Observer: Greg Wurst
The Riley County Law Board met for a virtual meeting at noon on Monday, April 20.
They approved May 3-9 as National Protectional Officers Week and May 10-16 as National Police Week.
Director Butler announced that, for the 9th time, Riley County Police Department has been re-accredited.
Regarding the firearms range, $28,000 in target equipment and $66,000 in fixed targets have been purchased. The rangehouse design has been trimmed to $500K which is believed to be the minimum allowable to have a quality structure. The county has said to proceed. However, surrounding landowners have significant concerns regarding their water easements crossing the range ground. Negotiations are ongoing.
Linda Morse has asked for the county to make known their quarterly contribution to the RCPD budget in dollars rather than just 1/4 of the total.
RCPD has been told that the county, not the director, has to be in charge of the Seized Assets Account. This will make RCPD legal, but will add an extra accounting step.
A report was given on the expansion of the evidence room which is too small. Special equipment is being made. The cost will be approximately $30,000.
Director Butler went over the department’s procurement policy because of questions brought up with the department using Genesis as a training center.
A new policy was approved unanimously to adopt a Regional Shooting Team in conjunction with other agencies. This would review cases where an officer might be involved in a shooting. Until now only the KBI reviewed such cases.
Director Butler again presented his budget request from last month asking for a 4.4% increase to cover a new position and COLAs. Morse questioned whether the county would have the money. Wynn Butler said he could only see a 0% increase since local taxes and recreation income sources were shut down. Board members seemed to agree that there should not be an increase in the budget, but no one wanted layoffs. Director Butler said he was trying to make savings now because the 2022 & 2023 budgets would have $1.2M in IT expenses added on. He said he would return with a flat budget or a slight decrease for 2021.
The board went in to executive session.