The Johnson County Commissioners, at their Tuesday meeting, approved the grant application from the Buffalo Senior Center for a CDBG to pay for a study on the facility in the amount of $15,000.
Johnson County Deputy Attorney Barry Crago had expressed concerns with the grant application at recent commission meetings, saying an attachment to the application, if signed by the county, could make the county and its employees subject to the Hatch Act, limiting their ability to make political contributions and work for their political candidates during election times.
Crago had sought the opinion of a number of his constituents to see if the county could be held subject to the Hatch Act and finally heard the opinion from the State Attorney General's Office. His opinion was the attachment is nothing new and the county was subject to the Hatch Act anyway.
Crago explained to the commission that he had spoken with the Crook County Attorney, who gave him more information on the matter.
Crago will draft an explanation of the Hatch Act and how it may and may not affect County employees and will have that included in future copies of the employee handbook.
The commissioners approved the grant application for the study at the Buffalo Senior Center.
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