County sets speed limit for 'detour'

LYNDON—High traffic, dust and the potential for accidents have local residents, businesses, townships and county officials concerned about the unofficial detour around bridge construction on Kansas Highway 268.

“You can’t believe how much traffic is on that,” said Junction Township Trustee Gary Summers.

Summers said one resident counted more than 75 cars per hour on the road. Commissioner Ken Kuykendall echoed, saying he’d witnessed several out of county plates taking the three-mile route along Paulen Road, 245th Street and Ratner Road.

Osage City Council repeats vote in public

OSAGE CITY—A violation of Kansas Open Meetings Act at its Aug. 13 meeting set the Osage City Council back to chambers Aug. 22 to repeat votes taken at that meeting.

Osage City football to start season at ESU

OSAGE CITY—After more than a month of dodging rains, the new field in Jones Park finally has sod in place, enough to play football anyway.

Less than half the field was in place, however, when the USD 420 Board of Education conducted its last meeting. Even with the sod in place, the field needs a minimum of six weeks before hosting a game.

The option of hosting the first games on the practice field had been discussed, but only for junior high and junior varsity games.

Additional highway construction to begin Monday

As of next week, the majority of main routes to and from Osage County will be under some form of construction. U.S. Highway 56 west of Osage City and I-35 west of Lebo will begin construction projects Monday, adding to a list of under way projects in the area, including:

• U.S. 75 from U.S. 56 to Topeka Blvd.,
• U.S. 75 from Melvern Lake to the Osage-Coffey county line,
• U.S. 268 bridge replacement over the Flint Hills Nature Trail, 4.77 miles east of U.S. 75. and
• U.S. 56 between Baldwin City and U.S. 59.

Organized Chaos: 5k mud run a success

“And the winner is The Osage County Community Foundation” was the final analysis of Perry Thompson after hosting the first Cross Country Chaos at his Osage City farm.

Not near all of the numbers had been calculated, and there was still plenty of cleanup to be done another time, but more than 130 competitors participated in the fundraising 5K mud run-walk developed on 200 acres of rough Osage County farm terrain.

County approves permit for asphalt plant

LYNDON—Following a unanimous vote by the county’s planning and zoning committee, the Osage County Commission moved by a 3-0 vote to approve a year-long conditional use permit with Bettis Asphalt, Topeka, to open an asphalt plant at 28486 S. Berryton Road, Scranton.

The agreement was approved with minor stipulations, including the addition of 200 feet of dust control along Berryton Road, and the installation of four signs, prohibiting use of jake brakes in the area. Bettis would also spread 1,500 tons of additional gravel to maintain the roads.

Osage City Council action violates KOMA

View the letter to the Osage City Council and settlement from the county attorney here.

OSAGE CITY—The Osage County Attorney has issued a settlement finding actions taken by the Osage City Council at its Aug. 13 meeting were in violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act, K.S.A. 75-4317.

Sod in place at new field

Workers from Topeka Sod Farm spent much of the day Thursday installing sod at the new football field in Osage City Thursday. Rains have delayed progress on the field, and will force at least one home-game rescheduling, but after a month of uncertainly, the grass is finally on the field.

Lights, visiting bleachers and the concrete pad for the home bleachers are now up as well.

Scranton resident voices budget concerns

SCRANTON—Many budget meetings go unattended by the public. In Scranton, the Aug. 6 budget hearing for the 2014 budget received harsh criticism from members of the community.

Scranton resident Tom Carnes questioned the allotment of money between the parks department and recreation commission.

Quenemo mayor walks out, council reorganizes

QUENEMO—Eight minutes after calling the meeting to order, Quenemo Mayor Bruce Rose responded to a disagreement by asking maintenance supervisor Mike Watts for a pen, then scribbled “I resign” on the back of a piece of paper, and walking out of the council chambers.

The paper just happened to be a copy of a resignation letter from Chris Boggs, who served just four months after being elected in April.

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