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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Commissioners, transportation reps discuss possible county services

  • The Leavenworth County Commission met Thursday with Kansas City Area Transportation Authority representatives to discuss services the agency may be able to provide in the county.
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    • Other business

      In other business Thursday, the Leavenworth County Commission:


      • Approved a preliminary and final plat for property near 21...

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      Other business

      In other business Thursday, the Leavenworth County Commission:



      • Approved a preliminary and final plat for property near 219th Street and Parallel Road.



      • Approved the rezoning of property at 15313 232nd St. from a light industrial district to a single-family residential district.



      • Approved the renewal of a special use permit for Brundage Precision Tactical Firearms, 23966 Loring Road.



      • Approved the renewal of a special use permit for a cellular communications tower at 21511 Hollingsworth Road.



      • Approved a temporary special use permit for the Buffalo Bill Century Ride planned for Sept. 20. They also approved the waiver of a $100 application fee.

  • The Leavenworth County Commission met Thursday with Kansas City Area Transportation Authority representatives to discuss services the agency may be able to provide in the county.
    "I think we really just want to have a dialogue," Richard Jarrold told commissioners.
    Jarrold is KCATA's senior director for system development and engineering.
    In addition to Jarrold, commissioners met with Shawn Strate, who works for Johnson County Transit and the KCATA. Karen Clawson, a transportation planner for the Mid-America Regional Council, also was at the meeting.
    Earlier this year, County Commissioner Dennis Bixby began serving on KCATA's board.
    Leavenworth County previously was represented on the board by George Huvendick.
    KCATA doesn't currently provide transit services in the county.
    Bixby said Leavenworth County had bus routes when KCATA was started, but the bus service ended in the county many years ago.
    As gas prices near $4 per gallon, there are possible transit opportunities the county needs to explore, Bixby said.
    In addition to fixed route busing in other parts of the Kansas City metropolitan areas, KCATA provides a service to elderly and disabled residents who can arrange for transportation to things such as doctor appointments.
    Jarrold said he would like to see what services, if any, would fit for Leavenworth County.
    "The challenge in all of this is that transit service really doesn't pay for itself," he said.
    He said it requires a subsidy.
    County Commissioner Clyde Graeber said the Leavenworth County Council on Aging provides a service that transports people to doctor's appointments.
    "We're currently doing that at a very reasonable rate for the elderly and infirm," he said.
    Jarrold said KCATA doesn't look to compete with organizations such as the Council on Aging.
    "Those groups do an excellent job," he said.
    He said KCATA would like to work with those organizations. He said KCATA is interested in whether there are unmet needs.
    Jarrold said he can take a look at some ideas for the county.

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