Butler County Times Gazette
  • Harris gives resignation from County Commission

  • Butler County Commissioner Bruce Harris gave his resignation effective Dec. 18 during Tuesday Commission meeting.
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  • Butler County Commissioner Bruce Harris gave his resignation effective Dec. 18 during Tuesday Commission meeting.
    He said he will be moving out of the county so he will not be able to fulfill his term.
    “I would like to thank the employees and constituents of Butler County for allowing me to serve,” he said.
    Commissioner Chair Dan Woydziak thanked him for his service on the commission and to the people.
    In other business, the commissioners:
    • gave its consent for the Emergency Communications director to maintain the recording system for 911 calls and radio calls using a time and materials approach instead of a maintenance contract. This was because with the new system, it would increase the maintenance costs $12,760.
    • approved a one-year license subscription agreement for Loislaw, an online legal service the jail provides for inmates. They are required by law to provide a legal library to the inmates and this is cheaper than having hard bound books.
    Commissioner Peggy Palmer was concerned about the inmates getting access to something the public couldn’t access.
    • approved authorizing the director of Strategic Communications to facilitate the direct sale of excess UHF communications equipment to governmental agencies in Butler County, followed by adjacent counties and their agencies, then offering it for sale to the public.
    • approved 3-2 the payment of the annual contractual obligation to the Kansas Department of Transportation for Motorola software upgrades. Woydziak and Palmer were opposed because the county was not informed of this cost up front.
    • opened bids for purchase of corrugated metal pipe culverts for the Highway Division of the Public Works Department.
    • tabled a report on the purchase of GPS survey equipment for one week.
    • approved 4-1 a resolution that waives the obligation of Butler County to prepare financial statements in accordance with the GAAP requirements.
    Palmer was concerned with this action and opposed it as she has before.
    “I think we should have the GAAP system in accounting,” Palmer said. “It is state law and is there for a reason, to get more information for us and our citizens. I think it is a disservice if we don’t have GAAP principals.”
    One reason they do not do this, as many other counties don’t, is because of the cost to the county, which would be about $200,000 to $250,000.
    • approved resolutions to transfer unexpected funds from their funds to their respective reserve funds for the Health Fund, County Aging Fund, Emergency Medical Service Fund, Landfill Fund, Sheriff Fund, Road and Bridge Fund, General Fund and Jail Fund.
    Page 2 of 2 - • discussed the fact the County Clerk’s office and election office have lost their three employees, who all resigned last week, leaving no election staff for the county. County Administrator Will Johnson will look into where they are at in the hiring process.

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