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Bornholdts Chosen McPherson County’s Farm Family Of Year

Posted 3/16/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

McPHERSON – Three generations of the Bornholdt family, who live in rural Inman, were recognized as the 2016 Farm Family of the Year by the McPherson Chamber of Commerce’s Farm Committee. The Bornholdts were honored for their contributions to agriculture and the community.

James Bornholdt, his son Tim and grandson Cody farm together.

“I don’t feel I deserve it,” James Bornholdt said of the award. “I feel it’s a good honor to have this award given to you.”

The award was presented to the Bornholdts during the McPherson Chamber of Commerce’s Farm Forum Tuesday, March 7, at McPherson.

James and Tim and his wife, Terri, were able to attend the presentation. Cody – Tim and Terri’s son – was not able to attend because he had been fighting the grassfires in Reno County as a volunteer with the Windom Fire Department. His wife, Ashley, was at the presentation.

Dale Ladd, a member of the Chamber’s Agriculture committee, presented the award.

“This award goes to good farmers and ranchers, but also to good people who are out in the community,” Ladd said. “They’re hard working and progressive. They really pay attention to conservation.”

James received the 1988 McPherson County windbreak award.

Ladd noted James had served on the Hayes Township Board for 24 years and his son Tim is now on the board. Tim has been on it for 10 years

Ladd said Tim and Terri were leaders in Inman’s Country Cousins 4-H Club for many years.

In addition, James was instrumental in starting the Agriculture Future of American Scholarship, funded by the Chamber’s Agriculture Committee. The scholarship was started in 2000. Cody received the scholarship in 2007.

The Bornholdts are farming land originally worked by James’ grandfather, John, and father, Harry.

“I’m very proud of it,” he said.

On the farm, the Bornholdts have a cow-calf operation and a small feedlot. They also sell replacement heifers.

They use no till farming practices. They rotate growing wheat, sorghum, milo and corn. The Bornholdts also raise alfalfa, but it is for use on their farm.

James noted they have been active in the Windom and Inman communities.

In1981, he said he was involved in leading a fundraising effort to help LeRoy and Ted Briggs give their repair business a new building.

Last year, James said he joined with others to help harvest a neighbor’s fields after the neighbor had passed away.

James said 30 combines came out to harvest the wheat. The neighbor was farming 1,200 acres and the harvest was completed in five hours, he added.

“That’s what we try and do, help those in our area who need it,” James said.

In addition, Tim Bornholdt has served on the McPherson County Zoning Board and Cody is the president of the McPherson County Farm Bureau.

• Mitz Fawl, McPherson County Farm Bureau coordinator, was given the 2016 Friend of Agriculture Award.

Ladd said Fawl has worked for Farm Bureau for almost 20 years and she has been involved in programs promoting agriculture – Ag in the Classroom, Farm Safety camp and Farm Bureau scholarships.

 

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USD 423 Bond Issue Leary: Survey Helpful To Board

Posted 3/16/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – USD 423 Superintendent George Leary said information gleaned from a survey taken after 2016 bond issue failed, guided the new district task force as it formed a new bond issue.

“I’m proud of the community response to the survey,” Leary said.

In the month following the defeat of the 2016 bond issue, school district officials sent out 917 surveys, asking voters to say why they voted against or for the bond issue.

Leary said the district received 216 of the surveys back.

“I’d say the board appreciated the community’s input,” Leary said.

The board is asking patrons of USD 423 to vote on a $20.9 million bond issue. Voters will go to the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, at the Northridge Community Center in Moundridge.

The main reason voters were against the first bond was because it cost too much money and it was too focused on athletics.

Leary said they took almost $4 million out of the bond issue and many athletic-related items were removed (see the attached sidebar).

Within a couple of months of the defeat of the first bond, the district hired Nabholz Construction for construction management. The district will not owe Nabholz any money unless the bond issue passes.

One way the district was able to reduce the cost of the bond was going to a pre-engineered gymnasium. The new gym will still seat 1,200 people.

The district found some other ways to save money. Officials decided not to add a new weight room.

Officials decided to move the district office. The former space will be turned into a classroom. The district office will share space with the elementary office. The offices will be using the former district art room.

Safety and security is one of the board’s goals for the bond issue. Leary said there will be secured entrances into the kindergarten to fifth grade, sixth- to 12th grade, and the district office.

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Strausz Updates Moundridge Council On Sewer Maintenance

Posted 3/16/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Mike Strausz, waste water supervisor for the city, gave the Moundridge City Council a report on the need for the city to have a maintenance plan for its sewer pipe system.

Strausz visited with council members during their regular meeting Monday, March 6, at the City Office.

He noted his department “spent a lot of time working with Ranson (Financial Consultants) on the sewer rates.”

Strausz stressed the city needs funds to keep its sewer pipes maintained.

“At some point, you have to pay the piper,” Strausz said.

He noted every four years, crews will clean the system and cutout roots that have entered the system.

The city’s main sewer lines are eight-inch pipes.

South of Durst Street, the sewer pipes are made of clay tiles. Strausz said there are hundreds of “spider web” cracks on the clay pipes.

“It’s something everyone with clay pipes has to battle,” Strausz said.

He noted crews have spent eight hours trying to get through the roots in the south portion of town.

“We’ve made great leaps and bounds with our sewer system,” he added. “The roots are biggest problem. That’s why we’ve built in some maintenance funds in the rate.”

City Administrator Randy Frazer said since some of the clay pipes were at least 80 years old, there is a possibility some of the pipes could collapse,

Since the pipes are so deep underground, Frazer said it could cost the city $5,000 a foot to replace a collapsed line.

Strausz mentioned to council that there is a company that could give the city new sewer pipes without digging. This company shoots in a plastic coating to cover the insides of the pipes.

Frazer said the plastic lining process could be done at a cost of less than $30 a foot.

Frazer said he was going to ask the council to make a decision on increasing the city’s sewer rates in the next couple of months.

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