By Michelle Leidy-Franklin
USD 356 Superintendent Clay Murphy received approval from the Conway Springs City Council on Aug. 22 to build two new tennis courts at Central Park.
Murphy is interested in making the town a prime location for regional tennis tournaments. Building the two new courts will provide Conway Springs with the necessary six courts to host the tournament.
“We have all the money to do it,” Murphy said. “We will use the same company to build the same (type of) courts.”
The new courts will be built directly south of the current courts in the park. USD 356 will provide trenching services through Lange Excavation to move all underground piping. New trees will be provided to replace those taken down to make way for construction. All fencing, lights and connecting sidewalks will also be provided by the school district.
While the district has all the funds to take care of this new project, it also has applied for a USTA grant and hopes to receive news about the award within a couple of weeks. If the grant does not come through, Murphy intends to continue with a project fully funded by the district.
“The money is available without the grant,” he said.
Both Murphy and the city council anticipate an increase in revenue for the city brought by hosting regional tournaments in Conway Springs. The council unanimously agreed to approve the plans for two new tennis courts funded by USD 356.
The lease of the courts to the school district also was unanimously renewed for another 20 years. Although construction will not begin until after Fall Festival, the courts should be ready to use next spring.
In other business at last week’s meeting, the city council:
• Discussed the walking path on the property next to Little Folks day care center and what could be done to make it safe for children crossing from St. Joseph’s to the center. Approval was given for city maintenance to level the public egress to resolve the issue. Clarification was given to the owner of the property adjacent to Little Folks, Tiara Davidson, that she could continue with property improvements as approved by the city council in prior meetings.
• Approved the purchase of an Enterpol program for the police department.
• Approved Peyton Lansden to be hired full time by the city maintenance department.
• Heard a report from Judge Edward Parks that he will now be issuing a $25 fee for each warrant issued and a fee for a failure to appear. He also indicated that he will be evaluating court procedures and fees from other areas.
• Approved sale of city owned Block 3, Lot 5 in the Countryview Addition to Nick and Crystal Cotton. Only two lots remain.
• Authorized the mayor to sign a facility agreement with the Aging Project for Friendship Meals to continue using the community building.
• Approved payment to KDHE in the amount of $1,074.18 for the city service fee for drinking water. Also discussed a previous KDHE quarterly payment in the amount of $10,400.51.