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Light The Night

Posted 12/19/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Aspiring Griswold Austin Bollinger is once again lighting up Rosewood drive.  This year is Bollinger’s third year for his light show.  Bollinger’s light extravaganza can be seen from 6 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 6 to 11 p.m. on weekends. 

“I have 8,846 lights and 12 Christmas songs on rotation,” he said. 

While the show draws a crowd, Bollinger said Christmas is more than lights and music. 

“We have a donation box out front. We are collecting money for the Harvey County Food Bank this year.  The money is all going to stay in Harvey county and everything donated will go there,” he said. 

This year, Bollinger’s show is Christmas focused.

“Last year had a lot less Christmas music.  This year it is all Christmas.  I took out the pop-remix I had earlier this season and replaced it with “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” he said. 

In his quest to add lights each season, this year the Bollinger mega-tree is the most obvious addition. 

“It is 10 feet with 1,640 lights.  To get the spiral effect, lights are on less than .05 of a second,” he said. 

Bollinger also added seven tomato-cage Christmas trees and a talking tree. 

“The tomato cages are really simple.  They’re just cage wrapped in lights. In the dark they look like small Christmas trees.  The talking tree is pretty fun, too,” he said. 

As the light show has grown, it has become a family-affair. 

“My little brother, Nathan, did the recording for the Harvey County Food Bank.  My dad helped me build the mega-tree out front,” he said. 

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North Newton Wastewater Treatment Plant Agreement Still Cause For Council Discussion

Posted 12/19/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Hesston Council is still wrestling with the details of a partnership wastewater treatment plant partnership with North Newton. 

Councilman Brad Unruh expressed concerns about committing the City to a 20-year contract. 

“That’s a long time. In 20 years look at what we’re charging to do this and it’s going to be peanuts. Think about 20 years ago. Part of me is a little worried about that.  Someone could be sitting here wondering what we were thinking with that amount of money,” he said. 

Councilman Pat Moor echoed concerns about locking the City into a decades-long agreement. 

“From their perspective I can see why long-term is advantageous.  From our perspective, down the road we might get into situations we wish we weren’t there,” he said. 

City Administrator Gary Emry said in terms of payment and the duration of the agreement, he understands North Newton’s perspective. 

“They want the length of this to marry the loan they are taking out.  And, anything mandated from KDHE or the EPA is accounted for here,” he said. 

One of the primary concerns was the implementation of odor treatment in the plant. 

Sulphur  was one of the primary concerns for Todd Anderson with SMH Engineers. 

“I want to see that scaled back a little. They have 20 parts per million and the detectable limit is less than that. Gary [Emry] and Tim [Larson, City Attorney] are in agreement to put it back to 10 parts per million. It is detectable at .04 parts per million.  The human nose can detect something is there.  It becomes distinguishable at 1 part per million – that famous rotten egg smell.  There are physical manifestations about 20 parts per million,” he said. 

The Council had agreed North Newton was responsible for odor control of materials entering the Hesston Plant. 

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