During Monday’s Riley County Commissioner meeting, Assistant County Counselor, Craig Cox, came before commissioners to propose the repaving projects for Lakeview, Cliffside, Stony Brook, Vista Acres, and Terra Heights. All five areas had more than the 51% requirement of owners to petition for the work and they satisfied all other requirements as well.
Commissioners approved the projects with both Commissioner Dave Lewis and Chair Al Johnson approving the resolutions. Commissioner Karen McCulluh was not in attendance for this vote.
Other items on the agenda included an overview of how the 2012 Riley County Fair went from Riley County Extension Director, Jennifer Wilson. Wilson says the heat was the only attribute of the fair that directly affected it. The attendance was down from last year due to the high temperatures and the heat even made an impact on the entry statistics. Entries were down just slightly from last year, due to the scarce amount of entries in horticulture and garden crops.
Wilson also gave an overview of the Riley County Idol Contest, information involving the next fair, and mentioned updates needing to be made before the next fair. The main update needing to be made before next year’s fair is the installation of new breaker boxes. Wilson mentioned they had to replace two breaker boxes during the fair, due to the fact that the breaker boxes are extremely old and many of the vendors require more advanced breakers that can handle their fryers, air conditioners, etc.
Elections Official, Rich Vargo, also stood before the audience at the meeting to remind everyone that the voting polls opened the next day at 7 a.m. Vargo took the time to remind everyone of the new requirement by the state to bring a voter ID to the voting polls. Everyone is required to present a state issued photo ID before casting their vote.
Assistant Public Works Director, Rod Meredith, was also present at the meeting to give an update on the 1/2 cent sales tax educational program.