Treece residents will have the opportunity to express their concerns Thursday, during a public meeting in Picher.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment will be on hand to provide information and determine who in the small Kansas community is interested in a buyout.

The residence of Treece have been notified that the meeting will open with a status update and include a report on recent air monitoring results. They will also be informed about a tentative appraisal procedure and buyout timeline.

Representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency will be available for residence to ask questions and voice concerns.

Mines deep beneath the region where Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma meet once contained the riches lead and zinc ore production in the world.

The state line separates Treece from the area’s largest superfund site.

Picher, its neighboring Oklahoma community, is a mere ghost town today after most of its residents have been part of a federal buyout in the last two years.

The residence of Treece say they face the same health hazards and subsidence risk as the residents of Picher did.

Treece City Council approved a resolution seeking a buyout in 2006.

President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing a federal buyout of Treece in October.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., Thursday, at the former Picher City Hall, 101 N. Connell Ave.