Emergency management plans appear to be in good shape with all checks and balances in accordance Kansas orders.

Commissioners unanimously adopted and approved the plan presented by Director Wes Lanter of Atchison County Emergency Management, presented at the June 25 meeting. The Atchison County Emergency Operations Plan will remain in force until its set to expire March 31, 2024.

Lanter also presented commissioners a review letter from the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department to verify the county’s plan is in compliance with all the necessary requirements. The letter also serves as a reminder that even though the plan expires five years from now.

It is subject to updates to reflect changes to Kansas Planning Standards and resubmission for approval. The county will be responsible for annual review requirements.

Lanter told commissioners that the plan is not considered to be a public document and therefore not subject to Kansas Open Records Act. The plan is exempt for security purposes in the best interest of public safety, he said.

Commissioners officially signed off on Resolution No. 1453 to put the plan in motion. The resolution indicates the plan covers: mitigation to reduce probabilities and minimize effects of unavoidable of occurrences; preparations of effective responses during and immediately after disaster situations; and recovery thereof in the aftermath of such incidents. Development of the plan establishes policies, practices and guidelines to ensure effective functionality in the event of disaster situations.

Concerning other matters, commissioners:

Unanimously approved a payout of more than $8,333 to Fox Theatre Atchison, the payment marks the second installment of the county’s $25,000 pledge toward the renovation. The payment leaves a balance of the same amount payable in 2020. The initial payment was made in 2018.

Unanimously approved an invoice in the amount of more than $71,817 to represent the county’s 50/50 cost share per an interlocal agreement with Leavenworth County to replace a bridge located along 206th / Hand road just west of Rawlins Road southwest of Potter. The bridge is situated along the Atchison and Leavenworth County line.

According to the terms of the agreement drafted in 2014, both counties are to pay equal shares for materials like steel, concrete and guardrails, etc.; Atchison County will provide its own forces for labor and equipment to construct the bridge, inspection responsibilities, estimated to cost about $400 every two years; and property acquisition in Atchison Count.

Leavenworth County will provide engineering and surveying support to include hydraulic analysis for permitting with Kansas Department of Water Resources; location and legal descriptions for potential property acquisition; and property acquisition in Leavenworth County.

In formation for this story is based on unofficial minutes recorded by Kalee Vanderweide of the Atchison County Clerk’s Office and Atchison County Commission meeting at www.youtube.com/user/atchisoncountyks.

Mary Meyers can be reached via mary.meyers@atchisonglobenow.com and on Twitter via @MaryMeyers_globe

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