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Commission wants deadline for fixes to justice center

By The Mercury

Pottawatomie County Commissioners want written assurance that 13 warranty items at the new justice center at Westmoreland will be handled in a timely manner.

Commissioners Monday declined to approve a final payment of $39,351 to Treanor Architects and KBS, the project’s general contractor, until it received in writing a time line for completing the warranty items.

“I’m not going to approve it,” Commissioner Pat Weixelman said of the final payment. “That’s the only form of leverage we have to get this thing completed.”

Under the terms of the contract, commissioners cannot withhold payment for warranty items once the architect has placed a stamp of approval on the project, County Counselor John Watt said.

Weixelman and Commissioner Gary Yenzer said they would authorize final payment at the August 18 commission meeting if a written time line for completing the 13 warranty items is received by then.

Commission Chairman Stan Hartwich was not present at Monday’s meeting.

In other business Monday:

• The commission approved October 4 as the date for the Fall Free Day at the Pottawatomie County Landfill.

“People seem to like it. It’s always been a good thing for the county,” Yenzer said of the free days, normally held the first Saturdays in April and October.

Yenzer also noted October 4 is a home K-State football game, which will likely make the free day less hectic for landfill employees.

• Landfill director Scott Schwinn reported 745 tons of material was shipped from the landfill and 88 tons of construction debris was brought in during July.

“That’s very good. That’s above last year,” Schwinn said.

Year-to-date, however, the landfill is 319 tons behind last year’s total of material shipped out. Schwinn said that equates to an estimated 60 tons per month which no longer makes it to the landfill due to the recycling program of Tri-County Waste, a major trash hauler in the area.

“It’s good to keep it out of the landfill, but it also hurts our revenue stream,” Schwinn said.

The commission also approved Schwinn’s recommendation to appoint Christie Hitch to the Pott County Solid Waste Committee, replacing her husband, Ken Hitch, who recently resigned.

The Hitches are owners of Tri-County Waste.

• Betty Abitz, register of deeds, reported 103 mortgages filed with her office during July.

The mortgages had a total indebtedness of $25,817,641.

Her office brought in $77,575 in recording and service fees last month.

“July was a very good month for the county,” Abitz said.Pottawatomie County Commissioners want written assurance that 13 warranty items at the new justice center at Westmoreland will be handled in a timely manner.

Commissioners Monday declined to approve a final payment of $39,351 to Treanor Architects and KBS, the project









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