• Charlene Sims, Journal staff

Botkin Road north of K-31 to close for up to 60 days

Updated: Jul 29

Work on the Botkin Road bridge just north of Kansas Highway 31 was started this week. (File photo)

MOUND CITY – Public Works Director Shaun West told the Linn County Commissioners on Monday, July 18, that Botkin Road just north of Kansas Highway 31 will be closed for the next 60 days.

West said that the new bridge project will start on July 18.

West also reported that Planning and Zoning will be hold a public hearing on the comprehensive plan on Tuesday, August 9, at 8 p.m. in the annex building. After it is approved, it will go to the commissioners for approval on Monday, Aug 15.

In other business, the commissioners: • Gave permission to North Road Shop Foreman and fair board member Mike Nation to use the county’s roller and blade to work on the arena at the fairground during tractor pulls at the Linn County Fair. Nation pointed out that this has always been done in the past, but he just wanted to make sure it was OK.

• Learned from West that Fair Board member Roger Carbon had asked that the county mowing and spraying for Johnson grass at the fairgrounds.

• Received employee job cost monthly summaries from West.

• Learned that asphalt projects were starting.

• Heard from West that the county has removed the old tanks at Pleasanton and had the pads ready for the new fuel tanks. The county is waiting for some information on the emergency and electrical shutoffs to bring in those tanks and get that process started.

• Learned that Kevin Amer from traffic control will be entered as an instructor on the CDL training program, and both he and West will start training employees.

• Learned that West had contacted the state about the change in regulations about putting mattresses in the landfill and was waiting for information.

• Were updated by West on the noxious weed department activities last week. West said that they had been able to spray a lot of the hard surface roadways and are trying to move in the northern area.

• Asked West to give them a report on recycling sales and costs.

• Learned from West that new traffic signs were being replaced in the county, starting from the south.

• Learned that the health department building was having air conditioning problems.

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