Officials are preparing for the first Riley County Multi-County Legislative Summit, aimed to foster discussions among Kansas county representatives, on Aug. 29.

The summit is planned for 10 a.m. to noon, with lunch served after until 1 p.m. It will be held at the Riley County Public Works building, 6215 Tuttle Creek Boulevard, in the lower level meeting room. The summit is open to the public.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for commissioners from different counties to have a conversation about what they want to see happen at the next legislative session at the state,” said Clancy Holeman, counselor and director of administrative services for Riley County.

Riley County Commission chairman Ron Wells, vice-chairman Marvin Rodriguez and commissioner John Ford are helping with presentations at the summit. In addition to talking about the 2020 Kansas Legislative session, the presentations are about Riley County’s proposal to deal with the “dark store theory,” missing demand transfers and county home rule, according to the summit agenda.

Holeman said he hopes the commissioners are able to build ongoing relationships with people from other counties during the summit.

There are officials from nine other counties planning to attend, including Finney, Geary, Jefferson, Johnson, Kearny, Leavenworth, Miami, Saline and possibly Wyandotte, according to Holeman. He said he does not have a firm number on how many people are actually attending.

The idea for this summit formed over the summer. To his knowledge, Holeman said, this event is the first of its kind in the county.

“We’re describing it as the first one as we contact other counties,” Holeman said.