Riley County Commission August 31, 2015

Joan Strickler, observer

Commissioners Wells, Boyd and Wilson present, Wells presiding.

Commissioner Wilson mentioned a teleconference he participated in regarding advertising spots sponsored by local businesses that would appear on county websites. Commissioners agreed to look into the proposal.

The County Treasurer’s office is initiating the QLess queueing system as of September 1. Instead of a number system previously used to help people line up for services, a kiosk will be available for people to log in. A mobile app will provide an alternative for persons with Android phones and soon I phones. This will allow people to log in and be alerted when it is time to go to the treasurer’s office for processing. New title, Commercial vehicle and new driver’s license transactions will not be accepted after 4:30 p.m. The purpose is to avoid staff overtime costs.

Commissioners discussed recent meetings dealing with the flooding problems of Wildcat Creek. Efforts are being made to apply for federal assistance to help pay for any projects that might help. Funds being considered focus on general recreational improvement, not for individual need, but gaining better control of flooding could be a major part of creating any type of general recreational area.

Commissioner Wells complained that he has found out the Workman’s Comp fund is low. Reportedly the fund is running short because the State has been dipping into it to cover other expenses.

Commissioners agreed to send a letter responding to the Wage and Hour Division regarding possible changes in the classification of employees. The letter was prepared by County Counselor Clancy Holeman and takes issue with some changes proposed.

Local regional health department directors will be meeting Wednesday, September 9 from 1:00 to 2:00 the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan to discuss emergency preparedness in the Wildcat Region.   A meeting of the Kansas Association of Counties, Kansas Association of Local Health Departments and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will follow.

Pawnee Mental Health Director Robbin Cole said she has been appointed to serve on the Governor’s Adult Continuum of Care Committee. Mental Health providers were disappointed that Kansas will not be participating in applying for federal grants available to develop 24 hour crisis programs and standards in states. Kansas announced it would not apply because “KANCARE will be able to handle any initiatives”. This would depend upon existing funds, no increase or supplemental funding is offered.

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