Pottawatomie County to proceed with sale of 117 acres

By The Mercury

Pottawatomie County commissioners Monday authorized Leu Lowrey, public works director, to proceed with a plan to sell 117 acres of pasture north of the county landfill.

The county purchased the acreage in 1991, in anticipation of one day needing to expand the landfill. Subsequent regulations, however, required counties to transfer much of their waste to a regional landfill near Topeka.

Commissioner Stan Hartwich expressed a concern that selling the land could expose the county legally in the event of possible water contamination from the landfill.

“As long as you’re sure it won’t come back to haunt us,” he told Lowrey, who noted that there are sample wells around the landfill and that any sale contract should include proper safeguards.

Later in the meeting, Scott Schwinn, landfill director, said the current landfill space has many years of life remaining.

“I’m hoping that within 20 years recycling and new technology will reduce what we bury out there, but that’s not how society operates today,” he said.

• Schwinn also announced that the landfill “free day” this Saturday will have the same policy as last year for tires: up to five passenger tires at no charge and half the normal rate for larger truck and tractor tires.

The cities of Louisville and Westmoreland are having community cleanup days in conjunction with the landfill free day, Schwinn said.

• Tim Eisenbarth, noxious weed director, presented bids for the county’s annual chemical purchase. Commissioners asked him to review the bids and make a recommendation later.

• Gregg Webster, zoning administrator, reported 17 building permits issued in March with a total value of nearly $3 million.

The commission also approved a site plan presented by Webster and John Keller, county planner, for a new building on lot 28 in the Green Valley Business Park east of Manhattan.

Kolde Construction, St. Marys, plans to build 60-by-140-foot structure for equipment storage and a small office space. The site plan had been previously recommended for approval by the county planning commission.

Webster and Keller also reviewed with commissioners a preliminary plat of Meadow Ridge Subdivision, Unit 1, south of U.S. 24 on Appleyard Road.

“The whole area south of 24 is going to develop, especially along Appleyard Road, which is paved,” Keller said.

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