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  • Council meeting with a surprise

  • The Girard City Council meeting started Monday night with a little surprise.

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  • The Girard City Council meeting started Monday night with a little surprise.
    The city presented a certificate of appreciation to Bob Sands, who served as Girard interim fire chief from the time the previous chief, Dustin Johnson, was suspended and then terminated until the new chief, Chase D. Waggoner, assumed his duties.
    “We know you went through some difficult times,” said Girard mayor Maurice Harley as he presented Sands with the framed certificate.
    As further proof of their appreciation, council members voted to give Sands a $800 service bonus.
    Following that, the council heard from Scott Shreves of EMG Consultants regarding the power bridge agreement that will take the city through the transition period after it leaves the Kansas Power Pool and becomes part of the Kansas Municipal Energy Association.
    Girard gave its two-year notice to leave the Kansas Power Pool in April of 2011.
    Shreves said he had good news, assuming there wasn’t any bad news later on.
    “April 2013 will be the last time you take power from KPP,” Shreves said. “Now, with your movement into the Kansas Municipal Energy Association, there will be a bridge period from May 1 to the end of 2013. This is all very complicated, but basically, because of your generators, you can take advantage of that and not have to pay for capacity from somewhere else.”
    He said that, if the city had remained in the Kansas Power Pool, it would have continued to see its electricity costs go up.
    “Your resource will be the Grand River Dam Authority,” Shreves said. “Your consumers will see, if things stay the same, a penny a kilowatt hour in savings, starting in May. It’s a very good savings. However, anything can happen, and the price of natural gas could go through the roof.”
    Council members also accepted a bid from Lambert Tractors and Machinery, Galena, for a golf course tractor.
    “We had budgeted $15,000 for this, and we’re paying $10,000 for a 2010 Mahindra,” said Gary Emry, city administrator. “It comes with a new tractor warranty.
    Emry noted that the KLINK project is moving ahead.
    “Some flagging has been done along the routes, and the engineers will be in the city for the next few weeks,” he said.
    He asked for, and was granted, permission to fill out a loan application for the project.
    “I’ll bring the application for you to review in two weeks,” Emry said.
    Council member Melody Cherry said that Live Well Crawford County is bringing in a community consultant in March to visit the various communities in the county and talk about healthy lifestyle changes that can be made.
    “He’ll come at no charge to Girard, because the Kansas Health Foundation is paying for this,” she said. “One of the things we’ve talked about is walking trails by the Crawford Hills Golf Course.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Arnold VonSoosten was approved for a two-year term on the Golf Course Committee. Tracy Smith was previously named to the board.
    The council set a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4 to discuss capital improvement plans.

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