Stefanie Cope

Staff Writer

The 13.2 miles of Route 66 located in Cherokee County will soon be a Kansas Scenic Byway.

Marla Larison, a representative of the Route 66 Kansas Scenic Byways Planning Committee, told the Cherokee County Commission about the steps the committee has been going through to get this section of Route 66 approved as a scenic byway at the commission meeting Monday. Larison said their next step is to complete a corridor management plan. The CMP is a document which describes this area of Route 66. It will include benefits to tourism, recreation, history and the scenic value of the Route. The plan will also include a vision for the future of the Kansas portion of the Route.

Larison said there will be benefits to having a Scenic Byway designation, including increased tourism, increased awareness of the history of the area, making Cherokee County more visible to buses passing through and will make it easier to apply for grants.

Larison also said once the road is designated as a Kansas Scenic Byway, it would make it possible for the Kansas Route to be declared an All-American Road or National Scenic Byway.

Cherokee County Lot Supervisor Gene Langerot told the commissioners the county radio tower and a gas card reader at the county lot sustained some damage because of the storms that blasted through Cherokee County last week. He said the repeater is still working and a receptacle in the radio room burnt out and a gas card reader no longer works. Langerot told commissioners the cost to replace the computer panel in the card reader will be approximately $3,100 because it is an obsolete model. Langerot said he will be finding out the price of a new card reader as well as what all the parts and labor will cost for the obsolete model. Langerot said county insurance will pay for the repairs but not for a replacement reader.

Langerot also told the commissioners one of the road graders is in need of a new fuel pump which will cost approximately $6,500 because of the special tools required to replace the part.

County commissioners also approved a sewer use resolution. The resolution regulates the use of public and private sewers and drains, private sewage disposal, the installation and connection of building sewers and the discharge of waters and wastes into the public sewer system as well as providing penalties for violations within Cherokee County.