The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 30, 2012

Cherokee County Commissioners approve Riverton sewer project bid

Two outdated lift stations to be replaced

COLUMBUS, Kan. — The Cherokee County Commission on Monday approved a bid of $273,841 to replace two sewer lift stations that are part of the Riverton Sewer District.

Warstler Excavating, of rural Galena, submitted the lowest of five bids on the project. Project engineer Shawn Turner recommended the commission accept the low bid, pending approval by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The other bids were from LaForge Construction, Parsons; Crossland Heavy Contractors, Columbus; Goins Enterprises, Carl Junction, Mo.; and Tri-Star Utilities, Independence.

No schedule has been developed for the project.

“This will replace two lift stations in Riverton,” Turner said outside the meeting. “One has had a history of failures. These two lift stations are past their useful life.”

Commissioner Pat Collins, whose district includes Riverton, said the new lift stations should be a big improvement.

“A little better technology is available to us than we had in 1973” when the lift stations were installed, Collins said during a break in the meeting.

The Cherokee County Commission also heard a request for funding from Katy Parker, with Family Peace Initiative, a domestic violence prevention program.

Parker said by phone after the meeting that the program is seeking $12,500 each from Cherokee, Crawford, Labette and Bourbon counties. Collins volunteered to represent Cherokee County in talking with representatives from the other three counties about the request.


The Family Peace Initiative program has a six-month curriculum for those arrested in domestic violence cases if an assessment determines they are appropriate for the program, said Katy Parker, Family Peace Initiative.

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