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Inman’s Harman Chosen Senate President At Boys State

Posted 7/6/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MANHATTAN – Max Harman, who will be a senior this fall at Inman High School, was chosen Senate president during the American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy, which was held for six days earlier this summer, at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

“For me, the most valuable part of Boys State was the self-validation,” Harman said. “I made the decision to pursue one of the highest leadership positions and I got it.”

This was the 80th year for Boys State and the 26th consecutive year for it to be held at the K-State campus.

Harman said he became interested in Boys State after hearing an announcement about it at school. He explained he was interested in learning new leadership skills.

“I love conferences and leadership events,” Harman said.

“Growing up in 4-H and FFA, my parents have directed me toward learning about leadership,” Harman said. “I know leadership skills are something you have to be drawn to do.”

To start Boys State, Harman was part of Marshall County. They selected one representative in the Senate and two in the House of Representatives.

Anyone interested in a position was able to give a one- to two-minute speech to say why he should be elected.

Harman said those who were in 4-H and FFA, as well as high school debate and forensics had an advantage in the election process since they had been in situations where they had to think quickly on their feet.

“I was drawn to the Senate,” Harman said. “Since it is a smaller group, I felt it was more of an honor.”

At their first meeting, the senators selected their leadership. Harman said there were others who also sought the president’s position.

“We learn parliamentary procedure in 4-H and FFA,” Harman said. “I’ve run meetings before.”

As senate president, Harman set the agenda and decided on which bills would be debated.

“Some of them didn’t understand parliamentary procedure and I had to slow down the meetings,” he noted.

There were more than 430 young men from across the state attending Boys State. Harman said he only knew a few of the attendees from 4-H and FFA.

According to Boys State organizers, the event provides a relevant, interactive, problem-solving experience in leadership and teamwork that develops self-identity, promotes mutual respect and instills civic responsibility.

Boys State is a learning by doing political exercise that simulates elections, political parties and government at the state, county and local levels, providing opportunities to lead under pressure, showcasing character and working effectively within a team. It is also an opportunity to gain pride and respect for government and the price paid by members of the military to preserve democracy.

Harman said the attendees listened to several speakers during the event.

During the afternoons, they had some down time and were able to go to the K-State recreation center to play games.

Harman said he Boys State was a worthwhile event to attend.

“I would definitely recommend anyone interest to attend Boys State,” Harman said.

The 2018 Boys Sate is scheduled for Sunday, June 3 to Friday, June 8, at K-State.

 

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City Wastewater Project Will Not Impact Environment

Posted 7/6/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

TOPEKA – An engineer with the state’s Division of Environment has determined the City of Moundridge’s proposed project to improve its sewage treatment facility will not make a “significant environmental impact.”

“We’re trying to improve the environment,” Moundridge City Administrator Randy Frazer said.

Engineer Ryan Eldredge completed the review. A final report of the project was finished Wednesday, June 21.

The review was required since the city was requesting money from the Kansas Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Fund. The project was expected to cost the city $1,668,500.

The proposed project called for the construction of a mechanical unit, which will pretreat sewage prior to it entering the existing four-cell lagoon system. The pretreatment unit will use Aero-Mod equipment.

The lagoons are located south of Moundridge.

This improvement “will allow the city to meet ammonia limits and continue operating the existing lagoon system as a continuously discharging system,” Eldredge wrote.

The city has released the treated sewage water into the Little Arkansas River via the Black Kettle Creek.

Eldredge indicated the design should meet the city’s needs through 2046. He added there is room for future expansion.

The environmental assessment and other supporting documentation are available for public review. Anyone want to comment on the finding of no significant impact can submit them to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to the attention of Rod Geisler, chief of municipal programs.

Frazer said the city was working toward getting the loan contract signed. He added the city attorney has reviewed it and sent it back to the state. He is expecting the Moundridge City Council to take action on the agreement during its August meeting.

The survey company has completed its work on the land the city purchased to build the pretreatment plant on, Frazer said.

A company will be taking core samples of the land to check the soil, Frazer said.

“I think there’s a chance we will be able to go out for bids this fall,” Frazer said.

He stressed the city must be in compliance with the new wastewater standards by January of 2019.

 

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Inman Board To Talk To Firms About Plans For Sports Facilities

Posted 7/6/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Members of the USD 448 Board of Education asked Superintendent Scott Friesen to have two firms that have expressed interest in providing the school district with potential architectural plans of outdoor athletic facilities to make presentations at the board’s July meeting.

Board members reached a consensus to ask for the presentations during their regular meeting Monday, June 19, at the central office.

Friesen told board members Graber Surveying Service was still completing a site survey of land the school district owns on the south side of Farmington Road.

Three board members – Kevin Neufeld, Lisa Thimmesch and Jessica Schierling – head up a committee that has been looking at the district’s outdoor athletic facilities.

“The next logical step is to go to the drawing route,” Neufeld said.

Friesen said he will have representatives of Schwab Eaton and VSR Design give separate presentations to the board during the July meeting.

Because of scheduling conflicts, the Inman board decided to move up its July meeting up a week. The USD 448 board will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, July 10, at the central office.

One area of concern has been the condition of the track at the junior/senior high school. An architect had told board members the track was beyond repair.

“I encourage people to go walk the track,” Board President Janell Harman said. “I’m not a track person. I went out and walked it. It has some issues.”

Board members have expressed interest in improving the district’s baseball and softball fields.

Board member Lisa Thimmesch noted Inman does not have a regulation-sized baseball field.

Board members said they were interested in finding the cost differences in keeping the facilities in their current locations or moving them.

The USD 448 board took action on other issues:

• A consumption fee was approved for children in the district’s preschool. The fee would cover consumable items used during the school year.

The fee would be $25 a year for children in the 3-year-old program and $50 for those in the 4-year-old program.

With the district projecting 22 3-year-olds and 27 4-year-olds, Friesen said the fee would generate $1,900.

In addition, Jo McFadden – Inman Elementary School principal – said she was in the process of applying for a grant through the Kansas Parent Education Program.

Roxie Sneath, first-grade teacher at Inman, said the program was geared toward children age 3 and younger. Sneath said that was the age group – and their parents – the district would like to assist.

The grant would apply the district to hire a preschool teacher who would make monthly home visits to children in the district to assist them in getting prepared for school, Sneath said.

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