The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 16, 1986 · Page 15
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Local/Kansas 2 The Salina Journal Thursday, January 16,1986 Page 15 Briefly Post Rock bids below estimate RUSSELL — Low bids for the second phase of construction on the sprawling Post Rock Rural Water District probably will total several hundred-thousand dollars less than what district officials had expected. Cost of the project had been set at almost $6 million. But when the bids were opened Monday at Russell, they totaled $5,160,613.50. Eatherly Constructors of Garden City had a low bid of $4,764,187.50 on the Phase II distribution system. The company, which is doing the distribution work on Phase I, competed against four other bidders. Low bid for an elevated storage tank was submitted by Hydrostorage of Des Moines, Iowa, which offered to build the structure for $174,175. There were four other bidders. Gerard Tank and Steele of Concordia had a low bid of $222,251 on four water towers. There were three other bidders. Post Rock delivered its first water in November. Construction of Phase II will add about 540 customers to the system from parts of Ellis, Ellsworth, Osborne and Russell counties. The cities of Bunker Hill, Gorham, Luray, Paradise and Waldo also will receive water. Phase II is expected to take about 1% years to finish. New fire station near completion The new fire station in south Salina should be completed by the end of this month, an of fical with the company that designed the building said Tuesday. Charlie Stanley, an architect with Wilson & Co. Engineers & Architects, said some minor contract specifications were all that remained to complete the fire station at the intersection of Belmont and Key. Construction began in October 1984. It was scheduled for completion in April 1985, but it was delayed by poor weather and changes requested by Wilson & Co. and the city's engineering and fire departments. The building contract, awarded to Frank Construction Co. for $950,000, did not specify a completion date. Bids on a construction project are lower when a penalty clause for a completion date is not included in a contract. Salina Fire Chief Dave Robertson said the delay has not caused any problems for the fire department. Utility plans to screen for drugs WICHITA (AP) — Kansas Gas and Electric Co. is launching a mandatory program to randomly screen its employess for illegal drug use, a spokesman for the utility said Wednesday. "Kansas Gas and Electric has had a chemical substance abuse policy for some time and we're in the process of revising that policy at this time," said company spokesman Lyle Koerper. Koerper said employees being hired to work in the company's nuclear program at the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant and elsewhere already are being screened. He said starting in March, random testing of all nuclear group employees will start. Eventually, the program will extend companywide, Koerper said. Such testing isn't required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or other utility regulators, Koerper said. The utility's goals are to stop illegal drug use by its employees and get counseling or rehabilitation help for workers who need it, he said. Ellis agrees to sell power plant ELLIS (AP)—Ellis City Council members have agreed to a modified proposal to sell the city's idled power plant to a Hays-based company. The new proposal calls for the buyer, Midwest Energy, to raise its up- front payment from the $570,000 agreed to in October to $665,000. The agreement, approved by a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, also calls for the city to be paid $12,000 a year for 10 years and $25,000 at the end of 10 years. Mayor John Binder said the higher payment was needed to pay off bonds used to finance the Ellis utility, which includes a power plant, distribution system and interconnection with Midwest Energy. The interconnection allows Midwest Energy to supply power to Ellis' distribution system. Ellis has not used its power plant in recent years and has instead purchased power from Midwest Energy for resale to residents. MC Senior Day planned Sunday The Marymount College Admissions Office will sponsor a Senior Day for area high school seniors and their parents from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Marymount Fine Arts Building. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by a luncheon in the Fine Arts ballroom. The program will include short talks by William Medland, academic dean, and Dan Kunzman, director of admissions. Entertainment will be provided by students from the music department. Following the luncheon, members of the faculty will be available to discuss academic courses and programs. Margaret Frank, director of student financial aid, also will be present to talk about aid packages. Call 825-2101, ext. 144, for further information. Cystic Fibrosis Howl-a-Thon'set A Cystic Fibrosis "Bowl-a-Thon" is planned next week at the Holiday Bowl and King Louie Allstar Lanes in Salina. The drive to raise funds locally for the No. 1 killer of children and young adults is the first of its kind in Salina. Similar drives are planned throughout the state during January. The organization conducted a "Skate-a-thon" in Salina six years ago. Bowlers are being asked to find sponsors to pledge set amounts for pins knocked down during league bowling, beginning Sunday and continuing through Saturday. Co-chairmen are Mr. and Mrs. Ernest McPhail