Johnson County Commission approves easement adjustment

Johnson County Commissioners
Johnson County Commissioners

Existing easement adjustments and the removal of an old easement through a county property on Klondike Road were addressed at the Johnson County Commission meeting Friday.

The regular meeting was rescheduled from Tuesday to allow county employees to concentrate on the election.

County resident Charles Keffer requested the commission put a utility easement back into the agreement they are currently working on. He also requested they remove an old road easement agreement from his property that is no longer in use. The commissioners agreed to have the county attorney draw up the necessary paperwork. Commission chair Gerald Fink said the old easement should have been removed long ago.

In other commission business, Cynthia Twing, Director of the Johnson County Library, asked for an advance on her funding to cover expenses for the end of October through November. According to Twing, the library depends on funding from the county through an annual reserve fund, but the fund is nearly used up. The last quarter of the fiscal year, she said, is always a juggling act until funding is made available in December, the first month of the new quarter and fiscal year.

The commissioners noted that they had agreed in the past that the $98,000 they have made available for the fund was for such a shortfall. Twing agreed, but said the budgets are still being adjusted from tougher times when funding was much less. The commission agreed to the advancement on the library's funding.

Newly elected county attorney Kenneth DeCock also addressed the commissioners to ask if they had in mind a location for the county attorney's office for when he takes office in January. The County will look for a temporary home for his office, but want his input to design the office that will be in the new Criminal Justice Center when completed. The commissioners suggested DeCock look into how much space he feels he would need for equipment, number of employees, etc. and bring the information back to the commissioners to give them a better idea where they may house him and his staff.

The Harold Jarrard Park Board in Kaycee requested a voucher be paid for electrical work done at the community building, which was approved.

The commission also adjusted their budget, passing Resolution No. 412, amending the budget to accept just over $6,000 from Homeland Security.

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