Archive for Thursday, March 11, 2010

Weather slows driveway construction along CR1

March 11, 2010

Weather has hindered county work on driveways along County Road 1.

Mike Spickelmeier, Leavenworth County Public Works director, said weather has made it difficult to do work along CR1. The challenge now is the forecasted rain, but he looks for things to change for the better.

“We need a little bit better weather,” Spickelmeier told county commissioners during their meeting Monday, March 7.

In other business Monday, commissioners:

• Approved, 3-0, reappointment of Randall Minnis to the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board.

• Approved minutes of the March 4 meeting as amended.

• Heard from Doug Smith with the Public Works department about salt levels. He said the county used about 4,000 tons during this harsh winter and is at about 1,000 tons currently. The county has a contract for 3,000 tons, but at direction of the board, the department will look into the possibility of purchasing more to stock up.

• Approved a request for proposals for repaving work at the transfer station. John Forslund with the Public Works department said repair work was needed because the recycling contractor will no longer pick up cardboard with dirt and asphalt mixed in with the recyclables.

• Adjourned as Board of County Commissioners and reconvened as Board of Directors of Sewer District 3 and met in executive session for 15 minutes with David Van Parys, county counselor; Heather Morgan, county administrator; and Mike Spickelmeier, Mick Schwartzkopf and Forslund to discuss acquisition of real property. When they returned from executive session, members approved authorizing staff to acquire or negotiate acquisition of easements to connect Sewer District 3 to the city of Basehor and to review the appraisal amount of $48,740.

• Approved purchase of a trailer from Dean Machinery for $17,995 and a skid steer loader for $21,753 for the Public Works department.

At their meeting Thursday, March 4, commissioners heard from the Planning and Zoning Department about a cease and desist order for a business operating without a special use permit.

The board voted, 3-0, that the planning and zoning director has the power to issue cease and desist orders.

In other business Thursday, the board:

• Discussed the proposed consolidation of Johnson County and Wyandotte County Extension offices. Commissioner Clyde Graeber voiced concern about the possibility of a district council increasing the levy, which by state statue could be 2.5 mills. Morgan said it would be best to ask state lawmakers to introduce a bill to be added to the appropriate statutes.

“It’s almost like giving them an open checkbook,” Graeber said.

• Met for 20 minutes in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.

• Approved minutes from March 1.

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