Riley County Commissioners approved $1 million in projects for 2013 out of the Capital Improvement Fund on Thursday at a special session. Budget and finance officer Johnette Shepek heard justifications from Public Works Director Leon Hobson, members of Riley County’s IT department and Noxious Weed Director Dennis Peterson on why their projects ended up in the imperative list and how much they would cost.
After hearing all parties, the commissioners came up with a master list of projects they wanted to see activated. The original list included a detention area at the county shops, motor graders, upgraded sirens, health department closed-circuit video cameras, radio upgrades for the county, an EMS building study, fiber-optic cables between the health department and museum in order to add them to the county’s phone and intranet system, culverts, four park projects, a county-wide chipper and tractor/drill for noxious weed.
The commission decided to nix two of the four park projects in order to allow extra funds for the EMS building study as they saw it as more important to get finished. They kept the water turn-on at the dog park and the upgrade of the exercise trail at CiCo park as the two park projects. The park projects that were rejected were asphalt path replacement at CiCo park; and the Fairmont playground sidewalk, trail and bench replacement.