Commission Hears Three Brief Updates

Riley County Commission 2013Thursday’s Riley County Commission meeting featured a short agenda, as only three updates were scheduled to take place.

Planning and Special Projects Director, Monty Wedel presented an update on Steve Springer’s proposal.  The county owns a portion of land adjacent to Springer’s property, therefore the county planning department has been looking into a right of access across the county’s property.  After researching the history of the property, Wedel said they could not find any easement or right-to travel.

This item will be brought to the commission at a later date for a work session to decide how to proceed.

County Counselor, Clancy Holeman shared a brief update on a few of the bills the commission has been following, including SB 298 and SB 231.

Holeman mentioned Senate Bill 298, which would eliminate the mortgage registration fee, is expected to make a return visit, but it will be bundled with other bills.

Manhattan City Manager, Ron Fehr was the last presenter on the agenda.  He gave an update on projects throughout Manhattan.

As far as the downtown alley project, Fehr provided this timeline:

  • 1st week of April-Construction begins on the 400 block alley north of Poyntz (alley #1).
  • 1st week of May-Construction completed on alley #1.  Construction begins on the 300 block alley north of Poyntz (alley #2).
  • 1st week of June-Construction complete on alley #2.  Construction begins on the 300 block alley south of Poyntz (alley #3).
  • 1st week of July-Construction complete on alley #3.  Construction begins on the 400 block alley south of Poyntz. (alley #4)
  • Construction substantially complete on alleys, minor clean-up items remaining.

Fehr also mentioned the airport terminal project is still moving forward.  The long winter extended phase one, but Fehr said “it looks pretty favorable that phase two will be funded through a grant”.