County board conducts department head meeting

Cloud County board of commissioners Monday had its monthly meeting with department heads with these county officials giving reports:
FIELD APPRAISER Steve Williams reported his department is finishing final reviews and getting ready to set final values.
HEALTH administrator Diana Gering reported her department will be conducting CPR classes for county employees and will be sending a sign-up sheet around. The department has received about 20 doses of flu vaccine.
IT director Jerry Collins reported he has been busy installing new computers at the Health Department and discussed the new website for Cloud County for which CIC will be host.
SOLID WASTE director Justin Murdock reported he attended an Open House Feb. 1 conducted by Grain Belt Express Clean Line Energy. His department was completing the 120 cover for the construction/demolition site and several loads of recyclables will be shipped in the near future.
HIGHWAY administrator Andy Asch reported his department is trimming trees and completing some rock jobs and that he has been working on the State reports for the Weed Department.
CLERK OF DISTRICT COURT LeaDawn Throckmorton reported there are several proposed bills before the Legislature that will affect District Court offices and that her office is now using the Highway Patrol electronic ticketing system and it is working well. They will begin using an electronic time sheet for payroll next week.
REGISTER OF DEEDS Judy Lambert discussed proposed legislation that will affect her office.
COUNTY CLERK Linda Bogart reported the Special Question Election will be held Feb. 26 and Advance Voting began Feb. 6. The high school government classes will be in her office Feb. 20 for voter registration and her employees are preparing for the April 2 City/School general election.
During the regular business session, Murdock introduced Duane Bruna, Washington County Noxious Weed/Solid Waste/Recycling director. Bruna discussed the Household Hazardous Waste Program in Washington County and their membership in the Big Lakes Household Hazardous Waste Region.
Murdock presented a classification change for Sherry Nelson from full-time office manager to part-time office manager which the board approved.
Commissioners also approved hiring Brandi Bray as Home Health RN, effective Feb. 11 at a rate of $17.03 per hour to fill a vacant position.
Commissioners opened eight bids received for tires for the appraiser's vehicle from the following businesses: Womack Sunshine Ford, $400.84; California Phil's, $596; Concordia Chevrolet-Buick, $567.60; Baumann Repair, $517.80; Concordia Auto Mart, $690.80; Kansasland, $523.88; Miller Auto, $609.28; and Budreau Muffler, $553.48. The board asked appraiser Barry Porter to review the bids and report back next week.
Dennis Colsden, regional coordinator for the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, North Central Region, discussed the importance of Emergency Management for Cloud County. He reported that of the 12 counties in the North Central Region, Cloud County is the only county that does not have a full-time emergency manager. Colsden asked the board to consider having a full-time Emergency manager for Cloud County and explained some of the advantages of having an up-to-date management plan.
The board approved paying the following bills on behalf of the Public Building Commission: Zahner Hansen Construction Group, $276,453.90; Goldberg Sullivan & McCrerey, $4,381.34; and Cloud County Highway Department, $9,23530.
In other business the board
—approved the 2014 Annual Noxious Weed Management Plan presented by Asch.
—approved the 2012 Annual Weed Eradication Progress Report presented by Asch.
—approved a right-of-way use permit for Pat Lambert for a buried electrical line approximately 850 feet east of 270th Road (under Union Road between 270th Road and 280th Road).
Adjournment was at 3:05 p.m.
Commissioners may attend the owners' meeting at 1:00 p.m., Feb. 19, at the jail site and the inter-governmental meeting at 7 p.m., Feb. 20, in Glasco.
The courthouse and county offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday.

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