Harvey County will begin a hot-mix asphalt program Aug. 27 to improve sections of River Park and Halstead roads.

Road construction will begin with paving on North River Park Road between West Dutch Avenue and Northwest 108th Street.

Upon completion of that section, work will begin on paving Halstead Road between U.S. Highway 50 and Dutch Avenue.

Following that project, paving will start on Halstead Road between Southwest 36th Street and U.S. 50.

During construction, traffic will be controlled with flaggers and a pilot car. Access to homes and businesses within construction zones will be provided, and the roads will be opened to traffic each day after hours.

Work will completed by Cornejo & Sons. The project timeline is contingent on weather.

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Harvey County's 2020 fiscal year budget was adopted Aug. 13 by the Harvey County Commission during its regular meeting.

The budget projects for a 42.175 mill levy, or a 0.1 decrease from 2019.

"We think this budget does a lot of good things in the county - continues our commitment to parks, and roads, and bridges, and public health and a number of other areas," said Harvey County Administrator Anthony Swartzendruber.

Capital improvement projects in the budget include $2 million of paved road improvements, replacing playground equipment at Harvey County Camp Hawk and West Park, the design phase of improvements to Hesston Road and additional 50-amp camping service at East and West parks.

Supplemental requests approved include an additional legal secretary position in the Attorney's Office and an additional $10,000 toward the mental health appropriation.

The budget was crafted over several months, including individual department budget hearings, the presentation of the recommended budget, a public budget hearing and more.
The recommended budget presented by the Harvey County Commission for the 2020 fiscal year projects for a 0.1 decrease in the mill levy. You can view the recommended budget here.

The estimated mill levy for 2020 will be 42.175.

Previous mill levies were at 42.275 in 2019, 41.937 in 2018 and 41.358 in 2017. As of 2018, Harvey County had the 98th-lowest levies per capita of the 105 counties, according to research provided by the Kansas Association of Counties.

Among the capital improvement projects included in the budget are replacing playground equipment at Harvey County Camp Hawk and West Park, additional 50-amp service at East and West parks, a County website redesign, $2 million in paved road improvements and $50,000 toward the design of improvements on Hesston Road.

Departments submitted $376,000 in supplemental requests, with $227,785 of those requests being included in the recommended budget. Examples of those requests include an additional $10,000 in funding for the mental health appropriation, an additional legal secretary position in the Attorney's Office and hiring a collection agency to collect delinquent personal property taxes.

At the July 23 meeting, the Commission set the maximum tax levy at $13,487,277. It also scheduled a public budget hearing for Aug. 6 at 9:45 a.m. in the Commission Room of the Harvey County Courthouse.

The budget is scheduled to be adopted Aug. 13.
A road improvement project will limit a short stretch of South West Road between U.S. Highway 50 and West First Street. The project will begin Aug. 7, and is tentatively scheduled to be completed Aug. 21.

Homes and side roads on West Road can still be accessed by turning north onto West Road from U.S. 50. Barricades will prevent traffic from entering West Road from First Street.

The West Road project will remove pavement from the northbound lane in order to stabilize and recompact the base of the road. Both lanes of traffic will be repaved. 

The road work is dependent on appropriate weather conditions. Poor weather could delay the project.

The project is being completed by Cornejo & Sons.

South West Road pavement improvement
Cities in Harvey County set their own schedules and conditions for shooting fireworks, which can vary from city to city.

This list provides the 2019 schedules for cities within the county. For additional information, please contact the respective city, or contact Harvey County Emergency Management.

Harvey County: Fireworks are allowed on private property with the approval of the landowner or occupant. Fireworks are not allowed on public roads or in public parks. Bottle rockets and projectiles are not allowed.

July 1-4: 8 a.m. to midnight

Burrton: Fireworks are allowed on private property with the approval of the landowner or occupant. Fireworks are not allowed in city parks, on city streets or any city-owned or school property.

June 28-29: 10 a.m. to midnight
June 30 - July 4: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
July 5-6: 10 a.m. to mignight

Halstead: Fireworks are allowed anywhere within the city limits except on city streets, public property or within 50 feet of gas pumps or gas storage. Throwing fireworks at animals, people or vehicles is not allowed. Bottle rockets and projectiles are not allowed.

July 2-4: 8 a.m. to midnight

Hesston: Fireworks are allowed on private property with the approval of the landowner or occupant. Fireworks are not allowed on city streets, public parks or on school grounds.

July 1-3: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
July 4: 8 a.m. to midnight

Newton: Fireworks are allowed on private property with the approval of the landowner or occupant. Fireworks are not allowed in city parks, on city streets or any city-owned property. Fireworks are not allowed in fire zones.

June 29 - July 3: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
July 4: 7 a.m. to midnight

North Newton: Fireworks are allowed only on private property with the permission of the owner or lawful occupant. Class C (common) fireworks only. Fireworks are not allowed on public streets, parks or within 50 feet of gas tanks or gas storage, and in, into, under or on any motor vehicle, nor thrown from any motor vehicle.

July 4: 10 a.m. to midnight

Sedgwick: Fireworks are not allowed in the city park, city property or school property. Fireworks are allowed on city streets and rights of way, as long as traffic is not impeded or impaired, or private property with approval of the landowner or occupant.

July 2-5: Noon to midnight

Walton: Fireworks are allowed on private property with the approval of the landowner or occupant. Roman candles and fountains are permitted. Bottle rockets and projectiles are not allowed.

June 28-29: 10 a.m. to midnight
June 30 - July 1: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
July 3-4: 10 a.m. to midnight.