By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Kismet’s Main Street could be having some work done to it in the near future.
Seward County Road and Bridge is currently accepting bids for this year’s sealing projects on county roads, and after contacting officials with the City of Kismet about Main Street, Road and Bridge Supervisor Tony Herrman said he feels the road should be sealed again to preserve it.
“We assisted them in 2012 with crack sealing and chip sealing,” Herrman said in a memo to the county commission in the agenda packet for tonight’s regular meeting. “The commission agreed to a cost split of 75/25. I don’t know if the same will be asked this year.”
Herrman said there is an area of Main Street near U.S. Highway 54 that is breaking out, and he was asked to get an estimate of what it would cost to have concrete placed on the area, which measures about 115 feet by 45 feet.
Those estimates came in at around $31,000 to $33,000, and Herrman said commissioner C.J. Wettstein was asked if the county would share the expense at 50/50 with the City of Kismet. The road and bridge supervisor added the sealing of Main Street will cost about $21,000.
Herrman also discussed a second item in the memo. Road and Bridge has been asked to prepare the race track at the fairgrounds for this year’s Seward County Five State Fair.
“I know that last year, we decided not to work on the track anymore,” he said. “The fair board has agreed to have a promoter that does not have equipment to prepare the track for racing.”
Herrman said his department was asked to do the work for the fair board.
“I have talked to my help, and we agreed we want the fair to be successful and feel like we can make arrangements to do this if the commission approves it,” he said.
The commission is scheduled to discuss both items at tonight’s meeting, which is set to start at 5:30 p.m. in the commission chambers in the Seward County Administration Building.