County board recommends cost share increase for gravel

Cloud County board of commissioners Monday recommended that the cost share portion of gravel be increased from $3.35 per ton to $4 per ton.
This recommendation followed a report from highway administrator Andy Asch that the cost of gravel had increased to $5.60 per ton in 2011; increased again to $6 per ton at the beginning of 2012; and increased to $6.50 per ton effective Jan. 1, 2013. Asch said the county surfacing policy had not been raised since January 2011. The newest increase is the second since the policy was amended. Asch will bring an updated policy for approval next week.
In other business the board approved a wage change for Kathy Hajny, at the request of Justin Murdock, Solid Waste director. Hajny, who has reached the end of her introductory period, will receive an increase from $11.68 an hour to $11.93 per hour, effective Dec. 30, 2012.
Commissioners approved appointment of Betsy Reed (Kansas Creek Inn), Jerry Stenberg (Clyde Hotel), Susan Cantine-Maxson (Brown Grand Theatre) and Scott Seifert (Clyde Chamber) to the Cloud County Convention and Tourism Board. All four were members of the board whose terms had expired Dec. 31, 2012.
Other appointments the board approved included those of Jason Wheeler, Sherry Nelson and Jim Jackson to the Cloud County Fair Board. Danny McReynolds, Cloud County Fair Board chairman, gave an update on the projects the board is planning for the Fairgrounds.
Burl Maley and Janet Eubanks, Chemical Dependency Committee, gave an overview of services provided by the committee after which the board approved the 2013 funding agreement for the committee in the amount of $38,922.
Commissioners Johnita Crawford, Gary Caspers and Gail Engle all reported attending the retirement reception for Jim Bourne, highway department employee, on Dec. 28. Engle and Crawford also attended the Clyde lighting dedication and reception Jan. 6.
In other matters the board
•approved department payrolls totaling $131,228.53.
•discussed the contract with the City of Concordia for dispatch services with Concordia city manager Larry Uri who presented a draft of the revised contract for board consideration. Uri will return next Monday to discuss the revised contract.
•approved allowing the chairman to sign the surety bonds for several township treasurers.
Adjournment was at noon.

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