Archive for Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Sports complex adds new sewer lagoon

July 31, 2002

A potential sewer problem at the Basehor Field of Dreams sports complex has been resolved, Leavenworth County officials said.

The Leavenworth County Commission and Basehor Athletic Association representatives met last week to discuss a problem with one of the lagoons at the sports complex.

The lagoon in question was overflowing, in violation of county and state health codes, county officials said.

However, another lagoon is under construction at the Field of Dreams, taking pressure off the sewer system and negating the overflow.

"They were not meeting county and state sanitary codes but it appears they have corrected the problem," Leavenworth County Commissioner Don Navinsky said.

County officials said engineering plans have been completed for the additional lagoon. The county does require fencing to surround the new cell and it should be completed soon, county officials said.

Navinsky said because sports complex lagoon is not licensed as a discharge lagoon,any overflow violated health codes.

If the sports complex had not built another lagoon, county officials would have had to pull the complex's planned unit development status, or "shut (the complex) down completely," Navinsky said.

County officials said the sports complex has been granted a temporary operating permit. The county will follow up with the sports complex in coming weeks to make sure the necessary work is completed.

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