Monday, July 12, 2010

Riley County Commission mtg 7-12-10

All Commissioners present. Rich Vargo, Co Clerk, gave YTD Budget & Expenditure Report.There are no budget violations so far, in spite of overtime expenses caused by extreme weather. General/general funds cover. RCPD medical expenses for inmates were less than had been feared.
Chris Welchhans, new Director of GIS, reported on his department's activities. Notable projects beyond daily work of staff included help to other County and City entities in dealing with damage estimates from flooding, especially Wildcat Creek; encouraging use of their superior GPS equipment in property disputes; subdivision updates; Ft Riley ATA bus route; discussion of further combinations with City GIS.
Jennifer Wilson, Extension, gave a presentation on the Riley County Fair beginning July 22. Many Fair activities, especially 4-H judging, occur before the official start of the fair.The opening parade is July 22 beginning at 6:00 at Town Center.Rodeo begins July 22.4-H bake sale begins 4-7:00 on Wed July 21, also Thurs a.m. 8:00. Really good stuff! Carnival, Riley County "Idol" contest, and Livestock sale are other features.
Cynthia Cowell, of Small Business Administration, said that they will continue work from the Red Cross Center 2601 Anderson, processing Disaster Loans. Loans are available to individuals, families and businesses who suffered losses caused by flash flooding on June 16. Deadlines for filing are Aug 31, 2010 for physical damage and Apr 1, 2011 for economic injury (businesses only). After July 22 call SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or
Lyle Butler, Chamber of Commerce, said the second annual summer Leaders' Conference will be July 14 at the Manhattan Clarion Hotel from 8:00 to 2:30. Manhattan, Junction City, and Wamego are participating. Numerous speakers are scheduled to speak on current topics of interest. Enrollment is 175.
Greg Eyestone, Extension, discussed tomatoes. Poor root development as a result of cool and wet conditions have delayed ripening. Tomatoes should be planted with plenty of space for air circulation. He said 300 people visited the Garden Tour.
Cheryl Collins, RC Hist Museum, announced a book signing for Maury Berggren, local artist, at the RC Museum on July 13 from 4-7:00 p.m. She said the Historical Society's summer meeting will be July 20 at Zealdale Community Church, 6:30 for dinner ($11) and program at 7:15 (free). The speaker is Frances Schep Ruh, to disscuss her new book THE SCHEPP FAMILY CHRONICLES.Dinner reservations by July 16, 565-6490.
Mr. Kearns presented a plaque and certificate of appreciation from KSDHE (Health and Environment) to Chuck Murphy, Director of RC Health Dept., for his exemplary work in organizing the County's enormous vaccination program for H1N1, helping to prevent an epidemic. The Health Department gave over 20,000 vaccinations, with the cooperation of schools, hospitals, County emergency personnel, and others.
Rich Vargo announced the Primary Election on August 3. People may apply for mail ballots beginning July 14. Registration closes July 19, and in-person advance voting begins July 20 at the County Clerk's office.
Johnette Shepek, Budget and Finance Officer, presented 2011 Budget amendments discussed last Thrusday, with reductions that bring expenditures to $26,167,854. This represents need for .982 mill increase from last year, bringing mill levy to 32.216. Commissioners passed motion to approve pending auditing and other necessary legal procedures, 3-0.
Rod Meredith, Public Works, said the energy grant proposal is very near to approval. With this grant, the RC Shop buildings on Tuttle Creek Blvd will be able to install 4 wind turbines, 2 solar panel systems, solar street lights, etc. This will be a DOE (Energy) demonstration project which will probably provide enough energy to cover their needs entirely. It may become a "tourist" attraction, with publicity to 400 KS municipalities.
Clancy Holeman, Administration, conducted an administrative session.
Adjourned. Submitted by Lyndal Nyberg.

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