The 4H king and queen presented the Commission with the annual cookie jar and delicious cookies which were shared with all present.
Barry Wilkerson, County Attorney discussed the benefits to law enforcement officers of Crisis Intervention Training. This training helps officers to effectively and humanely interact with persons with mental illness. It requires a commitment of time from the officers, but with the increasing presence of inmates with mental illness it should be very useful.
Robert Nall, Information Technology Director asked for permission to dispose of large number of Riley County previously used cell phones that have become obsolete. He asked if they could be sent to a program such as “Cell Phones for Soldiers.” The BOCC agreed.
Susanne Kufahl,from the Riley County – Manhattan Health Department said they have had a Healthy Families Contract since 2001. It augments the Maternal and Infant program part of the Family Connections partnership with Early Head Start. While looking at some other regulations it was discovered that these contracts have to go through a unit of government with taxing authority. The contract renews each July. The Commission was asked to approve this request which will enable the health dept to continue services to young families in Riley County. This request will be budget neutral. The commission voted to grant the request.
Julie Merklin, observer