Commission bats around Public Building Commission bylaws

By Kristina Jackson

The Riley County Commission Thurday debated changes to a draft of bylaws for the proposed Public Building Commission.

The commission has not created a Public Building Commission, but continues to examine how that body would operate.

Thursday’s question involved whether the bylaws would allow for the creation of an advisory board at the discretion of the county commission or the PBC.

Another proposed addition to the bylaws would ask the PBC to hold public forums before making final decisions.

The commission has not yet approved the bylaws.

Commissioner Bob Boyd was in favor of adding the provision for the creation of an advisory board, saying it would be a good way to get public input.

Commissioner Dave Lewis leaned more toward an increased number of forums to gauge public opinion.

The proposed bylaws suggest one or more forums, and Lewis suggested holding two or more rather than creating an advisory board.

“If the commission meets on an irregular basis, (the advisory board) is ineffective,” Lewis said.

Commissioner Ron Wells also had concerns about the effectiveness of an advisory board if the proposed commission would meet only when it needed to discuss a project, which could be every five to 10 years or more.

“By the time a project arises, the same people wouldn’t be available,” Wells said.




Community Corrections has seen a decrease in probation violations after instituting a “quick dip” program that allows violators to waive their rights to a trial.

Instead, they serve 48 hours in the county jail.

Community Corrections director Shelly Williams said many offenders elect to sign the waiver, rather than taking the chance that a court may sentence them to more time.

Williams said they have held only two people for their fourth violation of probation, as opposed to 13 for their first violation.

“It’s working,” Williams said. “We’re having fewer violations because of that swift certainty.”

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