that the developer pays special assessments for the 10 MIH lots as the houses are sold.

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Building Does Not Sell At Auction

Posted 2/24/2017

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – The former Convenience Mart building, located at 100 S. Christian, in Moundridge, was not sold during the Riggin and Company auction Saturday, Feb. 17.

“We were happy with the turnout,” said company representative Rusty Riggin. “We were not able to meet the seller’s reserve.”

Riggin said there were 30 to 40 people at the auction and did not disclose the reserve amount.

“There were several bidders present,” he added. “We are still working with the bidders.”

Riggin noted the building was still for sale and it will be re-listed. The asking price for the building the first time is was listed was $300,000.

The current owner of the building is Ishika Wjeyesekera, of Wichita. The land at 100 S. Christian is valued at $11,550 and the building has a value of $215,840. The values for the property were updated last year.

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