While Riley County voter turn-out was low for last week’s primary, Pottawatomie County voters turned out in fuller force. County Clerk and Election Officer Nancy McCarter tells KMAN Monday’s Canvass of the August fifth primary election confirmed that.
24 percent was the turn-out in Pottawatomie County for last week’s primary election. McCarter indicates that’s about what she expected, based on Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s predictions. Kobach had projected 22 percent and Pottawatomie County tends to do a bit better than he says, according to McCarter.
McCarter singles out a couple of races of interest, including Milton Wolf over Senator Pat Roberts, and Dee McKee over current Commissioner Gary “Red” Yenzer.
McCarter says she was pleased with the way they primary election was handled. And those who want to see those official numbers can look for themselves on the county’s website.
In other Pottawatomie County Commission action Monday, a re-draft of a sewer agreement with the city of Manhattan was discussed. Yenzer says the legal counselors from both governmental groups are close to finalizing the agreement.
Yenzer, who acted as Commission Chair at Monday’s meeting, adds public works projects continue in the county. Yenzer adds the county will be working with some of the cities on chip sealing projects. And bridge work is finally planned in the Clear Creek area, which had been put on hold due to the Topeka Shiner, which has been identified as an endangered species.
Trash shipments from Pottawatomie County are down some, which could possibly be connected to increased recycling. Yenzer says Sanitation/Landfill Engineer Scott Schwinn reported on numbers at Monday’s commission meeting.Last month 745 tons of trash were shipped out, which was a little lower than last year, which Yenzer speculates may be attributed to increased recycling. Yenzer says October fourth has been set as a Free Day at the Landfill.
Yenzer adds a public hearing was held Monday for a benefit district at Wild Cat Woods, Unit 3. He says the cost ends up being $27,600 per lot, with 13 lots available. The developer will pick up the rest of the cost. Bartlett and West are consultants, with plans to put out for bids in October. While sewer and some infrastructure work might still be done before the winter hits, it will likely be spring before streets are put in.
Pottawatomie County Commissioners also approved a new set of bylaws for the Pottawatomie County Council on Aging.