County commissioners approve agreements for highway department

Cloud County board of commissioners Monday approved several items presented by highway administrator Andy Asch.
These included a utility agreement with AT&T to place a pedestal and 1581' of buried copper telephone cable along the west side of 210th Road, starting 3244' south from State Highway K9, on the west side of 210th Road, going south 1581', then boring east across 210th Road to drive going to new AT&T Tower on the east side of 1702 210th Road.
Also approved was a joint road  waterway use permit with Bachand Farms Inc. for a waterway in the SW 1/4 8-7-1 (east side of 250th Road, 1/4 north of Jade Road) and a classification change for Ronald Buckland from construction laborer to utility worker, to fill an open position, effective March 4, 2013, with a wage change from $11.32 per hour to $12.66 per hour.
Asch reported he will be sending out requests for tire bids which are to be returned to the County Clerk's office by 4:30 p.m., March 15 and opened March 18 during his weekly appointment with the board.
Asch told the board that the Kansas One Call annual meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., March 20, at the American Legion Home. He also reported that he will be attending the annual Noxious Weed Conference March 5-6 in Topeka.
In other business, Justin Murdock, Solid Waste director, discussed a design change for the construction/demolition landfill as recommended by RMA Engineering. He also reported that the Transfer Station will begin staying open on Wednesday evenings until 6 p.m., beginning March 13.
Commissioners approved two classification changes in the Health Department. Jessica Begnoche will move from Home Health Nurse to Home Health Director effective March 4 to fill an open position with a wage change from $17.03 per hour to $17.28 per hour. Shirley Johnson will move from Home Health RN to Maternal Child Health RN, effective March 4 with a wage change from $17.03 per hour to $17.28 per hour because of the added responsibility and because of increased qualifications for the MCH grant.
Health administrator Diana Gering reported that she and Johnson will be attending the Governor's Conference in Wichita.
In other business the board
•approved department payrolls totaling $132,413.81.
•approved sending letters of congratulations to Skyler Hittle in recognition of his 4A State Wrestling Championship and Alyssa Champlin for being chosen as the 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of Kansas.
•Discussed with Sheriff Brian Marks the dedication of the Jamestown Wildlife Area Phase II and the Talmo Marsh Area Projects held March 1.
•Larry Sharpe reported information about KCAMP and the county's insurance coverage and claims incurred.
Meetings attended by commissioners during the past week included: Resources Council meeting, Feb 26, and reception for Todd Whitney, