The Butler County Commission meeting Tuesday morning was brief due to the absences of Commissioner Jeff Masterson and Public Works Director Darryl Lutz.
Despite that minor setback, the commission went forward with addressing the agenda items that were not directly affected.
The approval of the contract addendum with Delta Dental for the 2014 plan year was the first item. Now in its second year, the contract covering the dental plans for Butler County employees and their families will see an increase of 6 percent during 2014.
The current price for families will be rising from $58.19 per month to $61.68 in accordance to the contract plan with the county.
“The increase is due to the rise in claims cost,” explained County Administrator Will Johnson. “The county will be covering its contracted percentage of that.”
The commission voted 4-0 to approve the contract addendum.
Also discussed by the commission was an approval of an engagement letter regarding assistance with acquisition of right-of-way for the Fourmile Creek Bridge Project south of Andover.
Because the project will be federally funded, the specific guidelines for the Kansas Department of Transportation must be followed by the county. The letter, which is being brought before the commission, was requested by Lutz.
“Darryl has spoken to Andover and they gave him a referral to Chris Huffman (Huffman Corridor Consulting LLC),” said Johnson. “He has done these in the past for Andover.”
The project costs will be $750 per track. Lutz has approximated 15-20 potential areas requiring attention and has given the project a maximum of $15,000. The proposed outside contractor will only collect payment for the tracks on which he has assisted.
Due to Lutz’ absence, the commissioners were missing several key points and moved to table the issue until more information could be provided. The motion was carried.
The commission also:
• approved the line item adjustment in the amount of $6,600 for SFY 2014 and authorized the chair to sign.
• received and opened sealed bids for Culvert Letting No. 68 for the construction of seven reinforced concrete box structures throughout Butler County.