Wayne White | Managing Editor

LYNDON—Motorists driving west out of Carbondale should have a less bumpy route since the county road department reworked the pavement adjacent to a railroad crossing.

The crossing was left with a large hump earlier this year after railroad crews rebuilt the rail bed and crossing. Osage County road and bridge supervisor Glen Tyson reported Monday to the Osage County Commission that asphalt had been sloped up to the crossing on either side, making less of an obstacle, which had snagged numerous low-clearance trailers and vehicles since the railroad renovations.

“It looks nice,” Tyson said.

He said the crossing remained closed for three days last week during the repaving and to allow time for the asphalt to harden.

Tyson said during the work, a railroad representative arrived at the site and warned county workers that all machinery had to remain five feet from the tracks, although the pavement is laid within two feet of the tracks.

Despite the warning, the work crew finished the job using machinery as necessary.

Tyson said he believed low clearance vehicles would now more easily negotiate the crossing.

“We’ll see how everything works out,” he said.

In other discussion during Monday’s meeting, the commission attempted to call Keven Ward, of Trane, the company that administered energy-saving upgrades at the Osage County Courthouse. Throughout the summer, courthouse personnel have complained about inconsistent cooling in the building, with some offices too hot and some too cool. Trane representatives were consulted and were to study the situation and report findings to commissioners.

“It’s been approximately two months and we haven’t seen any activity on our request about the cooling problems,” said Osage County Commissioner Mike Pruitt. “I expect a response.”

Osage County Clerk Rhonda Beets told commissioners the last communication she had with the company was an e-mail in July.

The commissioners’ telephone call to Ward was answered by voice mail.

Osage County Commissioner Ken Kuykendall left a message requesting that Ward contact commissioners.

Commissioners also discussed another courthouse problem, water that collects at the entrances and runs in the doors during rainstorms. Previously, commissioners had requested that Jim Jackson grind grooves into the steps to see if the water would drain away from the doorway. It was reported that was unsuccessful, due to the stone steps chipping during the process. Commissioners planned to meet with Jackson and Grady Bean Wednesday to consider other solutions. Also considered Monday was renovating the north courthouse entrance to be handicap accessible by installing a ramp. The courthouse currently has one handicap accessible entrance.

In other business, the commissioners:

• met with Bryce Romine, emergency preparedness director, who requested the commissioners’ consent for the county to participate in a statewide vulnerable needs registry. The registry allows those with disabilities to register their information so that emergency personnel will know where disabled people live in emergencies. The sheriff’s office, health department, and emergency preparedness office would have access to the information. The commissioners approved the agreement with the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department, which is in charge of Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

• agreed to allow Romine to work 40 hours per week instead of 30, due to receipt of a grant that will pay for his extra hours.

• held a public hearing regarding the attachment of land to Rural Water District No. 6. No members of the public appeared to comment and commissioners approved the attachment.

• noted that Quenemo city officials and Agency Township officials were to meet with commissioners Wednesday morning instead of Monday as previously scheduled. They are to discuss the formation of a new fire district by combining the city’s and township’s resources.