The Big Lakes Developmental Center plans to move two of its clients into a new group home Tuesday, and the facility has space for two more.

Lori Feldkamp, president and CEO of Big Lakes Development Center, told Riley County commissioner about the new home on Monday during a routine update.

“So very excited to get in there,” Feldkamp said. “We’ve had a little bit of delays here and there. You know the bureaucracy always kind of catches up with you; fire marshall and getting everything approved that we had to get approved. But we finally got that finished.”

D & R Construction of Manhattan completed this project for Big Lakes, The Mercury previously reported.

Big Lakes provides services and assistance to people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities.

In other action Monday, commissioners:

  • Recognized Beth Kellstrom, Riley County Health Department social worker, for her 21 years of service at the health department. Kellstrom is retiring.

“Riley County has been a wonderful employer,” she said.

Marvin Rodriguez, chairman of the Riley County Commission, thanked Kellstrom for her dedication and service to the county.

  • Recognized Super Bowl Sunday, which is Feb. 2, as Souper Bowl Sunday. Manhattan grocery stores are taking canned food donations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 1. Dave Ekart of St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus said he hopes to gather 10,000 pounds of food this year for people in need in Riley County.
  • Held an executive session for about 15 minutes to discuss pending litigation with Clancy Holeman, county counselor. The commission did not take any binding action during or after the executive session.
  • Held a second executive session on pending litigation with Holeman for 15 minutes. Commissioners did not take any binding action during or after the executive session.