Board approves Baumann's tire bid

Cloud County board of commissioners Tuesday approved accepting the bid from Baumann's Repair for tires for the field appraiser. Baumann's low bid of $517.80 met all of the bid specifications, had a 60,000 mile rating and included road hazard.
In other business, Andy Asch, highway administrator presented a classification change for Corey Roush from utility worker to heavy equipment operator with a wage change from $12.66 per hour to $13.44 per hour, effective Feb. 18, to fill an open position. The board approved the change.
Justin Murdock, Solid Waste director, reported that he and Steve Horkman will be attending the Works Conference in Manhattan March 26 and 27 and that workers will be finishing the 120 cover at the construction/demolition site. He also said that 88 tons of recyclables have been shipped so far this year. Murdock asked about applying for the Household Hazardous Waste grant. The board decided to table a decision on the application indefinitely.
Troy Shepard, maintenance manager, requested a five- minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. County Clerk Linda Bogart was included in the session.
Gertrude Poe and Don Ramseyer of the Cloud County Commission on Aging asked about the procedure and possibility of removing the Jamestown Senior Center from the Cloud County Commission on Aging because of inactivity and inability for representatives to attend the Commission on Aging Board  meetings. The board will research the matter before any decision is made.
Commissioner Gail Engle participated on KNCK Coffeetime Feb. 15 and commissioner Johnita Crawford reported she attended the Tourism Committee meeting Feb. 12.
Deb Scheibler, Workforce One, gave an overview of the services available and the Kansas Works program.
In other matters the board
•approved sending a letter to the Concordia city manager and the Concordia city commission stating their views on the use of TIF funds as matching funds for the grant application.
•approved department payrolls totaling $126,745.14.
•acknowledged the resignation of Kimberly Randall, Home Health director effective Feb. 25.
•approved signing the Chief Elected Officials Agreement with Kansas Workforce.
The board recessed at 11:50 a.m. and attended a luncheon and owners meeting at the jail site at 1 p.m. Adjournment was at 2:45 p.m.

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