Carbondale preps for $3.7 million sewer project

CARBONDALE—The Carbondale City Council voted to move forward with several major pieces of its $3,696,000 project to update and maintain the city’s sewer system at the Feb. 3 regular meeting.

County attempts to bridge funding gap

LYNDON—Over the hills or through the woods, commissioners gathered Monday to take a look at bridges on the fracture-critical list for the year.

With proposed cuts in funding, commissioners aren’t faced with many options when it comes to closing down or converting bridges on the list to low water crossings in order to avoid a costly inspection by the federal government.

“This is something that is driven not by us, but by the federal government,” said commissioner Ken Kuykendall.

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Governor signs state of disaster emergency declaration

Gov. Sam Brownback has declared a State of Disaster Emergency for all of Kansas in response to the major winter storm moving through the state. The declaration authorizes state resources to assist communities affected by the winter storm still moving across Kansas.

"As predicted and expected, snow has been blanketing the state for several hours causing deteriorating travel conditions," said Brownback. "I want to continue to urge everyone to avoid travel unless it is absolutely essential."

Closings, cancellations and postponements: Feb. 4-6

Due to the snowfall Feb. 4-5, the following closings and cancellations have been reported for the Osage County area.

Sentences issued for high-speed chases

David B.A. Lehnherr, 22, Osage City, was sentenced to 12 months in Kansas Department of Corrections on Feb. 3 by Osage County District Court Judge Phillip M. Fromme. According to Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones, Lehnherr was convicted of felony fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement officers in January.

Legislative Update – Bill could cost county $150,000

Greetings from the newly dedicated Kansas Statehouse. We are beginning to pick up steam as we close out the third week of the session and head into February. Committees have been meeting all week hearing bills. We will now start working bills, considering amendments and passing certain bills out of committee for consideration by the House.

Senior housing, Seventh Street closure discussed

LYNDON—The latest city council meeting brought outside guests for a number of issues, including economic developers, construction managers, surveyors and a visit from the USD 421 superintendent.

The board was first presented with resolution 14-01, a resolution in support of OWC Senior Apartments development project. While the council has discussed the housing issues in previous months, Stephanie Watson and others on the committee were pushing for a signed resolution the night of the meeting.

Public doesn’t have to be disagreeable to disagree

LYNDON—All members of the board, as well as several members of Lyndon and surrounding communities gathered for the first of two special meetings Tuesday night.

Guests slowly piled in the aged auditorium, witnessing the creaks of seating and a mysterious groaning noises that the superintendent later contributed to a problem-ridden boiler.

The board wanted to host the meetings to gather input about the proposed bond issue and building project from citizens of the district, and lengthy input is what they received.

Commissioners stress over budget, funding

LYNDON—Monday’s meeting may not have been noted as a happy one for most who approached the commissioner’s chambers. While several items were addressed on the agenda, one main theme was present Monday; maybe two. Gloom and despair.

“We have got such a wretched financial picture ahead of us,” said chairman of commissioners, Ken Kuykendall. “There is not much of anything that’s not on the table.”

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