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October 24, 2013

Township clearing out trees along Central

Minneha Township has begun clearing out trees along a stretch of Central Avenue that it said were a fire hazard to area homes.

Minneha Township has begun clearing out trees along a stretch of Central Avenue that it said were a fire hazard to area homes.

The township is using gasoline tax money it gets from the state for the project, township trustee and former Sedgwick County Commissioner Don Gragg said Wednesday.

Sedgwick County Manager William Buchanan earlier had signed off on paying $46,685 to clear out trees along Central from the entrance of housing development St. Andrews Place east to 143rd Street. But Commissioner Richard Ranzau questioned why the county would spend money to clear out private property and argued that the project wasn’t a good use of taxpayer money. Buchanan later agreed, and work that had been scheduled to begin the next week on the county’s dime was canceled.

The township plans to build a wall along Central in the area to further protect homes and reduce noise along the stretch of road. Gragg said he expects the wall to be finished in the spring. Clearing the trees, he said, was the first step.

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