A number of updates on various projects came before the Harvey County Commission on Tuesday, with the commission asked for support in several instances.

One effort the county was asked to back was a grant Asbury Park is seeking from the Kansas Department of Transportation to purchase a new 14-person bus with a wheelchair lift.

It was noted the county has done this before for organizations with similar transportation services. The commission unanimously approved a letter of support for Asbury Park's grant request for $65,000.

The other request dealt with issuance of agricultural development revenue bonds through the "beginning farmer program" by the Kansas Development Finance Authority. The bonds are being sought by Merrill Wiggers for a property 4 miles west of Hesston. The KDFA notified the county to see where it stands regarding progress of the project.

Having issued letters of support for such bond projects in the past, the commission authorized staff to send out one for this situation, as well.

Switching its focus internally, the commission was also updated on the architect selection process tied to a potential courthouse renovation project. Director of finance Dan Bronson noted the internal committee has selected a company out of three finalists to proceed with on contract talks. SJCF was selected as the top company given its expertise in working on government facilities and familiarity working in Harvey County (including projects like the Goodwill building and Newton YMCA).

Bronson noted the hope is to have a contract to bring before the commission for review on Oct. 29.

In other business, the county commission:


Noted the cancellation of its next meeting, authorizing staff to pay bills for the week of Oct. 20.
Was informed that Medicaid Part B enrollment is now open through Dec. 7.
Heard from Sheriff Chad Gay about the jail's continued staffing needs, as well as the planned Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26.
Learned that, due to shortages on the senior flu vaccine, the Harvey County Health Department is rescheduling some of its senior center flu clinics.
Appointed Trianna and Keith Cowden to the Farm and Food Council.
Appointed Barbara Roberts to the RSVP Advisory Council, waiving second reading.