Proposed Jo Co Fuel Depot Sparks Heated Discussion

Proposed Jo Co Fuel Depot Sparks Heated Discussion

At their meeting Tuesday, Johnson County's Commissioners and County Attorney Ken DeCock also discussed the county's proposed fuel depot

and DeCock's office's action in sending letters to landowners and irrigators who might be affected if there is a spill at the depot.

The letter was sent to a number of landowners downstream from the depot site, which will sit on French Creek near the county fire hall, asking them to sign a waiver of liability for the county in the event of a fuel spill.

The commissioners asked DeCock to not send the letter until information could be compiled from the engineer on the project, the State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the State Fire Marshal's Office.

The letter was sent anyway, prompting the discussion at the meeting.
Commission Chair Smokey Wildeman said the project has not yet been approved by the State Fire Marshal's office and is still under review.

He then asked DeCock why he sent the letter.

A few citizens in the crowd expressed concern that the depot will be close to French Creek and encouraged the commissioners to move it elsewhere, even if it means buying property to do so.

The commissioners said they will have time set aside at their next meeting September 4th for the engineer and contractor to answer questions and present a final plan on the project.

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