Archive for Thursday, May 17, 2007

LCDC hears project updates

May 17, 2007

City elections last month have brought at least one new face to the Leavenworth County Development Corp. board of directors.

The board, which met Thursday in Tonganoxie, welcomed newly elected Tonganoxie Mayor Mike Vestal.

"Mike came right out there during his campaign and said he's open to economic development and growth," Tonganoxie city administrator Mike Yanez told the group.

Yanez also discussed plans for a new bike trail and swimming pool in Tonganoxie.

Chieftain bike trail, which will run from the VFW Park to Fourth Street, should be ready to ride by the end of the month. Eighty percent of the $400,000 project will be funded by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

A completely renovated Chieftain Pool, funded by the two-thirds-cent sales tax that was overwhelmingly supported in the April 3 general election, could be ready as soon as Memorial Day next year, Yanez said.

Lansing City Administrator Mike Smith updated the group's board on the resurfacing of 147th Street between McIntyre and Dempsey Roads.

Smith also said Main Street construction is on schedule and that all lanes will hopefully be open in four to six weeks.

In her report, Christy Isaacs, LCDC's Economic Development Coordinator, mentioned nine ventures that were interested in Leavenworth County, including possibly a new concrete company, a plastics manufacturer, an excavating company, and an ethanol plant; the expansion of the Corrections Corporation of America Leavenworth detention center; and progress on the National Bio- and Agro Defense Facility.

Leavenworth interim city manager, Robyn Stewart said Department of Homeland Security officials have been in contact with "a few followup items" since their April 18 site visit.

Even if the Leavenworth site is not among those selected, LCDC President Tony Kramer said, "We're still a winner. (Everyone involved) has seen the efforts Leavenworth County has made. : We're on the map now, and they know that we're a player in the bioscience industry."

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