Downtown parking woes continuing

By Kristina Jackson

Notes from Monday’s county commission meeting:

• Road construction downtown has been delayed but is nearing its end.

Gina Scroggs, executive director of Downtown Manhattan, Inc., said the installation of pedestrian signals is behind schedule. If they are not in place in time for Promenade on Poyntz Oct. 17, she said then walkways will be lit with luminaria.

Scroggs said there will be no parking on the north side of Poyntz Avenue from Third Street to Juliette Avenue for three days, beginning Wednesday, to allow for the application of new asphalt on the street.

Following those three days, parking will be closed on the south side of the street for the same process. No traffic will be allowed on Third Street from Poyntz to Humboldt beginning this week as crews continue construction on that street.

• The Riley County Health Department will host its Okt-FLU-ber Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Family and Child Resource Center, 2101 Claflin Road. Children can get a free pumpkin and book when they get a flu shot. The event will also offer the whooping cough vaccine, crafts and activities and a farmer’s market.

• The Wolf House Museum will host an open house Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Riley County Historical Society and Museum will display the newly restored east bedroom of the Wolf House and also the new handicapped accessible sidewalks.

Regular museum hours at the Wolf House Museum will begin Oct. 19 and hours will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

• The Riley County Budget Book for 2014 is available on the county website, The book gives a detailed breakdown of the county’s budget for 2014.

The 2014 budget brochure, a summary of the budget, is also available on the county website or at the county commission chamber, the Manhattan Public Library, and the county clerk’s office.

• Riley County offices will be closed Monday for a employee training day.

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