GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission received an update on upgrades to the sewer at the Girard Industrial Park at its regular meeting Friday.

Girard City Administrator Chris Weiner and Utilities Director Chris Franklin presented the update. Weiner reported that a replacement lift station will arrive for installation in the near future.

A new lift station was needed, but the City of Girard also wants to install a bar screen to catch debris being flushed into the sewer by jail inmates. The city believes the debris shortened the life of the previous station.

Franklin expects to have the cost of a bar screen and installation in approximately 60 days. He will report back to the county with hard numbers.

Weiner said the city still hopes to work out some form of cost-sharing on the bar screen with the county.

The commission expressed concerns again about the county having to now pay for water. Franklin explained that the hydrant being used by city and county workers for water was being left open and used by the railroad and other businesses unregulated.

Franklin will be working with the county on placement of the bar screen and possible cost sharing options from now on as Weiner’s last day is Thursday.

After Weiner leaves, Girard Mayor Kurt Ziegler will serve as acting administrator until a new candidate is selected.

In other business, the commission approved its regular reimbursement for Safehouse Crisis Center. The commission also signed a resolution granting a zoning change for the Circle B Ranch Event Center near Girard.

Commissioner Jeff Murphy reported that his road crew would be grinding down 530th Street in his district.

Commissioner Carl Wood reported he had spoke with Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall about resurfacing a section 250th Street — which is split in half between Pittsburg and Frontenac. Commissioner Tom Moody had previously spoken with Frontenac City Administrator Brad Reams and the parties plan to meet and discuss options.

Following the meeting, the commission hosted a work session with IMA Consulting to discuss how they may assist the county with health insurance consulting. The county currently employs Gallagher and Co. as its consultant.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.