Commissioners weigh bridge, bond concerns

LYNDON—Commissioners still have their minds on money and bridges this week, as phase four bids came in and talk continued for the fracture critical list.

Bob Chambers, engineer, attended the meeting Monday and was able to answer questions commissioners had regarding the list and the upcoming inspections.

“This fracture critical list, can we get ourselves off of it if we do a fix on a bridge or is it just because it’s the style of bridge you’re on?” asked commissioner Ken Kuykendall.

“It depends, some you can, some you can’t,” said Chambers.

February 13, 2014 - PDF Edition

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Board of education meeting agendas

Agendas for February board of education meetings in Osage County.

Schools adjust schedules after snow days

School districts in Osage County have announced rescheduled events and makeup days as a result of snow days this week.

Lyndon High School has announced three makeup days. School will now be in session Feb. 24, March 14 and March 24.

City searches for source of increasing water loss

LYNDON — Dave Wilson, maintenance supervisor, may have saved the city trouble as he discovered a large water loss from rates.

“It’s about double the percentage from last year,” said Wilson. “It sounds like a lot because it is a lot.”

Wilson said that the last time the city experienced a loss of this magnitude was in 2007, but the loss was easily accounted to new towers and water lines.

The city doesn’t wish to point fingers, but wants to do what they can to find the source of the loss.

Carbondale preps for $3.7 million sewer project

CARBONDALE—The Carbondale City Council voted to move forward with several major pieces of its $3,696,000 project to update and maintain the city’s sewer system at the Feb. 3 regular meeting.

County attempts to bridge funding gap

LYNDON—Over the hills or through the woods, commissioners gathered Monday to take a look at bridges on the fracture-critical list for the year.

With proposed cuts in funding, commissioners aren’t faced with many options when it comes to closing down or converting bridges on the list to low water crossings in order to avoid a costly inspection by the federal government.

“This is something that is driven not by us, but by the federal government,” said commissioner Ken Kuykendall.

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Governor signs state of disaster emergency declaration

Gov. Sam Brownback has declared a State of Disaster Emergency for all of Kansas in response to the major winter storm moving through the state. The declaration authorizes state resources to assist communities affected by the winter storm still moving across Kansas.

"As predicted and expected, snow has been blanketing the state for several hours causing deteriorating travel conditions," said Brownback. "I want to continue to urge everyone to avoid travel unless it is absolutely essential."

Closings, cancellations and postponements: Feb. 4-6

Due to the snowfall Feb. 4-5, the following closings and cancellations have been reported for the Osage County area.

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