Resurfacing project paves way for one lane traffic

Weather permitting, Monday, May 5, a resurfacing project will begin on a 1.9-mile stretch of U.S. 75 from the K-68 junction north through the city of Lyndon to the K-31/K-268 junction in Osage County. Project work includes milling away of 2-inches of existing pavement followed by the application of a hot mix asphalt 2-inch overlay on all existing asphalt mainline lanes, application of a hot mix asphalt 2-inch overlay on all existing concrete mainline lanes/shoulders, all new pavement markings and a chip seal application on both asphalt shoulders.

Detour set for roundabout construction

Monday, May 5, after morning rush hour, traffic on northbound and southbound U.S. 75 and on eastbound and westbound K-31/K-268 will be detoured onto asphalt shooflies around the existing at-grade intersection as work will begin on the new intersection roundabout. See an attached map for the location of the two shoofly detour routes.

Osage County communities to attend Kansas Sampler this weekend

WAMEGO—Cities in Osage County, as well as cities throughout the state of Kansas will be represented at this year’s Kansas Sampler Festival, May 3 and 4 in Wamego.

The festival is set for 10 a.m.–5 p.m. May 3 and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. May 4 at Wamego City Park.

Stephanie Watson, county economic development director, encouraged cities throughout the county to attend.

“I’ve always participated and taken a booth to promote the county, but I saw one of the booths with other communities and thought it would be neat to get our communities involved,” said Watson.

Local departments respond to house fire

At approximately 1:41 p.m., the Burlingame, Carbondale and Auburn fire departments responded to a house fire at 5824 W. 117th St., Burlingame.

No one was home at the time of the fire, no injuries have been reported and the residence appears to be a total loss.

Osage EMS and Red Cross also assisted.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas State Fire Marshal are investigating the fire.

As of 4:30 p.m., fire departments and law enforcement were still on the scene.

Sewer rate to begin increasing in August

OSAGE CITY—After a second viewing, the Osage City Council approved new sewer rates at the April 22 regular meeting.

Ordinance 1577 set the base sewer rate at $9.37 per month for all users, with a fee of $3.24/1,000 gallon of water used for residential customers and $3.71/1,000 gallons for commercial and industrial users, as of April 15, 2014.

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Help House announces new director

LYNDON—Help House board of directors have announced the selection of Pam Bilyeu as the new director of Help House following the resignation of Tom Shepard in March. Shepard has accepted a pastorate in Auburn. He had served as director during the planning and move into the new facility. His guidance was greatly appreciated.

Burlingame reorganizes financial infrastructure

BURLINGAME—The Burlingame City Council adjusted and clarified several financial areas during its meeting Monday night. They took a deeper look at regular processes of paying bills, noting several late fees and un-earned discounts, since authorization is required by the city council.

“Some of the bills are due a week later,” said Joey Lamond, city superintendent.

“If we have only a week to pay, that doesn’t make any sense,” said Mike Dorr, mayor.

Open house set for local horse rescue

CARBONDALE—Brenda and Cecil Grimmett have owned and operated a horse rescue for several years. They do it not to make a profit, but out of the kindness of their hearts. That kindness is hoping to be repaid in a sense, as they host an open house in honor of the ASPCA Help a Horse Day.

“I wanted to get the word out about what we do as a rescue for our county,” said Grimmett.

B&C Equine Rescue Inc. will host the Horse Rescue Open House from noon to 4 p.m. April 26 at the rescue, located at 740 W. 125th St., north of Carbondale.

Senior resource fair a success

Osage County Senior Center, Osage City hosted the annual resource fair today. A large turn out, despite the weather, attended the fair. Free information and products were given away along with a door prize drawing to end the day.

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