February 8, 2016

Resident complains about ‘mud road’ in Edgerton

Mark Taylor
Residents of 191st Street are none too happy with the city of Edgerton’s decision to designate the road for heavy haul to accommodate intermodal clients.
“We have a mud road,” resident Rob Shippy told the council on Sept 27.
“My issue with this is that nobody took the homes into account on that road,” Shippy added.
Shippy said he understands the long-term need for the heavy haul road.
“I am sure it will be beneficial long term for everyone involved,” he said.  “But nobody pays any mind to the homes that are there.”
Shippy said he doesn’t know of anyone who lives on a heavy haul road, and doubts that he would be able to sell his home at market value.
He said there are about three homes occupied on the street.
The Edgerton City Council voted last month to allow heavy haul 191st Street, leading into the intermodal logistics park.
The heavy haul route would extend between Waverly and Four Corners roads.
According to state law, trucks are limited to 80,000 pounds gross weight on the interstate and 85,000 pounds on other highways.
Beth Linn, city administrator, told the Edgerton City Council last month that heavy haul capabilities would make the intermodal logistics park more attractive to businesses considering the Edgerton location because it would allow them to “streamline their supply chains.”
“The State of Kansas does allow truck drivers to purchase an oversize/overweight permit,” Linn said.  “In contrast, containers may be shipped along BNSF railway with additional load that once placed on a truck which would push the tuck over the maximum gross vehicle weight.
“This phenomenon prompts businesses to request the ability to provide more overweight containers into and out of the intermodal by truck.”
The cost for upgrading 191st Street between Waverly and Four Corners is $962,470.
BNSF has agreed to cover the additional expense of building the road up for heavy haul.
The intermodal logistics park is expected to open in late 2013.


  1. Judith Rogers says:

    Mr. Shippy and all citizens should completely recognize that the slimy politicians and bureaucrats don’t work for them – they work for the thieves. BNSF can pay nearly a $1 Million for this short stretch of road they need but they can’t pay their measly $1,168.69 Jo. Co. property tax bill that they owe. If citizens can’t recognize the billions of dollars they will be paying for roads, highways and by-ways, bridges, interchanges, overpasses, underpasses, etc., etc. now and in the future for this slimy project plus all of the other adverse affects, then they must be brain dead in my opinion. This short stretch of road is only the tip of iceburg of the costs that citizens will be required to pay. The price is high to enable and support slimy corporations and worthless politcians and bureaucrats. And many citizens enabled them when they went along with the “If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Tax ‘Em” slogan and program.

    Read this article to remind you again of what lowlife politicians and bureaucrats can do to you and so arrogant that they don’t even mind standing there and telling you to pay even more for their wrongdoing.


  2. Judith Rogers says:

    I sent the following e-mail to the USD 231 School Board on Sept. 29, 2012. Hope all citizens are taking this same initiative in holding politicians and bureaucrats accountable. The people get the government they enable and support.

    Are we one of the 15?

    I just read the following exerpt from Brownback’s press office:

    “Currently only 15 of the 286 school districts in Kansas adhere to state law that requires at least 65% of funds provided by the state to school districts are to be spent in the classroom or for instruction.”

    Where does USD 231 stand? What percentage applies for USD 231 with respect to how state funds are spent in the classroom and for instruction? If it is not 65% and you are not meeting the state law, I need to know WHY.

    Judith Rogers
    Gardner, Ks.

  3. Judith Rogers says:

    Here is USD 231 Board’s reply to my above e-mail.



    You can rest easy. USD 231 is at 72% spent on instruction (as defined) per KSDE. It is important to note this not a law in the State of Kansas, it is a public policy goal. It kind of reminds me of the many unfunded mandates the Federal government so eagerly provides us.


    Ron Ragan

    USD 231

    Board President

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