Pottawatomie County distributes ARPA funds for detention pond, approves minimal design

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Pottawatomie County will use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to plan a regional storm water detention pond.

Commissioners differed on ways to approach the pond, northwest of Oliver Brown Elementary School. Pat Weixelman thought the $1.5 million ask was too high.

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Commissioner Dee McKee favored going in at planning and designing now, saying she was flexible in how much would be allocated.

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The commission agreed to allocate $500,000 in ARPA funds for the project. 

Later in the meeting the commission agreed to move forward on a minimal pond design for the property north of Junietta Road and west of Moody Road. County Engineer Nathan Bergman’s aim was finding a middle ground between the county commission and property owner Brandt Rudzinski.

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Bergman reviewed preliminary plats with the commission Monday. He says the developer is hoping for access to the pond via Junietta Road.

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The county is about half way into a 7-year agreement with the developer.

In other business Monday, the commission agreed to use ARPA funding allocations for a washer and dryer at the Wamego EMS station and another piece of training equipment.

An allocation of $100,000 for employee bonuses was tabled after commissioners and staff couldn’t agree whether the $750 checks should be paid through the general fund or payroll. They hope to resolve that at next week’s meeting.

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