Commissioners to ban concealed carry on the job

By Maura Wery

The Riley County Commission approved a draft personnel amendment Monday prohibiting most employees from carrying concealed weapons during working hours.

County Counselor Clancy Holeman brought the draft legislation to the board after department heads brought up concerns about employees carrying concealed weapons off the property. That question wasn’t addressed in a state law that went into effect earlier this month, leaving the question up to local jurisdictions.

The department heads said they didn’t want to be the deciding force behind who was allowed to bring concealed weapons. Instead, they opted to create a consistent policy that will apply to all county employees except those who have a current law enforcement certification and are allowed by their job description to handle a weapon off county property.

The two commissioners at Monday’s meeting, Ron Wells and Dave Lewis, OKd the proposal without amendment.  Holeman said he will bring the document back to the department heads for any other changes and then return it to the board for final approval.

Kansas Association of Counties agenda

Commissioners decided Monday to ask the Kansas Association of Counties to continue its lobbying efforts against three items when the Legislature convenes for its 2014 session next January.

The three measures commissioners want the KAC to continue to oppose — all of which it opposed last year — are efforts to exempt machinery from property taxation,  efforts to restrict counties from lobbying legislators, and Senate Bill 181, which would lower motor vehicle taxes. Although, commissioners decided not to add any items to the list, Commissioner Dave Lewis asked Holeman to keep an eye out for other potential issues in the next legislative session.


Riley County Fair

The Riley County Fair will kick off on Thursday. Riley County Extension Agent Jennifer Wilson told of several events that will take place during the five-day event.

The fair parade will be at 6 p.m. in Aggieville and the pedal tractor pull will be at 7:30 p.m. at Pottorf Hall. The Ottaway Amusements Carnival will be at the fair July 26-27. Wilson said that for $22, fairgoers can ride as many rides as they wish.

Those with a bit of talent can still register for Riley County Idol. Those participating are eligible for a $100 prize.

A few other events have been added to the calendar this week, Wilson said. For military appreciation night on Thursday, the First Infantry Division’s country band will perform before the Kaw Valley Rodeo. The Division’s pop band will also perform on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Target will also partner with the Riley County Police, EMS and Fire departments for a National Night Out on Monday. Families can come out behind Pottorf Hall and meet with the emergency personnel.

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