City of Concordia Recognizes Volunteers from 2018 "Refresh Concordia"

By Toby Nosker
KNCK News Director

The City of Concordia met for their latest regular meeting Wednesday, April 18th where they recognized individuals that helped people in Concordia that needed assistance with light yard work and setting discarded items at the curb for Concordia's 2018 city-wide clean up, "Refresh Concordia."

The 2nd Annual Sisters of St. Joseph Volunteer Clean-Up Day was scheduled for Saturday, April 7th, but was cancelled due to the forecast for frigid temperatures. Volunteers still worked with individuals needing assistance in the days that followed. They each received a certificate of recognition during the Concordia City Commission meeting.

Concordia City Commissioner Chuck Lambertz expressed how thankful he is for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia. "I think that we are tremendously fortunate to have that group of women who are able to be such pivotal leaders in our community," he said.

The 2018 citywide clean-up included the disposal of 801 tires, 70 loads of tree limbs, 19 loads of metal, 78 trips to the Cloud County Transfer Station and 355 labor hours put in by the city street department.

In other news, the City of Concordia proclaimed the month of April as Donate Life Month to honor all those who have made the decision to donate life, to focus attention on the critical need for donation, and to encourage all Kansas residents to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.

The proclamation was presented by Pam Campbell, Administrative Assistant at the Cloud County Health Center, and new Hospital Administrator David Garnas. Garnas shared with KNCK News this week his thoughts on the Concordia community.

In action items Wednesday, the Concordia City Commission re-appointed Brian Donovan and Mike Holmes to the Airport Advisory Board. Concordia City Manager Amy Lange was also appointed to the board as an Ex Officio member.

A cereal malt beverage license was approved for Easy G Sports Grill.

The Commissioners also offered their support for the city to apply to widen the intersection of US Highway 81 and 1st Street as a City Connecting Link Improvement Program project through the Kansas Department of Transportation. The city believes widening the intersection will allow for better movement of trucks and farm equipment that use this intersection for access to grain storage facilities.

A change order totaling $21,952.20 was approved for the city's first phase of their Wastewater Treatment Plant improvement project. City Manager Lange said the change order includes items that are necessary for operation of the plant at maximum efficiency.

A study by Professional Engineering Consultants, PA was prepared in August 2015 that outlined a two phase approach to address recommended improvements at the plant. The first phase is intended to address immediate needs, and the second phase includes process and systems upgrades to increase efficiency, provide automated control of processes, and address aging infrastructure.

In March 2017, the Concordia City Commission accepted a bid from APAC-Kansas, Inc. in the amount of $2,348,353.00 for phase one of the project. The bid came in 6% below the engineer's estimate. The project includes work to the pump station, biosolids system improvements, clarifier improvements, aeration basin improvements and grit system improvements, among other things.

The substantial completion date was originally slated for April 10th, but because of product manufacturer and delivery delays, the Commission approved a 49 day extension this week. The new substantial completion date is May 29th.