The Riley County Commission on Tuesday approved a state grant to provide resources for low-income families.

The grant, from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, is an outreach, prevention and early intervention contract grant. It aims to give resources and services to low-income families as well as at-risk infants in Riley County.

The county first received the grant in 2013 and has received it every year.

The KDHE provides up to $220,000 for the grant, and Riley County must match that up to $220,000 in funds from the county budget. Matching money comes from local taxes, and officials said the county has adequate tax funds to cover that amount. The county health department receives and distributes the money.

Previously, KDHE set this grant funding limit at $424,000, but the increase to $440,000 this year allows the program to increase the weekly hours from 31 to 34 for a Spanish interpreter who helps low-income families.

The commission Thursday also met with Manhattan city manager Ron Fehr. Fehr reported the city hopes to fix completely the sinkhole in the Walmart parking lot near Hayes Drive and Bluemont Avenue this month.

“Everything seems to be holding well and functioning,” Fehr said.

In other action Thursday, commissioners:

  • Heard from Monty Wedel, planning and special projects director for the county about noise impact notices. Wedel said his department will publish the Notice of Potential Noise Impacts relating to Fort Riley booms and other noises online in the next week or so. The notice alerts Fort Riley neighbors and potential home buyers about the possible level of noise from base weapons and explosions.
  • Listened to a report from Greg McHenry, county appraiser. McHenry said his office completed 2020 values for approximately 26,000 real estate parcels in the county. The office’s deadline to send the 2020 change-of-valuation notices is Feb. 14, McHenry said. The office is working on 2020 personal property renditions, with the filing deadline being March 16, McHenry said.
  • Talked to Shelly Williams, county community corrections director, about signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) relating to crowding at the North Central Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Facility in Junction City. Riley County sends some of its juveniles to that facility, but sometimes there aren’t enough beds, Williams said. The commissioners asked Williams to tweak some of the language before they approve the MOU.