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Wide range of topics discussed at city-county meeting

Emporia city and Lyon County commissioners spent much of their quarterly joint meeting discussing the needs of the county's libraries.

 

The Emporia Public Library is in the middle of a strategic planning process and is considering asking the city for more money to meet community needs. City Commissioner Danny Giefer says the library, and others across the county, need more money.

One option would be to dissolve the current partnerships with county townships and form a single library district, but County Controller Dan Williams says a lot of research would be needed to see how to proceed.

Commissioners on Wednesday also finalized funding for the upcoming fireworks show, with the city chipping in $7,500 and Lyon County $2,500. Five thousand dollars will come from County Attorney Marc Goodman's office through diversion funds. The show will once again be at Emporia State University.

Commissioners also received an update on dispatch consolidation after each board separately approved the measure over the past couple weeks. Police Chief Scott Cronk says more movement on consolidation may not happen until after the state fiscal year begins in July because the state continues work on regionalization grants.

The joint meeting capped a busy day for city and county commissioners, who had separate study meetings earlier in the day.

The main point of discussion for city commissioners was an update on the Hammond Park tennis courts.

Darrel Snyder of Mid-American Courtworks, a certified court builder, updated the commission on what kind of repairs he thought the courts at Hammond Park needed, and what kind of services his company could offer. Snyder described the process of changing the courts from asphalt to post-tension concrete, including the resurfacing the courts with concrete, braced with stretched cables set within. This kind of court lasts longer than asphalt.

Commissioners made no decision on whether to move forward with the repairs, other than they would like to get that project started quickly.

County commissioners, meanwhile discussed Lyon County Administrative Judge Merlin Wheeler's request for consultation on audio-video needs for the County Courthouse. Commissioner Scott Briggs says technological upgrades are sorely needed.

No costs were discussed Wednesday. Briggs says the first order of business is to set a project priority list. He says projects could be mixed and matched depending on the need.

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