The Butler County Clerk’s office has volunteered to help Sedgwick County in sending out their updated bills

Following a mistake with the billing in Sedgwick county, the Butler County Clerk’s office has since volunteered to help aid the agency in sending out their updated bills. Butler County Clerk Don Engels brought the details of the process before the Butler County Commission on Tuesday morning.

“As you will probably recall, Sedgwick County will be sending new tax statements to the residents residing in the Andover and Circle school districts,” began Engels. “Because of our office’s help with the matter, they have requested that there be an insert place in the bill that gives credit to our office. It also releases them from reliability in gaining our help with the distribution.”

The clerk’s office is not dealing with just a few slips of paper. A large amount of envelopes are being distributed.

“They are sending out 6,600 additional bills,” explained Engels. “Of those bills, 2,000 of them are for less than $5. A tax bill cannot be forgiven, so they’re offering to pay for those miniscule bills to the amount of $1,700.”

“Your office is doing a wonderful job,” commented Commissioner Dan Woydziak. “Not even just with this instance, your people have always been diligent to get work done.”

Woydziak was not the only commissioner to express gratitude.

“Your office does a fantastic job,” said Commissioner Wheeler. “Thank you.”

Following the briefing on Sedgwick County’s billing, the county commission moved on to hear the issue of approving the conditional use permit (CUP) application of Gail Matheus for her property in the 5000 block of SW Santa Fe Lake Road.

“We took this issue to the planning commission on Feb. 11,” said Director of Community Development David Alfaro. “This facility will be used for the boarding and training of horses. She will also be hosting training clinics and horse shows at this facility. Those shows will typically last two to three days and will occur in the warmer seasons.”

The commissioners began to show concern about the traffic with the facility.

“Will the individuals at these shows have access to a paved road?” questioned Woydziak.

“Those attending will gain access to the property from Santa Fe Lake Road, which is a paved road,” Alfaro said. “For the shows, Ms. Matheus estimates approximately 30 horses at each show, with approximately two people per horse. We’re only talking about 50-60 individuals per event. This CUP is strictly for the allowance of those horse shows.”

Matheus also gave an indication to the county staff of her plans to prevent delays on the road.

“The last thing I wanted to do was have horse trailers to sit on the property or on the road,” said applicant Gail Matheus. “That makes things dangerous for the horses as well as the drivers. I plan to move the gate and allow enough room for two to three trailers on the property.”

The action was moved for approval by Masterson and was carried 4-0 with Commissioner Peggy Palmer absent.

The commission also:

• approved a request from Timothy Ayers for a lot split on property located at 11963 SW 70th, Bruno Township, which will create two lots with one consisting of 5.89 acres and the other consisting of 44.41 acres.

• approved the request from Paul Janish for a mortgage lot split with an agricultural preservation overlay on 30 acres of property located at the NE corner of NW Indianola Road and NW Parallel Road in Murdock Township.

• approved the additional SFY14 prevention funding in the amount of $7,964 to be allocated to the currently funded prevention programs and authorize the chair to sign.

• approved the proclamation of March 3-7 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Butler County.

• approved Butler County Sheriffs Office to purchase one Chevrolet Traverse Crossover SV in the amount of $23,200 from John K. Fisher, Inc.

• approved the Amendment No. 5 to the Food Service Contract between Butler County and CNM Managed Services.

• received and opened sealed bids for asphalt distributors, mowing tractors and mowers for the highway division of the Public Works Department.

• approved the award of purchase for herbicides for the Noxious Weed Department.

• approved the purchase of treated wood bridge plans for the highway division of the Public Works Department.

• approved the utility agreements related to the SW Shumway Road box culvert and roadway realignment project located east of Augusta.

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