Archive for Thursday, December 4, 2008

Commission tables public works request for new lighting

December 4, 2008

The Leavenworth County Commission tabled a request for additional funds for the Leavenworth County Health Departments Immunization Action Plan Award until Thursday so Donna Martin, the department’s director, could attend the meeting.

In other action at Tuesday’s meeting, the commission:

• Tabled a request from Jason Auvil, the solid waste department director, and John Forslund, of the public works department, for $7,400 to install new lighting and raise an electric conduit to protect it from being damaged by trucks at the transfer station.

Auvil said the current light levels at the transfer station do not provide for the safest working conditions in the early mornings or evenings in the winter when the sun goes down sooner. He said currently two lights have been damaged for more than a year and have not been replaced. These lights were damaged over time by the trucks going into the transfer station.

Commissioner Oroke said he couldn’t believe that it had taken so long for the topic to finally be addressed.

Construction on the new Leavenworth County EMS station continues about a month behind schedule.

On Nov. 20, Leavenworth County Commissioners heard an update from Don Pruitt, of Horst, Terrill & Karst Architects, and John Chapman of Trickle Construction. The new deadline for construction is set for the end of December, after the original Oct. 26 deadline and after the Nov. 3 extension deadline.

“I know you’re not interested in how we got to this point,” Pruitt said. “It has been frustrating on our part. It seems like every progress meeting you would always ask for a construction schedule update and it would always continue to slip.”

Pruitt said he thought they were close enough to a completion that the new date should be pretty accurate.

But as the county awaits the completion, it is incurring additional cost from the project having gone past its original completion date.

Additionally the new EMS vehicles the county purchased will need to find a temporary home until the new station is built. The old EMS station is not big enough for the new EMS vehicles scheduled for delivery Sunday. Even if Trickle were to finish the ambulance bays before the end of December, Jamie Miller, EMS director said he could not staff anyone to work in a partially completed building.

The commission also unanimously voted to extend Trickle’s sales tax exemption until the end of the year.

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