Commission to seek agreement on CR1
The city of Tonganoxie and Leavenworth County have been back and forth about the County Road 1 project for quite some time, but in a pre-briefing at Thursday’s County Commission meeting, commissioners learned there was more than just money involved.
In a recent meeting between the two entities, the interlocal agreement was discussed involving the city’s $1.5 million financial participation in the County Road 1 project, said Leavenworth County counselor David Van Parys. In addition, discussions also focused on Tonganoxie’s urban-growth area that falls along the north section of the new corridor.
“I think it’s in the best interest of the citizens of the county and the citizens of Tonganoxie that plans are compatible to maximize economic potential in that area,” said Van Parys about working together to form an agreement for future development in the area.
Van Parys said it was the county’s right to approve or refuse any future development that Tonganoxie wishes to see in that area. His suggestion is to jointly have the county and the city of Tonganoxie set up an economic plan for that overlay district of the corridor.
Commissioner J.C. Tellefson said he was in agreement that a plan should be decided upon before issues arise in the future. His biggest concern, he said, was to make sure that the residents living along the corridor are taken care of and that the county maintains its original commitment to them.
Van Parys assured Tellefson that the drafted document would do just that, as well as taking into account the county and Tonganoxie’s needs.
The commission will take up the topic again at its next meeting.
In other business, the commission:
• Approved, 3-0, the hiring of two EMS personnel to fill vacant positions.
• Met in executive session for 30 minutes to discuss nonelected personnel.
• Approved, 3-0, contacting a state agency to provide employment and sensitivity training to county departments.
• Met in executive session for 15 minutes to discuss homeland security.
• Heard a quarterly report from the Leavenworth County Department of Human Resources. Diane Collins, HR director, reported that from the period of July 1 to Sept. 30, there have been nine hires and 17 losses in county employees. The county now has a total of 424 employees, down from 432.
• Heard a quarterly report from Community Corrections. Mikel Lovin, director of Leavenworth County community corrections, reported that in the adult program there were currently 160 felony offenders and in the juvenile program, there were 86 active offenders.