FRONTENAC — Residents of Frontenac got a chance to spend some time with their mayor Thursday at Pallucca’s Event Center, and have a free meal.
The event, part of Medicalodge of Frontenac’s ‘Third Thursday’ community outreach program, featured Mayor Linda Grilz. Grilz spoke for over a half hour on the state of many city projects including the success of homecoming and the city wide clean up day.
“I was very impressed with the city staff,” Grilz said. “They were absolutely instrumental in helping the homecoming event and the city wide clean up a success.”
In continuation she highlighted the changes already made in the community, like adding building code inspectors for new builds, and addressed concerns about the water treatment system.
“We have had some concerns with the water quality, and we are taking steps to fix that,” said Grilz.
According to Grilz, the city will be looking into digging a new well, building a new water tower, water softener options and improvements to the current water treatment plant. She said they will also be working with neighboring cities and the county to look into more regional wastewater treatment options.
She also expressed her excitement about the possible changes coming to the Frontenac City Park located at the end of North Cherokee. The city has put in a grant request with the Kansas Department of Wildlife for better paths to the fishing pits located there and has plans to meet with Westar about adding electricity.
“It’s a very beautiful and serene area,” she said. “We want to make sure that it’s enjoyable for residents to use.”
Medicalodges administrator, Mike Ricks said Third Thursday events like this one are very important to him. “We want to be a part of the community, and help it anyway we can,” Ricks said. “We hope through events like this we are able to bring people together.”
The events also help local businesses, as Ricks moves the events around. This time it was at Pallucca’s who also prepared the lunch served to visitors.
Pallucca’s owner Ethan Edwards said he was pleased to be a part of the event.
“Pallucca’s has always been a cornerstone of this community,” Edwards said. “Any time we get to continue to be gathering place for the town it’s a good thing.”