1. Crawford County Health Department Director Rebecca Adamson presented an application for more than $600,000 in Kansas Department of Health and Environment Aid to Local grants, which the commission approved.

2. Adamson also updated the commission on the county’s efforts to prepare for coronavirus, which she previously discussed with the Morning Sun last week. She said there are still no “persons under investigation” for possibly having contracted the virus in Crawford County. Adamson noted that although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is only monitoring people traveling from China, the county health department is urging anyone coming from other Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries — Iran, Italy, South Korea, and Japan — to contact the department.

3. County Counselor Jim Emerson discussed changes to the commission’s procedures for closed executive sessions to include a “statement describing the subjects to be discussed” — beyond the legal “justification” for a closed session such as a need to discuss non-elected personnel or attorney-client privilege matters — which the commission had previously overlooked after the Kansas Open Meetings Act was clarified in 2018.

4. Commissioner Jeremy Johnson presented a letter of interest in the Kansas Department of Transportation placing “Via County Road” signage on Kansas Highways 7 and 126 and US Highways 69 and 400 to direct drivers to the unincorporated town of Chicopee, which the commission approved.

5. Among other topics discussed under old business, Commission Chairman Bruce Blair gave an update on progress on the county’s sewer line relocation project in the Franklin area, noting that it is proceeding on schedule, although weather complications could cause delays.