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Anderson Building renovation plan tweaked

Lyon County commissioners look ready to approve all the contracts needed to help rearrange the Fairgrounds Anderson Building -- if a state grant is approved to fund much of the project.

In study session Wednesday, county commissioners briefly discussed some changes to the plan following last week's public hearing. Engineer Bruce Boettcher of BG Consultants says handicapped-accessible family bathrooms and at least one drinking fountain have been added to the current plan -- without adding to the current budget.

Estimated cost with the current plan is around $900,000. A dollar-for-dollar Jones Trust grant up to $400,000 is on board pending approval from the state, meaning the county would have to pay the remainder.

Lyon County tried unsuccessfully last year to obtain a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant to reconfigure the building, including moving bathrooms from the southeast corner to the west side, moving the main entrance from the south side to the west side and adding a kitchen. It's trying again this fall, focusing on handicapped-accessible upgrades instead of general improvements, after guidance the county would have better luck taking that approach.

In other business, commissioners discussed whether to join the Flint Hills Economic Development District. More discussion is coming during the action meeting Thursday.

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