Commission Discusses 'Big 5' Access

The Johnson County courthouse sits on a hill in downtown Buffalo. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
The Johnson County courthouse sits on a hill in downtown Buffalo. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

The Johnson County commissioners will discuss access to what's known as the “Big 5” public lands area in the northern part of the county with landowner Kim Love at today's regular meeting.

The meeting starts at 9 this morning at the courthouse on Main Street. The public lands are landlocked by private land and now there's a push for public access through a county-owned easement on the north end.

At a previous meeting, the commissioners discussed favoring a secondary access point that would be located on the south end of the public lands, where a parking area could also be built. At that time, the commissioners asked the county's planner Jim Waller to draft maps of the area to help in the decision making process. They also decided to seek a meeting on site with landowners and representatives of the Game and Fish Department and State Land Board.

Also on the agenda, is an update on an employee health insurance plan from the Cobecon company and the Volunteers of America will present their second quarterly update of the year, with a contract approval to discuss. Budget discussions will begin in the afternoon, taking a look first at the overall budget, then focusing on the budget of the county coroner.

The city council of Buffalo also meets today with plans of working through a number of ordinances and discussing funding for various projects with the Johnson County Recycle Board and the Kaycee/Buffalo/Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board. They'll also hear a presentation on the DARE Program from the local School Resource Officers. That meeting is tonight at city hall and starts at 5 o'clock.

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