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Consumer Confidence Report — 2018

April 3, 2018

This water report is sent by mail to our customers annually, and hs been included here for your convenience.

 

Consumer Confidence Report 2018

Gas Public Awareness

March 26, 2018

THE CITY OF SPEARVILLE OWNS AND OPERATES THE GAS PIPELINE WHICH DELIVERS NATURAL GAS TO CITY RESIDENTS AND INDIVIDUALS ALONG THE TRANSMISSION LINE. OUR FIRST PRIORITY IS THE PROTECTION OF LIVES AND PROPERTY, WHILE WE PROVIDE A COST EFFICIENT FUEL SOURCE IN THE FORM OF NATURAL GAS. THE CITY OF SPEARVILLE CONTRACTS FOR MONTHLY AND ANNUAL INSPECTIONS OF THIS SYSTEM TO INSURE ITS SAFETY AND RELIABILITY TO THOSE WHO UTILIZE OR LIVE NEAR OUR SERVICE SYSTEM.

IN ITS RAW FORM NATURAL GAS IS ODORLESS, SO THE CHEMICAL MERCAPTAN IS ADDED TO THE GAS SO IT CAN BE DETECTED BY SMELL. CITY OFFICIALS AND SYSTEM EMPLOYEES ENCOURAGE ALL INDIVIDUALS TO KNOW THE HAZARDS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH A NATURAL GAS LEAK. THEY ARE :

FLAMMABILITY/FIRE
ASPHYXIATION/SUFFOCATION
PRESSURE

IF THE SMELL OF GAS IS PRESENT INSIDE YOUR HOME, BUSINESS, EXTERIOR STRUCTURE OR GATHERING PLACE – NO MATTER HOW FAINT OR STRONG – DO NOT

SMOKE – STRIKE A MATCH OR LIGHTER
TURN ON LIGHTS
OPERATE ANY ELECTRICAL SWITCHES OR APPLIANCE CONTROLS
PULL ANY PLUGS FROM OUTLETS
USE A FLASHLIGHT
USE A TELEPHONE OR CELL PHONE FROM INSIDE THE STRUCTURE

IN THE EVENT THAT THERE IS A STRONG GAS ODOR OR YOU HEAR A HISSING SOUND INSIDE YOUR HOME, BUSINESS, EXTERIOR STRUCTURE OR GATHERING PLACE PLEASE FOLLOW THESE EMERGENCY MEASURES:

GET EVERYONE OUT OF THE HOUSE/BUILDING/STRUCTURE IMMEDIATELY
LEAVE THE EXIT OPEN
USE A NEIGHBORS PHONE OR AN OUTSIDE CELL PHONE TO CALL 911
REMAIN OUTSIDE – AWAY FROM THE HOUSE/BUILDING/STRUCTURE UNTIL THE UTILITY SUPERINTENDENT OR EMERGENCY PERSONNEL HAVE CLEARED THE AREA OF ANY DANGER

NATURAL GAS IS TRANSPORTED THROUGH AN UNDERGROUND PIPE SYSTEM. THIS ALLOWS FOR LEAKS TO OCCUR OUTSIDE OF A STRUCTURE UNDER THE SURFACE OF THE GROUND. TO DETECT THESE AN INDIVIDUAL MAY NOTICE THE FOLLOWING:

GAS ODOR
DEAD SPOTS OF VEGETATION ALONG THE LOCATION OF THE GAS LINE
HISSING SOUNDS

IF AN INDIVIDUAL NOTICES ANY OF THESE INDICATORS PLEASE CONTACT SPEARVILLE CITY HALL AT 620-385-2512, SPEARVILLE CITY SHOP AT 620-385-2690, THE GAS SUPERINTENDENT AT 620-385-0177 OR IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION CALL 911

AS REGULATED BY STATE STATUTE ANY DIGGING, EXCAVATION OR UNDERGROUND MAINTENANCE MUST BE REPORTED TO KANSAS ONE-CALL 1-800-344-7233 OR 811, AT LEAST TWO WORKING DAYS BEFORE STARTING THE PROJECT, SO THAT SERVICES OF THIS NATURE CAN BE LOCATED AND MARKED TO MAINTAIN A LEVEL OF SAFETY FOR INDIVIDUALS LIVING OR WORKING IN THE AREA AND FOR SAFETY OF THE SYSTEM.

ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE CONCERNING THE SPEARVILLE GAS SYSTEM MAY BE DIRECTED TO SPEARVILLE CITY HALL AT 620-385-2512, OR SPEARVILLE CITY SHOP AT 620-385-2690.

Annual Spring Clean-Up

March 26, 2018

Spring Clean-Up will be provided for city residents on Saturday,May 12th. Please have all items for disposal at curbside before 7:00 a.m.  TIRES and CONCRETE will not be accepted.  The Ford County Hazardous Waste Truck will be available at the Fire Station from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. for paint and other hazardous materials.  Thank you for doing your part to keep our community clean!

