May 04, 2021 2:44 AM

National Heritage Areas, audit among county agenda items

Posted May 04, 2021 2:44 AM

The expo center, 2020 audit, updates, a radio tower location, and National Heritage Areas are among the Saline County Commission agenda items for Tuesday.

About the meeting

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in room 107 of the City-County Building, 300 West Ash Street. A time for public comment is scheduled near the beginning of the meeting.

County Commission meetings are now available by several options. The Board of County Commissioners encourage citizen participation in local governance processes. Making every effort to be in compliance with the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KSA 75-4317). Everyone is invited to participate in meetings. Speakers are requested to state their full name and address before delivering remarks. Please approach the podium and use the microphone. Comments are limited to three minutes. 

Meetings may be viewed on Salina Media Connection's You Tube page, Cox cable Channel 21, or Saline County's YouTube page:

County YouTube Link

You may also participate via Zoom:

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Meeting ID: 968 3581 9901
Passcode: 144636

Agenda items

Commissioners are scheduled to discuss a recent proposal that a 49-county National Heritage Area be established in south-central Nebraska and north-central Kansas. If established, the area would include Saline County.

According to commission meeting packet information, National Heritage Areas "are broad swaths of land designated by Congress 'as places where natural, cultural and historic resources combine to form a cohesive nationally important landscape.'" They have been around since 1984 when President Ronald Reagan signed the first one into law, and now there are 55 such areas, including one along the Kansas/Missouri border.

Some people are concerned that the National Heritage Areas could be used for a federal land grab. According to information in the commission meeting packet, Ottawa County has adopted a resolution opposing National Heritage Area designation for the area and the inclusion of Ottawa County in the National Heritage Area.

Other items on the county agenda for Tuesday include the following.

‚óŹPresentation of an Oliver Hagg Scholarship Certificate - David Flaherty II, livestock and expo director

‚óŹConsider an amendment to the county's health insurance plan concerning the designation of yearly mammograms - Marilyn Leamer, human resources director

‚óŹConsider the need for survey and civil service work for some expo center improvement projects - Hannah Stambaugh, deputy county administrator

‚óŹConsider accepting the 2020 audit report for the county - County Administrator Phillip Smith-Hanes

‚óŹHear a district court status - Todd Heitschmidt, district court administrator

‚óŹHear a road and bridge update - Darren Fishel, administrator

‚óŹHear about a radio communications tower site location - Stambaugh

‚óŹHear Smith-Hanes' weekly update

Additionally, commissioners are scheduled to meet in executive session concerning land acquisition.

To see the entire Saline County Commission meeting packet for Tuesday (a 102-page pdf), click here.