County approves bid for drainage structure

By Brady Bauman

The Riley County Commission on Monday approved a bid for a drainage structure for a ditch on Casement Road.

The commissioners passed the bid for the ditch outfall structure, which allows for the discharge of water, for $334,189.01 by Bettis Asphalt & Construction Inc. of Topeka even though it surpassed the engineer’s estimate of $259,320.90.

Commissioners noted that the project was over the anticipated budget but quickly approved the measure 3-0.

Other items from the meeting:

•Larry Weigel was appointed to the Big Lakes Developmental Center Advisory Board. The commission also sent a thank-you letter to outgoing board member Brent Bowman.

•Leon Hobson, public works director and county engineer, spoke about updates on the K-18 construction and said final approvals were coming soon. He also updated the commission on repairs to the 40th Ave. bridge. 

•Riley County Counselor Clancy Holeman urged commissioners to contact Rep. Tom Phillips and Sen. Tom Hawk concerning HB2614 and SB298. The house bill concerns property valuation and appeals, while the senate bill looks to eliminate Kansas’ mortgage registration fees. Both pieces of legislation, Holeman said, could have a negative impact on county funds.

•A representative from K-State Research and Extension and HCCI of Manhattan told the commissioners about a free seminar titled “Your Credit and You” that will be held Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Housing and Credit Counseling, 323 Poyntz Ave. The seminar is free and open to the public and will cover the importance of credit reports and credit scores.

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