EXCESS FLOW VALVE NOTIFICATION

November 7, 2017

In accordance with recent federal pipeline safety regulations, the City of Spearville is required to notify all natural gas customers of the new Excess Flow Valve (EFV) requirements.  Installation requirements are expanded to include new or replaced service lines to single family residences, multifamily residences, and small commercial customers with natural gas volumes not exceeding 1,000 standard cubic feet per hour.  Existing customers also have the right to request the installation of an EFV on their service line at their own expense if it meets the specified conditions.

WHAT IS AN EXCESS FLOW VALVE?

An EFV is a mechanical safety device installed on the City’s gas service line.  It is designed to restrict gas flow in a customer’s natural gas service line by automatically closing in the event a service line break (most often associated with excavation or vehicle impact with a meter assembly) downstream of the EFV.  Restricting gas flow after a gas service line is damaged may decrease the potential for property damage and/or injury.

 

HOW DO EXCESS FLOW VALVES WORK?

A spring pushes a valve open against the oncoming gas flow.  Sensing a change in pressure, the spring forces the valve closed, minimizing the flow of gas.  EFVs are designed so that when you turn on your gas appliances, the flow isn’t enough to push the valve shut, however if the line is damaged there is enough flow to push the valve shut.  After the EFV trips, the gas pressure continues pushing on the valve, keeping the valve closed until the correct pressure is restored by the City.  When lines are repaired and service is restored, the valve automatically resets itself.

 

WHAT WON’T AN EXCESS FLOW VALVE DO?

A small puncture of the service line typically will not trip the EFV; nor does it protect against appliance malfunction or household leaks (any leak occurring after the gas meter).  It is important to note that an EFV does not shut off the flow of gas completely.  A very small amount of gas may bleed-by as the EFV tries to automatically equalize pressure across the EFV.  There will not be any blowing gas to identify that a line has been damaged, but there will typically be enough gas to indicate a gas odor.

 

DO EXCESS FLOW VALVES WORK ON ALL NATURAL GAS SYSTEMS?

Please note that EFVs will not work properly on all natural gas service lines due to high gas flow, low pressure, or other factors.  Therefore, not all customers qualify for an EFV.  If you request an EFV but your service line cannot accommodate it, we will let you know.  Installation requirements include service lines to customers with gas volumes not exceeding 1,000 standard cubic feet per hour and at a pressure not less than 10 p.s.i.g.

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO INSTALL AN EXCESS FLOW VALVE?

If you would like to have an EFV installed on your service line, you will bear the actual cost of installation. These costs are estimated to be $2,000 to $4,000, but can vary depending on the site conditions.   Upon completion, customers will be billed for the actual cost of the installation.  Additionally, customers are responsible for any future maintenance or replacement costs associated with the EFV.

 

HOW DO I REQUEST AN EXCESSIVE FLOW VALVE?

The installation of an EFV is not mandatory, if you would like and EFV installed you may print and complete the following application.  Applications are also available at City Hall.  Once the application is received by the City of Spearville, an analysis will be made to determine if your service line meets the conditions required for the EFV installation.  Our Utility Superintendent will contact you to discuss your possible installation and will provide you with a more detailed cost for installation.  The City of Spearville makes no express warranty for continued proper excess flow valve operation under normal use conditions and/or false valve closure under any gas system operating conditions.

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION:  Excess Flow Valve Installation Application

 

Summary of Ordinance No. 680-A

June 2, 2017

 

SUMMARY OF ORDINANCE NO. 680-A .

 

On May 31, 2017, the governing body of the City of Spearville, Kansas, passed an ordinance entitled:

 

AN ORDINANCE LEVYING SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS ON CERTAIN PROPERTY TO PAY THE COSTS OF INTERNAL IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CITY OF SPEARVILLE, KANSAS, AS HERETOFORE AUTHORIZED BY RESOLUTION NOS. 185-A, AS AMENDED BY 192-A AND 187-A OF THE CITY; AND PROVIDING FOR THE COLLECTION OF SUCH SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS.

 

The Ordinance levies special assessments on certain property located in the City of Spearville, Ford County, Kansas, which have been benefitted from certain internal improvements constructed and described as:  Davis Street – Street Improvements and Sill Street – Street Improvements, pursuant to K.S.A. 12-6a01 et seq. and provides an opportunity for prepayment, in whole or in part, of the special assessments.  A schedule of the amounts of the special assessments and the property benefitted are attached to the Ordinance.  Any amount of special assessments not paid within the time prescribed in the Ordinance shall be certified by the City Clerk to the Clerk of Ford County, Kansas, in the same manner and at the same time as other taxes are certified and will be collected in annual installments, together with interest on such amounts at a rate not exceeding the maximum rate therefor as prescribed by law.  A complete text of the Ordinance may be obtained or viewed free of charge at the office of the City Clerk, 302 N. Main Street, Spearville, Kansas  67876.  A reproduction of the Ordinance is available for not less than 7 days following the publication date of this Summary at http://www.spearville.org.

