The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 10, 1997 · Page 9
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 9

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, October 10, 1997
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THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10. 1997 A9 T SALINE COUNTY COMMISSION On the road Commissioners visit asphalt plant in McPherson County By SHARON MONTAGUE '*'' the Salina Journal ' ' MCPHERSON COUNTY — !' They crisscross the countryside, those ribbons of shiny '"^blackness, running past farm'. .steads and pastures and crop land. 1 ';! Two hundred seventy miles Of paved roads, to be exact, some of them covered with as- 1 ' phalt produced in a plant 1 owned and operated by McPher- ;> son County. " " Saline County commissioners ''traveled some of those roads Wednesday after touring :/ ''the asphalt plant. They were Impressed with the opera'" rion. •''"".' But that doesn't mean Saline • County soon will have its own 'asphalt plant. "It's too premature to discuss ^that," Cpmmission Chairman jjj^pike White said after the tour. <V». It was in early June when ! !?-"3erry Fowler, Saline County's !pubic works director, first .broached the subject of a county asphalt plant. At that time, Saline County was paying private contractors $26.75 a ton for asphalt. Fowler estimated that if the county were to buy and equip an asphalt plant for about $500,000, ,fhe could hire two people and produce the mix for $19 to $19.50 a ton. That would save the county about $42,500 a year, based on annual production of 30,000 tons of asphalt, Fowler estimated. J. H. Shears, 1329 W. North, has since begun selling asphalt to Saline County for $23.40 a ton. Commissioners, in formulating their 1998 budget, didn't include funding for a plant. • But Commissioner Deane Allen said construction of an C^asphalt plant is still under con- ^Sideration, perhaps in 1999. SJ^f That's why commissioners !**§|pent the day Wednesday in l^tcPherson, touring the public works department offices, the "A lot of people thought it was going to take three to five people to operate it. But it's automated to the point where they can do it with two people," Deane Allen Saline County commissioner asphalt plant and a county- leased sand pit from which the county gets sand for its asphalt mixture. McPherson was paying private companies more than $45 a ton for asphalt before county commissioners agreed a couple of years ago to replace the county's aging asphalt plant with a new, more efficient model. Now, McPherson County produces its own mix for $17 to $17.50 a ton, depending on the price of fuel, said Young, public works director. The cost is below Fowler's estimate for production in Saline County because of the leased sand pit. Young gets sand for about $1.65 a ton, whereas Saline County w,ould pay about $3.65 a ton. The McPherson County plant produces 60,000 to 90,000 tons of asphalt a year, Young said. County crews apply some of that material to roads, but the county also supplies some asphalt to commercial companies hired to apply the material to roads. Young also sells some asphalt to cities and townships in McPherson County for $21 a ton. Young said being able to supply the asphalt to contractors lowers his road construction costs considerably, and the county has greater control over the quality of asphalt used. Young Wednesday led visitors through the asphalt plant laboratory filled with about $60,000 worth of machines that gauge the oil content of asphalt, its compaction and other aspects of quality. "They have good quality-control measures," Allen said after the tour. Fowler said he already had some of the equipment that would be needed for such a lab but estimated additional equipment costing $80,000 would be needed. Allen also was-reassured to see that McPherson County's asphalt plant employs just two full-time and one part-time lab workers. • "A lot of people thought it was going to take three to five people to operate it," Allen said of the Saline County plan. "But it's automated to the point where they can do it with two people." In McPherson County, one worker loads materials into the asphalt mixer, while another monitors the mix and weighs trucks entering and leaving the facUity. The lab worker is at the plant part time and in the road and bridge department office the rest of the time'. Young said his asphalt plant operates about nine, months a year. When the plant is not in operation — on rainy days and during the winter — plant employees do maintenance and repairs on the plant or work with road crews. Fowler said a Saline County plant probably would operate only three to six months a year. After a day in McPherson County, White said he was "impressed with their facility and their operations." , But he wasn't ready to make a decision. A tour of an asphalt plant in Concordia is tentatively planned for next week. Judge becomes chairman of KU alumni board By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Wyandotte County District Judge Cordell Meeks Jr. is the new chairman of the national board of directors of the University of Kansas Alumni Association. Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kasse- baurn, R-Kan., and attorney Reid Holbrook have been named vice chairs. Meeks was officially introduced Saturday as the new board chairman at the Kansas-Oklahoma football game in Lawrence. The alumni association has about 45,000 paid members in 92 chapters around the world. There are chapters in 30 states and nine foreign countries. The association was established in 1883 to foster a spirit of loyalty, friendship and commitment among graduates, faculty and current KU students as well as supporters and friends. RAIPH WEIGH Bonds - Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron Mon.-I : ri. 8-5:30 Sat. 8-4 827-5581 528 Kenwood Park Drive, Salina, KS Opening FRIDAY OUTLET JFCctrr.sct.s ••,-••• , Salinas only outlet mall - ~ /—\ Mid^State Plaza 785-452-9600 i« &2ts* F THE WORLD PREMIER ON ICE CRACKER ON ICE r felt the full support of her 'small > congregation in Solomon, Kansas, when she underwent treatment for cancer five years ago. Today, Becky gives back to this unique, blended congregation of Methodists and Presbyterians. Becky . spends many hours in her volunteer role as a parish nurse. She arranges health programs in the community, makes home visits to the elderly and ill or home-bound, and recently worked with their minister on a special healing service. Becky also uses her nursing skills at Salina Regional Health Center, where she is a staff nurse. "The health center gives me credit for my parish nursing, which is great support." LJlU. I/Oil nTl.OW. As a part of our mission as a not-for-profit community hospital, Salina Regional Health Center's . Community Health Investment Program has provided funding for Becky and other local parish nurses to receive special education to support the parish nursing movement in the Immunities we serve. M SaliraRegbnal Health Center STARRING INTERNATIONAL SKATING CHAMPIONS ROCKY MARYAL & CALLA URBANSKI Two of ice sitting's most popular performers star in this world premier on ice of Tchaikovsky's perennial Christmas masterpiece featuring a grand ensemble of 30 professional skaters from around the world on a magical stage that has been completely frozen to ice. This spectacular production of THE NUTCRACKER ON ICE features a glittering cast, lavish costumes, breathtaking sets and effects, and Tchaikovsky's immortal music. A truly unique and memorable Christmas event for the entire family! A Christmas event you cannot miss. •SAW BICENTENNIAL CENTER! 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