Discussion of expo center lease on county agenda

Posted Dec 02, 2019 8:29 PM

Bid awards and a potential lease for the expo center are among the items on the Saline County Commission agenda for Tuesday.


The first meeting, which is televised by Salina Media Connection, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in room 107 of the City-County Building, 300 W. Ash. A time for public comment is scheduled near the beginning of the meeting.


During the meeting, commissioners are scheduled to discuss what the county will do concerning a lease with the City of Salina for the Livestock and Expo Center in Kenwood Park. The county had proposed to invest $5.7 million in the facility in exchange for a 40-year lease for the property, however the city commission declined last month to accept the offer.


According to the draft of a letter in this week's meeting packet from Robert Vidricksen, county commission chair, to the city commission, the county may choose to forego future pursuit of a long-term lease and, instead, vacate Kenwood Park by Aug. 31, 2021. 


"In further reviewing this matter, it appears that most of the events at the location can easily be moved elsewhere. After much deliberation, a majority of the county commission agree that tying down both entities to a long term lease doesn't make sense. As such, the county has decided to forego future investment into the Expo center facility," the draft letter states.


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


Consider awarding a bid for bathroom remodeling of the first floor restrooms -- Rosie Walter, Department of Senior Services director


Consider awarding a bid for construction manager at risk for the jail project -- Hannah Stambaugh, deputy county administrator


At the conclusion of the first meeting, the commissioners are scheduled to meet in a study session in room 107B of the City-County Building. The topic of the study session is as follows.


County administrator's weekly update -- Phillip Smith-Hanes, county administrator, and Stambaugh (30 minutes)


To see the entire meeting packet for Tuesday (a 14-page pdf), click here.