The city of Leavenworth filed a petition Friday afternoon in the District Court of Leavenworth County in response to actions taken by the Leavenworth County Board of County Commissioners in regards to the Eisenhower Road improvement project.
In a statement by Leavenworth City Manager Paul Kramer, the city believes the County Commission “unilaterally violated a binding administrative contract approved unanimously by the governing bodies of the City of Leavenworth, City of Lansing and Leavenworth County, by directing County staff to pursue a roundabout at the intersection of 20th Street Trafficway and Eisenhower.”
According to a statement from Kramer, the “administrative agreement, presented as a Memorandum of Understanding, directly references a traffic signal and does not mention a roundabout.”
The agreement was negotiated and approved by all three governing bodies in March 2016, according to Kramer’s statement.
In his statement, Kramer said the petition “is not directed at the feasibility, functionality or merits of a roundabout, but rather is a statement expressing the principle that contracts and agreements should be honored by all involved parties, or efforts should be pursued to renegotiate those agreements.”
Kramer said the city hopes for a quick response of the issue and for the project to move forward as quickly as possible.
Leavenworth County Counselor David Van Parys declined to comment.
Leavenworth County Administrator Mark Loughry said he had not seen the action that the city filed and was “not prepared to make a statement at this time.”