Jan 13, 2020 11:29 PM

Jail project financing, commission reorganization on county agenda

Posted Jan 13, 2020 11:29 PM

Bond financing for the Saline County Jail project, an emergency radio system update, and the reorganization of the Saline County Commission are among the items on the commission's agenda for Tuesday.

The first 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.

Items on the county commission agenda include the following.

Idle Fund Report -- Jim DuBois, county treasurer

Consider a request to add interest to the Sheriff's Office Drug Forfeiture Fund -- DuBois. According to information in the commission meeting packet, the county treasurer's office seeks permission to add interest to the Sheriff's Office Drug Forfeiture Fund so that the sheriff can accurately provide interest accrued information to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation annual report.

Emergency management update -- Michelle Barkley, emergency management director

Emergency radio system update -- Hannah Stambaugh, deputy county administrator

Consideration of a meeting requirement exemption for the Saline County Commission -- County Administrator Phillip Smith-Hanes. Currently, state statute requires county commission meetings twice weekly in counties with populations larger than 50,000. The Saline County Commission has been complying with the statute by having a second study session meeting after the regular televised meeting on Tuesday mornings. County staff is recommending that the commissioners adopt a charter resolution exempting Saline County from the requirements of the statute.

Reorganization of the county commission

County administrator's update -- Smith-Hanes

Commissioners comments

Executive session

In the second meeting, listed as a study session in room 107B of the City-County Building, commissioners are scheduled to have a preliminary discussion of bond financing for the Saline County Jail project with David Arteberry, Stifel Public Finance, and Mitch Walter, Gilmore Bell (30 minutes)

To view the entire meeting packet (25-page pdf), click here.

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Kansas Board of Healing Arts suspends Hassler's license
Dr. Randy Hassler. Photos courtesy Saline County Sheriff's Office" />
Dr. Randy Hassler. Photos courtesy Saline County Sheriff's Office

The Kansas Board of Healing Arts today announced an emergency order of suspension of the professional license of Dr. Randy Hassler.

The 74-year-old Salina urologist was arrested Dec. 23, 2019, on suspicion of aggravated sexual battery and rape.

Salina Police Captain Paul Forrester told Salina Post on Dec. 24, 2019, that Hassler was alleged to have had inappropriate sexual contact with a woman patient in February 2019. The victim contacted police in July and both Salina Police and Salina Regional Health Center personnel conducted separate investigations.

Hassler turned himself in at the Saline County Jail on Dec. 23, 2019, and was released that afternoon.