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Effort To Expand County Commission To Five

KSAL Staff - April 15, 2014 12:27 pm

The Saline County Commission unanimously decides to determine exactly how much it will cost to repair the existing Salina / Saline County Health Department.

The Saline County Commission is being urged to expand from a three person board to a five person board.

The group Saline County Citizens For Responsible Government prepared a resolution that was presented Tuesday, asking commissioners to place the issue on the November ballot. Commissioners Duncan and Price indicated that they both believe there is no need to expand the board to five commissioners. At Tuesday’s meeting, Duncan said that the commission has not yet had enough time to look at the resolution, and did not have enough information to make a decision.

If commissioners don’t put it on the ballot, a successful petition drive by citizens could still let voters decide the issue this November. Janice Norlin indicated that the group is ready to begin a petition drive.

For the third week in a row, citizens spoke out again to commissioners against the hiring of the new director of the Saline County Health Department. Prior to starting his new job last Monday, Farmer was accused of sexual harassment by a former coworker, which he vehemently denies. No charges were ever filed, but the Saline County Sheriff?s Office has reopened the 7-year-old case.

Also during the open forum session of the meeting, Gary Nelson of Falun voiced disappointment to the commissioners about being appointed to a health board without his knowledge. Commissioners last Tuesday afternoon appointed Allen to the Saline County Health Department Professional Advisory Committee. Nelson said that he was not opposed to being a part of the board, but would have liked to have seen what was expected of him and would have liked to have known that he was being appointed. He said that he found out when he read about it in the newspaper. Commissioner Price said that he did not know that Nelson was not aware of the appointment, and apologized for any confusion.

Fred Hanson

April 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm

The commission needs to stay the same. What the citizens need to do is get a petition together to get Janice Norlin out of Salina and saline county. That frigit broad needs to move on.

Dee Warren

April 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm

I’m in favor of it. I’d be in favor of a pay cut for them as well.

Fuchs Mi

April 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm

First of all Janice Norlin needs to keep her crooked nose out of this. She cost the city several thousand dollars of tax payer monies and very few people have any use for her. For that matter her hen pecked husband as well. What needs to be done is a total clean house of everyone in Salina and Saline county government. That being city commission, city manager, department heads and the same for the county. All of them need to go and competent replacements found and not people that talk out of both sides of their mouths. Look at the city commission and their screw ups and how many people serve on it? Numbers is not the answer.

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