ELLINWOOD — At is regular meeting on Tuesday, the Ellinwood City Council recognized the achievements of Ellinwood High Schools’ Future Business Leaders of America club. The chapter, in its third year, is sending six students to compete at FBLA nationals in San Antonio.
This year’s qualifiers were Rachel Morales, Kayla Schartz, Sarah Fox, Kyle Blakeslee, Stephanie Troyer and Rachel Doll.
Next, Nancy Baird, Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce executive director, was present to request use of city facilities for the After Harvest Festival. They will have an inflatable carnival for AFH July 19-21. The inflatables will be there from 6:30-10 p.m. each night. Discount wristbands are $10 for one day and $20 for two.
Baird told the council that the carnival that has come in the past called her and told her they will not come this year to Ellinwood. She said she called around to check with other carnivals, and couldn’t find any willing to come unless the chamber would guarantee them they would generate $50,000 in gross revenue. The past carnival was grossing $6,500-$7,000.
In addition, she said there will be a community play that week called “Nunsense”.
The council approved use of facilities for AHF.
The council approved a fireworks display for July 3. City Administrator Robert Peter explained that last year’s fireworks display was on July 3, and they had the biggest crowd ever. He said people could then spend July 4 with other activities.
The rain date will be July 4.
In other business, Peter said it was discovered that on the south side of the highway from the American Legion east, an extra twenty feet that was platted for highway use was not used. He said EBH Engineering recommends deeding this 20 feet back to the property owners.
He also said that the two lots purchased by the city are 170 feet instead of 150 feet long.
The council heard good news in regards to the EPA required Rice Improvements for electrical plants. The improvements would have cost the city $200,000-$300,000. Karl Meyer was present from the Kansas Power Pool, which Ellinwood is a member of, explained that the Rice emission standards will not apply to Ellinwood’s power plant.
Also, he said that the KPP, which has been in existence since 2005, is looking for a new manager.
In final business, the council heard:
•The city has hired a new police officer.
•June Jaunt was a success.