By TIM HORAN
The Kansas Department of Transportation will be repairing a culvert on Kansas Highway 43 which will close that highway and Old Highway 40 for up to 95 days.
County Administrator Brad Homman told the Dickinson County Commission that the culvert is located on Highway 43 which is just east of Detroit on Old 40. The highway that goes north of Enterprise jogs east on Old 40 before going north again.
“You won’t be able to use it going east or west,” Homman said. “KDOT has approached us about using Jeep Road and Old 40 as a detour off I-70. It is not uncommon and we have done that before.”
He said there are some areas of concern: damage to the roads as a result of the detour and emergency traffic.
“We will be trying to get this done between harvests, like we do all of our projects,” he said. “And we are hoping the contractor can leave an emergency access across the site, not a public access, but such that a fire truck or an ambulance can get through that site in an emergency. Going to I-70 and around could cause a delay that could be detrimental to life or property.
Homman also said in his report that a quarter cent sales tax could raise $281,000 based on several years of sales tax. The commission is considering a slight raise in sales tax to fund roads and bridges.
Homman said representatives of Homeland Securities performed a day-long review of security at the courthouse.
“It was very enlightening,” he said. “We have a number of issues that we need to address and some policies that need to be developed to increase the security.”
He said that at 10 a.m. on April 5, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will sign the legislation that creates the Eisenhower license plate. He said the Eisenhower Foundation and Representative John Barker, R-Abilene, were responsible for that legislation.
In other business, the commission:
• approved the consent agenda which included the minutes of the March 21 work study session and regular meeting, approved payroll of $230,093.67, expenditures of $258,040.97 and abatements of $6,593.04;
• approved the purchase of steel from Husker Steel for $18, 094 to be used for future bridge projects;
• approved the second payment of the Detroit Sewer District of $107,000 for the current work being done.