Conway Springs breaks ground on new water plant

By Michelle Leidy-Franklin

The City of Conway Springs broke ground on its future water plant at 1115 W. 90th Ave. N. last week on Tuesday, just prior to the city council meeting.

City council members posed for pictures at the new site with shovels in hand. The location is at 1115 W. 90th Ave. N. The land was purchased from the Calvin and Betty Zerener Trust.

“We need residents to know that this will be a closed construction site. No unauthorized personnel are allowed on the premises,” said Mayor Jessica Gerlach.

Those with an interest in seeing the site may request a tour of the area at city hall. A hard hat, safety vest and appropriate guide will be required to view the construction site. Signs warning of access restrictions will be placed at the access road on 90th Ave.

The road leading to the new construction site will be widened to allow access for larger vehicles and for delivery of materials. In order for everyone to be kept safe and for crews to maintain steady progress, residents are also encouraged to stay off of the access road. City maintenance manager Spanky Brooks will provide daily supervision of the site and trespassers will be prosecuted.

City leaders remind the public that the construction site is a closed site. Trespassing on the site is not allowed. To view the site, contact Conway Springs City Hall at 620-456-2345.

In other council business:

• Council members heard a request from Conway Springs High School tennis coach Chris Bellar regarding the beautification of the tennis courts. City council members agreed that his requests for improvements should be addressed. While more information is needed about funding and costs, the city plans to actively pursue a resolution before the Class 3A regional tournament in May.

• The council approved a reduction in the EMS class fees for Cody Stuhlsatz. A $205 reduction was approved for tests he did not take because the city was not charged for them. The remaining fees are still owed to the city.

• Council members approved a pump for the city pool as bid by Leslie Pool and approved the installation of a transfer switch for the city generator.

• An executive session was held for non-elected personnel for city maintenance. No binding action was taken.

• Council members approved the appointment of Brett Sexton and Krisha McLaughlin to Conway Springs EMS as well as funding the Red Cross safety class for pool life guards.

• The council voted to have Jacob’s Enterprises take care of the HVAC for both the city building and the new EMS building.

• Council members agreed to take bids for the city insurance. Insurance for the vintage fire truck was tabled until next meeting to wait for bids.

• Stacy Creek was hired as temporary help in the city clerk’s office at the rate of $9.50 per hour.

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the March 22 print edition of the Star-Argosy. To see stories like this sooner and to get all of your community, subscribe for home delivery. Call 316-540-0500.