Archive for Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Transportation committee to exam street improvements in Leavenworth County

April 10, 2002

A committee in charge of making street improvement recommendations should be organized and have its first meeting in May, Leavenworth County officials said.

In mid-March, the Leavenworth County Commission approved a resolution establishing an 11-member transportation advisory committee.

John Zoellner, Leavenworth County planning and zoning director, said the committee would be in charge of prioritizing county street improvements.

"(Our goal) is to try and better coordinate the transportation issues with the county," Zoellner said. "There are a number of different projects that would be beneficial to the county."

Zoellner will serve as a liaison between the advisory committee and the County Commission.

The committee will consist of two representatives from the cities of Basehor, Tonganoxie, Lansing and Leavenworth, and two more will be from the unincorporated areas of Leavenworth County.

Zoellner said the cities are in charge of appointing representatives and would probably choose Planning Commission members for the advisory committee.

The other member will be former Leavenworth Area Development transportation committee chairman Edward Chapman Jr.

The committee was formed because Leavenworth County is in need of many road and street improvements.

"There are a number of transportation improvements that need to be done, but can't be funded right now," Zoellner said.

Zoellner said the committee would be looking at street improvements that are beneficial to the county and not just individual cities.

One of those improvements is the construction of an interchange south of Tonganoxie.

Zoellner said the interchange would open up the area for the commercial and industrial development Leavenworth County needs.

"That's really what we need right now, large tax entities that don't require a lot," he said. "That's what Johnson County has. The greatest benefit to this area would be commercial and industrial development."

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