Butler County Times Gazette
  • Bright Smiles program distributes dental kits

  • In July, the Butler County Health Department received a grant from the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation for its Bright Smiles program.
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  • In July, the Butler County Health Department received a grant from the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation for its Bright Smiles program.
    During Tuesday’s Butler County Commission meeting, the commissioners heard about the program from WIC Coordinator Jamie Downs.
    “They provided dental kits and we distributed those dental kits to Butler County residents,” said Downs. “We started small this year.”
    There were 288 adult kits, 144 children’s kits and 144 youth kits handed out between August and October.
    “We put survey cards in every fifth kit,” said Downs. “We only got 33 of them back, but we got very good feedback.”
    Downs is hoping to apply for the grant again in order to keep handing out the kits, which consist of a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss.
    “We already give out kits to pregnant women who come in,” she said. “We wanted to expand to everyone, not just pregnant women and this allowed us to do that.”
    In other business, the commissioners:
    • received Rick Whiteside, who discussed issues he has been having with some residents near his property.
    • recessed to executive session for consultation with an attorney for the body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney/client relationship. The commissioners last week denied a request to approve a settlement agreement with Marlena Sue Fee in the amount of $5,000. In September 2010, Fee was a passenger on a motorcycle driving on River Valley Road. The motorcycle hit a pothole, and she was jarred. She has sued TransCanada, Butler County and the motorcycle driver with whom she was riding. Following the executive session with legal counsel, the commissioners decided to make the payment to release the county from any further legal action. The motion passed 3-1 with Commissioner Peggy Palmer opposed.
    • approved the 2013 cereal malt beverage license for Route 54 Fastrip.
    • authorized the Emergency Communications director to make payment of $30,780 for CAD software maintenance for the calendar year 2013.
    • authorized the Emergency Communications director to make payment of $5,400 for maintenance of 911 hardware.
    • authorized the EMS Department to apply for the Kansas Revolving and Assistance Grant Program in the amount of $53,418.72 with a 10 percent local match of $5,341.80 for a Q-XPR measurement and feedback tool, MRX EKG heart monitor and ALS manikin with control unit.
    • approved an out-of-state training request from the Butler County Health Department. Three staff members will travel to Little Rock, Ark. for the WIC national conference. There will be no cost to Butler County, as travel expenses will be covered by the state.
    • approved agreements for engineering services related to bridge rehabilitation projects and bridge replacement projects in the county’s capital improvement plan.
    Page 2 of 2 - • appointed Bill Eberhardt as Spring Township Trustee.
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