Road projects moving slowly

Meghan Flynn
Motorists make their way along Jennie Barker Road south of Mary Street.

Finney County engineer John Ellermann gave an update on two roadway projects at the Finney County Commission meeting Monday.

Ellermann said all of the Right of Way land has been purchased for the Jennie Barker Road project and they are getting permits in to move utilities around starting this week.

“Assuming the city approves the bid (Tuesday) ... the contractors are ready to begin as soon as possible as soon as those contracts are signed,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing equipment being moved in once they have the OK.”

The Farmland Road project is moving slower than Jennie Barker Road, Ellermann said. They’ve sent letters out for the Right of Way process.

“We should start seeing negotiations with landowners and Right of Way easements for (the project),” he said.

Utility work can’t begin until Right of Way is purchased, and they can’t send out bids until all of the Right of Way is complete and Kansas Department of Transportation finishes up plans, Ellermann said.

In other business:

  • A resolution was approved for the sale of fireworks within the county from June 27 through July 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • The treasurer’s office unveiled their new Digital Line System called QLess. The system allows people to get in line, via the telephone or computer, to not have to physically wait within the treasurer’s office to maintain social distancing when the office reopens June 8. More information can be found at the county’s website,