Board approves change orders

 Cloud County board of commissioners Monday approved several change orders for the new Law Enforcement Center presented by Cliff Sullivan, Goldberg Group Architects-PC.
These included purchase of a Type K fire extinguisher for the kitchen;  installation of two pull stations for the fire alarms as required by State Fire Marshal and the Concordia Fire Chief; and several change orders including one to Matt's Auto & Accessories and Prime Coat for floor striping and window cover per PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) requirements.
 In other law enforcement business, the board approved paying these invoices on behalf of the Public Building Commission: Zahner Hansen Construction Group, $5,708.70 and GGA-PC, $6,052.56.
 Commissioners also approved the hire of Kyle Newville as a full-time corrections officer effective March 3 at a rate of $13.12 per hour.
 Michelle Graham and Lucas Chavey, Cloud County Wind Farm, LLC presented their yearly Gift Fund check to the board in the amount of $300,000.
 Graham thanked the County for its excellent job of cleaning the county roads during the recent snowstorms, allowing them access to the wind turbines.
 After discussing the contract with Hamm Quarry with Solid Waste director Justin Murdock, the board approved signing an addendum to the contract with Hamm Quarry at a rate of $25 per ton for a period of three years plus a 3 percent COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) per year.
 Sheryl Williams, County treasurer, reported the amount of sales tax and compensating use tax received for February (January sales) was $65,975.67, compared to the amount received in 2013 of $64,986.60.
 Williams also presented a hiring authorization for Deanna Pounds as a clerk in the treasurer's office effective Feb. 28 at a rate of $14.12 per hour which the board approved.
 Marlene Stamm, County sanitarian, requested a variance for Lloyd Criffield to build a septic system on property which borders a flood zone. She recommended that Criffield get approval from the County appraiser's office and the City of Jamestown. The board approved the variance provided Criffield meets all of the approval criteria.
In other matters the board
•heard a report from Sheriff Brian Marks that three people were arrested in Miltonvale over the weekend on attempted murder charges.
•received the 2014 annual bridge inspection and special inspection report on the UP bridge from Donald Dean, Campbell and Johnson Engineering.
Meetings commissioners attended during the past week included: KWORCC Board of Trustees meeting in Topeka, Feb. 20, Gary Caspers; Juvenile detention meeting in Junction City, Feb. 19 and the NCK Fairground Planning and Improvement Grant Workshop, Feb. 20, Johnita Crawford.
 Adjournment was at 3:50 p.m.

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