The Leavenworth County Commission wants stronger authority for dealing with nuisance properties.

The Leavenworth County Commission wants stronger authority for dealing with nuisance properties.

A bill that has been introduced in the Kansas House of Representatives is designed to do that. But, Leavenworth County Administrator Pat Hurley said House Bill 2247 doesn't go far enough.

Hurley briefed commissioners on the proposed bill Thursday morning.

He said a House committee hearing on the bill is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Topeka. Commissioner Dennis Bixby plans to testify at the hearing.

County officials have expressed support for legislation that would provide county government the same authority as cities in Kansas when it comes to dealing with nuisance properties.

"It is one of the 10 issues we addressed with our legislators," Hurley said.

Hurley reviewed 10 legislative priorities with state lawmakers who represent portions of the county during a Jan. 8 breakfast in Lansing.

Right now, the County Commission has to go through an extensive exercise of meetings as the Leavenworth County Board of Health to address concerns about some properties, Hurley said.

HB 2247, which was introduced last year, is before the Committee on Local Government in the House.

"It's a strangely written bill," Hurley said.

He said it would be easier to add county governments to the existing law that gives nuisance abatement authority to cities instead of creating a new law, such as in the case with HB 2247.

"There's a much simpler approach," Hurley said.

Hurley said Bixby will argue during his testimony that the county needs authority to deal with dilapidated properties.

The county has to prepare a written copy of the testimony to be submitted to the committee ahead of the Tuesday's hearing. By testifying in person, Bixby may be subject to questions.