This week's County Commission meeting
The Board of Butler County Commission convened for the first meeting of the new year on Jan. 8, 2019.
First order of business was to issue a proclamation honoring “Women in STEAM” as proposed by Miss Augusta 2019, Sierra Marie Bonn. The proclamation recognizes the third week in October as “Women in STEAM Week.” Sierra’s initiative “Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead!” is designed to promote STEAM education and engagement among young women. Her initiative includes providing resources to teachers helping them highlight influential women in STEAM fields and celebrate “Women in STEAM Week.”
The Commission authorized the 9-1-1 Director to pay the Kansas 9-1-1 Coordinating Council $108,360 for 2019 Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) services. In 2017, Butler County entered into an agreement with the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council for NG911 call handling equipment and participation on the statewide Emergency Services IP Network (ESI Net). It was noted that Butler County Emergency Medical Services Director Chad Pore will be stepping down from his position the first week of February. Will Johnson stated that Mr. Pore has been a great asset to Butler County and the county has made great improvements during his tenure.
Annually the County Commission develops and approves a list of legislative priorities to present to the Butler County Legislative Delegation. The priorities identified and approved by the Board of Butler County Commission are:● Support uniform funding of Community Colleges statewide to equalize the impact from regional institutions.
● Allow Counties to have a position on Abates that occur in their County.
● Delete statutory language fully exempting alternative energy resources from Ad Valorem
● Property Tax Lid
Following the approval of vouchers, adds and abates, Butler County Economic Development Director, David Alfaro presented aerial photographs of the Integrated Plastic Solutions (IPS) property. The Commission revoked the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and IPS has stated they will be moving their business out of Butler County beginning Feb. 1, 2019.