Archive for Thursday, May 31, 2007

Record storage unlikely for old jail

May 31, 2007

Plans to use the old county jail to store county records stalled Thursday during a public meeting of the Leavenworth County Commission.

Commissioners had originally considered gutting the dilapidated old jail, which is just north of the Leavenworth Justice Center, to house documents for various agencies.

After hearing the initial cost estimates made by Treanor Architects, a Topeka-based firm hired to assess the feasibility of the project, commissioners decided to consider alternative options.

Dan Rowe, an architect with Treanor, estimated repairs to the old jail would cost $780,000. He also estimated that building a metal structure nearby, solely to hold documents, would cost $720,000 and building an addition to the Justice Center would cost $900,000.

Commissioners considered several options for the storage, including continuing to ship dead files for the Leavenworth County District Court, county clerk, county attorney and other user groups to the salt mines in Hutchinson.

Ultimately, the commission decided to use the basement of the Justice Center and the Abernathy Building in downtown Leavenworth, both of which are currently being utilized for storage space, as temporary storage and to seek out private industries that might sell or lease a building for a permanent home for the records.

The board also came to an initial consensus that the old jail should be demolished, which Rowe estimated would cost $110,000.

Commission Chairman J.C. Tellefson said the commission's decision might have been different if the old jail was thought to have exceptional historical value.

"It's an old WPA building that really wasn't made to last this long," he said.

Commissioners decided to go out for bids to demolish the old jail and to look for a more economical building to use.

Also Thursday, commissioners:

¢ Revised a resolution adopted earlier last week that issued a moratorium on new commercial and residential development along County Road 1 leading to the planned interchange with Interstate 70.

The current resolution prohibits all building permits, subdivision development, entrance permits, special use permits and rezoning for an area one and a half miles east and west of County Road 1, - a mile south of Kansas Highway 32 and a mile north of Honey Creek Road.

¢ Scheduled a staff meeting with Johnson County Water District No. 1 for 3 p.m. June 7.

The meeting will include at least one commissioner, Leavenworth County Coun-selor David Van Parys, and representatives from the city of Lansing and WaterOne.

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