Feb 12, 2020 2:11 AM

County commissioners OK variety of items Tuesday

Posted Feb 12, 2020 2:11 AM

Saline County Commissioners approved a variety of items during their meeting Tuesday morning.

Commissioners approved entering into a service agreement with Affordable Language Services to provide language translation services to clients and families that visit the Health Department, according to information provided by the county. The service will assist those clients whose primary language is not English and for those with hearing impairments. The service is billed on a per minute basis and on the language needed for translation.

Additionally, commissioners approved the purchase of a 2020 Kenworth T-880 in the amount of $120,980. The purchase will be made through the utilization of a cooperative purchasing contract through an authorized company, Sourcewell, which works closely with governmental agencies, the county noted.

Andrew Pellant, pre-trial coordinator, provided commissioners with an update for January 2020. Pellant told commissioners the following.

There were 15 clients placed on pre-trial in the month of January 2020.

As of Jan. 31, a total of 97 clients were being supervised, 22 clients remained in custody, and 146 clients had had their charges dismissed or had been sentenced, and 80 clients had their pre-trial bond revoked.

Of the 80 clients who had their pre-trial bond revoked, nine were because of new alleged charges and 71 were due to failing to appear in court.

There have been a total of 345 clients placed on pre-trial since the program inception in April 2019.

According to the county information, other commission business includes the following.

Commissioners proclaimed February Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Commissioners approved a request to submit for consideration, two grant projects through the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant. One is a DrugIQ class that will target participants from law enforcement and fire fighting agencies, during which they will learn tactics concerning responding to incidents involving synthetic opioids. The second project would send hazardous materials technicians to a national hazmat conference.

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Insight: Outside the fencerow
Greg Doering. Photo courtesy Kansas Farm Bureau" />
Greg Doering. Photo courtesy Kansas Farm Bureau

Kansas Farm Bureau

It’s tough to make a difference in this world, and it’s impossible to do so and remain comfortable. As American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall is fond of repeating the advice his father gave him: Making a difference requires you to get outside your fencerows.

No matter what difference you want to make, leaving your fencerow in the rearview mirror likely will have a bigger effect on you than anything else.

Mark Twain said it best in “Innocents Abroad” when he wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”

I’ve been fortunate in my life to have had the opportunity to travel fairly frequently. Though one of my biggest regrets is quitting Spanish class after two years in high school. I’ve been to four countries where it’s the dominant language, yet I’m speechless after saying my name and a few pleasantries.

And while I’ve had some slight mishaps on a few journeys, including my recent jaunt to the AFBF Annual Convention in Austin, upon arrival, I’ve never had an unpleasant experience. I’ve been tired, lost and uncomfortable in my surroundings. I also survived and become a better person for it.

Travel also forges connections with those who are most like you. Now safely back on Kansas soil, I keep returning to two conversations with fellow Kansans in Austin.

“The toughest part is getting past the mailbox,” one said of the difficulty of getting away from his farm.

The other topic is true of both travel and growing older, generally. “I was surer of more things when I was younger,” another said. I agree. I used to have an answer for everything, and now it seems most of my sentences start with, “It depends …” or end with “that’s just my advice.”

That reminded me of Anthony Bourdain, chef and author turned professional vagabond, who said, “It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn.”

One thing I’m still certain of is getting outside your fencerow is difficult. There’s always one more thing that needs done or some other excuse not to leave. But the thing is you don’t have to go far – just a little beyond the mailbox to see something you haven’t seen before; experience something new; feel the uneasiness in your gut from venturing outside your comfort zone.

It means stepping up, speaking out and, quite possibly, becoming the center of attention, if only momentarily. It means experiencing new thoughts, new people and new places. Simply put, it means seeing, doing, traveling – growing.

That’s the real reason getting outside your fencerows is so incredibly valuable – it allows you to grow. Getting away makes you vulnerable. It makes you reliant on other. It makes you consider just how big the world is and just how small you are.

And yet everyday small, ordinary people leave their fencerows behind and change the world.

"Insight" is a weekly column published by Kansas Farm Bureau, the state's largest farm organization whose mission is to strengthen agriculture and the lives of Kansans through advocacy, education and service. Copyright © 2020 Kansas Farm Bureau, All rights reserved.