August 15, 2000
A visit to the project at 9:00
AM today finds work well underway. The crew is trying to make the most
out of the "cool" morning yet the temperature is already in
the mid-80's. Hot, dry conditions are now playing a role
in the construction effort. But even though the volunteers have been knocking off
work around 3:00 PM each afternoon for the past week due to the heat, they are still making progress.
All of Patterson Street is now
in, with short stints going north and south on the streets of each
intervening block. Right now work is concentrated on Balch
Street, which is one block west of Main. Construction
is heading south, with the goal being to finish out this street before
moving to any other location.
The 8-inch line connecting the
tower remains unfinished. although an earlier plan had the tower the
next goal following completion of Patterson Street. The
volunteers are awaiting the arrival of another 8-inch valve and the
person to install the fixture at the tower.
Makeup of the crew today is Howard
Field, Bob Elwell, Steve Spiegel, Carl Studer,
James Haskins, Steven Place (son), and Vickie
Stafford. Marilyn Graham and Linda Hunsicker,
both with Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing, are visiting
today to participate in the work, as well as to monitor the
progress. Greg Duryea, Kansas Rural Water Association, is
also on location to see how things are going and to offer any
assistance he can.