Feb 23, 2021 1:21 AM

New jail, a grant, water rescue services on county agenda

Posted Feb 23, 2021 1:21 AM

The new jail, a grant with the City of Salina, and water rescue services are among the topics of agenda items for the Saline County Commission on Tuesday.

Meeting via Zoom

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday via Zoom and the county's YouTube channel. This decision to revise the meeting format was made to align with the mass gathering limitations imposed by the Saline County Commission and Saline County Health Officer.

Meetings can be viewed on Saline County’s YouTube channel:


To participate in the meetings, citizens will need to use the Zoom link. Use the following link and put in the Meeting ID and passcode.


Meeting ID: 968 3581 9901

Passcode: 144636

If citizens wish to speak, either during the public forum or when the Chairman requests public comment on an item, they must raise their hand so that the meeting host can allow them to speak.

Citizens can also send comments or questions to County Commissioners via email by going to the website www.saline.org and clicking on the County Commissioner’s page under the Department tab. Please send any emails prior to the Sunday before the meeting when possible.

Agenda items

Commissioners are being asked to assist with the next step in the new Saline County Jail project: submitting to the City of Salina an application for Planned Development District (PDD) to permit the land the county is in the process of purchasing to be used for the new jail. On Dec. 15, 2020, commissioners approved a contract with the LaVelle Frick Trust to purchase approximately 17.94 acres of land located southeast of the intersection of East Pacific Avenue and North Front Street at the east end of East Woodland Avenue.

READ: Commission OKs land purchase for Saline County Jail

Part of the collection of jail drawings in the commission meeting packet.
Part of the collection of jail drawings in the commission meeting packet.

Architect Jeff Lane is scheduled to appear before the commissioners Tuesday morning to review the architectural drawings that must be submitted to the city with the PDD application.

Other items on the county agenda include the following.

●The sheriff's office is requesting that commissioners enter into an agreement with the City of Salina to accept the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) that will enable the sheriff's office to utilize $2,746 of the grant to purchase water rescue/recovery equipment.

●The sheriff's office also is requesting that commissioners approve a memo of understanding with the State Fire Marshal's Office to provide water rescue services as a part of Kansas Task Force 1.

●Hear County Administrator Phillip Smith-Hanes' weekly update, which is to include a legislative update and an update on expo center renovations.

To see the full Saline County Commission meeting packet for Tuesday (a 34-page pdf), click here.