Riley County Commission February 23, 2017

Riley County Commission February 23, 2017

Joan Strickler, observer

Commissioners Wells, Rodriguez and Wilson present, Wells chair.

Commissioner Wells expressed his opinion that the failure of the Kansas Senate to override the Governor’s veto of the tax bill resulted from concerns about difficulties that would result in re-configuring budgets and expenditures already incurred.  That is due to the bill’s being back dated to the first of the year.  He suggested a similar bill, which would go into effect next July 1, might more likely be able to override a Governor’s veto.

Deputy County Counselor Craig Cox reported on court actions underway pertaining to unpaid taxes for the years 2011 and 2012.  The petition filed involves about $1 million in delinquent taxes.  Approximately one half of that amount belongs to one property owner.

Health Department Director Jennifer Green said her agency was looking into the new mumps cases recently appearing in Manhattan.

Green also asked the Commissioners to sign a letter of approval in support of the Health Department’s grant request to the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation to fund breast feeding assistance for new mothers.  Commissioner Wilson moved to approve the request, motion passed.

Pat Collins, Emergency Management Director, gave an extensive presentation on the emergency radio system needs and requirements of the County.  The current system is out of date and experiencing numerous problems.  Messages are often so garbled they cannot be understood.  At times calls for assistance cannot get through.

A committee formed of representatives of the various emergency service providers in the County has been studying two possible options to replace the existing system.  They would like to have the Commissioners’ approval to pursue further negotiations with one of the two providers.  Commissioner Rodriguez offered a motion to pursue further negotiations with the Harris Company.  Motion approved.

Commissioner Wells said Counties should look into the system the State initiated in requiring that funds locally raised by counties and school boards be sent to the State before being returned to those counties and schools.   Often the locally raised mil levy funds returned are less than those sent.  He suggested counties might want to seek a legal opinion in the matter.

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