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Engineering finalists chosen for Hoisington sewage lagoon issues
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HOISINGTON — The City of Hoisington at its regular meeting on Monday, approved three engineering finalists to interview for reworking the community’s sewage lagoons. The lagoons were found to be deficient by the Environmental Protection Agency because of short circuiting of lagoon waters.
The engineering firms were  Kirkham Michael and Associates, PEC, and Schwab Eaton.  They will each be doing 30-minute presentations to the governing body on Feb. 24 at the city council meeting, including costs.
In other business, the  structure at 851 W. 2nd St. was discussed. The home owner was present at the meeting and asked for more time to remove her belongings from the dilapidated structure because of the inclement weather. The council decided to give her until March 3 to remove her personal belongings.  
Another dilapidated structure, 305 E. 2nd, was found to be dangerous, unsafe or unfit for human habitation. This resolution give the homeowner until May 16, 2014 to repair or remove the home.
City Manager Jonathan Mitchell reported that a major circus with an elephant will be coming to town in early June. The Carson and Barnes Circus has over 100 acts. Fire Chief Jim Sekavec gave an annual report on the fire department. There were 45 runs for 2013. Sekavec said the department has an average of 78 runs per year.
Sekavec also reported that since burn permits were implemented in 2004, the number of yearly runs had dropped.
The council heard electrical generation engines at the power plant are all EPA approved and meet Rice-Neshap standards.
Hoisington Main Street Inc. will be holding a Valentines Dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 15. Couples can renew their marriage vows.
The carnival for the Labor Day celebration has been scheduled. There will be 12 rides with more food and game booths.
Council members told Mitchell what a good job city crews did with snow removal.