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Tuesday, 25 November 2008 00:00

By ROBERT PIERCE

• Daily Leader

 

After being approached by residents on DeNoon Road, Seward County Commissioner C.J. Wettstein brought a proposed letter he wanted to send to landowners and tenants in that area to Monday’s meeting.

The letter noted the request of residents to have the county maintain the road due to poor road conditions.

“The school bus was having a hard time getting down the road if there was a lot of rain,” Wettstein said in the letter.

The commissioner explained the letter said the county would maintain the road one time only.

“I wanted to make sure in the letter that they knew it was just a one- time deal and it wasn’t continual,” he said Monday. “I also explained what the history was on this road.”

The maintenance on the road would include knocking the ridges down, Wettstein said.

“I also told them we had worked with the residents of Congress Road,”

he said. “They’d asked us to do it.”

In the letter, Wettstein explained on that project, the county got 60 feet of right-of-way needed to build a good all-weather road.

“On this project, we came up with a cost of completing the road and divided the cost between landowners on Congress Road and set it up where they could pay for the cost all at one time or spread it over a five-year payment plan,” he said.

Wettstein said there is a possibility the work could be done with DeNoon Road, but because of the flooding complications possible with the road, county officials would want to have an engineering study done on the project to make sure all the drainage problems were handled when completing the project.

Commission chairman Shannon Francis said the problem on DeNoon speaks to why the commission in the future needs to look at subdivision development in the county extremely closely.

Wettstein said tenants and landowners will have to bear the costs of the maintenance project, which includes engineering fees.

Francis said with some things in the county, improvement will not be seen without that of the infrastructure of the county.

“Until the roads are somewhat better, it’s hard for them to take the pride in their property that I know most of them want to,” Francis said.

Commissioner Steve Eisenhauer said the DeNoon situation speaks volumes to the reason for planning and zoning committees.

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve sending the proposed letter to landowners and residents of DeNoon Road.

 

 

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