The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 29, 1996 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 29, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1996 AS V SALINA CITY COMMISSION Cooperation may pay off for city Grant request involves city, chamber, school district, airport authority By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal Tim Rogers believes cooperation is the key to a $6.36 million project that city commissioners helped along by approving $2.39 million in grant applications on Monday. Rogers, the executive director of the Salina Airport Authority, said the comprehensive grant is showing Salina and other cities that working together carries financial rewards. /'Everybody pulled together," Rogers said. "Other communities have not been able to respond as quickly to the new grant program. Nobody knew exactly what was going to happen with this grant process." Some communities, unable to bring different organizations together in the grant process, dropped out. Not Salina, which united the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, the Smoky Hill Edu- T SALINA CITY COMMISSION cation Center, the Salina School District, the Salina Airport Authority and the city during the process. The project started with a proposed $3.56 million renovation of more than five miles of secondary streets in the Salina Airport Industrial Complex. By upgrading streets, Rogers said 23 more lots will open, leading to more room for development. That, in turn, would lead to a substantial increase in jobs in the area. City officials stepped in with a $2.04 million plan to build 30 new rental houses, and rehabilitate 30 existing rentals in the Schilling Manor and airport area. The city plans to kick in $100,000 for the construction, but would rely on $1 million in housing tax credits and building grants and $900,000 in private money from developers, who would own the new and reconstructed rentals. The third and final part of the grant process is aimed at training workers, and keeping students from dropping out of school. The school district is pledging $90,000 (plus another $90,000 already obtained by the district from a grant) for a computer lab and software, and the chamber will spend $100,000 through its education program. The Smoky Hill Education Center also is pledging $145,000 in teaching and other kinds of support in hopes that the $320,000 in work-force training grants is approved. The process of uniting different entities is new, as outlined in the grant guidelines from the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing. The grant, which is due Friday, covers a two-year period. The grants will be awarded early next year. "We've learned through the process that more cooperation and more collaboration will be necessary in the future," Rogers said. "We're learning through this process. I'm very confident that we will be funded at some level." Commissioners approved three different resolutions that authorized the city to send the grant applications to the state. Although other organizations are involved in the grant process, a city or county has to be the applicant. City commissioners also approved a $1.29 million contract with Shears, Salina, for road and drainage improvements on east Schilling Road. Original estimates were over $2.2 million, and the decrease is good news for city leaders and landowners in the area who will be paying special assessments on road improvements. The residents, in the Tasker subdivision east of Schilling Road and Ninth Street, will be paying about 10 percent less than the originally estimated $70 a year, over a 10- year period. The city will pay for $122,000 for the first part of the project, and 60 percent of what isn't covered by a $980,000 Kansas Department of Transportation grant in the second phase. Phase two will cost about $1.17 million. Saline County applied for the KDOT grant. "The (bidding) results are very positive," said assistant city engineer Shawn O'Leary said. "The bids are competitive, and we believe the bidders are very qualified and capable and possess an excellent track record here in Salina." The project will begin in mid- November, and end next September, O'Leary said. Flood standards may be tightened City may make new projects take into account higher runoff By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal "I think you can expect us to be agreeing that on the residential side, our standards need to be tightened." The way city engineers determine drainage and storm water detention projects in new housing subdivisions might change to reflect the size of houses and lots. Since 1980, housing addition developers have been required to tjuild detention ponds to store the runoff of a 10-year storm, which is 5.'l inches in 24 hours. Using current figures, city engineers consider 40 percent of the rain — 27,700 gallons per acre — won't be absorbed by the ground and will end up as runoff. City Manager Dennis Kissinger said a different formula might be needed to figure runoff and pond needs in some housing divisions, which have larger houses on smaller lots, paved driveways and decks. "In determining the size of a detention pond, you really have to consider the size of the rainstorms," Kissinger said. Just as important, however, is the runoff factor. Should it be T RADIO Dennis Kissinger Salina city manager bumped up to show that half of the rain that falls will end up as runoff? If the runoff factor was increased to 50 percent, instead'of the current 40 percent, the ponds would have to hold 41,500 gallons per acre. On the other hand, keeping a 40 percent runoff factor and increasing the amount of,rain to 5.8 inches, the amount of runoff would be 35,300 gallons per acre. "How much water runs off has a far bigger impact on the size of the pond, and the ability of the pond to handle that 5.8 inches of rain (from a 25-year storm)," he said. City commissioners heard a report about stormwater drainage concerns during a study session Monday afternoon. Another session is planned Nov. 18, and discussion then might lead to changes in the way stormwater detention ponds are figured. Such changes, if proposed, would be presented at the commission's Nov. 25 meeting. Commercial developments, which have detention ponds based on 25-year storms — 5.8. inches'of rain in a 24-hour period — probably won't be affected. Drainage ponds in commercial developments are built according to a 95 percent runoff co-efficient, meaning the city considers only 5 percent of the rain will be absorbed by the ground. City Engineer Don Hoff said the higher percentage covers future paving and development. Kissinger said the issues leading to the possible changes in standards have been discussed since the 1993 flooding. Some housing subdivision ponds, such as Laurie and Austin, didn't hold as much water as was expected in a May 31 deluge, he said. "We'll