and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Schwartz, both of whom have grandsons with cystic f ibrosis. Ell-Saline extends Terril's contract BROOKVILLE — Ell-Saline School Board members have extended Superintendent Sandra Terril's contract for two years, the maximum allowed under board policy. The motion was approved Monday night at the district board meeting. In other business, the board approved obtaining bids for a landscape drainage project at the rear of the high school. Auction to benefit Central band An auction to benefit members of the Marching Mustang Band of Salina Central High School will be at 6 p.m. Monday at 304 W. Pacific. Items sought for donation to the auction include household goods, furniture and antiques. They can be brought to the auction house from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Items also can be taken to the home of Linda Fuller, chairwoman, at 1172 E. Woodlawn. Band members also will pick up items. COP Women will hear Brier Kansas Secretary of State Jack Brier will be the featured speaker at a meeting Monday planned by the Saline County Republican Women's Club. His topic will be the use of electronic voting. The continental breakfast meeting is to begin at 7:15 a.m. at the Elmore Cafeteria. The cost is $1.55. Reservations should be made before noon Saturday by calling Helen Graves at 827-5031, Vera Stein at 536-4687 or Lois Johnson at 823-8388. Harder warns of cuts unless SRS gets funds TOPEKA (AP) - Robert Harder, secretary of the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, told the Senate Ways and Means Committee Wednesday that his agency needs about $12.9 million additional funding in the next six months to keep all its welfare programs and state hospitals running. Harder told the committee, which handles the bud-' gets of all state agencies and controls spending bills for the upper chamber,_that $2.2 million 'extra cash is needed to ade- Harder quately fund four state mental retardation hospitals the remainder of this fiscal year. Harder said $9.9 million is needed to keep the medical assistance programs from running out of cash before June 30, the last day of fiscal 1986. "The biggest problem we have is in medical assistance," Harder said. "Losing $9.9 million in general fund appropriations equates to about one month's funding. We have enough money right now to pay our medical bills for only 11 months instead of 12 months." One reason for the large request for supplemental funding is the federal government's decision to deny the state $2 million in funding for its medical treatment of mentally ill. Harder said the state was penalized by the federal government because it had mixed housing of mentally ill patients with mentally retarded patients at nursing homes in the state. A higher-than-expected demand for medical service also accounted for the need for another $3.5 million, Harder said $1.3 million is needed to bring staffing at the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka into compliance with federal regulation or the state will lose $6.1 million in federal Medicaid funds. At the Parsons State Hospital, $656,000 is needed to fund 74 new positions and protect $4-6 million in Medicaid funds. At Norton State Hospital, $294,000 is needed to fund 26 positions to protect against the loss of $2.8 million and at Osawatomie State Hospital, $180,000 is needed. State puts more money into farm loan program TOPEKA (AP) - The state Pooled Money Investment Board Wednesday made an additional $13 million in state idle funds available to Kansas banks, providing capital for low-interest refinance loans to Kansas farmers. The new influx brings to $28 million the amount of money placed in 57 state banks to help financially-distressed farmers restructure their debts. The board put out $15 million in September from unused state freeway funds. Farmers can use it for operating capital. To be eligible to participate in the program of refinancing his debts, a farmer must receive at least 70 percent of his gross income from farming or ranching. A previous provision has been dropped that required at least a fourth of a farmer's operating expenses to go toward paying interest costs on debts. The maximum loan a farmer can receive under the program is $50,000. Banks loan them the money at 2.5 percent interest above the one-year treasury bill rate at the time the loan is made. The rate to the farmer generally ranges from 2 percent to 4 percent below the going rate for agricultural loans. The participating banks should get their money about Feb. 6. Banks that handle the discount loan program money are in Abilene, Agra, Arlington, Assaria, Auburn, Beattie, Belle Plaine, Bendena, Bison, Bucklin, Cawker City, Clay Center, Clyde, Coldwater, Columbus, Colwich, El Dorado, Garden City, Gypsum, Haven, Herington, Hiawatha, Highland, Holton, Holyrood, Inman. Also, lola, Isabel, Kensington, Lawrence, Liberal, Lincolnville, Linn, Luray, Macksville, two in Manhattan, two in Marysville, Morland, Newton, Norton, Osawatomie, Osborne, Oswego, Ottawa, Parsons, Rossville, Russell, St. John, Silver Lake, Simpson, Spring Hill, Stuttgart, Troy, WinfieldandYoder. ™ Thursday, — January 16 Closed until 12:00 NOON Repricing Merchandise SAVE ' Hundreds of Items Men's, Women's, Boys', Girls' Infants' Apparel, Shoes, and Home Furnishings, Ol course you c an c This Spectacular Sale Starts At 12:00 Noon Thursday, January 16 VISA i i Mo.l«Con) JCPenney This Spectacular Sale Starts At 12:00 Noon Thursday, January 16

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