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Archive for Thursday, March 15, 1990

PERMITS RENEWED FOR ASPHALT PLANTS

March 15, 1990

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Douglas County commissioners are keeping the door open for an Ottawa quarry company to run temporary asphalt and concrete plants near Globe and Eudora.

On Wednesday, the commissioners renewed two-year temporary use permits for the plants at Killough Inc. quarries two miles south of Globe and a mile northeast of Eudora.

Bo Killough said his firm tries to renew its temporary use permits at the quarries every two years so it can bid on county and state projects as they arise.

Killough operated an asphalt plant at its Globe quarry for about 90 days last summer.

Killough owns the quarry, but not the plants, he said, explaining that the contractor who buys the rock for paving would set up his own plant.

THE ONLY time Killough ran an asphalt plant in the Eudora quarry was for about three months in 1988, he said.

Killough said his firm has no plans to put in temporary asphalt plants this year because there are no projects on the table. To be cost-effective, Killough tries to sell rock only within a 10-mile radius of each quarry, he said.

Commissioners approved the permit for the Eudora quarry with the condition that the mile-long stretch of township road the trucks travel between the quarry and Kansas Highway 10 be upgraded to county standards for chip and seal roads before the plant can be operated. Dennis Eisele, who lives near the quarry, said the hard-surfaced road would be needed to control dust caused by the truck traffic.

Frank Hempen, county public works director, estimated the improvement would cost $20,000. With that pricetag, Killough officials said it's unlikely they'll put in a plant at the Eudora quarry unless the price of rock increases.

Two years ago, commissioners renewed the permit only after Killough compromised with neighbors and agreed to apply an oil seal coating to the rock road to control dust.

ALSO WEDNESDAY, commissioners approved the 1991 fiscal year community corrections plan for Douglas County, after a public hearing.

The plan, approved last week by the Douglas County Community Corrections advisory board, will go next to the state Department of Corrections for approval.

The plan lays out the programs planned in the coming fiscal year and the state funding that will be required to support the programs.

The proposed program budget, supplied mostly by state funds, is $444,157 for the 1991 fiscal year, which starts July 1. The 1989 budget was $324,241 and the 1988 budget was $225,346.

Mike Amyx, commission chairman, asked whether the cost of the program is expected to grow at the same pace.

"I don't see our program doubling in cost in the next two, three years," said Mark Matese, community corrections director.

County administrator Chris McKenzie pointed out that it's cheaper to place people in DCCC than jail, mainly because community corrections is non-residential.

In other action, commissioners approved a contract with Danny E. and Judy D. Samuels for right of way for the Douglas County Road 1023 improvement project. Under the contract, the couple will receive $160. The road project takes in three miles of 1023 north from U.S. Highway 40.

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