Presentations on city infrastructure and ESU operations highlight Emporia City Commission meeting Wednesday Featured

ESU President Allison Garrett presents enrollment numbers and program updates to Emporia City Commissioners. ESU President Allison Garrett presents enrollment numbers and program updates to Emporia City Commissioners. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

An update on Emporia State University's operations through the past school year highlighted the Emporia City Commission's study session Wednesday.

President Allison Garrett reported total enrollment was up 1.4 percent this past fall with a four percent increase in incoming freshman enrollment on top of last year's seven percent. Garrett was also pleased to announce for the second straight year, ESU boasted its highest student retention rate in school history.

Garrett says there are a number of factors that play a roll in their impressive attendance numbers.


Garrett also took time to highlight the success of certain university programs, such as the ESU Nursing program which recently saw 100 percent of graduates pass their National Council Licensure (NCLEX) Exams. Garrett also says the program will be expanding to offer two new programs in the future including a master's program.

In other business, commissioners spoke with Bruce Boettcher of BG Consultants regarding maintenance for lift stations, 1, 2, 5 and 15. According to the presentation, stations 1 and 2 are over 40-years-old and have not seen any significant rehabilitation since they were put into service back in the 1970s. One of two pumps at station 1 failed back in 2017 and was replaced, meaning there are still three pumps between both stations which are over 40 years old.

Station 5 also needs pump replacements as well as preventative maintenance while station 15 is budgeted to have its pumps replaced later this year, however, it needs to also be resized in order to accommodate the flow it sees. City Commissioner Rob Gilligan says commissioners will now begin discussing how to fit the cost of the project into its already pre-existing incurred debt from past projects.


The total cost of the work for all stations is estimated at $3.6 million. BG would like to have each station replaced and rehabbed by 2021, so want to begin the design process by spring of this year.

Commissioners also discussed setting dates for goal setting sessions, the city's chip seal program and needed alley maintenance throughout Emporia. The Emporia City Commission will next meet for an action session Wednesday at 7 pm inside the Municipal Courtroom at White Auditorium.

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