Riley County commissioners Thursday approved purchasing radios for $17,250 for three new trucks for the fire department.

The county will use fire district operating funds to purchase the equipment from technology company Harris Corporation.

In other action Thursday, commissioners:

  • Listened to a report about October revenue statistics from treasurer Shilo Heger. She said the county has a total balance of $38.4 million as of Oct. 31. That is a 3% increase or about $1.1 million from $37.2 million in October 2018.
  • Heard an update from Jennifer Green, director of the Riley County Health Department. She said the health department gave 585 flu shots at its OktFLUber Fest. Thursday was also Green’s last day as director.

“You’ve really made this department shine,” vice-chairman Marvin Rodriguez said to Green.

Green said she enjoyed her time in Manhattan working with the commission and the public.

Julie Gibbs is the new health department director.

  • Listened to an update from Michael Boller, noxious weed director for the county. He said the spray trucks are winterized and prepared for snow conditions.
  • Held an executive session to discuss potential litigation for purpose of consultation. The commission did not take any binding action following the 10-minute session.

The Riley County commissioners will not meet next week because of Veterans Day on Monday and the Kansas Association of Counties Annual Conference on Nov. 14 in Wichita.