Townships want a break on fire protection increases


By Paul Rhodes

CONWAY SPRINGS – Representatives from three local townships – Creek, Sumner and Springdale – asked members of the Conway Springs City Council for a break on their fire protection bills at last week’s council meeting.
All three townships came before the council with their proposed bills for the coming year, and noted that they have been facing price increases every year. The new bills have scheduled increases of five to seven percent, as well.
Township representatives made it clear that they appreciate the fire coverage provided by the Conway Springs Fire Department, but questioned the need for regular increases in those costs every year. The township officials said they would like to see the City of Conway Springs freeze the rates for some period of time, or come to some kind of other agreement to help the townships with their fire protection costs.
Council members agreed to look into the township bills for fire protection costs, and set a workshop on the issue for 5:30 p.m. May 10 at City Hall. The workshop will be held right before the regular city council meeting that night and is open to the public.
In other business at last week’s meeting, the council:
• Agreed to drop $358 in charges for a water customer who had bills incurred by a former resident on the property.
• Approved paying $200 for a flyover at the local Memorial Day service.
• Discussed an alley issue on the south side of Spring Street where washout problems are happening frequently. The Maintenance Department will get bids to replace the apron in that area.
• Heard a report from the municipal court judge on recent cases, additional training, new court services being provided, and moving over to an electronic docket system.
• Accepted the 2018 audit that has been performed for the city.
• Approved an ordinance modification, allowing utility customers to set up payment plans. City code will be modified as well.
• Approved the $2,149 annual fee for membership in the Sumner County Economic Development group. The city hopes to get additional business promotion help this next year.
• Discussed a lighting contract for City Park. Council member Jan Wiseley will look into it with the contractor.
• Discussed overpayments on liquor taxes from two local businesses. The businesses, the Stock Tank and Grain Bin Liquor, will be reimbursed $250 each.
• Discussed the need for a structure to cover the lift station at the city’s sewer plant. Council members requested the Maintenance Department get bids on the work.
• Noted the ongoing need for mechanical aeration of the city’s sewer lagoon. The city will discuss a berm on one side of the lagoon, and whether to have some or all of it removed to let wind naturally aerate the lagoon.
• Heard a report from the Maintenance Department on two leaks at the water plant. One had been fixed as of last week, and the other was waiting to be fixed.