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KDHE Requiring City To Update Wastewater Treatment

Posted 7/14/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – When the city’s new wastewater treatment permit comes up in the fall of 2017, Moundridge’s current facility will not be able to meet the new ammonia standards, City Administrator Randy Frazer told council members during their meeting Tuesday, July 5, at the city office.

City staff members and Mayor Gary Fisher met with Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) official Thursday, June 30, in Topeka, to discuss a pending KDHE consent order/agreement on wastewater treatment.

“We’ve got to do something with the lagoons,” Frazer said.

Mike Strausz, wastewater supervisor, said, “We have to meet the new ammonia standards.”

The city has 120 days to submit a written report to KDHE on its plan to treat wastewater, Strausz said.

Moundridge started using a four-pond lagoon system to treat wastewater in 1982. It replaced a trickle filter system.

Strausz noted the current lagoon system was nearing the end of its usefulness.

“We’ve gotten every dollar of value out of the sewer ponds,” Strausz said.

Moundridge is working with Chris Cox, an engineer with Schwab Eaton, in Wichita, to develop treatment options for the city in order to meet the new standards.

The Environmental Protection Agency has drafted new rules for how much ammonia is allowed in water flowing into the environment.

According to the EPA, acute and chronic criteria were developed to protect organisms from both immediate effects, such as death, and longer-term effects on reproduction, growth and survival, respectively.

With the current guidelines, Strausz said Moundridge was at the “upper level” of ammonia levels in the water.

Strausz noted Moundridge does the best with its ammonia levels during the summer months when it is hot outside.

Strausz said no city would be able to use lagoon systems for wastewater treatment stay within the guidelines.

He noted some cities would be able to qualify for an exemption for the standards. However, Strausz said Moundridge would not qualify because there are not enough residents with low to moderate incomes living within the city limits.

Strausz talked to the council about the possible options Cox might suggest.

The city could switch to a non-discharging lagoon system. The pond system would have to increase from 24.7 acres to around 80 acres, Strausz said.

“It will take a substantial amount of sewer ponds,” he noted. “There’s zero option for discharge.”

The water would have to evaporate through the air, Strausz explained.

Another possible choice could be building a mechanical pre-treatment system before sending it to the lagoon system.

A third option would be to construct a sewer treatment plant. He estimated a plant would cost $10-20 per gallon of water that went through it.

Strausz said the new flow meter at the city’s main lift station showed the city put between 280,000 to 330,000 gallons of water through its sewer system.

He noted the high-end amount was about 90,000 gallons more than city staff estimated was used.

With the $10 per gallon estimate, a new plant could cost $2.5 million to build.

Moundridge has 800 sewer customers and bills could increase as much as $20 a month to pay for a new plant. Currently, the basic sewer rate for residential customers is $10 a month.

Frazer said he expects Cox to recommend a course of action for the city to take and he will give council members other options to consider.

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Inman Chamber Plans To Thank Local Firemen

Posted 7/13/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Plans for an upcoming appreciation meal, as well as a potential fundraising event, were among the items discussed during the Inman Chamber of Commerce meeting Friday, July 1, at the Inman Harvest Café.

The Chamber Board of Directors set the date for an Inman firemen and family appreciation meal. Chamber members first discussed the idea during their June meeting.

McPherson County Fire District No. 5, with headquarters in Inman, handles the fire calls in the area.

The meal will take place Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Inman Community Building.

“We want to thank the firemen,” Chamber Vice President Bob Ratzlaff said. “They don’t get thanked enough.”

Ratzlaff said they were expecting 100 people. He noted the firemen, their wives and children were invited.

More details about the meal will be announced later.

• As a fundraiser, the Chamber was considering a Community Team Trivia night for this fall.

“I think it will be a lot of fun,” Ratzlaff said.

Chamber President Dennis Ureche said he had been involved in the trivia contest. He explained they would need eight to 10 teams to enter the contest and the teams would pay an entry fee.

Team members would each fill out sheets with questions on them, Ureche said. The contest will feature 10 categories and 10 questions will be in each category.

The sheets will be turned in and graded. Winners will be determined.

“We’re looking at it as a fundraiser to help the Chamber with money for what it needs to do,” Ureche said.

He suggested the Chamber could try a 50/50 raffle, where one ticket buyer will win one-half of the jackpot and the other half will go to the Chamber.

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King Chosen As Lead Pastor At Eden Mennonite

Posted 7/13/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE - Derek King has moved into the role as lead pastor at

Eden Mennonite Church, in rural Moundridge.

The congregation voted to affirm offering the position to King following Eden’s worship service Sunday, June 26. He accepted the post that afternoon.

“When I started (in February of 2014), I didn’t have the expressed desire that I wanted to become a lead pastor,” King said.

The Eden Search Committee spent many months searching for the person to follow Dave Stephens, who spent eight years at Eden. Interim Lead Pastor Lee Suderman had the role for 19 months.

“They (the search committee) looked through a lot of applications and interviewed some people,” King said. “They came to me and asked me if I would consider it.

“I prayed a lot about it and talked to my wife,” he continued. “I decided to take it.”

King said the congregation’s vote was a “very strong affirmation” of his decision.

“I felt it was a good thing how they responded,” he said. “It was a little nerve racking (waiting for the results). I heard a lot of positive things about my service.”

During his time as associate pastor, he had the opportunity to do a variety of things. He gave the message during worship service, made home and hospital visits, led the youth group and taught a young adult Sunday School class.

“It’s given me a little more confidence to have done a lot of pastoring work,” King said.

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