Dec 02, 2019 8:29 PM

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.

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Police: Missing Inman man found safe

Andrus photo courtesy Inman Police

MCPHERSON COUNTY — A missing man from Inman, the subject of a statewide Silver Alert has been found and is safe.

The Inman Police Department reported that 70-year-old Richard W. Andrus was located safely overnight in Rice County

Authorities released no additional details.


MCPHERSON COUNTY – The Inman Police Department requested that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) issue a statewide Silver Alert for a missing Inman man.


The whereabouts of Richard W. Andrus, 70, are unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate him.

Andrus is a 70-year-old white male, 5 ft. 11 in., 193 lbs. He is bald and has blue eyes. Andrus was last seen wearing a green jacket and jeans. He was last known to be driving a red 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, with Vietnam Veteran tag 5123, heading in an unknown direction. Last point of contact with Andrus was at his home in Inman, Kan. at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1.

Andrus did possibly use his credit card at a Casey’s convenience store in Ellsworth, Kan. on Sunday evening. He does suffer from dementia. If you see Richard Andrus, or his vehicle, please immediately call 620-245-1266.