Lehigh plans to meet with pond players

It’s time for everyone involved in helping Lehigh bring its sewer ponds into regular compliance with state standards to get together and “put their cards on the table,” the city council decided at its regular meeting Monday night.

Councilor Todd Jost suggested meeting with city engineer Jim Kohman, Midwest Assistance Program’s Michelle Black and a representative from Kansas Department of Health and Environment to determine which of the several proposed pond-improvement options will be sufficient to meet KDHE standards.

The council approved a Jan. 23 special meeting, contingent on the KDHE representative’s ability to attend on that date.

In other business, the council:

  • decided to hold the check for Holland Paving’s overlay on Main Street, in light of obvious flaws in the workmanship.

    It was suggested that the council meet on a Saturday morning to take a walk down the street and document with digital pictures the areas where repairs were needed.

    Mayor Monty Root said documentation would just provide concrete evidence for Holland of the repairs the company already knows need to made.

  • discussed what action would be necessary to finally get a fully functional baseball diamond by this spring. Councilor Eldon Kaiser said he would talk to city employee Joel Ratzlaff about beginning work on the diamond.
  • decided to ask a representative from the League of Municipal-ities to attend a meeting and give an overview of available services for taking court action against property owners in violation of Lehigh’s nuisance ordinances.

    The council also discussed collecting bids for the destruction of the condemned properties at 304 W. Kansas and 307 W. Kansas.

  • approved a motion to allow members of the Lehigh Senior to meet every month or two for distribution of commodities, following the recent closing of the center.

    The council also decided that at least one councilor should take a look at the furniture and piano on which the center had given “first dibs” to the city, who had provided the center with water services at no charge for several years.

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