Flint Hills Regional Council gets temporary digs

By Maura Wery

County commissioners Monday authorized the Flint Hills Regional Council to temporarily use a county facility while a flooding problem at its former site is repaired.

The council sought temporary use of space at the Riley County Health Department because of a broken pipe at its Fort Riley location.

The agreement signed by county officials Monday will allow the council to have space for day-to-day operations through Dec. 1.

The council is a board that helps coordinate work on projects having regional implications.

Riley County counselor Clancy Holeman said the limited real property license agreement approved by commissioners Monday would be “easier than having an actual lease” because the situation isn’t permanent. The commission approved the deal, 3-0.

Floodplain maps

Monty Wedel, the county’s planning and development director, announced two public meetings for discussion of the proposed floodplain maps released by FEMA last month.

The new maps depict flood risk across Riley County, Manhattan and portions of Pottawatomie County and were the result of a multi-year study of the Wildcat Creek area, the Kansas River Basin and the Big Blue River Basin.  The two meetings will allow the public to voice their concerns and bring forward appeals toward the map.

The first meeting will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Sept. 12 at the Manhattan Fire Department Headquarters, 2000 Denison Avenue and will cover the Big Blue River Basin.

The second meeting will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Sept. 25 at the City Commission Room, City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Avenue and will cover the Wildcat Creek Watershed area. The new maps can be viewed on the City’s website cityofmhk.com/floodmapupdates.


River gauges

Commissioners approved $6,120 for the payment of river gauges in Keats and along the Kansas River.

The payment will cover maintenance for the river gauges, said emergency management coordinator Laurie Harrison. She also said the gauges are imperative in a flood because they can help with notifying residents around the river. Harrison said funds for the gauges were allocated in the Emergency Management budget.

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