Snow crews keeping busy

By Kristina Jackson

Riley County crews have had a busy season removing snow from roads, Riley County Public Works Director Leon Hobson said.

Hobson explained the county’s process for clearing snow to the county commissioners at Monday’s meeting.

“Each storm is different, so the crews have to handle them differently,” Hobson said.

He said the day before a storm is expected, a team of supervisors meets to come up with a plan. They continue to meet every day throughout the storm.

Hobson said crews will often be on the roads by 4 a.m.

“They try to get off as much as possible before it gets packed down by the morning commute,” he said.

In many rural areas, crews will be off the roads by 7 p.m., but for urban roads crews will work sometimes until midnight.

Hobson said the crews’ goal is to help people get home from work, but they also try to minimize time in the dark for the safety of their workers.

County crews have already had to deal with six storms this winter, Hobson said. He commended county, city and state crews for their work on snow removal.

“It can be a dangerous job with a lot of challenges, but they do a good job of keeping us safe,” he said.


Rick Petrie, a member of the Disc Fanatics of Kansas, a local disc golf club, updated the commission on the finalization of the expansion of the course at Fairmont Park.

Petrie said 25 members of the group put in work days to assist with the expansion, laying rock and doing other work on the course. Other members of the club also helped to design the expansion, which took the course from nine baskets to 18.

The club will be hosting a ribbon cutting for the expansion on Feb. 22, prior to their Ice Bowl tournament the same day.

Commissioner Dave Lewis thanked Petrie and the members of his club for the work they put in to the expansion.

“You’ve done something really neat to enhance one of our community parks,” Lewis said.



Because of a new system for registering commercial vehicles, Riley County Treasurer Eileen King encouraged owners to come to the office to complete registration early.

Registration is due on Feb. 28, but King recommended that people come in no later than Feb. 24.

The new system requires additional information about the vehicle that was not required previously.

Additionally, not all counties offer the new system, so King said they expect some people to come from other counties.

Aside from extra information about the vehicle, the system also asks for 2013 tax receipts, especially if the taxes were paid in another county, and insurance information.

A checklist for all requested information is available at

King said that exemptions from the new registration system, especially some for farm vehicles, can be confusing, and suggested that those who don’t know if they are affected call the Kansas Highway Patrol at 785-296-7189.

Because the process will take longer, King said people can leave information about the vehicle, and the employees will enter it.

But she said people must allow enough time before Feb. 28.

“If someone comes in with 100 vehicles in their fleet on the 28th, I’m not sure we’ll have enough time to do it,” she said.

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