Center gets one year on its lease

By The Mercury

The Riley County Commission decided Thursday to extend the K-State Child Development Center’s lease for a year and re-evaluate the center’s status after 2013.

The decision came after county counselor Clancy Holeman brought a draft lease agreement to the commission Thursday. Commissioners asked officials at the center to consider two proposed changes. The first was that the county would not be held responsible for paying the utilities since the center pays its own through its rent obligations. The second was the lease length. Susie Kufahl, director of the health department, said originally the center had applied for a two-year lease to end in 2014 due to a grant requiring that it seek a two-year lease.

Commissioner Bob Boyd said he “didn’t understand the advantage of the daycare center” for the county and wanted to change it to a one-year lease that would end in 2013 and then go month to month. Kufahl said if the commission decided on the month-to-month approach, the center could be endangered. Commissioners finally agreed that they would send the year-long lease back to the center and then renegotiate the lease agreement annually.

Greater Manhattan Community Foundation requests funds

The Commission will decide next week whether to become a donating partner to the Healthy Community Initiative project in Riley County. Vern Hendricks, CEO of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, requested that the Commission become one of the donating partners after the Kansas Health Foundation proposed a “partnership to create a community environment supportive of policy change” on health and nutrition. Hendricks said the goal of the foundation, which has worked with Riley County Extension, is to gain $12,500 in matching funds to obtain a $25,000 grant for the Kansas Health Foundation each year.

Hendricks said he had until April 15 to gain the funds from individual partners, with a July deadline for big time donors. Currently, the project has around $7,500 in donations and pledges, and Henricks asked the county to pledge $5,000.

Commissioners pledged to consider the measure.

“There are definitely worse things we could use $5,000 on,” Commissioner Dave Lewis said. All three commissioners voiced their praise for the project and hoped to see it reach its $37,500 goal.

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