 

This Summary is hereby certified to be legally accurate and sufficient pursuant to the laws of the State of Kansas.

 

DATED:  May 31, 2017.

 

Recycling, Trash Dump & Tree Removal Notice

May 19, 2017

The City of Spearville would like to inform its residents on the use of the recycling, trash dump, and tree removal area located on First Street just south of the railroad tracks.  These facilities are funded by Spearville city residents and are for their use only.  No contractors may be permitted to use these areas.  The city does not accept any dumping of tires, concrete, vehicle batteries, paint, chemicals, hazardous materials, etc.  Contact Ford County Landfill for information on where to take these materials.  Currently, there are four large dumpsters located inside the fenced in area.  The northwest dumpster is intended for general debris.  This includes construction materials (resident only – no contractors), yard debris, tree branches, certain appliances such as TV’s, computers, dishwashers, misc. Household items, and other similar material.  It is not intended for daily household trash which may be placed in the residential dumpsters located in the alleys. The northeast dumpster is intended for metal material only.  This includes appliances that are made mostly out of metal such as, hot water heaters, furnaces, refrigerators, air conditioners, etc.  Appliances that are not constructed mostly out of metal such as microwaves and dishwashers should be placed in the general debris dumpster.  Other material to be placed in the metal dumpster may include pipe, metal siding, lawn mowers, metal fence material, bicycles, scrap metal, and other similar items.  Do not place aluminum/tin cans in this dumpster.  Those me be placed in the green recycling trailer located just west of the fenced area.  The southeast dumpster is for grass clippings only.  No bagged grass should be placed in this dumpster.  Any other yard/ garden debris such as tree limbs, leaves, garden plants, shrubs/bushes should be placed in the general debris dumpster.  In the southwest corner of the fenced area is a smaller pickup bed dumpster for grass clippings only.  This is intended for use when the big grass dumpster is full or for residents who may not be able to easily use the big dumpster.  If there is room in the big grass dumpster and you are able to use it, please do so.  Just west of the fenced area is our tree branch removal site.  This area is for residents who are doing tree removal or cleanup themselves only.  No contract removed trees may be placed here.  Trees that are cut down by a contractor and hauled to this site by the resident are still considered “contract removed” and may not be placed here.  There is a large sign at this site that states what material may be placed there, how the material should be stacked, and what material should go in the general debris dumpster.  Please refer to this sign before using this area.  Located west of the tree removal site is a green recycling trailer.  Bins on the trailer are labeled for materials that may be placed there.  Also, there is a sign placed on the trailer that states what materials are and are not accepted.  The recycle trailer must be hauled to a recycling center to be emptied when it is full.  This happens on an as needed basis.  We ask residents to be patient as we schedule the recycle trailer emptying along with our other daily duties.  Occasionally, the city has had issues with improper use of the facilities explained above.  These facilities are in place to help better serve our residents and to assist in keeping our town clean for all who live here.  To prevent any removal of these services or changing any regulations of these areas, we ask all residents to follow the guidelines explained above so we may continue to keep our town looking nice.  If you have any questions concerning these areas please contact City Hall.  Thank you for your cooperation.

-City of Spearville

 

 

Tree Limbs

April 3, 2017

The city provides branch disposal for those residents that have trimmed or removed trees themselves. THIS IS NOT INTENDED FOR CONTRACTED TREE REMOVAL SERVICES. branches may be placed at the designated area north of Stafford Street. Please stack in one direction no higher than five (5) feet. This are IS NOT for brush, bushes, twigs, vines, pampas grass, large stumps, branches over seven (7) inches in diameter, or debris and trash — that needs to be place in the large dumpster provided in the enclosed fence. Any questions can be directed to city employees by calling 620-385-2512.

Handling & Discharge of Fireworks within City Limits

June 17, 2016

This year, fireworks may be displayed at the following times:

 

July 1, 2, 3, & 5th between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

July 4th between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

 

All fireworks that are offered for sale and discharged within the city shall be of a type that has been tested and approved for sale and use within the State of Kansas by the State Fire Marshal.  Bottle rockets and other similar self-propelled firework or fireworks devices consisting of a tube and attached guiding stock or rod shall not be sold or discharged in the city.  We encourage you to shop locally from fireworks vendors that have obtained a valid permit.

Complete rules on the handling of fireworks (Ordinance 671-A) can be obtained at the City Hall during regular business hours.  Have a safe & happy 4th of July holiday!

 

Spearville Days, City of Windmills

June 17, 2016

All day July 9th at the Greenstreet Park! Food, fun & activities for all! Check the local Spearville News or the facebook page for regular updates on this community event.

Consumer Confidence Report – 2016

June 2, 2016

This water report is sent by mail to our customers annually, and has been included here for your convenience.

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