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  • County picks winner of 3-way tie

  • It seems every year there is an election decided by a flip of a coin. But at Tuesday’s Crawford County Commission meeting, an election was decided by what officials believe was a first — drawing a name out of a hat.

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  • It seems every year there is an election decided by a flip of a coin. But at Tuesday’s Crawford County Commission meeting, an election was decided by what officials believe was a first — drawing a name out of a hat.
    The choice solved the issue of the second seat on the McCune City Council. Since no candidate filed for the McCune council, all the votes were write-ins, and the first seat was awarded to Larry Denick with 15 votes.
    During canvassing last week, commissioners and County Clerk Don Pyle overlooked that a second seat was up for election. Two had tied with 10 write-in votes, Bill Allen and Steve Noble.
    However, a further review of the write-ins found that a third candidate had tied. Cherie Thomas-Schenker had received nine votes as Cherie Schenker and one as Cherie Thomas, drawing her into the tie.
    Commissioners decided to solve the issue by drawing the winner’s name from a bowl. Thomas-Schenker was chosen from the bowl by commissioner Tom Moody.
    “That’s the first time we’ve drawn out of a hat,” Pyle said. “Usually, it’s just been two-way. We had to think of what to do to flip a coin with three people, but I knew of several cities that just drew the name from a hat. So that’s what we did.”
    The commission also discussed potential grant applications for municipalities and the county for emergency mitigation.
    Largely, the talk was from commissioner Carl Wood about the potential need for storm sirens, and the need for assistance from local municipalities in order to apply for these grants. Such grants have provided storm sirens to cities like Farlington and Franklin in the past.
    “It’s a good idea, something we need to look at, and look at for them,” Moody said. “I can’t imagine anyone not being interested.”
    The emergency mitigation grants can be used for storm shelters, sirens, and more, and come at a 75/25 match by the group. If there is any money at the end of the year in a certain fund, that amount is used for these emergency mitigation grants.
    “We all pay for it. Why not use it?” Wood asked.
    Commissioners said that they couldn’t apply for incorporated cities, but said they would look into whether the county could apply on behalf of townships and smaller municipalities.
    In other action, the commissioners considered a conditional use permit for the construction of a reception hall, called Timber Cove, by Shirley Wilbert, off 250th Street, just south of Kansas Highway 126.
    Commissioners said they were concerned about the K-126/250th intersection being more dangerous, particularly with a hill that limits the view of oncoming cars. Commissioners then asked for clarification about the site’s need for a liquor license.
    Page 2 of 2 - In the end, the issue was tabled until Friday, with the hope of inviting Wilbert to the meeting.
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