County wants welcome sign back

By Kristina Jackson

The Riley County Commission would like to reinstall a “Welcome to Manhattan” sign that was removed during construction on K-18.

However, the Kansas Department of Transportation’s regulations may or may not allow it to be reinstalled in its previous form.

Public Works director Leon Hobson said he had approached KDOT about moving the sign to a new location along K-18 and was told that the department and the county could discuss placement before KDOT approved the move.

Hobson said he was told that the sign probably cannot be moved as it is.

It includes several smaller signs from area service organizations that contributed to the welcome sign’s original installation, and that setup may not meet requirements that KDOT has for land surrounding K-18.

Commissioner Dave Lewis, who chaired the committee that organized placing the sign during Manhattan’s 150th anniversary, asked Hobson to pursue options for reinstallation.

“I would hate to see it not be utilized,” Lewis said. “It’s a nice sign.”

Commissioners also discussed placing the sign on Highway 24 or on Skyway Drive.

CONCERNING ANOTHER issue, the commission heard Riley County Extension agriculture agent Greg McClure warn that although this week is shaping up to be warm, farmers still should prepare for the rest of the winter months – especially those who farm winter wheat.

McClure said he believes that there is enough snow cover to keep the ground warm enough for winter wheat growth.

“I’m still optimistic,” McClure said.

McClure also reminded farmers that ruminants like cattle and sheep need more food during the winter months.

He said that the animals need to get enough food so they will generate enough body heat to maintain their weight through the winter.

“During the next cold snap, you need to get more feed out,” McClure said.

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