Consensus Funds Discussed At County Work Session

Consensus Funds Discussed At County Work Session

At the Johnson County Commissioner's work session Tuesday, consensus funds projects were discussed by the commission, Buffalo Mayor Randy Dyess and Kaycee Mayor Tommy Knapp.

The three entities have been working together in recent years, using consensus funds and other monetary awards from the state to help pay for each others projects, with the idea of using a rotating award to each entity. The last consensus funds award in 2011 went to the city of Buffalo for the Sports Fields Complex, which is nearing completion.
This year looks to be Kaycee's year, as discussions revolved around getting their street projects done if possible, or at least streets near the Kaycee School.

Although no action or formal decision has been made, it appears that the entities will back a proposal by Kaycee to the SLIB board for a grant application to complete their street project.

The $733,873 in Johnson County's consensus funds can be used as the local match on the 50/50 SLIB grant, to pay for the estimated $1.25 million project to pave nine blocks of streets and install curb and gutter on others.
Or, if the SLIB grant application is denied, Kaycee can then concentrate on the roads near the school with the $734,000 in consensus funds only.

A decision on the matter is expected from each entity at their next scheduled city or town council meeting, or county commission meeting next week.

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