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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.

Carbondale completes requirements for recreation grant

CARBONDALE — The Carbondale City County recessed during Monday’s regular meeting for a public hearing with Garrett Nordstrom, Governmental Assistance Services, to close out the Community Development Block Grant for the recreational improvements at City Park.

“We’re fixing to close out the project,” Nordstrom said. “I think we got our money. Is there anything else we need to cover?”

Council and staff noted some smaller issues.

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.

Hensley: Court links student achievement to quality teachers, support staff

During a budget debate last week, Senate President Susan Wagle offered an amendment that would cut K-12 budgets by $68 million. She argued students would not be impacted because school boards would have to cut “non-classroom” expenses. This is not true.

The Kansas Supreme Court’s most recent school finance ruling makes it clear that all cuts to schools reduce student achievement, especially when they eliminate teachers and support staff.

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