City Council considers putting in $200,000 water line to Mayfield residents in fear of KDHE fine

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Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 225 weeks ago “Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert said there isn’t really a problem with getting water to those people, and the city can put in a water line if that is what the council wants.” Then why are people who live between here and Mayfield told NO when asked about being put on the city water line?? if it really isn’t a problem. I would pay for everything to tap into it, the line runs directly west of my gate… but am still told no. Similar to Whitetail Ridge. Way to stifle growth. Report Reply 0 replies · active 225 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down turkeyleg · 225 weeks ago If the powers that be can come up with 225 thousand for a new sprinkler system for the golf course they can come up with a couple of hundred thou for the water line. But what really hits me, is that no one has blamed this on Obama. The big bad feds picking on the state then the state picks on the city. You would think Brownback would be outraged at Obama and the feds for picking on the little guy. But wait, Brownback is also picking on the little guy. Funny isn’t it? Report Reply 0 replies · active 225 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Steve Glenn · 225 weeks ago Good point, I guess when they shut my water off, I could go to the golf course and shower with their 225 thousand dollar sprinkler system, They get millions of gal a year from us for nothing anyway to water the golf course. None of the city counsel where interested in me showering at their homes, using our water, or paying for getting us water. Report Reply 1 reply · active 225 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down turkeyleg · 225 weeks ago Just run ya a big loooooong hose and hook it up to one of the golf course sprinkler heads. : ) Of course, you could only have any water when the sprinklers are on. But the way the CG wastes water you’d be floating in water. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Hmm · 224 weeks ago K.S.A. 82a-702. Dedication of use of water. All water within the state of Kansas is hereby dedicated to the use of the people of the state, subject to the control and regulation of the state in the manner herein prescribed. Report Reply 0 replies · active 224 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — In response to a possible fine by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the City of Wellington is considering putting in a water line for people in the Mayfield area who have city water wells on their property.For years – since the 1950s at least – the city and these private Mayfield property owners have had a gentleman’s agreement in place that the city is allowed to drill on their property, in turn the property owners get free water – albeit it being untreated.But in 2015, the city was told by the KDHE, that there was a new federal rule that states cities may not let people have untreated water, even if it is coming off their property. The city has tried to work out something but now faces as May 1 deadline which includes a penalty. What that penalty is, nobody knew at Tuesday’s night meeting at the Council Chambers.The council now faces a dilemma. Does the board put in a waterline that would cost the city $200,000, or face incurring a fine by KDHE? The city has budgeted $150,000 to pay for whatever agreements they make to comply with federal and state rules. But they have been told by the state to shut those customers off by May 1.The city passed an measure Tuesday at the regular meeting to tell the state that it is not going to cut off water to people by May 1, because it does not yet have a system in place and does not want to put people in a position of not having water.The city may have to have another quick meeting before the end of the month to get the situation rectified. Council members Kelly Green and Jan Korte voted against the measure. Green said she only did so because she is concerned that the city does not know what a fine might cost them.There were 25 property owners who were sent letters asking them to contact the city about this issue. Only 13 responded, and all but five signed contracts with the city to take a $6,000 payment to drill themselves their own well. Five did not take the deal, and the city may end up putting in a line for them.The city currently is taking millions of gallons water from these people’s property, and has for years, under a previous agreement. City council members expressed the sentiment that they have an obligation to those people even if it takes some extra money to put in a water line from the city’s system.Steve Glenn is one of those property owners, and he said he hired someone to drill and paid $3,000 and did not get enough water to get reasonable water pressure to his house.“We have given the city access for years, and they have taken millions of gallons of water, and now they say they are going to shut us off,” Glenn said.He wanted the city to put in a water line and give them treated water if that is what the feds are requiring. He does not think the $6,000 is reasonable because they are not able to get to adequate water on their property for that amount.Stuart Shinliver, another resident who could lose water, agreed with the water line idea.Council member Kip Etter said it was another example of the city putting things off and not being proactive.He remembered a few years ago when the lake was very low and how the city struggled to provide water. He was in favor of doing whatever is needed to help those people get water because the city may need more wells in the future.Council member Jim Valentine agreed as well. He said he realized $200,000 is a lot of money, but he said it is about human lives and quality of life, so he thought it was justified.Wetta said the city should send someone to Topeka if necessary, and he offered to go with them.Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert said there isn’t really a problem with getting water to those people, and the city can put in a water line if that is what the council wants.The money could come out of the utility fund.Korte suggested the city get busy planning a water line immediately as they try to get the situation worked out before the first.In other matters:•Kelly Green said Sherry’s Army would be at work again this Saturday. The group cleans up the city on Saturday mornings. Anyone wanting to volunteer should meet at Pizza Hut at 8 a.m. Saturday. The city will provide a truck and driver.•John Monroe said the Wellington Food Bank is having a fundraiser this year with a raffle and auction. They will be giving a way two rifles, and they hope to set up a display in the Veterans Room at Memorial Auditorium. Anyone wanting information, or to volunteer, should call Monroe at 326-8129.•El Valle, a new Mexican restaurant, received approval for a Cereal Malt Beverage license. They willl be on A Street and do not yet have an opening date, but they hope it will be soon.•Mayor Shelley Hansel passed out evaluation forms for the council’s evaluation of City Manager Roy Eckert. That should be taken up, probably in executive session during May.•The city passed several ordinances that will result in the electric substation on the north side of town. This has been budgeted and is part of a long term bond issue. They are buying a power transformer for $623,000, power poles for about $139,000, rolls of wire and other materials.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Chance to comment on proposed closure of Tate Creek Elementary School

first_imgAnyone interested in commenting on the closure can also hand in a written submission by January 15, 2014 to Tate Creek Elementary, the SD59 Board Office, or by email to the Board of Education Chairperson at [email protected] At 7 p.m. on December 2 at the school, parents and community members will have a chance to argue for why the school should or shouldn’t stay open. The bylaw to close the Tomslake area school was given first two readings at the school board’s November 12 meeting, with a third reading set for after public consultation.The school itself is 49 years old, and is in need of a scheduled roof replacement and updates to the building envelope. SD59 estimates that if it was closed, it would save the school district nearly $158,000 a year in maintenance, utilities, administration, and custodial costs. Only 19 students are currently enrolled at the elementary school, 28 kilometres south of Dawson Creek. They come from Tomslake, Tupper, Gundy and One Island Lake by school bus each day. – Advertisement -Enrolment is expected to increase to 20 in 2014/2015, but then decline to nine by 2017/2018. If the school were to close, the students would be sent to Pouce Coupe Elementary, which would mean an additional classroom for that school. If the closure is approved, it’s expected the board would ask the Ministry of Education to close it by July 1, 2014. Community organizations would then be contacted to see if they would have a use for the facility. Advertisementlast_img read more