Riley County officials plan to discuss the cost of an alternative road leading into the White Canyon subdivision near Randolph.

Residents of the area visited with the Riley County Commission on Thursday about the latest update on the situation. Flooding from Tuttle Creek Lake has prevented people from gaining access to their homes for the past eight or nine months from Main Road.

The county convened with an unidentified landowner near White Canyon to see if the owner would voluntarily allow entry across their property for a northern route into the subdivision, but the landowner said no, according to Clancy Holeman, county counselor and director of administrative services.

Roxanne Waggoner, a resident of White Canyon, said the water is down on Main Road, revealing garbage across it.

Holeman said officials are meeting together Friday to discuss cost estimates for a possible alternative road.

County officials reassured Waggoner and other White Canyon residents who attended the meeting that they have not forgotten about the situation out there.

Riley County originally approved searching for an alternative road Sept. 5, and White Canyon residents asked for an update from the county Oct. 31.

In other action Thursday, commissioners:

  • Discussed the Riley County Police Department substation in the proposed Aggieville parking garage with Dennis Cook, director of the Aggieville Business Association. Cook said he heard updates pointing to the creation of a 3,000- or 4,000-square-foot space for the police department, which concerned him and others associated with Aggieville.

“The purpose of the parking garage was to add parking, and we’re concerned all of a sudden we’re going to see 20 police cars taking up the first floor of that,” Cook said.

RCPD Director Dennis Butler told county officials later in the meeting that the department will need some parking space available, but did not indicate how many specific spaces.

Butler said RCPD wants to use the larger space for meetings, regional trainings and other functions. He said the department is excited to use a larger space in the future.

“We do not have space in our current building now,” Butler said.

The Aggieville substation is at 1113 Moro St.

Butler said officials have not made any final decisions about the substation size and space. The Manhattan City Commission will look at an update on Aggieville developments at its work session Tuesday.

  • Approved borrowing $15,000 from the county’s general fund account toward paying initial bills for the Keats sewer district. The commission approved the creation of a sewer benefit district for Keats on Oct. 21. Residents in Keats have dealt with failing septic systems.
  • Listened to a presentation by Gary Fike, county extension director, about Youth Quality Care of Animals, a program aimed to inform 4-H participants about proper safety toward animals, such as administering vaccines and medication.
  • Approved a Riley County Historical Society grant of $15,245 for the Riley County Historical Museum. The majority of the grant money will cover 232 additional hours of the museum assistant position in 2020, said Cheryl Collins, museum director.

“Those hours have been really beneficial to us,” Collins said.