Shawnee County considers hiring 30-year community corrections employee to permanently head department

The Shawnee County Commission on Thursday will consider appointing Rebecca Cartmill, interim director of the community’s community corrections department, as permanent director of that department. (Photo courtesy of Shawnee County)

The Shawnee County Commission on Thursday will consider appointing Rebecca Cartmill, a county employee since 1986, as director of the community corrections department.

 

The proposed move is among items on the agenda when commissioners Bob Archer, Kevin Cook and Shelly Buhler meet at 9 a.m. in their chambers in Room B-11 of the County Courthouse, 200 S.E. 7th.

Commissioners will consider appointing Cartmill, the community corrections department’s interim director since last August, to hold that position on a permanent basis effective that same day at an annual salary of $77,688 plus benefits totaling $25,630.

The community corrections department oversees offenders taking part in a more intensive form of probation.

The agenda packet for Thursday’s meeting indicates commissioners also plan to consider soliciting bids from companies interested in installing artificial turf at Jerry Robertson Field at Lake Shawnee’s Bettis Family Sports Complex, where the current artificial turf was installed in 2008.

Money from the department’s capital outlay funding would be used to finance the replacement, which is estimated to cost almost $250,000.

Jerry Robertson Field hosts an average of 225 games a year, commissioners learned in a recent memo from parks and recreation director John Knight. Based on level of play, user groups and care, artificial turf generally lasts six to eight years before it needs to be replaced, Knight’s memo said.

Commissioners also plan to consider:

Approving the purchase for a total price of $121,175 from Bettis Asphalt &Construction Inc. of asphalt surfacing encompassing an estimated 65,500 square yards for various Shawnee County roadways. Bettis submitted the only bid.

Creating the Timber Ridge Subdivision Street Benefit District Phase IV in the area of S.W. 55th and Maupin Lane. The move would put in place an arrangement through which the county would have street infrastructure put in at an estimated cost of $552,600 and establish a geographic district in which it would arrange for lot owners to pay a specific amount annually as part of their property tax bill to cover street infrastructure costs.

Issuing revenue bonds in an amount not to exceed $5 million to provide funds to emable United Methodist Homes Inc. to finance improvements at Aldersgate Village, 7220 S.W. Asbury Drive, and pay some costs related to issuance of the bonds.

Entering into a contract with Cook, Flatt &Strobel Engineers through which the company would conduct a land survey related to the Kansas Expocentre renovation project at a cost of $24,000.

Approving a change order increasing the original contract amount by $26,742.56, from $313,723.50 to $340,466, for the county’s contract with Bettis Asphalt &Construction to carry out a project to mill and overlay S.W. Topeka Boulevard from S.W. 57th Street to north of S.W. Airport Drive.

Contact reporter Tim Hrenchir at (785) 295-1184 or @timhrenchir on Twitter.

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