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Ellis County still seeking office space

7/12/2014

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

The Ellis County Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in the courthouse to discuss a temporary office for the courthouse/law enforcement center staff.

The Hadley Center on Seventh and Hays Pathology Laboratory on 13th are the two possibilities. Following the news Thomas More Prep-Marian girls will use the Hadley Center for its residency program, the options are under review.

The center's owners had proposed a one-year $199,800 lease prior to the TMP announcement, and costs for the former lab remain unclear because some reconstruction is needed. A county staff meeting Friday determined erecting walls to divide rooms might be a possibility, and property owners could help cover some of the long-term improvements to the facility.

The renovations are expected to begin in September.

Other business on the agenda:

* Mike King, Kansas Department of Transportation secretary, will discuss projects with commissioners.

* Mike Graf, Ellis County public works director, will share updates on the purchase of a landfill compactor, the local bridge improvement program and the noxious weed budget.

* Greg Sund, Ellis County administrator, will talk about the 2015 budget, the wage and benefit study and the EMS/rural fire project.