Butler Rural Electric Cooperative was granted a Conditional Use Permit to build a 1 -megawatt solar panel farm and a 120 foot rural internet tower near Rose Hill by the Butler County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

The 20 acre property at S.W. Butler Road and SW 140th Street will serve as an solar panel to supply an electricity source that will be sent to a substation. That electricity will then be distributed to its customers, all underground.

Butler Rural Electric Cooperative was granted a Conditional Use Permit to build a 1 -megawatt solar panel farm and a 120 foot rural internet tower near Rose Hill by the Butler County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

The 20 acre property at S.W. Butler Road and SW 140th Street will serve as an solar panel to supply an electricity source that will be sent to a substation. That electricity will then be distributed to its customers, all underground.

The solar panel farm will account for 1/30 of the energy generated for Butler REC.

There will also be an internet tower built on the property that will be a source for rural internet to Butler REC members as well as non members.

The lowest speed internet speed offered will be 25 Mb download, 5 Mb upload. Faster services will be offered as well.

Butler Rec will be required to cover the solar farm with cedar trees no less than 12 feet apart. Butler Rec is responsible for maintaining the roads to before construction condition during and after construction. Before any new construction begins after the original construction of the tower and solar farm, there must be a new agreement with Pleasant Township for road maintenance. Electric connections to the substation and customers will be buried underground.

The commissioned opened bids for three bridge replacement and repair projects. The three bridges being bid on are at SW 180th and SW Boyer Road in Douglass Township, SW 40th South of Towanda and at NE  150th and NE Grant Road just west of Cassoday.

Bids for one of the bridge projects included King Construction of Hesston, $87,145.50; L&M Construction of Great Bend, $108,495; B&B Bridge Company of St. Paul, KS., $85,057.50; TCI of St. Michael, Minn., $93,703; Wildcat Construction Inc. of Topeka, $108,590; Bettis Asphalt of Topeka, $107,277.50.

The engineer’s estimate for the project was $96,402.50.

Bids for another of the bridge projects included:L&M Contractors Inc. of Great Bend, $218,354.73; King Construction of Hesston, $193,961.

The engineer’s estimate for the project was $197,197.50.

There was only one bid for the final bridge project project from King Construction of Hesston for $106,440.

The engineer’s estimate for the project was $103,967.

Commissioners opened bids for new vehicles for the Public Works Departments. Several bids were made. The county is looking to potentially replace two 3/4 ton cab and chassis 4x4, a 1/2 ton extended cab 4x4 and a 1/4 ton SUV 4x4.

The county is also looking to replace two dump trucks.

Just one bid was returned for the 3/4 ton cab and chassis. Parks Motors of Augusta offered two 2018 Dodge 2500s for $54,462.

For the 1/2 ton extended cab 4x4, two bids were opened. Once from Parks Motors for a 2018 Dodge Ram 1500 for $27,508. John K. Fisher of El Dorado made a bid of $29,890 for a 2019 GMC Sierra 1500.

There were two bids for the 1/2 ton 4x4 SUV. One from Parks Motors for a 2018 Dodge Durango for $30,284, another from John K. Fisher for a 2019 GMC Yukon for $43,986.

Dump truck bids were also opened. The bidders were given two options on the specs for the dump truck. Summit Truck Group of Wichita returned a bid for option 2. The bid included two 2019 International 7400s for $297,790.

Wichita Kenworth also returned a bid for option 2 for two Kenworths for $267,815.

Freightliner of Wichita returned two bids for option 1 and two bids for option 2. The first bid for option 1 was for 2018 models for $317,395. They also offered a bid for December delivery of 2019 Freightliners for $325,065.

For option 2 Freightliner offered 2019s for $292,584 or $303,002 with optional dump.

Bruckner’s of Hays offered an 18 foot Mack Granite for $180,250 each and a 15 foot Mack Granite for $182,250.

The commissioners also:

-approved the High Risk Rural Roads Program for a SW Butler Road Project.

-vacated a part of NW Hunter Road from the northern county line to one mile south.

-opened tire bids from Becker Tire and Steve and Sons Tire in El Dorado.

-approved a $72,702.97 reinvestment grant for Butler County Community Corrections.

-approved a final plat for Southwind Estates.

-renewed the Douglass Neighborhood Revitalization Program through De. 31, 2020.

-approved the amendment of the technology policies and consolidation with Butler County administrators policies.

-heard ideas and asked to come up with new ideas for future short and long term commission goals work sessions.