As Dorothy, Toto and many others can attest, Kansas experiences quite a bit of severe weather.
During their Monday meeting, the Butler County Commissioners acknowledged the approaching tornado season and proclaimed this week to be Severe Weather Awareness Week.
The purpose of Severe Weather Awareness Week, which began on Sunday and continues through Saturday, is to heighten the public’s awareness to the dangers that severe weather and tornadoes can pose.
Over the past 20 years, Kansas has experienced an average of 96 tornadoes each year.
In other business, the commissioners:
• canvassed votes from last week’s primary elections. None of the El Dorado mayoral election results changed, but, as of press time, there were still questions about one of the Augusta races.
• approved a request by Stephen and Donna Taylor for a homestead lot split with agricultural preservation overlay in order to separate an existing homestead and 10 acres from a parcel containing approximately 154.9 acres.
• approved a request by McClure Brothers Farms for a homestead lot split with agricultural preservation overlay in order to separate an existing homestead and 10 acres from a parcel containing approximately 160.5 acres.
• approved a request by Mark Conway to rezone approximately 40 acres from an AG-40 agricultural classification to an I industrial classification. The property is across the street from the Rose Hill Industrial Park. Jim Gibbs, who is planning to purchase the property from Conway, plans to move his manufacturing business from Udall to Rose Hill.
Rose Hill residents Dave Armstrong, Sarah Mahan and Bill Baker expressed their opposition to the property being rezoned because they felt the business should be located in the Industrial Park.
Gibbs expressed that it would be easier to locate his business on the property across the street.
Following the discussion, the commission voted 4-0 to approve the rezoning. Commissioner Dan Woydziak abstained because of a possible conflict of interest since he was mayor of Rose Hill when the Industrial Park was built.
• approved a memorandum of termination and the termination of easements with HollyFrontier as part of the 1994 IRB issuance. The lease agreement for the easement stipulated the easement would be returned after the bonds were paid off.
• approved an amendment to the food service contract between Butler County and CBM Managed Services for food service at the jail through March 10, 2014.
• approved a master services agreement including Exhibit A and Exhibit B with Securus Technologies, Inc. the inmate phone provider for the Butler County Detention Center. The motion passed 3-1 with Commissioner Peggy Palmer opposed. Commissioner Jeff Masterson had left the meeting to keep another appointment.
Page 2 of 2 - • approved payment of $10,380 for the license and maintenance fees required by Sungard to interface with Securus. This will allow video conference visitations. The motion passed 3-1 with Palmer opposed.
• approved Resolution 13-13 to fix compensation levels for election poll workers.
• held a work session to discuss travel and expense reimbursement.