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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Electrical company in Newton to build office, warehouse facility

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  • A growing electrical company will get more room following the acceptance of a special use permit by the county commission Monday morning.

    Kansas Electric, formerly Harms Electric, was granted a special-use permit to build an office and warehouse facility about 1.4 mile east of Old Highway 81 on Northwest 36th — north and west of North Newton.

    The property is zoned A-1 agricultural.

    “We are really excited about this,” said Tim Sewerage of Kansas Electric. “This will give us some room to breathe.”

    Sewerage told the commission the electrical contractor has grown from three to 75 employees while operating at its current location at 128 E. Fifth St.

    There were no protest letters filed against the special use permit. The planning and zoning board recommended allowing the special use permit with conditions. The company will have to remove two small outbuilding currently on the property being used for storage and hook up to the rural water system.

    In other business, the county:

    • Accepted a bid of $156,745 from Berry Tractor for a used road grader. Berry was the low bid out of six bids submitted.

    • Accepted a bid of $122,376 from Victor L. Phillips for a wheel loader for the solid waste department. Phillips was the low bidder out of seven bids submitted.

    • Approved issuing financing for construction of an enclosure for power regulators for runway lights, a fuel tank protection system, new taxi lane and a fuel truck parking area that is EPA compliant for the Newton City/County Airport.

    The city and county will split $107,000 in costs for the projects, with more than $918,000 being paid through a federal funding program.

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