Mar 24, 2020 12:59 AM

County meetings switch to video, phone format

Posted Mar 24, 2020 12:59 AM

Saline County Commission meetings will take place via telephone conference until further notice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interested persons can view the meetings on Salina Media Connection, either via Cox Cable Channel 20 or online at

To participate in the meetings, persons will need to dial (785) 621-0800 and enter Participant Code 782956 followed by #. Those who wish to speak, either during the public forum or when the chairman requests public comment on an item, MUST dial *9. This will alert the moderator, who will open your line.

The county commission agenda for Tuesday includes the following items.

Copier agreement -- Sherry Krous, grant budget specialist, community corrections

2022 High Risk Rural Road program -- Justin Mader, county engineer

Railroad crossing projects -- Mader

Bid award for traffic paint and beads -- Mader

Construction manager at risk contract -- Hannah Stambaugh, deputy county administrator

Temporary COVID-1 advanced paid leave directive -- Marilyn Leamer, human resources director

Employee Policies -- Leamer

Policy 30.12 Funeral Leave

Policy 30.13 Health and Dental Insurance

Policy 40.32 Procurement, Purchasing and Contracts

Policy 40.35 Employee lD Cards

Policy 40.41 Responsibility to Report To Work in Adverse Situations

Policy xx.xx County Credit Cards

Policy xx.xx Law Enforcement Field Training Officers and Road and Bridge/Expo Center Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Certified Commercial Driver's License Trainer's Requirements and pay

Policy xx.xx Employee Years of Recognition

To see the entire Saline County Commission meeting packet (172 page pdf), click here.

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Mar 24, 2020 12:59 AM
Look for ways to help children cope during crisis, experts say

MANHATTAN – Children and adults experience and react differently in times of crisis.

“We sometimes only think of disasters as weather-related events, but we know that anything that disrupts daily life and community well-being on a large scale is a disaster,” said Bradford Wiles, associate professor and extension specialist with Kansas State University’s College of Health and Human Services. “Thinking about and being compassionate in how we all feel and process our emotions is crucial to our own, our families’, and our communities’ resilience in the face of the current pandemic.” 

A K-State publication, written by Wiles and associate professor and extension specialist Elizabeth Kiss, includes information that can help communities recognize the negative effects that tough times have on the mental well-being of children.

The publication, titled Disasters: Children’s Responses and Helping Them Recover, is available online from the K-State Research and Extension bookstore.

Wiles and Kiss outline suggested ways parents can help children cope during hard times:

  1. Reassure the child that you are still together and that you will be there to help as long as you can.
  2. Return to pre-disaster routines to the extent possible, including bedtime, bath time, meal time and waking up times.
  3. Make sure you are taking care of yourself. It can be difficult to take care of a child if you are not feeling well.
  4. Talk with your child about your feelings.
  5. Encourage children to draw, write or tell stories about their experiences. Talking about how the disaster or tough time has changed them can be beneficial.

The publication also includes signs to look for in children and how to emerge in a positive direction from times of crisis.

K-State Research and Extension has compiled numerous publications and other information to help people take care of themselves and others during times of crisis. See the complete list of resources online.

Local K-State Research and Extension agents are still on the job during this time of closures and confinement. They, too, are practicing social distancing. Email is the best way to reach them, but call forwarding and voicemail allow for closed local offices to be reached by phone as well (some responses could be delayed). To find out how to reach your local agents, visit the K-State Research and Extension county and district directory.

Signs of depression

Signs of depression in early childhood: tantrums, physical complaints, brief periods of sadness, listlessness or hyperactivity, lack of interest in activities, withdrawal.

Signs of depression in middle childhood: new phobias, hyperactivity, conduct disorders (lying or stealing), refusal to leave parents, periods of sadness, vague anxiety or agitation, suicidal thoughts.

Signs of depression in adolescents: changes in appearance, withdrawal, fatigue, eating problems, substance abuse, risk-taking, sudden change in peer group, loss of interest, sleep problems, hostility, suicidal thoughts.

-- Source: Disasters: Children’s Responses and Helping Them Recover