Archive for Thursday, September 20, 2007

County OKs annexation for sewer plant

September 20, 2007


Douglas County commissioners Wednesday night cleared the way for the city of Lawrence to annex the land it needs for a new sewer treatment plant.

Commissioners adopted a resolution finding that annexation would not "hinder or prevent the proper growth and development of the area." To be annexed is 536 acres at North 1175 and East 1660 roads southeast of Lawrence.

The Lawrence City Commission still has to take action to annex the land.

The only major concern county commissioners had about annexation and construction of the plant was the effect big trucks will have on roads leading to the plant site.

The city named U.S. Highway 59, Douglas County routes 458 and 1055 as the designated truck routes to the area. To access the construction site, trucks will follow North 1100 Road east to East 1600 Road and then north into the site.

East 1600 Road will be improved by the city to a higher construction standard to accommodate increased truck traffic, city project engineer Mike Lawless said.

County engineer Keith Browning said the county routes are designed for truck traffic but the Wakarusa Township roads are not and could be damaged.

Lawrence City Manager Dave Corliss and Mayor Sue Hack, who were among several city officials at the meeting, assured the county that the city would take care of road damage beyond normal wear and tear.

"We're committed to leaving the county and township roads in as good a shape as they were before, and hopefully better," Corliss said.

The city hopes to begin construction of the site in the fall. It is expected to be completed in 2011.

In other business, county commissioners:

¢ Approved the annexation of eight tracks of land with four owners into Rural Water District No. 4. The land is generally along East 2300 Road between North 500 and 300 roads in the southeastern corner of the county.

¢ Approved a zoning amendment incorporating the city of Eudora's water protection zones.

¢ Approved solicitation of bids for deck resurfacing for bridges on Douglas County Route 442 at the western edge of Stull and on North 1100 Road just east of U.S. Highway 59.


cowboy 10 years, 9 months ago

Oh we are just so happy the poop plant is coming to our neighborhood ! Huzzah !

salad 10 years, 9 months ago

Modern treatment plant designs eliminate odor. I doubt you'll even know it's there. BTW, pretty sure we got the bid on this and the plant will be designed and built by Black & Veatch water division: an employee owned Kansas based company!

cowboy 10 years, 9 months ago

Have you designed a boat dock into it , youre gonna need one down in that corner

salad 10 years, 9 months ago

"Designed to eliminate odors???When the wind in is a certain direction,smells just like piss in North Lawrence,must not work to well:::"

The pee smell comes from Johnnys. : ) The engineering design is sound, and yes, it does eliminate sewage plant odor. All the settling basins are covered, so there's nothing that smells exposed to the atmosphere.

cowboy 10 years, 9 months ago

yeah uh huh riiigghht , Lawrences sh!t don't stink , its in the mail , and ......

salad 10 years, 9 months ago

Oh yeah, your ish stinks plenty, but believe or not, there are people smarter than you that can build a plant to treat your vile stench, and that plant won't smell. These people are called engineers, and without them, the rest of you are completely screwed....and not in the good way.

cowboy 10 years, 9 months ago

put a sewer plant in a field that floods severely in the springtime every year , are you building an elevated road to get to it Mr. Smarty pants engineer. I look at this ground every day and there are periods of weeks in the spring when it is underwater. When you elevate the road you going to make a lake , and after you elevate the plant site with the 3000 loads of fill dirt due to the unstable soils you will create a new wetlands. Or will you just cut drains in and affect the soil moisture level for that whole area. at any rate from my perspective its still an unwanted poop plant , engineered well or otherwise. Sh!t with a ribbon around it is still Sh!t.

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