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Wet Roads, Rainy Days, A Need For Sunshine

Weather Putting A Damper On Work For Kimball County


June 6, 2019

Wet ground, rainy days are making it hard for many around the county to manage to do items, including county the road and weed department.

County Weed Superintendent Rick Wangler addressed the Board of Commissioners this past Tuesday, with little shocking news. Wangler along with many expressed the lack of available time to get needed work tasks handled.

“It is almost too wet to get much done but we are ready for when it decides to dry out, and when it does we will have our hands full,” said Wangler.

With the soggy ground Wangler has had the opportunity to train his newly hired part time help for the summer, Toby McMangial and introduce him to the different kinds of weeds growing around Kimball County.

Along with Wangler Dave Hottell and Randy Bymer of the Highway Department are slowed down by the wet ground as well.

“The weather has and our roads shut down lately, if we can keep them open that is about all we can do with this moisture,” said Hottell.

It seems that once the roads are headed in the right direction here comes more rain. “Every time it drys out it starts to rain again,” Bymer said.

Kimball County roads have been closed two times just with in the past two weeks due to water.

Hottell also addressed the Commissioners regarding his resignation as the County Highway Superintendent during the meeting, thanking the Board for all that they have done and the great job they will continue to do.

Commissioner Larry Engstrom added that they will look forward to seeing Hottell back in the grader soon. Hottell’s last day as Superintendent will be June 30 with Bymer taking over his position.


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