Last week, the Butler County Commissioners decided to place rumble strips on all paved roads that cross K254 in the county except for Benton’s Main Street.


Last week, the Butler County Commissioners decided to place rumble strips on all paved roads that cross K254 in the county except for Benton’s Main Street. (Main Street was omitted because it has a 20 mile-per-hour speed limit leading up to the highway.)

Subsequently, the commissioners were asked by the Kansas Department of Transportation to consider waiting several weeks before installing rumble strips on River Valley and Hunter roads.

The purpose for this request was to make sure there were no problems with noise levels at other locations, and therefore wouldn’t be problematic at River Valley and Hunter.

After some discussion, the commissioners decided against waiting.

“I’m not interested in changing anything we did last week,” said Commissioner Mike Wheeler.

“I would definitely agree with that,” added Commissioner Peggy Palmer.

Commissioner Bruce Harris mentioned that he spoke with Towanda City officials who were in favor of having the rumble strips placed at River Valley and Hunter.

“I would hate to see an accident happen there,” said Harris.

Dustrol has volunteered to install all of the rumble strips being placed in Butler County at no cost to the county.

Since the commissioners decided against waiting to place rumble strips at River Valley and Hunter, the strips will be placed as soon as Dustrol has time to install them.

In other business, the commission:

• received Doug Mould, who discussed his difficulty in getting his wife’s remains released to him from the coroner’s office in a timely manner. Mould’s wife Carol was murdered in 2004.

• received Butler County Emergency Management and Kansas Emergency Management Association President Lon Buller, who presented the Butler County Sheriff’s Department with an Outstanding Service Award for the department’s cooperation with emergency management.

• presented Donna Farthing, who works in the treasurer’s department, with a Spotlight Award and Gift Certificate.

• approved the FFY 2011 HMEP Grant with the Kansas Division of Emergency Management – Technological Hazards in the amount of $4,950.

• approved the maintenance agreement with Liebert for the 9-1-1 UPS.

• approved a substitute lease agreement with KDOT for the storage of emergency communications radio equipment.

• gave their approval to solicit bids for installation of a new HVAC system at the courthouse. The system will be paid for with grant money.