Lyon County Commission Chair Rollie Martin looks back to 2019 achievements Featured

County Commission Chair Rollie Martin (top center) joined KVOE's Morning Show recently to discuss 2019 achievements and 2020 projects. County Commission Chair Rollie Martin (top center) joined KVOE's Morning Show recently to discuss 2019 achievements and 2020 projects. KVOE News file photo

Lyon County Commission Chair Rollie Martin is pleased with the state of the county with 2020 now underway.


Martin says 2019 was a year of ongoing partnerships with the city of Emporia, Newman Regional Health and higher education among other entities. Part of that was evidenced by a phone system upgrade for the county, city and hospital. Part of that was also evidenced by the local push to get a federal i6 grant for significant technology enhancements last year. Emporia and Lyon County were ultimately not included in the grant announcement, but Martin says efforts like this are not wasted.

Agriculture suffered for much of the year because of repeated rainfall, which tallied 40 to 60 inches before the year was out. The county's road network suffered as well.

Looking ahead to 2020, Martin is encouraged by the end of construction at the Reading Wind Facility and the end of the emergency radio project by summertime. Lyon County also has several projects ahead for the Fairgrounds, including a new awning for the Cleve Cook Memorial Patio outside the Anderson Building, a new walking track and possibly a new camper and RV area.

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