The Harvey County Road and Bridge Department will start its pavement patching schedule for 2019 starting Wednesday, March 20.

Work will first begin on Halstead Road from U.S. Highway 50 to West First Street.

The areas scheduled for improvement are:

  • Halstead Road, north of U.S. Highway 50 to West Dutch Avenue (preliminary, for final paving to come later)
  • North River Park Road, north of Dutch Avenue
  • Southwest 96th Street, west of the City of Sedgwick
  • Southwest 125th Street, east of the City of Sedgwick
  • South East Lake Road, south of K-196
  • West Dutch Avenue, from North Halstead Road to Hesston Road
  • East First Street, from East Lake Road to the Newton city limits
  • South West Road, from U.S. Highway 50 to West First Street
The schedule and timeline for completion are dependent upon weather.

Traffic may be slowed or roadways may be closed during each project. Residents will be able to access their properties at all times. 

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A special, single cause tax foreclosure sale will be held March 28.

The tract is located off of Southeast 14th Street, east of Old Main Street, in Newton. You can view the tract that is for sale here

The sale will begin at 10 a.m. It will be held in the front lobby of the Harvey County Courthouse. It is open to the public.

The sale will be administered by Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay.
The Harvey County Commission and Newton City Commission agreed to move forward with proposed renovations for the shared Law Enforcement Center.

The agreement was made during a joint city-county meeting on Dec. 20.

There are several projects included in the remodel, such as: a new HVAC system, new front entryway stairs and ADA ramp, new card reader door access locks, new windows, doors, carpet and paint, additional parking and more.

The tentative timeline includes:

- Jan. 4: Architect sends out Requests for Bid
- Jan. 17: Mandatory contractor pre-bid meeting (9 a.m. to noon at LEC)
- Feb. 6: Receive bids at Newton City Hall at 10:30 a.m.
- Feb. 11-12: City and County award bids
- March: Begin construction
- May-June 2020: Complete construction

The Law Enforcement Center will remain open during construction, with some operations temporarily moving as needed to expedite construction time.

The project cost was set at $3,129,500.53. That figure was split proportionally by project areas. The City was assigned $2,121,948.34 of the cost. The County will fund $1,007,552.19.

The Law Enforcement Center houses the Newton Police Department and Harvey County Sheriff's Office, as well as Harvey County Emergency Management and Communications.
Harvey County Administrator Anthony Swartzendruber presented a compilation of highlights and accomplishments by county staff in 2018 during the Jan. 7 county commission meeting.

While the document is a tool to show staff how far their work reached this past year, it also is a good barometer for everyone in the county to get a sense of what projects are done, or are being done, in the county. Some focus on efficiency, some on preparedness, some on new ideas.

You can find the entire list here. It begins in chronological order, then moves to a breakdown by department.

The Harvey County Commission has approved 10-1/2 days of public holidays for staff for 2019. County facilities will be closed on those days.

County holidays for 2019 are:

    - New Year's Day: Tuesday, Jan. 1
    - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, Jan. 21
    - Presidents' Day: Monday, Feb. 18
    - Good Friday: Friday afternoon, April 19
    - Memorial Day: Monday, May 27
    - Independence Day: Thursday, July 4
    - Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 2
    - Veterans' Day: Monday, Nov. 11
    - Thanksgiving holiday: Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29
    - Christmas: Wednesday, Dec. 25.

Additionally, Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 14, will be used as an employee in-service day.