Archive for Thursday, March 8, 2007

County discusses road improvements

March 8, 2007

Leavenworth County Commissioners met Tuesday with Public Works Department officials to discuss current and future road improvement projects.

Public works will change 4.75 miles of local roads to chip and seal surfaces in 2007. Among those roads slated for improvement are half-mile stretches of 163rd Street south of Leavenworth Road in Faimount Township and 178th Street north of U.S. Highway 24-40 in Stranger Township.

Future plans that are still to be determined include 207th Street east of Tonganoxie and Evans Road between 253rd and 262nd Streets west of the city.

Chip-seal surfaces are generally used for local roads that accommodate no more than 300 vehicles each day.

According to Mike Spickelmier, deputy director of Public Works, in the future, the department would like to notify residents whose roads are eligible for improvement and would like to include more resident participation in road improvement projects.

"What we'd like to do is have people in control of their own improvements," Spickelmier. "We'd like to give people the ability to work for their own benefit."

In other business Tuesday:

¢ The commissioners unanimously adopted two resolutions for renewal of special use permits. The first permit renewed was for Michael and Rebecca O'Bea's 26.7-acre horse-riding and training facility at 17432 Mt. Olivet Rd. The five-year permit also allows for a single-unit bed and breakfast on the property.

The second permit renewed Randy Shaffer and Deeanna Baritot's photography studio, run out of the garage on their 2.5-acre property just off U.S. Highway 24-40 in Reno Township. The permit will last for five years under the stipulation that the business will be subject to traffic impact fees.

¢ The board approved, 3-0, the reclassification from level-2 to level-4 of four clerks and assistants in the County Appraiser's Office. According to County Appraiser Donna Graf, these staff members work the front desk, schedule hearings, handle quality-control data entry, and must deal with taxpayers on a regular basis.

¢ The board also unanimously approved the job posting for a new assistant safety chairman.

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