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
“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
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
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
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