Justice Center parking lot project experiences delays

Updated: Apr 9

MOUND CITY – On Monday, March 14, Public Works Director Shaun West and Economic Development Director Jessica Hightower gave reports on their departments.

West told the commissioners that the county crew working on digging up the parking lot at the annex was having track hoe problems, and they hope to have them resolved that day. Also, they had run into a storm drain, which was an issue.

Road foreman Harry Wisdom is going to get with the city to see if they can take over that issue because the drain is connected to other systems and it is not going to remain a straight pipe from one end of the Justice Center’s parking lot to the other.

It controls Mound City’s storm drainage, he said, adding that the county was going to try to help out but county crews have other projects to focus on.

County Counselor Gary Thompson said that the city did not even know the storm drain was there.

West said that the drain is connected to other systems including the United Methodist Church.

West then gave the commissioners a list of projected roadways that the asphalt department would like to be paved. He said that he was looking for feedback from the commissioners on any other roadways.

Commissioner Danny McCullough said he would like to learn more about the asphalt program and the equipment in the program.

McCullough asked why the county did not contract out the asphalt work instead of pulling employees from road crews to work on the project in the summer.

West said it might be cost effective if a contractor could do it cheaper.

West said that Asphalt Foremen Tod Moeller was wanting direction from the commissioners on what they wanted.

Since this issue is a lengthy discussion, Thompson suggested setting up a workshop from noon to 2 p.m. one day to go over questions about roads and paving with the road crew foremen.

West said that he would like to advertise for at least one part-time employee for the Linn County Park. West said they would help with mowing and light maintenance, including seasonal prep, bathroom plumbing turned on, gravel pads, and electrical. The commissioners agreed for him to advertise.

West then told the commissioners that he and Deputy Human Resources Morgan Northcutt had interviewed several people and wanted to recommend Jackie Schlesener for the housekeeping position at the Justice Center and court house at the rate of $14.08 per hour after a background check. The commissioners approved hiring Schlesener.

Hightower gave the commissioners draft copies of the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for broadband installation. After discussing the RFP, the commissioners approved it with a turnaround time of 30 days.

Kwikom Business Development Director John Terry was on the agenda but said that he had just come to check on when the RFP would be available so he did not need to ask any other questions.

Hightower told the commissioners about grant funds that were available through the Lake Region Solid Waste Authority from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) for solid waste equipment. She asked if they would like for her to apply for these funds for the walking floor trailer.

She said the match was 75/25 and ARPA funds could not be used for the match. She said it would not hurt if she applied as the grant just came out on March 14 and is not due for a month.

The commissioners discussed what changes were needed to the tipping floor to use a walking floor trailer. West will come back next week with some numbers about rebuilding the tipping floor.

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