At their Tuesday meeting, Butler County Commissioners discussed the mail ballot vote that will determine how upgrades to the county’s emergency communications system will be funded and looked at options for purchasing equipment.


At their Tuesday meeting, Butler County Commissioners discussed the mail ballot vote that will determine how upgrades to the county’s emergency communications system will be funded and looked at options for purchasing equipment.

The county’s two options to purchase radio equipment are through the contract the state already has with Motorola or to solicit bids on its own. Butler County still needs to purchase 311 mobiles and 596 portables. The commissioners are leaning toward purchasing through the state contract.

The commissioners also discussed the tower site in Andover and the one near Beaumont and Latham. The sites will need to have work done before tower construction can begin. Additionally, the commissioners are waiting to see if Sedgwick County will share the Andover tower. If Sedgwick County opts to use the tower, it will need to be built 50 feet taller than it would be for Butler County’s purposes.

The commissioners also heard from Natalie Donges of Donges Properties LLC regarding sewer assessments her business received. Donges, who owns Deer Grove RV Park, recently received a letter from Public Works director Darryl Lutz stating that Deer Grove has not been charged enough for sewage use. 

The letter stated that Donges is to pay $3,690 more than she has been paying for sewage fees.
“After doing a little research I am aware that we are being under assessed,” said Donges. “I had no idea we were underassessed.” 

However, Donges was not pleased to only have a month to come up with the extra money.
The commissioners agreed the timing was unfair and decided to charge Donges $1,845 and pay the remainder from the county’s economic development fund.

In other business, the commissioners:
• heard from Beaumont resident Suzy Cokeley regarding delinquent taxes for which the Beaumont Community Association is responsible. She also discussed litigation the Association is involved in regarding a church building.

• approved an interlocal agreement with the city of Douglass for extension of the current Neighborhood Revitalization Plan program in Douglass.

• reviewed wind farm grant applications. The county receives $150,000 annually from PPM Energies, of which one third goes to non-profits or cities. The commissioners will make a final decision about the disbursement of funds at a later meeting.

• talked with County Clerk Ron Roberts, who said the Kansas Attorney General’s office contacted him about the wording of the mail ballot election questionnaire. The AG’s office noted the questionnaire should have clearly stated the sales tax would expire after payment of the debt.

According to the AG’s office, although the wording should have been different, the election and its results will be allowed to stand.

• approved the solicitation of bids for a vehicle for the Butler County Department on Aging.