County board approves proposed budget

 Cloud County board of commissioners conducted its 2014 budget hearing when they met Monday.
 The proposed 2014 budget shows expenditures of $10,478,222 and an estimated mill levy of 66.587, which is an increase of 3.273 mills.
 The board unanimously approved a resolution expressing the property taxation policy with respect to financing the 2014 annual budget and voted to approve the proposed budget.
 In other business the board approved payment of the following invoices, on behalf of the Public Building Commission: Goldberg Group Architects, $1,960.95; and Zahner Hansen Construction Group, $115,198.20.
 All commissioners attended the owners' meeting Aug. 13 at the jail site. Commissioner Gail Engle attended a meeting Aug. 13 with County Attorney Robert Walsh, representatives of the Golderg Group Architects and representatives of Stupka Construction.
 Commissioners said they would like to publicly thank Stupka Construction for coming to the new jail site on several occasions and pointing out to the commissioners and architects the various items that needed attention.
 Sheriff Brian Marks and Walsh discussed various issues concerning the jail project.
 In highway department business, the board approved the hire of Anthony Smith as a construction laborer to fill an open position effective Aug. 26 at a rate of $11.32 per hour.
 Asch presented a utility permit for Dale Berk for a buried utility line at 1951 Quail Road, which the board approved.
Asch reported his department is continuing to repair the damage caused by the recent storms.
 In Health Department business, administrator Diana Gering presented a new hire authorization for Ashley Forshee as a full-time Home Health RN, effective Aug. 20 at a rate of $17.03 per hour, which the board approved.
 Gering reported that beginning Sept. 29 the Health Department will be giving flu shots on a walk-in basis from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.
 Justin Murdock, Solid Waste director, discussed the Solomon Valley E-Waste Coalition meeting he attended in Osborne last week and also talked about replacing the yard truck at the Transfer Station.
 Commissioner Gary Caspers reported he attended a meeting at Cloud County Health Center Aug. 15 to discuss the Cloud County Health assessment report and participated in a KWORCC Conference call Aug. 15.
 The board approved department payrolls totaling $130,215.53.
 Adjournment was at 11:37 a.m.

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