be looking at the specific properties as they develop and the general minimums that will be required," Kissinger said. "We will be somewhere in a range. The range has to be to the discretion of the engineering department. I think you can, expect us to be agreeing that on the residential side, our standards need to be tightened." Some consideration may also be given to land that was built on before the stricter guidelines for stormwater drainage were enacted in 1980. The engineering studies and drainage plans are now required for any newly platted land, or land that is undergoing a substantial zoning change. "We're looking to see if there .are circumstances where it .would be appropriate for us to require ponding if an area has already been platted," Kissinger said. "We may even want to do a special f overlay district, even where pre- 1980 platted property may still have to have a drainage plan and some drainage improvements." The-process will not be easy. "What we're looking at is how we can gradually inch forward with some reasonable regulation to address that, without creating a monstrosity for every building and development firm," Kissinger said. Hinrikus helps Filipino radio stations U.S. Information Agency trip aimed to help stations with growth By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal The broadcast airwaves of an overseas nation might benefit from the expertise of a Kansas radio executive. Or so Jerry Hinrikus, manager of radio stations for Eagle Broad- casting, hopes. Hinrikus was one of two delegates on a trip to the Philippines sponsored by the United States Information Agency, Washington, B.C. The agency, which operates the Voice of America and other programs, is a foreign affairs agency in the executive branch of the government. The agency supports U.S. foreign policy and promotes U.S. interests through overseas information programs. STUDENT ACHIEVERS South debaters place at tourney in Hutch A team of debaters from Salina South High School won sixith place in a tournament at Trinity High School in Hutchinson on Oct. 22. Karman Barnes, a freshman, and Shalon Ross, a sophomore, competed in the tournament's novice division and finished in sixith place. Salina FFA takes first in entomology contest • Salina FFA students took first place in the North Central District Entomology Contest on Thursday in Concordia. Sean Ryan was the top individual in the contest. Matt Bartlett finished fourth and Grover Reitz was10th individually. 'The remaining team mebers were Pat Dreier, Matt Patrick, Kevin Arnold and Josh Stockman. The Future Farmer of America participants identified insects that are of economic importance to Kansas. Contestants also took a test dealing with insect's habitat, metamorphisis and control. Minneapolis students finished second in the contest and North Central High School students from Morrowville finished third. Hinrikus's trip was to help Philippine radio executives with ideas for growing and expanding their stations. Hinrikus was joined on the trip by Joanna Ghigger, a consultant and owner of International Business Development, New York. During the week the pair spent in the country, they gave a two- day seminar on the radio industry, and toured Philippine radio stations. Hinrikus said he was struck by the poverty and pollution he saw. In Manila, with nine million people, 70 to 80 percent of vehicles are powered by old diesel engines, and people on the streets wear masks over their mouth and noses to ward off the fumes, he sfaid. The Americans were warned not to drink tap water because of cholera outbreaks from contaminated water due to broken water mains in the city, he said. Radio is very popular in the Philippines because literacy is low, Hinrikus said. Broadcasting equipment is up to date, and station executives are exploring how to use the Internet to transmit advertisements between stations in a broadcasting group, which may be spread out over several Islands, he said. The premier broadcasting format is news, followed by pop and rock music. "The big thing over there is controversy," said Hinrikus. The commentators bash politicians even more than in America, he said. This goes on even though the society is tightly controlled by police factions. The radio talk shows let listeners vent their frustrations without violence so they're allowed by the government, he said. 13-823-6372 1 -800-569-5653 When you think about YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE • Mutual Funds • Investing/Saving for College • Financial Planning Services • Investing for Retirement • (IRA, Keogh.'TSA, 401(k)) • Tax-advantaged Investments Q' Money Market Funds Prospectuses for securities listed above may be obtained from your local Waddell & Reed office. Remember Waddell & Reed FINANCIAL SERVICES Larry Werhan 213 S. Santa Fe 913-827-3606 West State Street Rd. old Hard CASH! Costume contest Wednesday, Oct. 30 1 st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Doors open at 7:00 pm V UNITED WAY DJ solicits for United Way from on high 'Daring Doug' won't leave billboard until he raises $3,500 By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal "Daring Doug" Michaels has gone to a new height to raise money for the Salina Area United Way. Michaels, a morning radio DJ for KQNS 95.5 "The Rock/is perched on a billboard on West Crawford Street near the Sunset Plaza shopping center and has vowed to stay there until he raises $3,500. He started at 7 a.m. Monday. "He is staying up there rain or cold, with no trips down to use the bathroom," said Kathy Neilson, office manager for the radio station. Michaels has camped out twice before, on the roof of the station at 1321 W. Crawford, to help the United Way. But this year he's higher and has no heated building beneath him. "It's going to be a lot colder, and the wind will be worse," Neilson said Also, this is his first year to conduct the marathon fundraiser without stepping down to use a rest room. He has all he needs in the tent pitched on the billboard ledge. "We sent along a bar of soap and a towel," Neilson said. Staff members from the station take Michaels food and beverages, but Neilson said, "Some people send up a sandwich with their donation." The billboard promotes the Salina YWCA's teen pregnancy prevention program; its message is: "Love is great. Sex can wait." Michaels is writing the names of those who give donations on the billboard. Donors are to call up to Michaels, who lowers a bucket to accept their contributions. The Salina YWCA receives United Way funds to help with its programs. The United Way campaign goal is $1,019,000, and about half of that has been raised. Flying Onto Video October 30.' Downtown News & Books 204 S. Santa Fe Carroll's Video Sunset Plaza Carroll's Mid-State Mall Available For A Limited 1 TlmeOnlyl / OUR PRICE: © The Wall Disney Company. 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