Thanks to an annual grant from PPM Energies, Butler County Commissioners have some money to give away. The county received $150,000 from PPM Energies, of which $50,000 will go to the reserve fund, $50,000 to the economic development fund and $50,000 to local non-profits or cities.


Thanks to an annual grant from PPM Energies, Butler County Commissioners have some money to give away. The county received $150,000 from PPM Energies, of which $50,000 will go to the reserve fund, $50,000 to the economic development fund and $50,000 to local non-profits or cities.

In 2006, the commissioners established guidelines for how the portion that is given away can be used.

At their Monday meeting, the commissioners heard funding requests from representatives of El Dorado Main Street, the Coutts Museum of Art, the Salvation Army and the City of Rose Hill.

El Dorado Main Street’s proposed project is a pavilion to accommodate a permanent farmer’s market. Main Street Director Lindsay Baines told the commissioners the pavilion’s estimated cost is $155,000 and will likely be constructed in the parking area behind 100 N. Main.

Baines would like to see the farmer’s market open on Saturdays and one evening each week during spring, summer and fall months.

Connie Walton, speaking on behalf of the Coutts Museum of Art, told the commissioners about proposed improvements at the museum. Since the museum is housed in a three-story building, it is difficult for some patrons to make it up the stairs to see the third floor collection.

The museum’s comprehensive plan calls for the addition of an elevator and a fire escape, which will cost approximately $334,000. The museum has $165,000 pledged for the project, and Walton asked the commissioners to consider helping fund the project.

Since receiving the funding to operate its canteen, the Salvation Army hasn’t had a permanent parking spot for the mobile disaster relief vehicle. Captain Rick Hamelund told the commissioners the Salvation Army would like to build a 40x30 garage on the west side of its building at 141 N. Gordy. Hamelund noted there is already $13,000 in the garage fund and asked the commissioners to consider adding $10,000.

Kathy Raney brought the commissioners a proposal for a memorial to honor veterans and those who are presently serving in the military from Rose Hill. The city is considering a memorial that could cost between $16,000 and $60,000 depending on its size.

Raney asked the commissioners to consider giving at least $8,000, which would be half the cost of the smallest proposed memorial.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Authorized the gating of a portion of S.E. 75th Street east of S.E. Quito Road in Little Walnut Township.

• Received letters of interest and statements of qualifications for engineering services for three bridge replacement projects and appointed a committee to review the information and bring a recommendation for selection at a later date.

• Approved the county’s share of waterline relocation costs related to the Whitewater Creek Bridge replacement project on S.W. Butler Road near Benton. The county’s cost will be approximately $70,000.

• Discussed the Kansas Association of Counties meetings they attended last week.
• Discussed sewer fees for area RV parks.

• Approved phase one of a study on the railroad bridge west of Augusta over the Whitewater River and authorized payment of $3,475 to Engineering Services.

• Appointed Tanner Swift to the Fire District 7 fire board.