The Butler County Commission looked at a variety of items during their meeting Tuesday.

Among the items on the agenda, the commission considered approving the Communications Infrastructure Radio Shared-User For Talkgroups Agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation.


The Butler County Commission looked at a variety of items during their meeting Tuesday.
Among the items on the agenda, the commission considered approving the Communications Infrastructure Radio Shared-User For Talkgroups Agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The county receives the grant through the state to purchase radios that operate on the state's 800-system. The agreement establishes that in exchange for being supplied the necessary equipment and usage of the state's towers, the county would need to maintain proper language and terminology usage and not abuse the equipment.

It was noted the agreement had been reviewed and approved by legal counsel and the agreement would come at no cost to the county. It was added that the radios would connect seamlessly with the current county 800 system, with one radio going to each service representative.

Commissioner Mike Wheeler asked if the agreement was open-ended, to which it was confirmed it was.

Carpenter moved, Commissioner Jeff Masterson seconded and a 5-0 vote passed the item.

The commission then considered authorizing Flint Hills Services to solicit bids for construction of a new day center and workshop in El Dorado, presented by Flinthills President Dana Korkki.

Commissioner Dan Woydziak asked how big of a facility Korkki was looking to construct, which he said would be 20,000 square feet.

County Administrator Will Johnson gave a comparison by telling the commission that would make the facility about the size of one floor of the judicial building.

The grant is worth $400,000, with $350,000 in tax credits.

"It's kind of a hybrid rural development loan that guarantees interest," County Finance Director Mark Detter said. "For a while our cash reserves might be touched by this, but over time revenues will expand with our client base expanding. We'll be able to take on this additional program."

Korkki added that they are already working toward heading off some of the financial challenges that will be associated with the project.

"We're already aligning ourselves to face those reductions," he said.

With those facts and others in mind, Masterson moved with a second by Woydziak to approve the request and a 5-0 vote carried the motion.

The commission then looked at another request for an agreement approval, this time for one between Butler County and the City of Andover with ASA, Inc. for the development of preliminary designs and estimates associated with a Lightning Strike Center in Andover.

Before that decision was made, another motion was first made by Masterson and seconded by Waldorf to approve a separation agreement between Butler County and Flint Hills Tech and Research, which carried 5-0.

The commission then looked at the proposed new agreement. They agreed that ASA, which is a commercial developer out of Wichita, would be a superior option for the county overall.

"There's a lot better financial backing with ASA than there is with Flint Hills," Johnson told the commission.

"I think we have a legitimate shot at landing this just because the ball is already rolling," Masterson said. "There's two other sites already interested in this, but I think if we move fast then we've got a shot."

On that note, Masterson moved to approve the new agreement. The motion was seconded by Waldorf and received a 5-0 vote.

The commission also approved, 5-0, for the Butler County Sheriff's Department to solicit bids for the jail food service contract.

In a final action Tuesday, they voted 5-0 to allow Johnson to close on a house in Benton for Fire District 7.