Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Budget Set to Repaint Pools

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Budget Set to Repaint Pools

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Shawnee County commissioners Monday established a $136,480 project budget to repaint Oakland-Billard Pool, Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center and Shawnee North Family Aquatic Center.

Still, commission chairman Bob Archer suggested the parks and recreation department make a future presentation to commissioners sharing details about how the funding would be used.

"That's a lot of money," he said.

Commissioners Archer, Kevin Cook and Shelly Buhler voted 3-0 to approve the project budget and solicit bids from companies interested in contracting to provide paint maintenance for the three facilities.

Plans call for the Oakland pool to be repainted next spring, the Blaisdell center in the fall of 2018 and the Shawnee North facility in the spring of 2019. according to a document that was part of the agenda packet for Mondays meeting.

Commissioners also heard Craig Barnes, of the Shawnee County Health Agency, tell how 11 people spoke in favor and one in opposition Nov. 21 as Topeka's governing body discussed a proposal to ban the sale of tobacco-related products in the city to adults ages 18 through 20.

"The one person that spoke against it is a lobbyist," Archer said.

The measure is almost identical to a proposal county commissioners approved Aug. 10 making that move in the county's unincorporated areas.

Those speaking in favor at the Nov. 21 meeting included Archer, who said he plans to be present when the city governing body considers acting on the measure Dec. 5. Archer encouraged governing body members -- including Topeka Councilman Jeff Coen, who was at Monday's commission meeting but didn't speak -- to vote in favor of it.

In other business, commissioners:

-- Voted 3-0 to enter into a contract arranging for the county to buy four scoreboards for its Rueger Softball Complex, 2801 S. Kansas Ave., at total cost of $33,203 from Daktronics Inc. The park's current scoreboards were installed in 2000 and have outlived their anticipated life expectancy, commissioners were told. …

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