Board receives requests for wind farm money

 Cloud County  board of commissioners received two applications for wind farm funding to be taken under advisement. Tammy Marrs, Ayres Agency and Merit, Inc. presented a request for $45,000 and LeeAnn Brady and Tom Hamel, representing the City of Clyde, presented a request for $66,386.
 In other business, the board approved the change order for light switches to be installed in the chases behind the cells at the Law Enforcement Center. In another Law Enforcement Center related matter, the board approved payment of the change orders recommended Feb. 24 on behalf of the Public Building Commission.
 In highway department business, Andy Asch, highway administrator, presented a classification change for Jeff Womack from construction laborer to office clerk, effective March 10, at an introductory wage of $12.60 per hour.
 Asch reported he will be attending the annual Noxious Weed Conference March 4-6 in Salina.
 Solid Waste director Justin Murdock reported he had met with the Republic County commissioners who approved the addendum to the Solid Waste Disposal Interlocal Agreement. Cloud County commissioners also approved signing the addendum.
 In other matters the board
•approved signing the 2014 supplemental grant funding application of $1,275 presented by Ellen Anderson, JJA/Community Corrections Director
•approved signing the 2015 grant application for $81,924 for the Health Department presented by Health administrator Diana Gering
•approved signing the 2014 employment agreement for Jerry Collins, IT director at a wage of $15 per hour
 Meetings attended and reported on by commissioners included: LEPC meeting, Feb. 26, Gary Caspers; legislative meetings in Topeka, Feb. 25, and North Central Regional Planning Commission meeting in Beloit Feb. 27, Johnita Crawford. Gail Engles participated in a conference call with the Kansas County Commissioners Association executive board, Feb. 27.
 Adjournment was at 12:10 p.m.
 Commissioners will attend the CloudCorp Annual Luncheon Friday, March 7, at the Catholic Parish Hall.

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