County to move ahead with sewer project

By Maura Wery

Riley County commissioners agreed Monday to continue with a $40,000 to $50,000 video project designed to assess the condition of the University Park sewer system. Commissioners said they plan to use the video to inform homeowners within the district of the work that would be required to improve the system.

Public Works director Leon Hobson reported to commissioners about the deteriorating sewer line a few weeks ago after an initial video showed deterioration in a portion of the line. Hobson shared that initial result with a University Park improvement group.

Commissioners agreed that the lines should be thoroughly inspected and videoed to see the extent of potential problems. The second phase of the project will need both more information provided to commissioners and input from the homeowners in the University Park area.

Initially it was to include one meeting along with a petition that must be signed by owners of more than 51 percent of the acreage in the area in order for the project to proceed. But commissioners decided one meeting was not enough; they requested a second meeting to discuss how the costs could be divided among homeowners. Hobson said the first meeting should be within the next three weeks.

Commissioner Bob Boyd will also attend.

Evening commission meetings

This summer, residents of rural parts of the county will get a chance to meet with commissioners and discuss issues during a few evening commission sessions.

Commissioners decided Monday that they would partner with Riley, Leonardville, Ogden and Ashland or Zeandale to set up the meetings

Commissioners noted that most of the cities’ commission meetings start around 7 p.m., and they want to explore scheduling their own meetings with members of those communities a little bit before that. They would attend along with county clerk Rich Vargo and county counselor Clancy Holeman, and possibly other county department heads.

Dates and times for the meetings will be released at a later date.

Land purchase could cause issues for Law Enforcement Center

Petsmart, the national pet supply retailer, is looking into purchasing a land plot between Home Depot and the Riley County Law Enforcement Center. County officials indicated Monday that could raise concerns with traffic flow and potential expansion of the center.

Commissioner Dave Lewis brought the issue to light because of a meeting to discuss the land purchase that is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarion Hotel.

The county’s position is they would rather not see the land developed, in part because it would be a challenge to develop due to ditches and other environmental issues.

Commissioners also mentioned concerns about traffic flow to and from the police department.

They are also concerned that if they were to ever need to expand the center, they could not do it if the business was in that area.

Commissioner Ron Wells said if the purchase of land does not go through then the county should buy the land.

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