The commissioners approved an application by Evergy for Conditional Agriculture Use to install a utility substation at the 1700 block of Highway F to help offset power demand.
“Also, there is a transmission line that runs directly by this property, so logically it made sense for them and for future projects that may need to be supplied with electricity in a timely manner,” said said Sam Seeley of Lyon County Planning and Zoning.
The property is 10 acres, but the substation will only cover about two to two and a half acres, Seeley said. The additional land will allow Evergy to expand the substation if necessary and will also ensure that the substation “does not encroach on any neighboring property”.
The Stewards also approved the purchase of a new mini excavator for Road and Bridge at their meeting on Thursday. The excavator will be used for the Americus Road widening project and will cost $67,470 to come out of the multi-year fund.
Lyon County assistant engineer Jim Brull said buying a new machine through Sourcewell, a supply company that helps government agencies purchase equipment, would save money. Estimates on a used mini digger were about $10,000 more. Renting would also cost a hefty amount, Brull said, at $2,500 a week for a planned six-month project.
For the Lyon County facilities, commissioners approved a change order for a water storage tank for $2,068 to install a backwater valve. Project costs will be funded from the sales tax account.
Credit requests came from Emporia Senior Center and Flint Hills Technical College.
Emporia Senior Center board members Ken Hanson and Virginia McCabe asked the commissioners for $105,000 in appropriations.
“We’re very cash strapped,” McCabe said. “We are requesting this allocation of $105,000 to allow for continued growth to meet the demand of our community. We were closed for 15 months due to COVID and obviously the expenses continued and that depleted our reserves. »
Hanson said the senior center is also an asset to the general public, as it is used as an election polling place and an incubator kitchen — a partnership with the Kansas Department of Agriculture to help new businesses.
Caron Daugherty of Flint Hill Technical College asked the commissioners for a credit of $72,650 for college-wide equipment support.
Enrollment is up, Daugherty said. “We’re looking at an eight to 10 percentage point increase in our enrollment right now, so enrollment trends continue to be strong post-COVID,” she said.
Approved three Road and Bridge personnel to attend the MINK Conference, a two-day meeting with Road and Bridge and DOT members from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Transportation costs for the event will be covered by the Roads and Bridges Fund.
Approval of an application from Tillman Infrastructure and Network Real Estate for a 260-foot communications tower off Route 170 and Highway 50.
Renewal of Tenant User Liability Insurance Protection (TULIP) through Philadelphia Insurance Company.
Approved the appointment of two security officers, one from each political party, to help oversee the destruction of the 2020 primary ballots.
Next week, the commissioners will revisit two items they tabled this week, including the revised mileage reimbursement rate and the revised job description for the assistant assessor.