HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Reno County Commission made no decision Tuesday concerning a request from O’Brien’s Marina at Cheney Lake to sell cereal malt beverages on Sunday.
None of the commissioners had an issue with this particular business selling beer on Sunday, but County Counselor Joe O’Sullivan noted that any resolution would apply countywide to any business located in the unincorporated areas of the county.
The commissioners looked at a resolution that already passed in Kingman County. It allows the sale of 3.2 beer.
The commission will bring the issue back next week. O’Sullivan will have a draft resolution ready.
If the commission approves the plan, it would then need to be published. A 60-day protest period would then follow. If there was a petition received objecting to the resolution, it would then be up to voters. O’Sullivan says any petition would have to include signatures of 433 registered voters.
The commissioners worry that it could mean a special election, which could be costly.
That issue will come back next week.
Commissioners also discussed one request from Public Works to purchase one sewer and culvert Jetter trailer in the amount of $64,800 from Key Equipment and Supply of Kansas City, Kansas.
This is basically a high-pressure washer to clean sewer lines and culverts. Apparently, the sewer districts will pay some of the cost for this purchase. The commission made no decision on this item, but should next week.
On a 2-1 vote, the commission did approve a request from Youth Services Director Bill Hermes to obtain quotes to purchase a new van for a cost not to exceed $30,000. Once a purchase is made, Youth Services will transfer its 2007 Ford van to the maintenance department.
Commissioner Dan Deming objected to the plan, saying the van Youth Services has now is in good condition with only 70,000 miles. He believes the van can be used for a few more years.
Commissioner Bob Bush accused Deming of wanting to run vehicles into the ground before replacing them. In the long run, Bush says this will save taxpayers money. He says they’re not getting rid of the van, but merely sending it to another department. Buying a new van will bring a 5-year bumper-to-bumper warranty.
Commission Chair Ron Hirst agreed with Bush and they voted in favor of the new van, while Deming voted against it.
The money will come from already-budgeted dollars and is part of the 10-year replacement plan for Youth Services.