Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are federally required regional policy bodies in urbanized areas with populations over 50,000.
Locally, the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO) is responsible, in cooperation with the State of Kansas, for carrying out the metropolitan transportation planning process.
During their Tuesday meeting, Butler County Commissioners heard from Bill Christian of WAMPO to discuss the organization’s re-designation and a fiscal agreement.
According to Christian, WAMPO’s boundaries have been expanded to cover an approximately 30 square mile area that includes Sedgwick County and portions of Sumner and Butler counties.
Christian said WAMPO is asking all 23 jurisdictions within its boundaries to voluntarily sign the agreement as an expression of solidarity.
“The re-designation agreement is not mandatory,” said Christian. “But with the fiscal agreement, in order to access those funds and have a vote, it has to be signed.”
If Butler County wishes to continue to receive federal transportation funds through WAMPO, signing the fiscal agreement would be necessary.
WAMPO designates all federal transportation funds to jurisdictions within its boundaries. According to County Administrator Will Johnson, Butler County is scheduled to receive $5 million in federal transportation funds from WAMPO in 2014 and $400,000 in 2015 for planned projects.
Signing the fiscal agreement would also give Butler County a vote on WAMPO’s policy body.
Formal re-designation and fiscal agreements will be presented to the commission at a later date.
In other business, the commissioners:
• received Ricke Whiteside who talked about issues he is having with a property owner near his residence.
• approved a proposal from Contract Furnishings for the purchase of Allsteel modular furnishing for the Butler County Treasurer’s Department.
• approved the New World CAD agreement for interface work associated with the version upgrade of the protocol modules for the Emergency Communications Department.
• approved the low bid in the amount of $26,912 from Paul Schellhorn Roofing to install a Duro Last Roofing System on the Butler County Community Building’s north roof.
• held a work session to discuss planned capital improvement projects throughout the county.