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McPherson County Commission Notes: Public Works Preparing for Road Work

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McPHERSON, Kan. – Road work season is approaching, and McPherson County Public Works Director Tom Kramer told County Commissioners Monday that the county’s asphalt plant should be in operation by the end of the week. Kramer said nearly all calibration work on the plant is done and that production will start once they get their first delivery of asphalt oil.

For that, the commission approved a contract with Munds Energy of Hutchinson for the hauling of oil from the facility in Halstead where it is purchased.

On another road-related item, commissioners approved the expenditure of just over $22 thousand for various materials used in the Public Works sign shop, which should cover most of their expected needs for the year.

Road Closure

The closing of a portion of 26th Road between Navajo and Overland Roads north and west of Canton was approved. Much of the road has become unusable. The Canton Township Board requested the closure, which is tied to plans by adjoining landowners to replace fencing.

Equipment Reimbursement

A $50 thousand reimbursement to Rural Fire District 6 at Roxbury in connection with an equipment purchase was given the go-ahead. The reimbursement covers all but just under $5 thousand of the purchase price.

Corrections Personnel

Commissioners also approved two personnel items for Harvey/McPherson County Community Corrections. Those include an end-of-introductory period for an intensive supervision officer and the hiring of a part-time juvenile intake officer who will work out of Harvey County.