County approves permit for asphalt plant

LYNDON—Following a unanimous vote by the county’s planning and zoning committee, the Osage County Commission moved by a 3-0 vote to approve a year-long conditional use permit with Bettis Asphalt, Topeka, to open an asphalt plant at 28486 S. Berryton Road, Scranton.

The agreement was approved with minor stipulations, including the addition of 200 feet of dust control along Berryton Road, and the installation of four signs, prohibiting use of jake brakes in the area. Bettis would also spread 1,500 tons of additional gravel to maintain the roads.

One member of the public, Steve Morgan, who lives on 189th street, attended the scheduled 9 a.m. portion of the meeting, speaking to the agreement to place signs along the road leading to the plant.

“They’ve been trying to work with us,” Morgan said of Bettis.

The plant will be used to primarily to haul asphalt to the resurfacing project on U.S. 75 Highway between U.S. 56 Highway and Topeka Boulevard in Shawnee County.

“We’re going to try and haul 555 tons and get half the job completed this year,” said Adam Gray, manager at Bettis Asphalt.

Gray said that would complete the northbound lanes. Project work will resume in the spring after a projected break between November to April.

The county met with road and bridge supervisor Glen Tyson later in the meeting to discuss a resolution to place signs restricting jake brake usage along the road. Tyson also discussed the purchase of a 2013 Freightliner 108 work truck, from Kansas Truck Center for $144,579, which includs a salt spreading and plowing package from Monroe.

The council met with Donna Crawford, of Government Assistance Services, who is filing for a grant to construct a building for Rural Water District No. 6, who will be building a new pump station and offices for the district. The new pump station will allow RWD No. 6 to pump and buy water from Public Water District No. 12, which processes water directly from Melvern Lake.

The grant is for $183,623.60 toward the total project cost, with $142,972.10 in volunteer labor to be donated by the district for a project total of $326,595.70.

Crawford asked commissioners to approve two resolutions and three documents supporting and backing the project.

In other business, commissioners:
• heard two permit requests for the neighborhood revitalization program, approving one in Lyndon and denying another in Osage City, citing the beginning of construction prior to the permit being filed.
• discussed removal of the Burlingame Fire Station from the tax roll. Osage County Appraiser Stacy Berry said there is paperwork to be filed by the department.
• discussed repair of the flag pole at the courthouse. The pulley fell off the top of the 75-foot pole last month, and the county has been looking for a bucket truck with enough height to replace the pulley and paint the pole.

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