By Sam Jack
The city of Haysville determined last month that a plan to relocate a church from Cunningham to the Haysville Historic District is not viable.
Public works director Tony Martinez and one of his employees drove the rural Kansas route the large church structure would have had to navigate. The pair identified 158 potential conflicts with electrical and utility lines.
The Sedgwick County Electric Coop had the most conflicts, and in response to an inquiry from the city said that it would be unlikely to approve the move and would not assume any liability for damage to infrastructure.
“Due to the size of the structure and distance involved, your general route for us will involve four different substations and possibly substantial-length outages, and in some instances multiple times,” the cooperative wrote. “Our members think almost any outage is too long and inconvenient, and this project would have very sizable outages involved.”
Other utilities would have also had to approve plans to move the church, which would have measured 32 feet tall and 30 feet wide once loaded onto a truck.
Mayor Bruce Armstrong invited members of the Haysville Historic Committee to attend the special meeting where the city council received the bad news Jan. 29. He told the committee members that the city remains committed to building or moving a church structure to the district.
Ginger Cullen, the city’s community relations director, also affirmed that the city still wants the church project to happen.
“Whether it be finding some other church that could be moved or building something on our own, we’re not scrapping the idea,” she said.
Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Feb. 15 print edition of the Haysville Sun-Times. To see stories like this first and to get all your community news, please subscribe for home delivery. Call 316-540-0500.