During last week’s Butler County Commission meeting, Commissioner Ed Myers suggested the commission pass a resolution in support of the Second Amendment.
“It’s an issue that I’m sure resonates with the majority of our constituents,” Myers said last week. “More voices in support of it is good.”
At that time, Commissioner Mike Wheeler questioned the necessity of passing such a resolution, and pointed out the commissioners all took an oath to uphold the Constitution.
“I think it’s kind of redundant to do it again,” he said. “Nothing’s changed has it?”
“It’s not going to mean anything or affect anything that’s going on,” County Administrator Will Johnson told the commissioners. “It’s just a statement.”
During their meeting Tuesday, the commissioner decided to go ahead and make that statement.
“The entire Constitution, the entire Bill of Rights is important,” Myers said Tuesday. “And really the occasion for this resolution is for the past several months now this has been a topic of discussion.”
The commissioners voted 4-0 (Wheeler was not present at Tuesday’s meeting) to pass the following resolution: Whereas, the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights affirm governmental principles and human rights which have led to unequalled blessings and liberty across our nation; and, whereas the Kansas Constitution and Kansas Bill of Rights affirms these same principles and human rights; and, whereas, prominent among these rights is the right to keep and bear arms as enshrined in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and in the Kansas Bill of Rights, which states that “A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home, and state” as well as for hunting and recreational use; and, whereas the Legislature and Governor of the State of Kansas, with the concurrence of all members of the Legislature representing Butler County, have recently enacted the Second Amendment Protection Act in order to reaffirm and preserve for the citizens of Kansas the constitutional right to keep and bear arms; now therefore, on this 7th day of May, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners of Butler County, Kansas commends the Legislature and Governor of Kansas for their resolute actions in regard to preserving and protecting the individual right to keep and bear arms, and pledges its support in this worthy endeavor on behalf of the citizens of Butler County.
In other business, the commission:
• received representatives from Tallgrass Energy, LP to discuss the proposed Pony Express 24” crude oil pipeline project through Butler County planned for construction starting this summer.
Page 2 of 2 - • approved a road maintenance agreement with Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline, LLC related to the proposed 24” crude oil pipeline construction project through Butler County.
• approved a tabled request by Daniel and Nancy Bacon for a Homestead Lot Split with APO in order to separate an existing homestead and 10 acres from a parcel containing approximately 161.2 acres.
After some discussion, the commissioners approved dedication of a 40-foot right-of-way only on the part of the 10 acres that is along 170th instead of requiring dedications along more of the property.
The motion passed 3-1 with Commissioners Jeff Masterson, Peggy Palmer and Ed Myers in favor and Dan Woydziak opposed because of implications this decision could have on other areas in the county.
• approved a Developer’s Agreement with BBA Partners, LLC regarding developer installed road improvements on SW Diamond Road going south from US-400.
• received and opened sealed bids for large corrugated metal pipe culverts for two culvert projects. The projects were awarded to the low bidder, Welborn Sales, Inc. of Salina.
• approved proposed repair work for the landfill dozer. The repairs will cost approximately $15,000.
• held a work session to discuss bridge projects in the county’s capital improvement plan.
• approved budget adjustment for Episcopal Social Services Teen Intervention Program (TIP).
• approved the SY14 Supplemental Grant application for the Juvenile Justice Services Administration in the amount of $7,964.
• approved the contracts for services for the EMS Medical Director and EMS Chaplain for their services.
• received and opened sealed bids for the replacement of the North Roof at the Community Building.