Riley County Commission March 23, 2015
Joan Strickler, observer
All Commissioners present, Wells presiding.
Pat Collins, emergency management director, reported on plans to obtain funds to construct the Tuttle Creek Fire Station. The USDA will accept applications for loans up to $650,000 at an interest rate of 3.75%. The Commissioners agreed to proceed with an application.
The Big Lakes Developmental Center Director, Lori Feldkamp, discussed proposed licensing standards the State has developed that are causing concern. Community services for persons with developmental disabilities vary widely according to the individual’s needs and the location in which services are provided. The proposed licensing standards focus on facilities similar to nursing homes while BLDC services may be offered in many different locations. Efforts are underway to change the focus of the standards to relate to actual services provided rather than within a specific type of building. DD Centers are experiencing 7 year waiting lists.
Pat Collins reported volunteer fire fighters were called to respond to 14 calls over this past weekend. He noted the need for additional volunteers to help meet the demand. As of April 1 the only burning that is to be allowed is pasture burning. No trash or garden burning will be permitted as of that date.
County Clerk Rich Vargo noted the general election for the Riley City Commission and the Riley School Board will take place on April 7. Voters may request mail in ballots or vote in advance at the County Clerk’s office as an alternative to voting on the day of the election. The usual voter turnout is about 20%. He noted in areas that allow for voting by mail participation appears to be considerably higher.
Commissioners received an overall review of the Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan and the Manhattan Area Transportation Strategy. They each expressed support for the plan.