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McCaffrey, Malin remain in leadership roles for Seward County PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 10:24

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ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times



Seward County commissioners are sticking with their current leadership for 2018.

Commission Chairman Nathan McCaffrey and Vice Chairman Randy Malin were chosen to take the board through this year at Tuesday’s meeting before the board tackled action items on the agenda.

One of those items concerned a few county roads just east of Liberal.

County Administrator April Warden said a constituent in commissioner C.J. Wettstein’s district brought concerns about several roads, including Road K near Bluebell Road.

“He had three main concerns he wanted to visit with us about,” Warden said. “The first one was the marking of Bluebell Road.”

Warden said crews with Seward County Road and Bridge, including supervisor Tony Herrman have marked that road. She said the second concern was concerning the maintenance and mowing of Denoon Road.

“He understood that was not a county maintained road,” she said.

Warden said the third issue the constituent had raised concerned possible asphalting of Road K.

“He felt like this would help with the traffic since the closing of Bluebell when they redid Six Points,” she said. 

Also raised by the constituent, Warden said, was cutting through the parking lot of Love’s Truck Stop on U.S. Highway 54 by drivers, particularly when shift changes take place at nearby National Beef.

Warden said she had discussed that issue with county staff, and she was unsure of how the asphalting of Road K would help with the issues of drivers cutting through the Love’s parking lot.

“We’re not sure that those two things go hand in hand,” she said. “I don’t know if he was just mentioning the amount of traffic that cuts through the Love’s parking lot, and he did feel like the asphalting of Road K through this mile would definitely help with the shift changes at National Beef when people are getting off so they could travel along there to get to Bluebell.”

Herrman said other issues would need to be addressed should the asphalting of Road K be considered.

“We’ve got a real drainage issue there on 54 behind Hill Trucking and Friesen’s,” he said. “Last spring, we had water standing there for three weeks or so. If you were to improve that, first of all, it’d be more than a mile. It’s probably going to be a mile and an eight or so if you go all the way to 54 with it. Engineering design would have to be done to try to figure out what to do with the water.”

McCaffrey said the issue of people cutting through the Love’s parking lot to avoid a traffic control device is more of a law enforcement issue than one for Road and Bridge. Like Warden, he also did not understand the connection between that issue and that of asphalting Road K, as he said the problem is likely to continue even with the asphalting. 

“My fear would be that we would spend the money to do that and it wouldn’t really solve the problem,” he said. “They’re going to take the shortest distance between two points.”

 

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