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Groundwater District Expands Boundaries

Posted 8/3/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

HALSTEAD – The Equus Beds Groundwater Management District No. 2 (GMD 2) has expanded its boundaries in McPherson, Reno and Sedgwick counties.

The boundary change received approval on July 7, from David Barfield, chief engineer in the Division of Water Resources at the Kansas Department of Agriculture, in Manhattan.

Tim Boese, manager for GMD 2, said the district had already included the municipal water wells for the cities of Moundridge, McPherson, Canton and Galva in McPherson County. Boese said the district’s territory in McPherson County included a pair of “dog ears.” The expansion allowed the district to bring in the land between the dog ears.

“We’re trying to get a common management for the area,” Boese said.

Boese said the expansion was a four-year process. The district’s Board of Directors approved a resolution on Sept. 10, 2013, indicating intent to expand. A public hearing was held on the request last October.

Being part of the district will make it more convenient for residents to apply for a water permit. Anyone in this area wanting to apply for a water permit or want information about an existing permit who lives outside a groundwater management district must go to the Division of Water Resources, with the closest regional office being in Stafford.

The GMD 2 office is located in Halstead.

The Equus Beds aquifer is the main source of fresh water in south central Kansas. The aquifer is in portions of McPherson, Reno, Harvey and Sedgwick counties.

GMD was formed in 1975, and is one of five groundwater management districts in the state.

Boese said the district has approximately 2,000 non-domestic water wells, which serve industrial, irrigation, recreational and municipal purposes. He added the total did not include wells that provided water for households.

He noted the district includes wells that provide water for the cities of, Inman, Hesston, Hutchinson, Wichita, Newton and other cities and rural water districts in or near the district.

Boese said the expansion would put all of the permits for some holders inside the district.

“It will put everything on a level playing field,” Boese said. “It will make it easier for water right owners to make changes to the permits.”

He noted GMD 2 office could help residents to apply for a water permit as well as ask for any changes.

“We do review the water permit applications,” Boese said. “We do not change anything for any of our services. We will help people to file paperwork.”

Landowners and water right owners will pay a special assessment, which is currently capped at 5 cents per acre for land and $1 per acre-foot of water. The special assessments appear on the county property tax statements.

Along with help with permits, Boese said the district monitors the quality and quantity of water in the aquifer.

“We have some enhanced data collection we do,” he added. “I think we can give them better information about the water.”

With the additional territory, Boese estimated the district would be adding less than 100 permitted wells.

“We’re in the process of adding the information about the permits and wells in our data base,” Boese said.

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Ratzlaff Celebrates 100th Birthday

Posted 8/3/2017

By Randy FoggANNIE Ratzlaff (seated) is surrounded by three of her four children during her 100th birthday Wednesday, July 25, at the Northridge Community Center in Moundridge. Standing behind her from left to right is Waldon Ratzlaff, Myron Ratzlaff and Wilma Buller. Her other daughter, Jolene Ratzlaff, was unable to attend the celebration.
ANNIE Ratzlaff (seated) is surrounded by three of her four children during her 100th birthday Wednesday, July 25, at the Northridge Community Center in Moundridge. Standing behind her from left to right is Waldon Ratzlaff, Myron Ratzlaff and Wilma Buller. Her other daughter, Jolene Ratzlaff, was unable to attend the celebration.

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Annie Ratzlaff, of Moundridge, likes to be independent.

In celebration of her 100th birthday, Ratzlaff renewed her driver’s license at the McPherson County Driver License Office in McPherson.

“They never blinked an eye when she went in for her renewal,” oldest son Waldon Ratzlaff said. “They got right to it.”

Annie turned 100-years-old Tuesday, July 24. Family and friends helped her to celebrate the occasion Wednesday, July 25, at the Northridge Community Center in Moundridge.

“I told them they didn’t have to do anything for my birthday, but here I am,” Annie said.

Annie admitted she does not drive as often as she once did. She continues to drive around town and will go as far at McPherson and Newton.

Waldon agreed his mother enjoys her independence.

“If we tried to take her driver’s license away, we’d be in for a difficult time,” he added.

Annie grew up in Oklahoma and her dad was a cotton farmer.

“We spent a lot of time in the cotton fields,” she said.

Annie said she was not sure what allowed her to live a long life.

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Local Law Enforcement Hosting Coffee With A Cop

Posted 8/3/2017

LEDGER STAFF

MOUNDRIDGE — Sheriff deputies and police officers from the McPherson County Sheriff’s Office and Moundridge Police Department would like to come together Wednesday, Aug. 9, with community members in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 8 a.m., Aug. 9, at the Moundridge Senior Center, 100 N Schmidt Ave.

This will be the second Coffee with a Cop event in Moundridge. The first one took place Sept. 15, 2016.

“We’ve had a good response from people,” Deputy Sheriff A.J. Elmer said of the first event. “We decided to do this to break down barriers. This is a nice and relaxed atmosphere.”

Along with the sheriff’s office and the MPD, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper came to the coffee to answer questions from local residents.

A wide range of topics was discussed during the coffee. Law enforcement and community members talked about officers wearing body cameras, conceal/carry permits and how to approach personal safety.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Moundridge’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. These situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

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