Commissioners tell anglers to stay off bridges
by Dennis Sharkey
Area anglers may want to look for a new favorite spot for catching fish.
Jefferson County Commissioners on Monday approved a resolution that will prohibit all fishing on bridges.
Chairman Richard Malm said it is starting to become a safety issue for anglers and drivers. Malm said last week he was traveling down Ferguson Road and came around a corner where he spotted an angler on the bridge. The fisherman’s vehicle was parked off road.“There’s way too much speed and traffic for somebody to be standing there,” Malm said.
“I would be really scared,” First District Commissioner Lynn Luck added.
Malm said some anglers will bring coolers and chairs with them.
Bridge jumping is also prohibited in the resolution. In the summertime jumping off of bridges into water can be a popular activity for youth. Second District Commissioner Roy Dunnaway said the Slough Creek bridge on Ferguson Road has been a popular spot in the past.
In other actions:
• The bridge on 154th Street just east of Ferguson Road is complete. Road and Bridge Director Francis Hubbard said the bridge will be open by the end of this week and about 10 days ahead of schedule.
• A group of county residents visited with commissioners about closing a portion of 154th Street between Union and Wise roads. The residents plan to file a petition with the county.
The road is dirt and the county is scheduled to spend about $7,000 on the road’s maintenance. The residents told the commissioners they should save the money.
• Commissioners approved some grandfathered-in changes to a piece of land on West 70th Street. The resident there has applied for a home day care conditional use permit but it was discovered that several changes had been made to the property without building permits. The changes were made several owners ago.
• County Health Department Director Beth Brown presented a new logo for the department to commissioners. The logo features a heart and a wreath of wheat. Brown said the logo will go on the department’s letterhead. The public health symbol will still be a part of the letterhead.
• Brown reported that the Health Department is now a member of the Kansas Association of the Medically Underserved. She said the organization is an advocate for public health agencies that serve as safety nets. Brown is hoping the relationship will lead to more funding for her department’s monthly free health clinic that is held on the last Wednesday of each month.
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