Solidarity Key In Move Toward Contamination Resolution

Smiles pierced protective masks as Salina leaders pioneered another huge leap toward solving a colossal community problem. After unanimous votes at a June 24 joint meeting, officials with Salina Public Entities — the city, school district, Kansas State University and airport authority — moved toward resolution in an important battle during a nearly 22-year squabble with the United States of America. The SPE is on track to secure a settlement worth nearly $68 million to clean up a military mess in western Salina. It was “a significant day in Salina,” said Alan Eichelberger, airport authority board chairman, when the SPE signed the consent agreement.

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