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Commissioners talk word choice

By Maura Wery

The Riley County Commissioners spent several minutes of their meeting Thursday fighting over an important issue: one word.

The word comes from an article in the draft of Public Building Commission bylaws.

Commissioner Bob Boyd pushed to change the word “may” to “shall,” solidifying the fact that the PBC will create an advisory board — rather than making it optional.

Boyd still stands behind the board, saying that it potentially will help explain what the public would want for projects. Boyd also believes the board will encourage public participation.

Commissioners Ron Wells and Dave Lewis stood by their position that addition of two public forums would be more than enough opportunity for public input.

“The board could be a hindrance,” Wells said. “They don’t know the county’s needs.”

Lewis and Wells asked Boyd to bring back a list of candidates and a process for how the board would be formed and work within the PBC.

Commission updates


* John Jobe will join the Riley County Extension office as the 4-H youth development agent, beginning Dec. 2. County extension director Jennifer Wilson said that they are “very excited” to have Jobe on the staff.


* The Riley County Police Department will be meeting with a designer to talk about new locker rooms at the department.

Director Brad Schoen said that they wanted to make sure the design worked, and he hoped work could be done by the end of the year. 

Schoen and public works director Leon Hobson agreed to work together on the future of the firing range and potential training facilities.


* The commission decided to move forward on a request for emergency management director Pat Collins to find out what kind of tower system would be needed to support their radio system.

The original system would include three towers and wouldn’t cover the entire county. Collins will go to an independent business with knowledge of radios and radio towers, and ask for an assessment on the original system and alternatives. Collins said he would prefer a 95 to 100 percent coverage area for his radios.

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