On a 2-1 vote, the Riley County Commission Thursday approved construction of a $7,300 chain link fence to help protect vehicles owned by Riley County Police Department employees from pedestrians.
Lieutenant Josh Kyle requested the fence, citing instances of criminal damage to property apparently committed by work release prisoners walking toward a nearby jail entrance. Kyle said that around a year ago, an officer’s truck was keyed in the employee parking lot adjacent to a footpath leading to the jail that has been worn in nearby grass.
Kyle said that the department received the $7,300 bid for the project from Kansas Fencing, the funds to come from county maintenance moneys dedicated to upkeep of the law enforcement center. But commissioner Karen McCulloh opposed the measure, saying she didn’t find either the price or the fence practical. She thought a pathway or sidewalk would be more appropriate and economical.
Commissioners Al Johnson and Dave Lewis supported the proposal.
MPO document schedule
County counselor Clancy Holeman showed commissioners another draft of the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s policy document Thursday. Holeman stressed that the document isn’t final, but encouraged them to look over certain paragraphs and make sure the language and ideas didn’t need any adjustments. He said the policy and fiscal documents had to be finalized by KDOT’s January deadline, proposing that changes be finalized by the commission on Dec. 31.
The MPO will submit the finalized document to KDOT on Jan 4.
RCPD honor guard to go to Topeka
Riley County Police Department director Brad Schoen said that the department’s honor guard will be in Topeka when the two Topeka Police officers slain earlier this week lie in state before their funeral Saturday. Schoen said the guard will leave Manhattan on Friday and won’t be back until after both funerals.
He said the department also offered to send dispatchers and officers to Topeka in order to allow that city’s officers and staff to attend the funerals. He said he hadn’t heard any feedback from the department on the additional staff, but noted that many other departments within the state will be helping out.
Schoen said RCPD officers will be attending the funerals and will have the option to wear their uniforms and drive their patrol vehicles to the services.