Butler County Times Gazette
  • County to get bids for outdoor yard for female inmates at jail

  • In order to get their required exercise, female inmates at the Butler County Detention Facility have to use the men's recreational yard.
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  • In order to get their required exercise, female inmates at the Butler County Detention Facility have to use the men's recreational yard.
    During Tuesday’s Butler County Commission meeting, Director of Facilities Management Dan Ingalls asked the commissioners for permission to seek bids to construct a recreational yard next to where the females inmates are housed.
    “The female dorm was not designed to be the female dorm,” said Undersheriff Tony Wilhite. “It was originally designed to be a work release.”
    The work release numbers weren’t high enough to merit saving the space for work release, so it was turned into a housing area for female inmates. Since the area wasn’t designed for that purpose, no recreational yard was constructed for it.
    All the male inmates have to be locked down while the female inmates walk through the facility to get to the recreational yard. Along with that, Wilhite said, moving 20-30 female inmates at a time presents security risks.
    At the end of the discussion, the commissioners gave permission for the solicitation of bids to build a recreational yard for the female dorm.
    In other business, the commissioners:
    • approved a letter they are sending to state legislators regarding Kansas House Bill 2285, which deals with the classification of commercial and industrial machinery and equipment.
    • denied an application by Johnnie L. Shoemaker to rezone approximately 40 acres from an AG-40 Agricultural classification to an RE Residential Estate classification. The planning commission had recommended denial of the rezoning.
    • approved a request for proposal for property/causality workers compensation brokerage services.
    • approved a tabled item to approve Brandon Kauffman and Sandy Zieman as program card administrators for credit cards used by Butler County employees and departments. The motion passed 4-1 with Commissioner Peggy Palmer opposed.
    • approved electric line relocation work for the Dry Creek bridge replacement project on SW 60th in the amount of $9,700.
    • authorized the Department of Public Works to request proposals for replacing the automated fuel pump activation system for the highway shops.
    • received a report on the status of Department of Public Works projects.
    • held a work session to discuss a project that proposes installing new microwaves and utilizing a communications tower at Butler Community College.
    • tabled approval of annual dues payment to the Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP).
    • announced they will meet with state legislators in Topeka next Wednesday.
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