July 2018

t was Schultz, Blanton and Brooke placing first,

second, and third in the 2018 “Almost 5K-KRWA

Conference Run/Walk”.

There was no shotgun start ... the runners sprinted

forward on command to start the 6th Annual “Almost 5K-

KRWA Conference Run/Walk”. Tuesday, March 27 was a

great morning for running or walking. Nearly 25 people

participated, even with some getting a later start. 

KRWA’s Mark Thomas headed up this year’s run.

Construction along the river walk is finally near

completion, so participants finally got to stay on the river

walk and not brave Wichita traffic. The event had mild

weather once again, but the always-present goose

droppings are a consistent obstacle every year.

Jason Shultz of KDHE took home 1st place with a time

of 21:34 on the 2.8 mile course. Ron Blanton from the city

of Hutchinson earned 2nd place with a time of 23:19.

Brooke Bailey from the city of Wichita followed Ron with

a 3rd place finish with a time of 24:42.

Hot chocolate with rolls and

fresh fruit was enjoyed by the

runners as they returned to

Century II. KRWA. 

The 2018 “Almost 5K-KRWA 

Conference Run/Walk”


Ron Blanton, city of

Hutchinson, came in sec


Brooke Bailey, city of

Wichita, placed third.

Jason Schultz, KDHE,

placed first.

he 2018 conference Attorneys’ Forum was the 17th

consecutive year that the forum has been hosted

during the conference. Gary Hanson, KRWA General

Counsel, has facilitated the program each year. 

There were 37 attorneys attending in 2018. KRWA has

sponsored the program, which is at no cost to attendees,

with the goal of helping to improve the legal representation

of KRWA’s 750 municipal and rural water district members.

Those attending were invited to provide an evaluation. One

attorney wrote, “Gary, I rarely attend CLE sessions that

keep my attention. I recently joined the KRWA. I don’t

know why I didn’t do it a long time ago. This has been one

of the best CLEs I have ever attended. Not only did it keep

my attention, I actually enjoyed it. Very well done!

Another wrote: “This

was a very well done CLE

with a great group of

speakers. I appreciated the

update on recent cases and

legislation as well as the

quality networking


And another wrote: This

is a great program and it

encourages knowledgeable and

collaborative practice within

the area of water practice. 

Presenters were:  

John W. Nitcher, Riling,

Burkhead & Nitcher,

Chartered, Topeka,


Kate Gleason, Legal

Counsel, Kansas

Department of Health and

Environment, Topeka,


Stanton A. Hazlett, Disciplinary Administrator,

Topeka, Kansas

Doug Helmke, P.G., KRWA Water Rights and Source

Water Specialist, Tecumseh, Kansas

There were two periods of round-table discussions

covering these topics: Public Purpose Doctrine; Vacation of

Easements by Platting; Recent Legislation, Cases and AG

Opinions; Rejecting Project Bids; Use of Easements for

Other Purposes; Notice of Delinquent Utility Bills,

Implementing HB 2080; Collecting Debts from



Attorneys Forum Attended by 

37 Water System Attorneys

Gary Hanson, KRWA 

General Counsel