County commissioners approve local disaster declaration

Lyon County commissioners approved the consent agenda, adding one item during their action meeting Thursday.

Commissioners added and approved a local disaster declaration.

Commissioner Rollie Martin says this will allow the county to have access to federal funding, if the state's own disaster declaration after this week's snowstorm is approved. However, Martin says the chances of the county declaration being approved are remote.

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Commissioners will now wait and see if they meet the minimum requirements of the declaration.

In other business, commissioners approved seeking a consultant to work with them on the inspection of county bridges, under a federal mandate requiring the inspection of "fracture-critical" bridges. 22 bridges in Lyon County are considered "fracture-critical;" there are 392 total bridges in the county according to 2013 data.

Commissioners also discussed the Healthy Families Outreach contract between the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Flint Hills Community Health Center - Lyon County Health Department. Martin says this is an annual standard procedure.


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