CHAPMAN - The City of Chapman Mayor Howard Battishill, City Council members Tim Jury, Jim Bell, Dana Gaither, Christy Loy, and Rick Johnson, City Administrator John Dudte, Kaw Valley Engineering representatives Randy Purdue and Leon Osborne, and Astra Bank representatives Lance Tilton and Kyle Campbell will break ground on the construction of a new lift station to be located in City Park at the east end of East 1st Street. The lift station will be constructed by Walters/Morgan Construction Inc from Manhattan, Ks. Construction financing has been provided by Astra Bank and long-term refinancing will be provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. Engineering cost estimate for the project is approximately $800,000. The project is Phase 1 of a 2-phase project. Phase 2, anticipated to begin in early 2021, will include force main construction from the new lift station to a new lagoon system to be constructed on city property northeast of the city. This project brings to reality nearly 10 years of discussion, analysis, and planning to replace the city’s aging wastewater treatment plant. The existing wastewater treatment plant, while still functioning, is no longer capable of maintaining compliance with enhanced state and federal wastewater treatment requirements. The lagoon system now under construction will bring the city into compliance with existing and anticipated future Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) regulations. The lagoon is 47 acres of water surface area and will be built as a non-emitting lagoon. An additional 11 acres of property was purchased to facilitate possible future growth of Chapman. The lagoon as planned is expected to accommodate Chapman’s needs for several decades.
Members of the Carey R. McClaren Post No. 12 of the American Legion Auxiliary in Herington gathered recently to prepare gift baskets for veterans residing at The Legacy of Herington. A variety of personal hygiene items and socks were included in the baskets. Auxiliary members from left, are: Virginia Neuberger, Donita Ryff, Merlene Lane, Elva Strand and Connie Alvarez. Absent from the photo is Angie Siefert.
A new three-year pilot grant program to support business development in Herington received approval last Tuesday from the Herington City Commission.
Registration for the Abilene Area Toys 4 Tots for 2020 will be done via telephone, or Messenger via Facebook, to eliminate in-person contact.
Creation of a second Public Building Commission to address possible funding avenues for construction of a new hospital in Herington is now the consensus of Herington City Commission members.