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What To Do With Greer?

Posted 2/22/2018

Moundridge City, School District Begin Discussions On Building

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger StaffPROVIDED GRAPHIC
ALLOY Architecture prepared this as an initial concept site plan for Moundridge’s Greer Gymnasium. USD 423 Superintendent George Leary said members of the district’s task force recommended the district decide what it wants to do with Greer Gymnasium prior to moving forward with another potential bond issue to repair USD 423’s school building.
PROVIDED GRAPHIC ALLOY Architecture prepared this as an initial concept site plan for Moundridge’s Greer Gymnasium. USD 423 Superintendent George Leary said members of the district’s task force recommended the district decide what it wants to do with Greer Gymnasium prior to moving forward with another potential bond issue to repair USD 423’s school building.

MOUNDRIDGE – What should the USD 423 Board of Education, the current owners, do with Greer Gymnasium?

During their regular meetings earlier this month, members of the Moundridge City Council and the USD 423  Board agreed they were willing to begin talks on what can be done with the old building, which used to be part of the high school before it was destroyed in a fire.

USD 423 Superintendent George Leary and City Administrator Randy Frazer want to find out what local residents want to do with Greer. The men plan to present one potential option to the Moundridge Chamber of Commerce during its meeting at noon, Thursday, Aug. 22, at Quincy’s Bar and Grill, in downtown Moundridge.

For a concept drawing, Alloy Architecture developed an initial plan. Leary said the east gymnasium would be kept and restrooms and locker rooms would be added to the facility.

The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office has declared the smaller, west gym at Greer as unusable.

“The west end of Greer needs to come down,” Leary said.

Since the city has started looking at possibly replace the municipal swimming pool, Leary said they wanted to find out if there would be enough space between the existing east gym with the new restrooms and lockers and the Moundridge Senior Center.

“We need a definite plan for Greer,” Leary said. “We’d like to partner with them (the city) to see what it could look like.”

At the February meeting, Frazer asked council members about forming a Public Building Commission (PBC). Frazer stressed a PBC could be a valuable tool for the city to have available.

Frazer said the PBC could be a “useful tool” for the city in other ways.

“Do you guys have an appetite for at least exploring it?” Frazer asked.

Council members expressed an interest in the idea.

“The concept is good,” Councilman Jeremy Moore said.

The city can create a PBC with the appropriate ordinance. The commission must have at least three members and no more than nine.

The commission is able to purchase land and the group can construct or repair buildings for the public.

A PBC cannot levy any kind of taxes, but it can issue revenue bonds, Frazer said. The PBC repays the bonds from the rents and revenues it generates from the operation, management and use of the buildings or other facilities acquired by the commission.

With the bonds, Frazer said the PBC would have to pass a resolution and then publish the resolution for two consecutive weeks in the city’s official newspaper, The Ledger. The public has 30 days from the last date of publication to protest issuing the bonds. If 5 percent of the electors sign a petition, then the question would be put to a vote of the people.

Frazer noted one benefit to a PBC is the debt issued by the commission does not count against either the city’s or school district’s indebtedness.

Frazer said he planned to talk to City Attorney Greg Nye about the PBC.

Moundridge Mayor Gary Fisher said community members have strong feelings for Greer.

“They want to keep it,” Fisher said.

Frazer noted the city has had its current pool for many years and it needs to be replaced.

Councilman Kevin Schmidt agreed, “It’s on its last legs.”

Frazer said a new pool could cost the city $2 million to $3 million.

Spencer BringsTraditional Barbershop To Inman

Posted 2/22/2018

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger StaffLEDGER PHOTO
THE Inman Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for GreyHawk Barber Company, located at 106 S. Main Street in downtown Inman on Saturday, Feb. 17. Seth Spencer, center, is the owner.
LEDGER PHOTO THE Inman Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for GreyHawk Barber Company, located at 106 S. Main Street in downtown Inman on Saturday, Feb. 17. Seth Spencer, center, is the owner.

INMAN – Seth Spencer wants to bring a traditional barbershop to Inman.

He offers his customers haircuts and a straight razor shave with a hot towel.

Spencer usually arrives at the GreyHawk Barber Company, in tradition barber attire, wearing dress clothes with a bow tie.

The Inman Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the business Saturday, Feb. 17. GreyHawk is located at 106 S. Main Street in downtown Inman.

“I appreciate you coming out and doing this for me,” Spencer told Chamber members.

“We’re proud to have you here,” Chamber Vice President Nick Reinecker said. “We’re extremely glad to have you bring back a barbershop to town.”

Spencer opened the barbershop in November of 2017.

“Like any new business, we started out kind of slow,” Spencer said. “It’s now really starting to pick up. It’s been really successful”

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Craig Wins Best Of ShowIn Photo Contest

Posted 2/22/2018

The Ledger StaffPROVIDED PHOTO
MACY Craig took this photograph that was chosen Best of Show in the Community Photo Contest, sponsored by the Moundridge Arts Council, the Moundridge Chamber of Commerce and the City of Moundridge. The winners of the contest were announced during the Photography Showcase Saturday, Feb. 10, at the MAC building.
PROVIDED PHOTO MACY Craig took this photograph that was chosen Best of Show in the Community Photo Contest, sponsored by the Moundridge Arts Council, the Moundridge Chamber of Commerce and the City of Moundridge. The winners of the contest were announced during the Photography Showcase Saturday, Feb. 10, at the MAC building. CraigCraig

MOUNDRIDGE – Macy Craig, a junior at Moundridge High School, received a camera for Christmas and decided to go around town and take a few photographs.

The judges selected one of the photos she took that day as Best of Show in the Community Photo Contest sponsored by the Moundridge Arts Council, the Moundridge Chamber of Commerce and the City of Moundridge.

The winners of the contest were announced during the Photography Showcase Saturday, Feb. 10, at the MAC building.

Craig said she took the color photo on an exit ramp off of I-135, east of Moundridge.

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