During a meeting Monday, the Butler County Commissioners gave their approval for an application to participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS) program.
CRS is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities.
As a result, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from the community actions meeting the three goals of the CRS:
• Reduce flood damage to insurable property.
• Strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the National Flood Insurance Program.
• Encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.
Director of Planning and Development Rod Compton told the commissioners participating in the program will not change anything currently being done.
Butler County already has zoning regulations in place for flood-prone areas and homeowners in these areas already carry flood insurance.
“I don’t have a problem with it,” said Commissioner Peggy Palmer. “These people already have flood insurance but this will hopefully lower their insurance premiums.”
The motion passed 4-0 with Commissioner Ed Myers abstaining. He expressed concern about dealing with more federal regulations and control if the county participates in the program.
In other business, the commissioners:
• canvassed mail-in ballots from the Circle USD 375 bond vote. The canvassed ballots did not affect the outcome of the bond issue, which was approved.
• approved a resolution recognizing Flinthills Services for their recent CARF Accreditation.
• approved a revised contract between the Butler County Health Department and Dr. Michael Rausch, which changed the reimbursement interval from equal monthly payments to equal quarterly payments.
• approved a submission for funding in the amount of $580,795 for graduated sanctions programs and $24,144 for prevention programs for the Butler County Juvenile Justice Administration.
• tabled approval of an interlocal agreement between the City of Wichita and Butler County until next week.
• approved a one-time variance to the 2003 International Building Code for a Group-M Occupancy Building automatic sprinkler system proposed for a business at 10033 SW Diamond Road. The variance relates to the type of sprinkler system the business will install based upon water supply to the area.
• approved a waiver on interest owed on a property at 920 N. Main in El Dorado as part of a condemnation proceeding. The land, which is now part of city right-of-way for the North Main bridge, was condemned several years ago. Taxes were not paid for a portion of this property due to an oversight by Norm Manley, the lawyer handling the paperwork. Manley has agreed to pay the $10,235.96 in taxes owed but requested a waiver on the $6,096 in interest, which the commission granted.