Shawnee County Commissioner Shelly Buhler abstained Monday as the commission voted 2-0-1 to approve the most recent batch of voucher payments being paid by the county.

Buhler said she was abstaining to avoid any potential appearance of impropriety because those vouchers included pay she received for recently serving jury duty in Shawnee County District Court.

Commissioner Archer said it was his understanding that the county had recently fallen behind in terms of paying people for jury duty. He then learned the county has been catching up on that.

In other business, commissioners Buhler, Archer and Kevin Cook voted 3-0 to:

• Authorize appraiser Steve Bauman to buy 24 conference room tables and 48 chairs for an estimated $13,685.76 to replacing aging tables and chairs in the conference room of the county's North Annex.

• Close the health department's three locations during normal operating hours on April 12 to conduct a "workforce development day."

• Continue two 10-year tax breaks the commission previously granted under a county policy that enables it to grant tax exemptions on property for which industrial revenue bonds have been issued. One covers the ninth year of an exemption the county awarded Home Depot-ARC for its project to build a distribution center at 5200 S.W. Wenger Drive. The other is for the third year of an exemption the county provided MHI Topeka, an affiliate of MS Topeka LLC, for a construction project in west Topeka's River Hill subdivision. Both are making payments in lieu of taxes to the county.