Lynne Hermansen
The narrow corridor and truck traffic issues on 199th Street were a hot topic item during public comments at the Thursday, July 21 Johnson County Commission meeting.
Residents in rural southwest Johnson County who reside near the Intermodal Logistics Park in Edgerton said they were tired of the semi-trucks tearing up their roads.
Mike Duffield, Gardner resident, said the speeding semis are dangerous for kids getting off and on school busses and if an accident were to occur the county is to blame.
“We have been told Commissioner Allenbrand is meeting with people to solve the issues,”he said. “It is taking too long.”
Duffield said they should place blue informational signs instructing the trucks to use I-35 and Homestead.
“Make rural roads safer,”he said.
Frank Bannister, 199th Street and Gardner Road resident, said he watches all the semis taking shortcuts down Gardner Road and they shake his house.
“You need to hasten the stop gaps here,”he said. “Trucks do not need to be crossing east and west. They don’t need to use Gardner Road.”
Bannister said the solution was simple and signs need to be put up on I-35 instructing trucks to take Homestead and violators should be ticketed.
Joyce Garcia, Miami County resident, said everything the City of Edgerton does effects her.
“Edgerton thumbs their nose at the county and at us,”she said. “They go against State statutes.”
Garcia said she had been a victim when one of the trucks plowed through her yard when they couldn’t turn around at 207th Street.
“There are no detour signs,”she said. “Two to three days later the same thing—they knocked out a utility pole. They shouldn’t be on the roads. There are no shoulders on Gardner Road.”
Wayne Davis, 199th Street resident, said truck problems are continually not addressed and he had once watched 21 trucks drive down his street in an hour.
“They tried to zone a million dollar warehouse across the street from me,”he said. “I’m a rural resident. You are my representation. You need to protect me.”
Davis said the actions the county has been taking is for the betterment of some city or company that is going to profit off of his calamity.
Jennifer Williams, Miami County resident, said the last time she had been at the commission meeting she had brought the 199th Street transparency court case documents and information.
“I think Donald Roberts should be embarrassed stating I made false statements,”she said. “He is gaslighting and projects. He is putting the judge in a position where they have a problem. Their lawyer had the nerve to say the judge’s statement wasn’t about us. Their Topeka lawyer is misleading the council. Pledge to us as elected representatives and stand up for us.”
Jenny Cook, Springhill resident, said she also had concerns with Edgerton and wanted council member Josh Beem investigated.
“He is renting a Northpoint home,”she said. “The home was previously vacant and rundown. It’s clear bribery and conflict of interest. No action has been taken. How can a city council member vote in favor of their landlord? Please don’t turn your backs on us.”
Josie Stambaugh, Edgerton City Council member, said she too was another victim of the lack of accountability from Edgerton on top of the issues with the narrow corridor and 199th truck traffic.
“Be mindful of your role to protect,”she said. “Two city council members are actively engaging in a Facebook profile defaming me.”
Stambaugh named the council members as Josh Beem and Deb Lebakken.
“The Mayor agreed I am fair game,”she said. “At what point do we overlook the law and turn a blind eye. This is an embarrassment to the county. I ask that you investigate.”