GIRARD — For almost a year, the Girard City Council and the Crawford County Commissioners have worked toward fixing sewer issues at the industrial park.
The city’s sewer lift station had unusual wear because of debris coming into the sewer from the Crawford County Jail.
At Friday’s county board meeting, the commissioners approved a cost-sharing agreement between the city and the county for the installation of a grinder pump near the jail.
In previous meetings, the council and commissioners ran through different proposals and worked to decide which entity would carry the burden of the cost, it was roughly $80,000. This number did not include the price of a bar screen to catch debris — prices for a screen were almost as equal to the price of the pump itself and not including costs of maintenance.
They had trouble in the past agreeing as to which type of screen to select.
The final decision is to purchase a grinder pump — with this type of pump a screen was no longer needed.
“With this pump, we don’t need the screen,” County Clerk Don Pyle said. “It is designed to be robust enough to grind anything that comes in there.”
The new pump will cost $87,000 and the county board approved to go fifty-fifty with the city — each entity would pay $43,500.
In other business, Commissioner Carl Wood started a discussion regarding being approached by community members asking about ways to find out what is going on at county meetings. He suggested video recordings of the meetings, which could be placed online to view.
In the past, they spoke about the same thing and had a price of $12,404 to set up recording devices. The board will look into different options and continue the conversation in future meetings.
The commissioners also approved a few tax roll corrections and they discussed ways to continue their support for the Robert W. Plaster Center and approved a purchase agreement for a truck at Fire Station #4.
Future business and announcements:
On Feb. 19 the courthouse will be closed in observance of President’s Day.
There will be a work session with Randy Sandberg EMS Director and Dr. Tim Stebbins, EMS Administrator at 9 a.m. on Feb. 23.
Hepler Hustlers 4-H Club regarding SEK Fitting and Showing Clinic at fairgrounds and Pittsburg High School Speech and Debate Team requesting donation for a national competition, both on Feb. 23.
On March 2, KDOT District 4 Engineer Wayne Gudmonson and KDOT Community Affairs Manager Kristy Kelly will discuss the Federal Fund Exchange Program.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.