The chairman of the Leavenworth County Commission says he does not want the county to borrow any more money to pay for an Eisenhower Road improvement project.

The chairman of the Leavenworth County Commission says he does not want the county to borrow any more money to pay for an Eisenhower Road improvement project.

Instead, Chairman Louis Klemp is proposing that construction be delayed until the county government has generated enough money through sales tax revenue to pay for the project.

Klemp first raised this issue last week. At that time, County Administrator Mark Loughry suggested commissioners could wait until it is time to issue more bonds before making a decision about how to proceed with the Eisenhower Road project.

Klemp brought up the issue again Tuesday, saying he would like to go ahead and have a discussion about the issue.

Loughry said the matter could be placed on the agenda for an upcoming meeting, possibly a Jan. 30 meeting.

County officials plan to widen a section of Eisenhower Road from west of 13th Street to County Road 5.

The project was one of three road projects that were promised by the County Commission as part of the renewal of a countywide sales tax that was approved by voters in 2015.

Commissioners previously issued bonds to raise money for the promised road projects as well as two industrial parks. The bonds will be paid off with money collected from the sales tax.

County officials are further along with the other two road projects.

Klemp has argued the county government will need to borrow more money to pay for the Eisenhower Road project.

He has proposed that county officials proceed with right-of-way acquisition and the movement of utilities for the Eisenhower Road project. But he said the construction work for the project can wait until enough money has been collected from the sales tax.

According to Leavenworth County Public Works Director David Lutgen, construction work for the Eisenhower Road project is scheduled to begin late this year.

But Klemp said Tuesday that the construction work could be delayed until 2020 or 2021.

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