It may be next week before the newest member of the Leavenworth County Commission is able to take his seat on the board.

It may be next week before the newest member of the Leavenworth County Commission is able to take his seat on the board.

“Thursday or Monday, we should have a new commissioner,” Commission Chairman Doug Smith said.

He spoke during Monday morning’s meeting of the Leavenworth County Commission.

Smith acknowledged that Louis Klemp has been chosen to fill a vacancy on the commission. But county officials are awaiting paperwork from the governor’s office to finalize the appointment.

Klemp will be representing the commission’s 2nd District, which includes Lansing and a portion of the city of Leavenworth.

The 2nd District seat became vacant when former Commissioner Clyde Graeber stepped down Sept. 28 because of health reasons.

Graeber is a Republican. Last week, Republican precinct committee men and women from the 2nd District selected Klemp as Graeber’s replacement on the commission.

Under the law, the governor’s office has seven days to make the appointment official after receiving notice of Klemp’s selection by the local Republican officials. Notice was sent to the governor last week.

The appointment automatically will become official if the governor’s office has not acted within the seven days.

In 2018, voters from the 2nd District will elect someone to serve the remaining two years of what had been a four-year term for Graeber.

During Monday’s meeting, Smith and Commissioner Bob Holland approved a consulting services agreement with Benesch, Kansas City, Kansas, for survey and design work for a bridge replacement project.

The county will pay the company $49,676 for the work.

Public Works Director David Lutgen said the project will replace a bridge located on 158th Street south of Kansas 32 Highway.

Commissioners also voted Monday to hire Napier Engineering, Leavenworth, for survey and design work for two road improvement projects.

The projects will improve a section of 150th Street between Stillwell Road and K-32 and a section of 178th Street between Kansas Avenue and Evans Road.

Napier Engineering will charge $27,800 for each of the two projects.

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