In December 2018, CDBG announced the Pool Revitalization Grant Program, offering qualifying communities a 60% grant fund match for projects within their guidelines. The City of Conway Springs has had a project repairing and/or replacing vital portions of our facility on their radar for years, and chose to take advantage of this grant program to address facility concerns, saving taxpayer money with the utilization of a 60%/40% grant.
The city hired BG Consultants to conduct preliminary survey and architectural work, and was tasked to present the City with 3 potential projects. Option 1, do nothing. Option 2, make necessary repairs as surveyed by the firm. Option 3, complete demolition of current facility and rebuild. Meanwhile, Mayor Gerlach petitioned local community leadership for partnership on the project, both financially and for facility usage.
Option 2 and Option 3 were considered, but as both were close in cost, Option 3 was voted on in a 4-1 council majority vote.
As previous governing bodies have been "future minded", the city will NOT be taking out any loans, bonds, or leases to complete this project. With the help of USD 356, and the Conway Springs Rec Commission, this project will be 100% funded by cash and the $600,000 CBDG grant.
Project completion is set for mid-May 2021, and is on track to open for the 2021 pool season.
Museum Remodel & Update
In 2019, Museum Curator petitioned the City Council to facilitate much needed renovations and repairs to the Conway Springs Museum on main street. The scope of the project includes display cabinets, air quality improvements, structural repairs, and more.
Technology Advancement & Modernization
The 2019 COVID Pandemic brought to the forefront the need for more technological advancement for the city. Largely funded by Pandemic relief grant funds, the city is working to put into place systems and tools to keep technology advancing and modern.
Recently Completed Projects
Completed in 2019, the water project aimed to bring cleaner and safer water to residents and businesses with a state of the art water treatment plant, supply lines to homes and businesses to comply with KDHE guidelines and mandates.
A central structure in our City Park, the "concession stand" used for various functions has been completely rebuilt, and is now a safer, more sturdy structure for entities and individual rental and use. Completed in 2019.
Horse Shoe Pits
Completed in 2020, largely with citizen leadership, donation and volunteering, the new horseshoe pits are tournament ready, and built in memory of long-time community member and horseshoe aficionado Bill May.
In 2018, the old Fire Station was remodeled and CSEMS moved in. Complete with living quarters, storage for 2 ambulances, and office space, the now full-time EMS service, its staff & volunteers have adequate space.
Welcome signage at City Limits was updated in 2020 with our motto: "Small town, Big Heart" to showcase the Conway Springs spirit. Additionally, holiday pole signs were updated to help create a festive atmosphere for our small town main street businesses!
Repairs and cosmetic updates, as well as updated signage were completed at the Community Building/Police Department in 2019. Friendship meals, classes, PD, and rentable space is all housed in this building.
Dilly's Place is the only all-inclusive, all-abilities playground in Sumner County, Kansas. Started with the leadership and dreams of the Kelly family, facilitated by donors, volunteers, and years of fundraising, Dilly's Place finally made it's home in our Central Park in 2019, and is enjoyed by families of all abilities, ages, and locations.
Wastewater (Sewer) Project
In order to comply with KDHE mandates, the Conway Springs Wastewater Project will begin in Spring 2021. Check back for more information and updates.
Code Enforcement & Property Clean-up
To continue exuding community pride, the governing body will be working to ensure properties align with city code for safety, presentation, and true Conway Springs Pride! Stay tuned for more information and updates.