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Posted on: July 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Commission Meeting Summary - July 6, 2020

July 06, 2020

Finney County Commission Meeting, July 6, 2020

(FINNEY COUNTY, KS) – We want to apologize for the technical difficulties we experienced during today’s live-stream of the Board of County Commissioners meeting. We are working diligently to provide better access to public meetings with enhanced audio/video technology, and will continue to work to provide consistent online access to these meetings.

Below is a summary of today’s meeting, with pertinent discussion and decisions made by the Board. Follow along with the agenda, which you can find online at

Public Comment

Garden City Mayor, Troy Unruh, made public comment regarding fireworks discharge periods. Concern from citizens is the loud decibel level of large fireworks going off late at night, as well as the timeframe which discharge is allowed seems excessive. The County and City will work together in the coming year to discuss and decide whether any changes are necessary.

Plat Considerations
All three (3) requests on today’s agenda were approved by the Commission.

Election Worker Compensation
Resolution 15-2020 presented on the agenda was unanimously approved.

Face Masks
The Commission convened as the Board of Health to discuss whether to require facemasks in public places in Finney County.
The Board unanimously passed Resolution 19-2020, deciding to leave that choice up to the individuals of the County and will not be making a countywide enforcement of the Governor’s Order.
Health Department Director Dress made comments. She believes we will see another rise in cases. She described advantages to wearing a mask in public, and from the public health standpoint, enforces the importance of wearing a mask. The Board agreed to the advantages, but will not make a requirement of County residents.

Medical Director Agreement 
The Board approved (3-2) to retain Dr. Lindsay J. Byrnes, M.D., as Finney County Medical Director for a renewed one-year contract.

Coronavirus Relief Fund (SPARK grant)
A special county fund has been setup to track these funds. Resolution 16-2020 unanimously approved.

Towns Riverview South Public Health Emergency
Corrections to the Declaration were proposed by Lon Pishny, District 1.
Resolution 17-2020 was unanimously approved.
The Board approved to let the Commission Chairman sign Resolution 18-2020 on its posted date, July 13, 2020.

Administrator Updates

  • 2019 Audit Update: Meeting with auditors to take place on July 8, 2020.
  • 2021 Budget Process: The Board selected July 13, 2020 to begin hearing County department budget presentations, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
  • SPARK Grant: Adjustments to Commission Meeting audio/video may be reimbursable by the SPARK grant.
  • Dori Munyan, County Clerk and Election Officer, provided Election Updates. The Election Office is currently preparing for Advance Voting, beginning July 16.
    The Board was asked to consider dates for the canvassing of votes. Those Commissioners on the ballot are allowed to appoint a replacement for canvassing, however, the Clerk will look into what is needed, and whether they are required to recuse themselves from canvassing of provisional ballots. The Board does not count votes; they merely certify the work that was done by the Election Office and poll workers. The Board agreed to meet Monday, August 10th, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. for canvassing provisional ballots.

The next meeting of the Board will be a special session on Monday, July 13, 2020 to hear budget presentations from County departments. This meeting will be streamed live on the Finney County Facebook and YouTube channels.

The next regular session meeting will be Monday, July 20, 2020. The agenda will be posted online prior to the meeting at


The public may submit written comments via email to County Clerk Dori Munyan at  Comments received will be shared with the Commission during the meeting. Please include your full name and address for the meeting record.

Individuals that wish to address the Commission via voice must contact County Clerk Dori Munyan via phone or email to make arrangements. | 620-272-3500 Option 2.

Scheduled presenters should check-in with the Clerk prior to the start of the meeting.


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