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Pottawatomie County warned about Flush, Cassie intersection

By The Mercury

A rural St. George man Monday asked Pottawatomie County Commissioners to remedy what he said was a dangerous intersection just west of his home at 11850 Cassie Lane.

Rusty Rogers said several accidents have occurred at the intersection of Flush Road and Cassie Lane, and that the problem would be compounded by increased traffic from a business planning to build in the area.

The intersection is located at the entrance to Dara’s Fast Lane, just south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 24 and Flush Road.

Rogers said his primary concern was increased traffic on Cassie Lane after a Polaris dealer relocates his business to the commercial tract just east of Dara’s

“That corner needs to be addressed,” Rogers said. “It’s your responsibility to address those issue before the building permit is issued.”

Commissioners, however, said this was the first time they had heard of the problem with the intersection.

“I’ve been aware of the problem for 10 minutes now, and we’ll look at it and do what we can to make it better,” Commissioner Pat Weixelman said. “I don’t think we’re going to tell this guy he can’t put his building there after we’ve given him a building permit.”

Commissioner Stan Hartwich also said this was the first complaint he had received about the intersection in his years on the commission.

The main problems with the intersection, Rogers said, are the slope of Cassie Lane and the close proximity of the intersection to the entrance to Dara’s.

“I don’t want you to just say you’ll look at it, I want some action,” Rogers said.

In other business Monday, the commission:

• The commission adopted two resolutions regarding amendments to the county’s land use plan. The amendments apply to subdivision plats and internal subdivision roads, and were recommended by the planning commission.

Weixelman suggested sending copies of the amendments to all developers in the county “so there are no surprises when they come in here. I think it would be a good gesture,” he said.

• Released a letter of credit for Wilderness Acres Subdivision, just south of Highway 24 on Vineyard Road since the subdivision road had been completed and paid for.

• Discussed the construction account for the new Pott County Justice Center. Weixelman questioned an additional $500,000 placed in the account.

“It looks to me like we’ve increased the budget on this thing from $13.5 to $14 million,” Weixelman said. “It’s going to be very hard for me to spend that extra half million as we’re going down the road.”

County Administrator Robert Reece said the extra funds would give the commission “flexibility if something happens during the construction process.”

“I’d like to see $700,000 in this account when it’s all said and done,” Weixelman said.

• Requested that patrons be asked to cover their loads when transporting materials to the county landfill during the “free day” scheduled for Saturday, April 7.

In the past, areas along K-99 south of the landfill have “looked like a dump” after the free day, Weixelman said.

Upcoming advertising for the free day specifies that all loads must be tarped. Commissioners said patrons bringing untarped loads during free day may be subject to the regular charge.

• Declined a request by Doug Phelps for an exemption to begin construction of a second house before the infrastructure is completed in Whispering Meadows Subdivision north of Highway 24 near Lake Elbo Road.

The county policy has been to allow construction of one house prior to the completion of infrastructure. “I would hate to deviate from that,” Weixelman said.

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