Once the votes were tallied in the November 2017 election, and the results came back with voters overwhelmingly in favor of retaining Camp Hawk, many projects that had been deferred while the park's future was in limbo were brought before the Harvey County Commission for action.
Noting they would support whatever the public decided, the county commissioners were quick to green light a number of improvements that were in the Parks Department's budget — most notably, a number of renovations to the rental shelter at the county park just outside of Newton.
Commissioners saw the fruits of the department's labor taking on that task while touring the Camp Hawk shelter on Monday. Completed projects at the shelter included a fully remodeled kitchen (with new plumbing, appliances, countertops, etc.), replacement of all the shelter lights and new ceilings in the kitchen, entry way and above the chimney.
"Looks good, guys," said commissioner Ron Krehbiel of the work.
January was blocked off for work to be completed on the kitchen, but Parks Director Kass Miller noted several upgrades remain, including replacement of the doors, installing new windows, finishing repair of the siding and ordering new tables and chairs, among other tasks. His goal is to have the shelter renovations completed by the start of camping season in April.
Currently, the Camp Hawk shelter is once again available to rent.
In other business, the county commission:
Was reminded of the Kansas Association of Counties webinar training on sexual harassment coming up on Wednesday, with commissioners wanting to make sure department heads were also informed of the training.
Received information on Supreme Court case regarding the collection of internet sales tax from businesses not located in a given state, which may be leaning in favor of states being able to collect those taxes.
Learned of a change that may be coming in legal representation through KCAMP, as one of the outside attorneys Harvey County has used in the past has taken a part-time position with the Kansas Attorney General's office — meaning he can no longer be the county's sole representation.
Heard an update on the lead abatement process for the joint law enforcement center, which is expected to cost the county $8,400 for its portion of the work. That work is set to begin in the near future and take a week to complete — abating the lead issues in both the gun range and an adjacent room. County Administrator Anthony Swartzendruber also noted the design process is beginning and both county and city administration are hoping to have a design for commissioners to jointly review by the summer.
Was informed that the county was dealing with a network outage on Monday, therefore the courthouse was closed to the public and it was treated as an inservice day for county employees.
Accepted the appointment of Susan Lamb to the Prairie View advisory committee, waiving second reading.
Approved a resolution authorizing new treasurer Emily Nichols and staff to sign off on action in the county's municipal investment pool.
Heard a tentative timeline for the 2019 budgeting process.
Learned of a planning and zoning commission meeting that will be held Tuesday night to address the quarter-quarter rule, while also receiving written comments from Annette Lamp (who is planning on being at Tuesday's meeting).
Approved Resolution 2018-5 following a report from the Road and Bridge Department last week, which allows for the installation of both stop and stop ahead signs at following intersections: S. Anderson Road and SW 36th Street, NE 36th Street and N. Oliver Road and SW 84th Street and S. Patterson Road.
Gave consensus to move forward with an interlocal agreement for the Drug Task Force to receive funding from the county communities, with the agreement still to be amended and reviewed before final approval is given.