For years now, Barton County has benefited from state dollars that have helped keep the county’s infrastructure in tip-top shape. A big part of that success can be attributed to County Engineer Clark Rusco, County Administrator Richard Boeckman said Monday morning.
Apparently, the word has gotten around. Rusco was selected as the Kansas County Highway Association County Engineer of the Year at the Kansas Association of Counties KCHA Annual Conference on Thursday, Nov. 14, in Wichita.
The County Commission honored him Monday morning. “Barton County has been blessed to have Clark Rusco as our county engineer,” Boeckman said.
Boeckman said Rusco is responsible in large part for the continual flow of grant, federal and state dollars into the county through is knowledge of the system and his contacts. This money is used to help maintain roads and bridges.
“This is really impressive,” said Commission Chairman Kenny Schremmer. “There are a lot of engineers in the state.”
Commissioner Ken Lebbin admired the innovation and forward thinking he provided. In particular, he mentioned the potential use of crushed glass from Sunflower Diversified Services in paving projects.
“We’ll have very, very big shoes to fill when you retire,” Commissioner Jennifer Schartz said.