By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Seward County’s K-State Research and Extension office may soon have a new home.
Seward County commissioners have had discussions involving the local Extension office in regards to additional space needed for the Extension’s programs, including 4-H.
In 2013, it was the consensus to complete an unfinished room on the second floor of the county’s Administration Building. Research showed it would take an estimated $35,000 to run electrical, heating and air conditioning duct work, mud/tape/texturing of walls and completed construction.
There was also discussion of security and the need for them to utilize the building during non-working hours. No action was taken to move forward in the completion of the room on the second floor of the Administration Building.
The commission did earmark funds in the amount of $50,000 in 2013 for youth projects and $50,000 in special projects for 2014. During a work session on July 7, the commissioners, fairground and maintenance staff and county administrator April Warden discussed the possibility of using the funding for a building project to meet the needs of the Extension office and 4-H building.
The financial impact of the project is unknown at this time, and Warden is bringing the item to the commission at tonight’s meeting.
“Discussion and any action can be taken to direct staff to how they would like to proceed in this matter,” said information in the agenda packet.
Staff recommendation is to direct Warden, maintenance director Delbert Stebens, Activity Center Director Linda Johnson, county planning and zoning staff and the Extension office to work together on specifications, following all policies and procedures, to properly bid out a new building structure for the Extension office.
The recommendation also includes directing staff to determine the cost and procedure of putting the current Extension office on city and water sewer.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. today in the Seward County Administration Building.