Bourbon County Commissioners learn about deputies overtime, vote on wage increases

Commissioners on Tuesday voted on a wage increase for hourly employees. Sheriff’s deputies will receive an additional $1.75 per hour, correctional officers will receive $1.60 per hour and all other hourly county employees will receive 50 cents per hour. Undersheriff Ben Cole will receive a $5,000 annual increase, according to …

Lawrence City Commission to consider alternatives to traditional bidding process

At their meeting Tuesday, Lawrence City Commissioners will decide whether the city should be allowed to use a process that deviates from the standard sealed-bid procedure for future construction projects. City staff is proposing a charter ordinance — which requires four votes to pass — that would specifically enable the …

Construction set to start in the spring on Salina downtown development project

The Salina downtown development project took a big, concrete step forward during a special city commission meeting Friday when timelines for private projects and the streetscape were finalized. Construction should start early this spring. “It’s really exciting,” said City Manager Jason Gage. Commissioners approved an amendment to the development agreement …

Main Street Organization added to Winfield Chamber of Commerce

As of Jan. 1, the Winfield Main Street organization is officially no longer a separate entity, but a part of the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce. In November 2017, after nearly a year of providing administrative support to Winfield Main Street, the Winfield Chamber Board of Directors voted to absorb …

Funding now available for locally-focused environmental education grants

EPA is pleased to announce that up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants will be available under the 2018 EE Local Grant Program. EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPA’s ten regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 …

Grow Leavenworth County to host open house

The Grow Leavenworth County Development Corporation will be hosting a training seminar next month designed to help rural businesses grow. Members of Grow Leavenworth County, which offers interest-free loans to businesses, will be on hand to answer questions about the organization. Representatives for the Growing Rural Businesses Entrepreneurial Certificate Program …

Former director addresses Leavenworth County Development Corporation

For its annual membership meeting, the Leavenworth County Development Corporation returned to its roots Friday. The guest speaker for the annual meeting was William Martin. Martin served as the first executive director of Leavenworth Area Development, which is now the Leavenworth County Development Corporation. “I always tell people that I …

Saline County to consider request from sheriff for jail consultant

Saline County commissioners will consider a request from the sheriff’s office for a jail consulting services agreement when they meets for their regular meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Room 107 of the City-County Building. Sheriff Roger Soldan is asking to hire Voorhis/Robertson Justices Services of Denver for consulting services …

Earth’s magnetic shift to cost Wichita airport

The Wichita Eisenhower Nation airport will have to renumber its runways due to the slow but constant shift in the Earth’s magnetic poles that’s altered pilots’ compass headings. Airport officials told members of the Wichita Airport Advisory Board this week that the compass headings of the airport’s three runways have …

Crawford County Commission works to establish codes court

The Crawford County Commission continued moving forward with codes court preparations and discussed roads at its regular meeting Friday. Zoning Administrator Troy Graham presented a final draft of the county codes court policy that he has worked on with County Counselor Jim Emerson. Recent changes included adding fines for failure …

Great Bend resident proposes a safe zone to exchange online purchases

Great Bend resident Nichelle Holinde has been thinking about ways to improve safety with online classifieds such as Great Bend: Buy, Sell, Trade, a Facebook group where people can post things to sell and eventually meet up to close the sale. Holinde is one of the administrators for Great Bend: …

Topeka police veteran Bill Cochran named city’s police chief

A veteran Topeka police officer will now lead the department. City Manager Brent Trout announced Friday that Bill Cochran, who has been with the department since 1987, will become the new chief. Cochran has been interim chief since November and will take over the department immediately. (Read more: 1350 KMAN)

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Bid to Collect Internet Sales Tax

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider freeing state and local governments to collect billions of dollars in sales taxes from online retailers, agreeing to revisit a 26-year-old ruling that has made much of the internet a tax-free zone. Heeding calls from traditional retailers and dozens of states, the justices said …

Hays to reimburse HRC half of pool operating losses in 2017

Hays Aquatic Park (Courtesy HRC) The city of Hays will make a $28,519.39 payment to the Hays Recreation Commission (HRC) to help cover operating losses by the two swimming pools in 2017. The city contracts with HRC to manage the pools. Their contract requires any operating loss or surplus incurred …

New family-friendly libraries coming to Shawnee and Lenexa. What’s next?

As Johnson County’s library system embarks on its first construction projects of the 21st century, Director Sean Casserley is already envisioning the family-friendly and customer-service components that put the “public” first in these new public libraries. Drive-up windows to help busy moms retrieve materials without having to get out of …