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Inman Council To Work With Vogts On Land Development

Posted 3/23/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Al Vogts, a developer from North Newton who has worked on several projects for the City of Inman, will continue to work with city staff on developing land for business and industrial use.

Vogts presented the Inman City Council with some of his ideas during the regular council meeting Monday, March 13, at the city office.

The city had purchased two tracts of land it wants to develop. Council members have indicated they want to start with the north tract.

In January, the city had received a preliminary plan from BG Consultants for the tract.

Vogts indicated a willingness to work on a development plan at no cost to the city, as long as his company is allowed to build the infrastructure.

In noting he has been in the construction business since 1989, Vogts has done projects across the state.

“There are several ways you can go about it,” Vogts said.

First, he noted the city could have an engineer design the project and have companies submit bids for the work.

“You need a comprehensive plan, but you do not need to do all of the work at once,” Vogts said.

He suggested the city could look at putting in a residential area in the northeast corner of the development. A retention pond could be put in as a buffer between the homes and the industrial area, Vogts added.

Vogts said the city should take a look at the best location for a street going through the west side of the development.

To begin, Vogts said he would suggest putting in a concrete entranceway into the development off of Ranchland Drive. He noted the city could put in a street to serve the first few lots in the development.

Inman Superintendent Danny Parr said the street could have a crushed concrete based with asphalt millings. Workers would put on a surrey seal on top.

Vogts said he wanted to bring in an engineer to determine if the city sewer lift station on the north side of Industrial Drive would be able to serve the south part of this development.

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Inman’s Harvest Café Finalist In ‘Kansas! Magazine’ Contest

Posted 3/23/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – “Kansas! Magazine” started a reader’s choice contest in an effort to find the best eating establishments in the state.

Inman’s Harvest Café is among the 53 finalists from across the state in the contest.

Anyone can vote online – www.travelks.com - in the magazine’s Reader’s Choice: Best Local Eats Contest. The Tourism Department of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism publishes the magazine.

Voting had started Wednesday, March 15 and will continue until Wednesday, May 31.  You can vote once each day.

Katy and Nick Reinecker are in their ninth year of operating the cafe.

Nick said it “didn’t surprise us” to be nominated in the contest.

“We keep customer service No. 1,” Nick stressed.

The Reineckers said no one had said anything to them about putting them in it.

“It feels awesome,” Katy said. “It’s one of things I work for. It’s all about the people who come here to eat.”

The top 25 vote getters will be recognized in the magazine’s winter 2017 issue.

The Reineckers noted they attract regular customers from the region – Wichita, Great Bend and Pratt.

Nick said the contest benefitted small towns and “is a good thing for Kansas.”

“Anything that promotes the Kansas economy is a good thing,” Nick said.

“Everything is made from scratch,” Katy said.

She said the café is best known for its fried chicken buffet, which is every Friday.

The chicken is first placed in a marinade for 24 to 36 hours and the coating consists of seven spices.

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Board: Bond Support Priorities

Posted 3/23/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Paul Ullom-Minnich, president of the USD 423 Board of Education, said the district’s 25-year $20.9 million bond issue is addressing some key area:

• Restoring the broken and run down sections of the schools,

• Repairing the roof and making the structures more efficient, and

• Coordinating all of the schools at one site.

Board member Dwight Goering said he realized the bond issue has a high price tag.

“I think we’re ready to do it,” Goering said. “I think the kids in the district need it for the future.”

Patrons in the district will decide the fate of the bond issue in a special election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 4. All votes will be cast at the Northridge Community Center, in Moundridge.

Ullom-Minnich said he liked the process the board used to decide what to include in this bond issue.

“The administration contacted every person who voted in the last bond election for feedback,” Ullom-Minnich said. “Voters asked for a lower price tag. They asked to wait until the existing bonds were paid off and they supported the one campus idea. We put all three ideas in this proposal.”

Ullom-Minnich said patrons should be supportive of the bond because it provides for the safety of students; the efficiency of the district and it preserves the facilities.

“I think this bond proposal is a comprise between two points of view,” Ullom-Minnich said. “It gets a lot of the concerns that voters had, and after all the committees and study groups, it is the best middle ground they could find.

“I am not a fan of everything in this bond, but it’s in the ballpark; and sometimes when you’re looking for middle ground that’s where you end up,” Ullom-Minnich added.

“I think our kids need the bond issue,” Goering said. “Superintendent (George) Leary has done a tremendous job as far as presenting the issues to the public. I feel his leadership has us going in the right direction.”

Ullom-Minnich said he had heard rumors the district was going to add the new bond issue to the existing bonds that district is paying off.

“That is false,” Ullom-Minnich said. “We will pay off all our previous bonds this year whether or not we pass a bond for next year. That is why we waited.”

Ullom-Minnich said members of the public were hearing different facts when it comes to state funding. District patrons have mentioned the schools keep getting more and more money from the state.

“This is also false,” Ullom-Minnich said. “In fact, if you added up all the cuts over the last 10 years, our district has lost more than $3 million.

“For some reason, politicians at the state level play games with how money is counted, moving it from ‘county funds’ to ‘state funds’ and then running federal dollars through state coffers so that the numbers are deceiving,” Ullom-Minnich said. “I can tell you that from the school’s point of view, we have a lot less.”

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