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Fairgrounds Lane to be discussed by Seward County Commission PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 July 2017 12:15

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By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times



Improvements to a road near the Seward County Fairgrounds highlights a long list of items on tonight’s agenda for the county commission meeting.

For some time now, information in the agenda packet said, street improvements have been needed to be made to Fairgrounds Lane.

“There has been joint discussion amongst the city and county regarding this project, but we have not moved forward in making the improvements/repairs,” the information noted.

Road & Bridge Supervisor Tony Herrman provided price quote information to the City of Liberal for discussion at the city commission as well.

Tonight, commissioners are scheduled to discuss the option of Fairgrounds Lane being a joint project with the City of Liberal, splitting the cost 50/50. The financial impact to the county is estimated to be $8,000.

Juvenile Correction And Prevention Services also has a couple of items on tonight’s agenda. The first deals with the agency’s policy and budget.

“The purpose of this is to approve JCAPS Juvenile Intake and Assessment Policy modifications and line item budge adjustments,” said the agenda packet information.

Changes have been made to state standards for juvenile intake and assessment, and the information said JCAPS is required to modify policy and procedures to reflect state standard changes.

“In May, the commission approved JCAPS renting 30 Plaza Drive,” the information said. “Remodeling and wiring needed to be completed. The line items in the state workbook need to be adjusted to move money from supplies to facility category to cover deficit. There is also an adjustment in carryover reimbursements to move money from equipment to facility category to cover deficit.”

The item has no financial impact on Seward County, as monies are used from grants received from the state.

“It is recommended that the commission approve the JCAPS Intake and Assessment Policy Procedure Manual with modifications and approve the budget adjustments,” the information said.

The second JCAPS item deals with approving a job description name changes and an employee’s promotion and the agency’s salaries and wages for fiscal year 2018.

Agenda packet information said the state requires the host county approve name changes to job descriptions.

“As JCAPS officers supervise...youth as well as intake and assessments, it is practical to rename the juvenile supervision officers instead of (juvenile intake and assessment) officers, case management officers, intake supervision officers and immediate intervention officers,” the information said. 

The information added the community supervision agency officer position has not been updated since March 2014, and the name change to pertains supervisor reflects the duties of the position more accurately than the current name.

As for the operations supervisor position, discussion of Nickole Copeland’s promotion to this position is likewise a part of tonight’s agenda. The information said Copeland meets the requirements for the position.

“In order for JCAPS to run programs and other operations efficiently and effectively, the operations position needs to be filled,” the information said. “Nickole meets the requirements of the position and has been working in this capacity since July 10.”

As for salaries and wages for fiscal year 2018, the commission approved JCAPS’ budget in May. The state approved it in June and has set its first allocation of funds in July.

“Human resources needs the commission to approve the salary/wage changes for all JCAPS employees to be effective beginning pay period 7/9/2017 to 7/22/2017,” the agenda packet information said.

As with the first JCAPS item, these items have no financial impact on Seward County, as monies are used from grants received from the state.

“It is recommended that the commission approve job description name changes, Nickole Copeland as operations supervisor and salaries/wages indicated,” the information said.

Tonight’s commission meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 in the commission chambers in the Seward County Administration Building.


 


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