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County board passes resolution for truck stop development

The Cloud County board of commissioners met for their regular meeting on Monday morning.
A resolution providing annexation of property into the city of Concordia for the proposed development of a truck stop at 2087 North 145th Road was approved by the commission.
A development agreement between 4 Kids Properties LLC and the city of Concordia was approved by the city commission earlier this month.
4 Kids Properties LLC is proposing the development of a truck stop, convenience store, fueling station and restaurant north of Concordia on the west side of U.S. Highway 81.
The county commission approved the resolution on Monday that determines that the requested annexation for the proposed development will not hinder or prevent the proper growth and development of the area or of any other incorporated city located within Cloud County.
James Quillen, Emergency Preparedness director, met with the board during the meeting and reported that the county would be receiving $1.748 million in Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) funding that is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
A SPARK task force executive committee, established by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, approved a proposal to distribute an initial round of $400 million in funding to local governments to help address the health and economic challenges inflicted by COVID-19.
Of the funds to be received by Cloud County, 50 percent will be direct aid and the remaining 50 percent will be reimbursable.
To receive funds, counties will be required to pass a resolution affirming they will allocate the funding consistent with the CARES Act and to share and allocate funds to educational and municipal entities within their counties.
Cloud Corp executive director Kim Reynolds presented a 2021 budget proposal to the commission totaling $58,000. That includes $55,000 for general funding and $3,000 for small business development. That is unchanged from the 2020 budget request.
Reynolds also presented a reported on the Rural Opportunity Zone, and recommended considering an increase of one position for 2022.
NCK Kansas CASA and Hope's Place Child Advocacy Center presented a 2021 budget request for $13,000 in funding. That is the same as was requested for 2020.
Highway Department administrator Andy Asch reported to the board that the department would be restocking bridge material. He also reported that Hall Brothers Construction is sealing on the Agenda road in Republic County and they will consider having them do work Cloud County. The possible cost difference for Cloud County doing the work itself is $7,000 per mile.
The board approved the following expenses totaling $413,481.08:
General Fund, $137,504.19; Road & Bridge, $82,636.06; Special Bridge, $96; Employee Benefits, $233.64; Juvenile Reinvestment, $1,510.57; Auto Special, $181; Juvenile Justice, $3,842.39; Community Corrections, $2,788.40; Appraisal, $63.96; County Health, $6,436.03; Noxious Weed, $14,202.13; Election, $422.02; Solid Waste, $19,378.20; County Tourism & Convention, $7,359.28; Court Services, $1,072.85; Field Services, $798; Fair, $13,797; Pawnee Mental Health, $29,256.04; Soil Conservation, $8,346.53; OCCK, $35,659.32; Historical Museum, $12,617.53; Services for the Elderly, $32,155.94; VIN Inspection, $2,900; Foreclosure Sale, $224.


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Concordia, KS 66901