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Ellinwood to host rocket launch
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ELLINWOOD — The Ellinwood Municipal Airport will be host to a rocket launch with the Kansas Organization for SpaceModeling on March 8 with a backup date of March 22. For about 15 years, those who like to launch model rockets come from throughout the state and even from out-of-state to launch rockets
“It’s pretty amazing,” said Robert Peter, Ellinwood City Administrator, at the regular city council meeting last week. The rockets travel as far as 10,000 feet.
In other business, representatives from the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce were present to talk about the upcoming After Harvest Festival.
“We’re hoping to foster renewed excitement,” said J. Basil Dannebohm, chamber administrator. They plan to bring back old traditions and some new activities.
Some new additions will include a professional barbecue contest,  3 on 3 basketball, dragging Main Street, and a craft market.
The contract has been signed with the engineering firm performing the flood control study.  They will study the water shed basin that extends to the Wet Walnut and around the junior college and the historical changes.
The council approved sewer line cleaning from Mayer Specialty Services. They will clean the main outfall line extending from West 7th to the treatment plant. The cost will be approximately $10,000.
Also, the council approved financing the repairs to the solid waste truck, which is back in service. They also approved the end-of-the-year financial review.
A new chassis for a water tank truck was approved at a cost of $13,000. The old chassis was from a truck from 1970 and had become a safety issue.
Curtis Wolf, site manager of Kansas Wetlands Education Center, was present to give an update on the wetlands.
Service awards were given to Erica Perron for five years with the ambulance department and Larry Clair for 15 years with the solid waste department.