While relatively quick, the Harvey County Commission did touch on a few major projects involving the Road and Bridge Department during its regular meeting on Monday.
Starting off, the commission addressed a project that is being spearheaded by the city of North Newton — to expand a walking/biking path that runs parallel to NW 36th Street.
Ownership of a portion of the road right-of-way came up with the county regarding the project, with three feet extending from the road being requested (for maintenance purposes), which North Newton had little issue with given the projected placement of the path.
The one area where there was further discussion among North Newton staff and administration regarded a Kansas Department of Transportation structure along NW 36th Street where the city would be asking the county to maintain a larger portion of ownership — so KDOT would not have to go through a third party if there were any issues with the structure that needed to be addressed.
It was noted that a low water crossing on which joint work was discussed at one time would remain under North Newton's jurisdiction and there was a general consensus among the commission having no issues with the proposed changes on the pathway agreement.
Additionally, Road and Bridge Superintendent Jim Meier updated the commission on a project to restore part of the river banks in West Park that have been impacted greatly by erosion.
Currently, Meier said he is working to solicit bids from local contractors with the request for the contractors to provide the equipment to place the rock that the county still plans to get from the quarry.
"This would be a safer way to get the end result we're looking for," said County Administrator Anthony Swartzendruber.
In other business, the county commission:
Addressed the need to try and find a way to fund the purchase of an armored military vehicle for the Harvey County Emergency Response Team after a demonstration the commissioners attended last week.
Received and signed a lease for the Remote Control Park at Harvey County East Park after members of the Harvey County Radio Club had signed off on it.
Was informed of the upcoming Harvey County 4-H achievement night on Nov. 17, with commissioners asked to RSVP by next Monday if they plan on attending.
Heard a report on sales tax collection decreases (down 1.57 percent year-to-day from 2017), which have been pretty consistent and evened out after spikes in August and September.
Learned that the county is waiting to hear from the Kansas Department of Emergency Management on whether it is eligible for FEMA reimbursement after surveyors inspected flood damage last week.
Received a report on the Drug Take Back day the Harvey County Sheriff's Office held on Saturday, with 206 lbs. of drugs collected — enough to fill eight boxes. Sheriff Chad Gay also thanked the commissioners for attending the ERT demonstration and allowing the use of the old residence on site for training exercises.
Approved the appointment of Aaron Swank to the Harvey County Food and Farm Council to fill the unexpired term of Anne Pitts (due to changes within the extension office), waiving the second reading.