Pool project complete in Conway Springs


By Michelle Leidy-Franklin

CONWAY SPRINGS – The pool project for the City of Conway Springs has come to a close. A public hearing was held during the city council meeting on Aug. 10.
No members of the community were present to inquire about the project. However, council members discussed the positive feedback they had received from residents during the course of the project. Final draw down payments were approved. The council received the final inspection report and closed out the project.
Dondlinger Construction was the contractor used for the pool project. The company also was the contractor for the city sewer project. With the completion of the pool project, the focus for both the city and Dondlinger Construction has moved to the sewer project.
A change order in the amount of $4,295 was approved for the sewer project. Asphalt repairs were required on 2nd Street and were included in the change order. The council approved payments to be made to both Dondlinger and Wilson & Company.
In other business:
• Albert Osner and Chris Bellar approached the council with high water bills that they say required repairs on the city side of the water line feeding the homes. The council approved paying for the difference between their typical bill and the amount on the invoices in question. The city has received regular complaints of high bills from residents, many of which required repairs to be made by the city.
• EMS director Christina Jones informed the council of the need for a new power cot for the department to use in patient transportation. Jones will be doing some pricing and confirmed she could make the expense work within her department’s budget.
• Fire Chief Aubrey Hill brought concerns to the council about the city water system. Hill was concerned that if there was a structure fire in town, there would not be enough water pressure to put the fire out. He said final flow reports on the hydrants were never received after the water system was replaced. No action was taken on the matter. The council will be looking into the matter.
• The council approved a credit limit of $1,000 for all city department heads on the city credit card.
• The council approved opening a money market account at Vintage Bank. Funds received from the American Rescue Plan Act will be kept in the account. Vintage Bank was selected because they offered the highest interest rate yield.
• The council approved the fall festival fireworks show to be held at Central Park. Council members also approved sponsorship of the show with funds not to exceed $2,800.
• The council discussed requests for audio files from city council meetings. Council members agreed to allow citizens to purchase USB drives at cost from the city containing the requested files.
• An executive session was held to discuss KORA regulations and the city code book. Mayor Jessica Gerlach said she had received complaints that needed to be addressed and would go over what is required from city council members and staff. No binding action was taken.