Riley County crews on Friday cleared Main Road at White Canyon, a subdivision near Randolph.

Crews removed debris and limbs from the road to make it passable for residents, said Leon Hobson, director of public works and county engineer.

“Should’ve made it very passable for them,” Hobson said.

Hobson reported this Monday to the Riley County Commission.

“Hopefully, the first people who got in were the propane companies,” said commission chair Ron Wells.

Crews also put more rock on the road, Hobson said.

“I haven’t been up there, but from the pictures, looks like they did a good job in getting it smoothed out,” Hobson said.

The total repair cost came in at $4,854, Hobson said. Officials used less materials and labor in cleaning up the road than they thought they would need. They previously estimated repair costs at around $8,000.

White Canyon residents have dealt with flooding over the past nine months.

With water off the road now, residents have struggled to get to their homes with debris covering the road.

Residents have been asking Riley County for help since September.

In an article that ran in Wednesday’s paper, Craig Cox, deputy counselor for Riley County, said the county wasn’t responsible for road maintenance in the subdivision.

However, commissioners told the public works department Thursday that they wanted the road cleaned.

Wells told The Mercury on Monday that cleanup would help as the county considers a more permanent solution.

He didn’t provide details on what that solution could be.

Roxanne Waggoner, a White Canyon resident, told The Mercury on Friday that she thinks the newspaper’s reporting prompted the response.

In other action Monday, commissioners:

  • Approved sending bids for review to the county engineer for the Riley County courthouse judge chambers and appraiser’s office remodeling projects. R.M. Baril General Contractors of Manhattan offered a bid of $108,223.20 for the whole project while Trinium, Inc. of Manhattan offered $125,000 in its bid. Cheney Construction, Inc. of Manhattan offered a bid of $86,425. The architect’s estimate for the project is $160,000. Officials expect the project to start in 2020.
  • Held an executive session to discuss an “initial offer or purchase” by the county. Commissioners did not take any binding action after the executive session.
  • Held another executive session on potential litigation for the purpose of consultation. The commission did not take any binding action after the executive session.