Roadblocks were a main topic at the regular meeting of the Dickinson County Commission Thursday.
City Administrator Brad Homman gave some encouraging news reporting that the Kansas Department of Transportation was to have Kansas Highway 43 open Friday. KDOT had it closed while working on a bridge just east of Detroit.
“The project is winding down and it will be open tomorrow,” Homman said, adding KDOT is finishing the project 30 days ahead of the allowed time.
“We drove across it the other day to check it out and it is really nice,” he said, adding that it will serve citizens in the county for a long time.
News on KDOT’s Interstate 70 project which has the eastbound exit and entrance ramps closed at Kansas Highway 15 (Buckeye Avenue), was not as good.
“We were told the week of the (Oct.) 21st they are going to open the off ramp of I-70 and K-15. That will only be the off ramp. It will not be the eastbound on ramp,” he said.
“They could not give us a time when they would open the eastbound on ramp,” he said, adding motorist will still have to take the westbound road to Fair Road and come back.
Homman reported the Dickinson County roads and bridge crews were finishing up the 40-mile overlay project on roads throughout the county.
“About three different people said they didn’t mind paying taxes when they could see what was being done with their money,” said Commissioner Craig Chamberlin.
The county received an email complaining about barking dogs in the county.
“It’s an issue we are going to need some guidance on,” said Chairman LaVerne Myers. “It goes back to cooperation amongst neighbors and being good neighbors. Most of those things should be worked out between the people that are involved but we get these cases that just don’t get resolved.”
“It’s not an excessive amount (of dogs) in his issue,” said Commissioner Lynn Peterson. “It is difficult to come up with a ruling. If you make it situational, then how does that impact the rest of the county?”
Cell phone data
The commission approved the $10,580 purchase for Cellebrite Touch for use by the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Gareth Hoffman had requested the device to retrieve data from cell phones. Homman said that the funds would come from the diversion fund, which is just under $33,000.
The sheriff’s department would pay for the technical support of $2,998.95 out if its budget.
“As we all know, everyone uses cell phones to send texts, email and phone calls,” Homman said. “In the old days, law enforcement would subpoena that information. That is no longer available from the phone company.”
“One of the things that stood out, not only that it was an investigative type tool, but currently when the investigators and sheriff’s department need to pull data out of phones they would have to make a trip to Verizon. They would have all of this in house and the other law enforcement agencies in the county—Chapman, City of Abilene, and so on—would have the resource available. It seems like a very reasonable request.”
Homman also reported that the Detroit Sewer District is almost complete. He said that seeding was complete and the only project left is the fence around the lagoon.
The commission also approved the consent agenda, which included the minutes of the Oct. 4 work session and regular meeting, payroll of $233,326.17 and fund expenditures of $313,320.82.
Court House to be closed
The Dickinson County Court House and District Court will be closed on Monday,, while county staff attends an in service at Sterl Hall.