Cowley County commissioners approved two changes to Silver Creek Township roads at their meeting last week.

No one expressed any objection to the changes during a public hearing on allowing Silver Creek Township to gate a portion of C.H. Eastman Road and to vacate a portion of 72nd Road west of 221st Road. Public Works Superintendent David Lawson had already spoken with the parties to be affected by the changes, and county counselor Mark Krusor had already clarified the legal ramifications of the changes before the hearing. No one from the Silver Creek Township board was present at the meeting.

The board also approved modifying the Arkansas City Neighborhood Revitalization Agreement to grandfather in the work of John and Holi Pool who began construction of property on North Summit Street that was not under the NRP when the Pools began the work. The change enables the Pools to request a tax abatement for which they could be eligible. 

Commissioners also heard a request from attorney Bradley Prochaska of Wichita, lead attorney in a case against pharmaceutical manufacturers of opioids, to join the suit with Sedgwick County and other counties to gain recompense for the costs associated with drug addiction that the counties must absorb. The commissioners took the request under advisement and said they would think about joining the suit.

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