Shawnee County commissioners Monday established a $136,480 project budget to repaint Oakland-Billard Pool, Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center and Shawnee North Family Aquatic Center.
Still, commission chairman Bob Archer suggested the parks and recreation department make a future presentation to commissioners sharing details about how the funding would be used.
“That’s a lot of money,” he said.
Commissioners Archer, Kevin Cook and Shelly Buhler voted 3-0 to approve the project budget and solicit bids from companies interested in contracting to provide paint maintenance for the three facilities.
Plans call for the Oakland pool to be repainted next spring, the Blaisdell center in the fall of 2018 and the Shawnee North facility in the spring of 2019. according to a document that was part of the agenda packet for Mondays meeting.
Commissioners also heard Craig Barnes, of the Shawnee County Health Agency, tell how 11 people spoke in favor and one in opposition Nov. 21 as Topeka’s governing body discussed a proposal to ban the sale of tobacco-related products in the city to adults ages 18 through 20.
“The one person that spoke against it is a lobbyist,” Archer said.
The measure is almost identical to a proposal county commissioners approved Aug. 10 making that move in the county’s unincorporated areas.
Those speaking in favor at the Nov. 21 meeting included Archer, who said he plans to be present when the city governing body considers acting on the measure Dec. 5. Archer encouraged governing body members — including Topeka Councilman Jeff Coen, who was at Monday’s commission meeting but didn’t speak — to vote in favor of it.
In other business, commissioners:
— Voted 3-0 to enter into a contract arranging for the county to buy four scoreboards for its Rueger Softball Complex, 2801 S. Kansas Ave., at total cost of $33,203 from Daktronics Inc. The park’s current scoreboards were installed in 2000 and have outlived their anticipated life expectancy, commissioners were told.
— Voted 3-0 to pay $37,216.12 to Shawnee County Consolidated Rural Water District No. 4 for having relocated about 100 feet of water line on N.W. Dondee Lane, two-fifths of a mile south of N.W. 43rd, to accommodate a county culvert replacement project. The original cost estimate was $25,600 but actual costs turned out to be substantially higher, said Tom Vlach, director of public works and the county’s solid waste department.
— Voted 3-0 to authorize Shawnee County District Court administrator Chuck Hydovitz to transfer $35,000 in money budgeted for this year into the court’s special project fund to be used for audio and video installation during the first quarter of next year in Room 309 at the county courthouse. Archer and Cook asked Hydovitz to make a future presentation to the commission sharing details of the project.
— Voted 3-0 to authorize Hydovitz to use money from this year’s budget to buy and install 14 jury box pedestal chairs for $9,873.15 for Room 309 at the courthouse; to buy and install five bookcases for $5,542.90 for Room 403; and to buy and install bookcases, a conference table and guest seating for $7,199.85 in Room 310.
— Learned from Archer that a planned discussion that day on issues expected to affect Shawnee County in the upcoming Kansas legislative session had been postponed because county counselor Jim Crowl was absent because of jury duty.
— Learned from Archer that an item had been pulled from the agenda through which commissioners would have acknowledged receiving notice from Sheriff Herman Jones of his office’s purchase using money from his 2017 budget of six 4x4 Pursuit Rated Chevy Tahoes for $232,786.02.
— Heard Kansas Expocentre general manager Kellen Seitz say that in recognition of its being “Cyber Monday,” the Expocentre — for Monday only — was offering reduced price deals online to future events.
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