Angry split on county commission emerges over COVID-19 public health guidelines and reopening

Mike Brown, left (File photo.)

A badly split and at times angry county commission broke down in confusion Thursday over what its role should be in advising future safe practices for businesses now that Gov. Laura Kelly has turned her reopening orders into mere recommendations.

They ended with two votes that expressed support in different ways for the general distancing and safety guidelines that have often been recommended. But although more than two dozen councilmembers from various Johnson County cities signed a letter asking for something enforceable, the commissioners all stressed that their votes were for voluntary cooperation only.