County realigns Noxious Weeds Department
Leavenworth With its current director officially leaving his post April 1, the Leavenworth County Noxious Weeds Department will be incorporated under the county Public Works Department - at least for the time being.
The County Commission met Thursday to determine the future of the department, which provides for the control and eradication of noxious weeds and has been headed by Ed Sass for more than 20 years. Earlier this month, Sass submitted his resignation.
Public Works director Bill Green told commissioners the Public Works Department was fully capable of assuming all responsibilities of the Noxious Weeds Department but would work to find a licensed employee to handle all weed-related issues. According to state mandate, whoever assumes charge must be commercially licensed to distribute restricted chemicals such as Tordon, a spray commonly used to exterminate troublesome weeds.
In other business Thursday:
¢ The commission met with Kansas Department of Health and Environment representatives regarding a solid waste crisis at the 13-acre homestead of Ernie and Wanda Bjorgaard, located at 14301 Loring Road.
KDHE requested the use of county trucks and front loaders to take the approximately 400 cubic yards of materials, such as empty chemical drums, trailer remnants, and general debris to the transfer station and landfill.
After assurance from KDHE that the county would not be held liable for any potentially hazardous materials, the board voted, 2-0 (Commissioner Clyde Graeber was home sick), to aid KDHE in the cleanup.
¢ The commission approved, 2-0, the Juvenile Justice Authority's application for a state block grant. that would allow the JJA to continue delinquency prevention projects and graduated sanctions programs.
¢ The board voted unanimously to allow Dan Rowe, of Treanor Architects, to move forward with planned renovations to the Leavenworth County Justice Center.
¢ The commission approved, 2-0, a $2,100 purchase of new software for the survey department.
The board also renewed Schmitz's contract for one year at a salary of $57,502.
¢ The commission unanimously approved a $9,000 bid for remodeling the district court clerk's office.