Multiple discussion items highlight Lyon County Commission action session

Multiple discussion items highlight Lyon County Commission action session Tagan Trahoon/KVOENews


Lyon County Commissioners were presented with an update on the ongoing changeover in senior services during their action session Thursday.

In October the commission approved an agreement which will see the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging oversee the operations for services provided to Lyon County Seniors. With the Lyon County Department on Aging set to close its doors on Jan. 1 and the NCFHAAA set to take over on Jan. 2, Aging Services Interim Director Michael Halleran reported the transition is, "going very smoothly."

Commission Chairman Rollie Martin says the commission is very optimistic about the ongoing process after hearing the report.

One topic Halleran broached during his report was that of the federal RSVP grant which provides funds for agencies to hire volunteers. As the County has applied for the grant in year's past they had to relinquish the grant in order for the NCFHAAA to apply for it.

The agency won't know the application's status until the spring.

Martin says regardless of the outcome it will have no effect on the services Lyon County has contracted from the agency.

In other business, Theresa Briggs of Healthier Lyon County and Tina Khan appeared before the Commission to discuss adopting a resolution for the formulation of the Lyon County Food Council. The Council's responsibilities would entail providing food system assessments, food hub development and providing outlets to help reduce food deserts.

Representatives also recently met with Emporia City Commissioners looking to adopt a resolution as well. While both commissions would have a hand in assisting the operations of the food council, the council would ultimately operate as it's own separate entity.

The next step in the process will be for both the city and county to coordinate on a resolution, or to adopt separate resolutions for approval. There is currently no exact date set for when the council's formulation will be complete.

Also during the meeting Commissioners approved a purchase request from Lyon County Engineer Chip Woods for a new 4" trash pump totaling $33,617 as well as a quote from EFCO for the purchase of roughly 1,200 square feet of reconditioned steel forms for bridge construction for a total of $68,000. A purchase for the replacement of a copier from Century Business Technologies was also approved.

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