Housing, health department updates among county agenda items

By SALINA POST

Several grant application updates and requests are on the Saline County Commission’s agenda for Tuesday.

About the meeting

The Saline County Commission is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Room 107 of the City-County Building, 300 W. Ash Street. The meetings can also be viewed on the Saline County YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwwZp_cTSJ3Nepp_5rOGevA.

To participate in the meetings, citizens must use the Zoom link. Use the following link and enter the meeting ID and passcode:

https://zoom.us/j/96835819901?pwd=bUEvaExUb2ppMEFaUnd6cUd6MmNMUT09

Meeting ID: 968 3581 9901

Access code: 144636

For more information, contact the county commission office at (785) 309-5825.

Items on the agenda

Among the many items on the county’s agenda is a presentation from Lauren Driscoll, Director of Development Services for the Town of Salina. Driscoll to provide an update on Salina City housing.

Commissioners are also scheduled to hear an update from Saline County Health Department Director Jason Tiller.

Tiller noted in his report in the committee meeting file that an omicron-fueled COVID surge resulted in more than 3,400 cases and 11 deaths in January.

“We also started taking steps to move from pandemic to endemic with the end of contact tracing in mid-January. On Feb. 1, along with about 60 percent of other counties, we began shifting case investigation to KDHE,” Tiller said. noted in his written report.

While monitoring of the county’s COVID situation will continue, Tiller said the department plans to continue to demobilize the county’s COVID response. Such demobilization would include:

●Continue to transfer COVID case investigations to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

● Close open records and documentation.

●Minimize reports and COVID dashboard.

Tiller is also set to discuss budget, WIC, child care licensing and home health items.

Other items on the county commission’s agenda for Tuesday are as follows.

●Consider a request from Community Corrections for a remodel of the pre-trial area.

● Review a request from Emergency Management to submit four Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant applications for 2022.

●Consider a request from the Roads and Bridges Department to replace an excavator that burned down late last year.

● Consider requesting a change order for the Breeding and Exhibition Center to account for $3,410 in additional charges for electrical work in the Farm Room and Barn 1, if these proposed changes are deemed necessary .

●Listen to an update from a county assessor

●Listen to an update from the Livestock and Expo Center project

●Listen to an update from the Prison Project

At the end of the meeting, the commissioners are to meet in a study session to review the Statement of Interest forms from the Department of Elder Services and the 28th Judicial District Nominating Commission.

To view the entire Saline County Commission meeting package (86-page pdf), click here.