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Moundridge Council Raises Sewer Rates

Posted 6/15/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – New sewer rates for Moundridge utility customers will begin in July. Customers will notice a difference in their August bills.

The Moundridge City Council unanimously approved the rate changes during its regular meeting Monday, June 5, at the city office. There will be an annual increase in the rates from 2018 to 2021.

“We don’t have a choice,” City Administrator Randy Frazer said. “We need a sewer treatment plant.”

With sewer bills, city customers pay a minimum amount and a step increase based on average monthly water usage. The step goes up in 1,000-gallon increments.

For 1,000-gallon users, their rates would go from $12 to $18.42 in July, $18.79 in 2018, $27.14 in 2019, $27.70 in 2020 and $28.25 in 2021.

Last year, officials with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment meet with Moundridge representatives to discuss a pending KDHE consent order/agreement on wastewater treatment.

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

 “Sewer lagoons can’t meet the new standards,” Frazer said. “We are required to build a mechanical treatment plant.”

Moundridge will have to be in compliance with the new standards beginning in January of 2019.

The new sewer rates will allow the city to repay a loan to build the pretreatment plant, which has an estimated cost of $1.7 million, as well as provide maintenance for the city’s sewer lines.

Frazer said the city would begin making payments on the debt service in 2020.

After approving the new sewer rates, the council hosted a public hearing to discuss the situation and give members of the public a chance to ask questions about it.

No one came to the public hearing to speak.

Frazer updated the council on purchasing 10 acres from the Herbert Joseph Krehbiel Trust to build the pretreatment plant. The owner agreed to sell the land at the appraised price of $42,980.

“We were fortunate to buy that for the appraised value,” Frazer said. “It will give us the ability to expand the plant when we grow.”

Frazer said the city would like to have the plant under construction by this fall.

Sewer Supervisor Mike Strausz and another sewer employee, Shane Sebrant, were taking an 18-week course on operating the mechanical plant.

The council took action on several other issues during the meeting.

• An ordinance to change the zoning for the lot at 224 W. Ruth Street was approved. The zoning was changed from single family to multi-family.

The owner wanted to build a single-family home on half of the lot and move another single-family home from outside of town to the other half .

• Council members unanimously passed a resolution in support of the city apply for grants for safe routes (sidewalks) to schools.

Frazer noted an engineer was finishing a study on sidewalk conditions in the city. He added the study would give support to the city needing funds to repair and replace sidewalks.

He said the city planned to apply for a trail grant in the fall.

• Frazer told council members the city was applying for three grants from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

In August, he was expecting work to start to change Cole Street to a three-lane road from Wildcat Drive to Avenue C. Cole would have a center turn lane.

With the three new grants, one would allow the city to re-construct Cole from Christian to Wedel.

The second grant would allow the city to put a mill and overlay onto Cole from Wedel to Wildcat Drive.

The final grant would allow the city to keep Cole a three-lane road from Avenue C to 23rd Avenue.

If approved, Frazer said the city agreed to pay the engineering costs for all three projects.

• The next council meeting will be at 5:45 p.m., Monday, July 3, at the city office.

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Fish Biting For Kids At Pack

Posted 6/15/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Zane Sporeleder was able to do what he likes best about fishing – catch them – during the 16th Annual Youth Fishing Derby Saturday, June 10, at Pack Pond in Pack Park.

Sporeleder said he was using worms as bait. He caught the biggest fish during the event – a one-pound, four-ounce catfish.

This was his fifth year to compete in the event. Sporeleder is from McPherson and he has grandparents who live in Moundridge.

Sporeleder said he usually goes fishing with his family.

The Moundridge Chamber of Commerce and the City of Moundridge sponsor the fishing derby.

Trophies were awarded to the top three in each of the three age categories based on the total weight of fish caught.

This was the first year for Samantha Strausz and her younger sister, Addison, to take part in the event. They had signed up for it last year, but could not make the event. It worked out for them to fish in it this year.

Strausz said her favorite thing about fishing was “eating the fish after I catch it.”

She noted the key to fishing was “patience and finding the right spot” to fish.

Strausz took first place in the second- to third-grade division with 15 ounces of fish caught.

Addison, who competed in the preschool to first-grade division, also finished first. She caught four fish, weighing a total of one pound, two ounces.

Strausz, who lives outside of Moundridge, said her family usually goes fishing every couple of weeks.

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Inman Planning Independence Day Celebration

Posted 6/15/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Nick Reinecker said he and his wife, Katy, plan to follow the template they established last year for the Inman Chamber of Commerce’s Independence Day celebration.

There will be food, games and fireworks during the celebration, which will take place Sunday, July 2, at the Inman Wellness Center parking lot.

Reinecker talked about the event during the regular Chamber meeting Friday, June 2, at the Inman Harvest Café.

“I challenge each of you to go home and read the Declaration of Independence and get the feeling of why we remember it,” Reinecker said.

He said they would begin serving food at either 6:30 or 7 p.m.

A variety of games were being planned, including a human foosball tournament. Reinecker noted community members were able to try out the game during last year’s celebration.

Children’s games will feature water balloon battles, he added.

The fireworks display, from Showalter Fireworks of Hutchinson, will start at dark.

The Chamber and City of Inman will split the $3,000 bill for the fireworks.

Chamber members discussed several other issues:

• Diane Miller, who is coordinating the Santa Fe Days celebration, announced a theme contest for the event. The deadline for the contest is Aug. 4 and the winner will receive $25.

“We are coming up on the 130th anniversary of the founding of Inman,” Miller said. “The theme needs to be around it.”

Miller suggested signs should be placed around the four main entryways into Inman to let people know Santa Fe Days will be Sept. 23.

Miller said she planned to contact Inman businesses for help with the event.

• Chamber President Bob Ratzlaff noted his term in office was ending in September and the organization was in need of a new president and vice president.

“We’re looking for somebody to volunteer for it,” Ratzlaff said.

Reinecker said he would volunteer for the vice president role and he would be willing to step up to president if no one else wanted it.

Ratzlaff said Cyndi Ratzlaff will continue as secretary and Lucas Sawyer will remain treasurer.

• Feedback was given about the Community Leadership Meeting Friday, May 5, with Andy Addis as the featured speaker.

“We had a good turnout,” Ratzlaff said. “We had people attending who weren’t normally Chamber people.”

Barbara Tuxhorn said she heard the Inman students enjoyed Addis’ presentation to them.

“He’s very energizing and easy to listen to,” Cyndi Ratzlaff said.

• Ratzlaff said Inman’s entrepreneurship community loan program was going well. He added there was $121,000 out in the Inman community through this tax credit program.

Inman works with Network Kansas in administering the program.

Ratzlaff said the Inman program would like to get another $100,000 available to loan to a new or existing business.

Businesses re-pay the loans with a fixed interest rate of 2 to 3 percent. Businesses can get a loan of up to $45,000.

Businesses must get a loan from a bank or a Network Kansas Fund Partner for 40 percent of the project and they would get 60 percent from the e-community loan fund.

“It’s a good program,” Ratzlaff stressed. “It’s not hard to apply. It’s not based on need.”

• The next Chamber meeting will be at 7 a.m., Friday, July 7, at the Harvest Café.

 

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