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The state will clean up the old grain warehouse in Canada

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A former government grain storage facility in Canada is targeted for cleanup by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment after it was discovered to have caused nitrate and carbon tetrachloride contamination in soil and groundwater.

County commissioners on Monday approved KDHE’s access to the site, which was a U.S. Department of Agriculture Commodity Credit Corp grain storage operation. from 1954 to 1974.

Well sampling and soil sampling between 1998 and 2019 identified contamination above acceptable levels. The state has conducted long-term monitoring since 2007.

The USDA did a study in 1999 and suggested that a previously nearby private grain storage facility may have contributed or caused the carbon tetrachloride contamination.

According to county clerk Tina Spencer, the program KDHE wants to use, “orphan sites,” has already been used in the county.

“They want to use a program similar to the one used for the Peabody gas station to clean up the area where there was a tetracycline plant,” Spencer told the commissioners.

According to the KDHE, the site will be secure for the duration of the works. Soil will be sampled and tested at the County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, which will be reimbursed by KDHE.

Commissioners continued on Monday to reinforce policies regarding residents working on roads and ditches.

County Attorney Brad Jantz presented commissioners with a proposed policy regarding residents working on ditches and driveways along county roads.

Commissioner Randy Dallke said several people called to ask if they were able to mow a ditch near their property or remove saplings along a road.

Jantz said the county can’t stop people from working driveways on their own property.

He gave the commissioners forms that residents could fill out before doing such work.

“We’re okay with them doing legal work,” Jantz said. “All we want them to do is review those policies.”

In other matters, Lake resident Dennis Smith expressed concern about washouts along Lakeshore Dr.

Smith provided photos.

“It’s about two feet from the curb there, and almost vertical,” Smith said of a photo.

He expressed concern about further damage to the road in the event of a severe storm.

“If we have another event like the one we had a year ago, what if someone has a heart attack or there’s a fire?”

Smith also said the county needs to develop a strategic plan.

“I’ve seen it work, I’ve seen it work for nonprofits and for-profits, I’ve seen it work for cities and counties,” he said.

The commissioners also:

  • Signed a grant application so Hillsboro can apply for a grant to screen waste from compost materials. The county would have no expense.
  • Heard by Emergency Manager Randy Frank, who spoke of multiple grass fires in the county over the weekend.
  • Approval of a conditional use license for Colby J. Hett to operate a small gun, sporting goods and ammunition store at 1790 Upland Rd.
  • Heard a presentation from the South Central Kansas Economic Development District on programs available to help with weatherization and other housing projects.
  • Approval of the purchase of three recliners for a new Hillsboro ambulance station that the department will move into next week. The recliners will cost $1,469.85.
  • Voted to accept a $555,106 lease purchase proposal from Vintage Bank to purchase the Roads and Bridges Department.
  • Approval of a $100,000 payment to settle a dispute with a concrete crushing company that was performing work the county considered substandard.

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