Drainage structures going into place

By The Mercury

Five of seven new drainage structures along Bigalow Road west of Westmoreland have been installed, Pottawatomie County commissioners learned Monday.

The commission approved the new drainage structures last month in lieu of building a temporary shoefly around the reconstruction of Wilson Creek Bridge on Westmoreland Rd. this summer.

Bigalow Road is expected to pick up much of the detoured traffic during the bridge reconstruction, and commissioners felt spending $70,000 to improve the gravel road was a better investment.

A shoefly around the bridge construction could add as much as 50 percent to the cost of the $500,000 project, officials said.

About 10 rural Westmoreland residents argued in favor of the shoefly in late January, saying Bigalow Road was too narrow to handle the increased traffic and that a detour due to the bridge reconstruction could delay emergency response in the area.

Leu Lowrey, public works director, told commissioners Monday the two remaining drainage structures on Bigalow Road would be replaced prior to June 1, when reconstruction of Wilson Creek Bridge is scheduled to begin.

In other business Monday, the commission:

• Approved plans and specifications for street, sewer and water improvements for Whispering Meadows Subdivision, Unit 2. The bid date for the improvements was set for 10:30 a.m. April 15.

• Lowrey said his department has contracted with Larson Construction to relocate 50 water meters in Timber Creek Subdivision from inside residences to outside.

When the project is complete, all water meters within the Timber Creek Water District will be located outside, mitigating system maintenance.

• Approved the final plat for Stonington Estates Unit 2, located near the intersection of Salzer Road and Sixth Street Road west of Wamego.

The 13-lot subdivision is within extraterritorial zoning jurisdiction of the city of Wamego, but also required county approval of the final plat.

• Stan Hartwich, the commission’s representative to the Flint Hills Regional Council, said the search for a new FHRC executive director is moving forward.

Fourteen candidates applied for the position, and that number will be pared to five for telephone interviews later this month, Hartwich said. Following the phone interviews, the candidate list will be narrowed to three for personal interviews, which will be sometime in April.

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