Douglas County commissioners today approved a contract for a drainage easement at the East Hills Business Park.
The easement is needed to allow construction of a drainage ditch, which would carry excess storm water north out of the park.
The contract is between the county and Farmland Industries. Farmland last fall purchased 34.53 acres in the northwest corner of the park, and also owns land adjacent to the park. The ditch would run through Farmland's property. Farmland also must approve the easement contract.
The ditch would run from the north edge of the business park, cross under the Santa Fe Railway tracks and run northwest to 15th Street. After crossing under 15th Street, the ditch would run north along a township road and connect with another ditch that empties into the Kansas River.
The cost of the project has been estimated at $600,000. Douglas County Development Inc., the non-profit group developing the business park, will pay for the ditch through a special assessment included in the cost of the land sold to tenants, said Gary Toebben, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce president.
The plans call for the ditch to be built when 60 acres in the 300-acre park are developed, according to Frank Hempen, director of the county public works department. About 20 acres are being developed now.
In other business, commissioners unanimously:
Selected Mike Amyx as commission chairman for 1990. Commissioners also named Nancy Hiebert as vice chairman for 1990. Amyx and Hiebert served in the same posts in 1989.
Approved three requests for private road easements. Commissioners approved an easement for Max and Sharon Martin. Conditions included restricting the easement to 30 feet in width, having it serve only one building site, and stating that the county and township are not responsible for maintenance. The Martins' property lies about a half-mile south and three quarters of a mile west of Wakarusa Valley School, just southeast of the Clinton Lake dam.
A 70-foot-wide easement was approved for Karl Goodson, under the condition that the easement is filed with the county register of deeds before any building permits are issued, and that the county and township not be responsible for maintenance. Goodson's property is two miles south and one mile east of Stull.
An easement also was approved for Michael Wallis, provided that the county and township aren't responsible for maintenance, and that it serve only one building site. The property is on the west side of Douglas County State Lake, just northeast of Baldwin.