Commission approves Public Building vouchers

 Cloud County board of commissioners Monday approved payment of the following vouchers on behalf of the Public Building Commission: Zahner Hansen Construction Group, $471,293.37 and Goldberg Architects Group, $6,168.16.
 In other business, highway department administrator Andy Asch presented information on a public hearing to be held concerning the Elm Creek to Summit Transmission Line being proposed by ITC Great Plain and Mid Kansas Electric Co. It will be held at 6 p.m., June 3 at the Minneapolis Junior-Senior High School.
 At the board's monthly meeting with departments these county officials gave reports:
IT director Jerry Collins discussed the county web-site, the regional IT Group he has joined and the anti-virus program for county computers.
CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT Lea Dawn Throckmorton discussed proposed  legislation; the electronic ticketing system now being used by the Highway Patrol, the new electronic payroll system the State is using and she reported her office is waiting to receive information regarding the  budget for the court system.
HIGHWAY administrator Andy Asch reported his department will be starting to work on various road projects and that they are selling chemicals.
MAINTENANCE manager Troy Shepard reported his department is waiting to receive the new pump for the marble water ball, yardwork has begun and the courthouse lawn will be sprayed when the weather conditions allow.
SOLID WASTE director Justin Murdock reported his department had burned the tree pile last week, employees have compleed the burn around the fuel tanks and they will begin using the new construction/demolition cell later this summer. The Recycling Center may be shipping a load of clothes and shoes this week.
APPRAISER Barry Porter discussed a workshop that will be held May 30 for preliminary discussion on the new flood insurance maps and legislation that has been proposed this legislative session.
HEALTH administrator Diana Gering reported her department is preparing for the Medicare cost report audit next week and discussed various routine maintenance issues.
SHERIFF Brian Marks discussed the progress on the jail project and various training classes the officers will be taking.
COUNTY CLERK Linda Bogart reported the county auditors will be in Concordia next week.
In other matters the board
•approved department payrolls totaling $125,898.37.
•approved the hire of Jim Bourne, effective May 20, and Brendon Asch, May 28, as seasonal utility workers at a rate of $8 an hour.
•discussed roof problems at the Health Department building with Health administrator Diana Gering.
•approved allowing chairman Gail Engle to sign the cereal malt beverage license for the Cloud County Fairgrounds for Nick Gerard, DBA The Rock Quarry.
•discussed an invoice received from the City of Concordia for payment on behalf of the Public Building Commission.
Meetings attended by commissioners the past week were Chemical Dependency Committee meeting, May 10, Engle; Kansas County Commissioners Association (KCCA) meeting in Wichita, May 7-9, all commissioners.
Monday's meeting adjourned at 11:50 a.m.

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