By Lucky Kidd, Ad Astra Radio
HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Although a number of residents in the area voiced opposition during a public hearing last month, Reno County Commissioners Tuesday approved a conditional use permit to allow the construction of an indoor RV and boat storage facility at the northeast corner of Willison and Boundary Roads near Cheney Lake.
Concerns expressed by residents included increased traffic and lighting. In general, residents were most upset over not being informed about the proposal sooner.
The Planning Commission recommended approval on a 5-1 vote.
Commissioners also approved a second conditional use permit to allow the construction of a music and special event venue on the site of a one-time restaurant in the 6300 block of North Old K-61. No opposition was voiced over that proposal among members of the Planning Commission. who voted 5-0 to recommend approval.
Cow Creek Bridge Replacement
Commissioners accepted a bid from King Construction for the replacement of a bridge over Cow Creek on 69th Avenue, a half mile west and two miles north of Willowbrook. Federal funds are covering most of the just over $1.2 million project. The county’s share of the cost is around $216,000.
Also approved were agreements with Kirkham Michael for preliminary engineering design services of a KDOT-funded High-Risk Rural Road signage project covering major and minor collector roads west of K-14, and a design agreement with JEO Group for deck repairs on the Woodie Seat Freeway bridge over the Arkansas River.