Ark City is going to have to cough up more than $160,000 to remove a big pile of debris that was left behind after last spring’s flooding. That’s the bad news. The good news for taxpayers is that most of the cost will be covered by a federal grant. The debris remains piled up against one of the pilings under the East Madison Avenue bridge. The City Commission plans to hire a contractor to pull it out and haul it off. A local company… LG Pike… was the only company that submitted a bid. They are the same company that the Kansas Department of Transportation already uses for that type of job when they don’t do it themselves, so they are familiar with that kind of work. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse the city 75 percent of the cost, and then the state of Kansas will cover another 10 percent. That leaves the city with just a $24,000 bill for getting all the work done and the mess cleaned up.
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The Spring Hill Golf & Recreation Association has requested that the Ark City Commission release $6,000 that has been budgeted for 2020, to fix equipment. Some of that money would also go toward chemicals to start the season. The association made the request, saying they have been working with “junk equipment,” and to keep the place open and looking like a golf course, they say they need the equipment fixed.