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Lyndon wastewater treatment project hits a snag

LYNDON — The Lyndon City Council received an update on the wastewater treatment project from Brian Foster, BG Consultants, during Monday’s meeting. The project will replace the current wastewater treatment facility, which is one of the oldest facilities in the state.

The major project has been an ongoing for the council since August 2015. The current facility no longer meets the requirements set out in the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

County considers internet-based phone systems

LYNDON—Commissioners continued ongoing discussion with Charna Williams, clerk of the Osage County District Court.

“Our phone system is 15 years old,” Williams said. “We can’t even get replacement parts.”

“We’re doing a whole phone system for the courthouse,” said Ken Kuykendall.

Williams said she had looked at two bids, and discussed reduced prices for running fiber to the courthouse through CenturyLink.

Dollar General requests city participate with Burlingame construction

BURLINGAME — The Burlingame City Council discussed construction of a Dollar General at 117 E. Santa Fe Avenue during its March 20 regular meeting.

Colby Capital, contractor for Dollar General, would like the city to help pave the alley that would lead up to the new store in Burlingame. The council discussed chip sealing, asphalt and concrete options for the alley.

The Dollar General contractors will be laying a concrete parking lot. Holman suggested contacting their sub contractors for reduced prices.

Osage City staff propose larger street project

OSAGE CITY — Osage City staff members weighed in on the idea of a bond to address several street issues during the March 14 meeting of the Osage City Council.

Rod Willis, city manager, tagged discussion onto a recent grant application submitted by the city for a 1.55 million project to replace the pavement on Market Street between Fourth and Martin streets.

Ongoing drainage issues discussed in Scranton

SCRANTON — The Scranton City Council continued discussion of drainage issues with residents during its March 7 regular meeting.

Ladonna Lee, resident, attended the Feb. 21 meeting of the council, requesting the city address damage to her property, which she alleged took place during the water project. Council members and city staff were to meet Lee at her residence on Dogwood Avenue in the west part of the city.

Program considered for Burlingame brick restoration

BURLINGAME — Wesley Colson, Burlingame city superintendent, talked about the Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) City Connecting Link Improvement Program (CCLIP) for Burlingame’s brick roads at the March 7 Burlingame City Council meeting. CCLIP provides funds up to $300,000 for surface preservation, $1 million for pavement restoration and $1 million for geometric improvement. Applications for CCLIP are due March 17.

Search begins for county health administrator

LYNDON — Anne Gray, Osage County Health Department administrator, spoke with the Osage County Commission Monday to begin the process of finding her successor.

“We said in March, we’d start talking about finding a replacement for me,” Gray said. “It’s March.”

Commissioners discussed the best person for the job, whether that someone have a nursing or administrative background.

Carbondale considers reconditioning of lift stations

CARBONDALE —Sam Johnson, project manager for BG Consultants, told the Carbondale City Council two lift stations in Carbondale need $56,000 in improvements.

“We’re working with low dollars, trying to contribute as much as possible,” said Johnson.

Area departments assisted with fires

HUTCHINSON — Several Osage County agencies and fire departments responded to grass and wildfires in central Kansas last week.

Area units from Osage County Fire District No. 1 Carbondale, Osage County Fire District No. 4 Overbrook and Osage County Fire District No. 5 Lyndon/Vassar each sent units to assist with a grassfires that burned 7,200 acres in Reno County in a populated area north of Hutchinson.

Federal court drops civil case against commissioners

KANSAS CITY — A civil case initiated by Sharon Weber, Osage County treasurer, against the Board of County Commissioners of Osage County has been dropped, according to a judgment issued by the United States District Court of Kansas March 6.

Pat Walsh, Osage County counselor, discussed the status of the case during the March 13 commission meeting.

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