A Pottawatomie County development will involve quite a few infrastructure improvements–but commissioners only received one bid for the project at Monday’s meeting. Commission Chair Stan Hartwich adds the bid did come in under what had been anticipated though.
Commissioners opened the one bid for the Wildcat Woods Phase III infrastructure, which includes street, sewer and water improvements. The lone bid came from Larson Construction in Manhattan, for $207,249.50, which was a little lower than the engineer estimate of $209,937.
Statutes that date back to the 1800’s were discussed by Pottawatomie County commissioners, regarding a road in the northern part of the county that is being considered for re-opening. The request comes from fairly new owners.
The Mariadahl Road was vacated in 1970, with the township taking care of it for a while. But the county took it over and maintained it, not knowing it had been vacated. The new owners are hoping the county will take it back over.
Hartwich indicates the county will continue to consider what has ended up being a fairly complicated matter. He says they’ll check about right of way and possible survey costs, and how much the owners are willing to take responsibility for.
There was also more talk about gravel at the Pottawatomie County Commission meeting Monday, with Belvue area residents expressing concerns about too much gravel going into the windrow as snow is removed. Commissioners informed them there have been meetings with the motor grader operators the last few weeks in an effort to lessen the problem.
Property near the Pottawatomie County Landfill drew some discussion at Monday’s county commission meeting.County Administrator Robert Reece tells KMAN that the property’s status likely will remain the same as now. Reece adds the county receives approximately half of the hay from a portion of the property which is leased, which is used on a lot of the county seeding projects.
Commissioners also heard the number of building permits were more than double in October compared to the same time last year, and received updates from John Keller on two rezoning requests for properties on Flush Road.