County to consider violence memorial
At their Monday morning meeting, Douglas County commissioners will consider a request from a local battered women's shelter to decorate trees in front of the courthouse to serve as a temporary memorial to victims of domestic violence.
Staff members with Women's Transitional Care Services Inc. will ask commissioners for permission to tie 663 purple ribbons on five trees along the west side of the courthouse.
The group also wants to place a temporary sign drawing attention to the 663 reported incidents of domestic violence in Douglas County in 1998, which is the most recent year statistics are available.
Commissioners also will consider approving a bid to repave County Route 460 between E 1460 and E 1700 roads.
The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the courthouse. Commissioners also announced this week that their regular Wednesday evening meeting on Sept. 26 has been canceled.
Road to be closed
A portion of County Route 1057 near Kansas Highway 10 will be closed for several weeks while construction crews work to stabilize the road.
County Engineer Keith Browning said the portion of County Route 1057 that is immediately north of where it intersects Kansas Highway 10 could be closed for up to eight weeks. Construction crews are working to repair a slope failure on the road, and recent wet weather has deteriorated the embankment to a point engineers now believe it is no longer safe for traffic.
Browning said his department would monitor the progress of the construction crews to determine if the road could be reopened before the entire project is completed, which is expected to take eight weeks.
Traffic on County Route 1057 south of Kansas Highway 10 will not be affected.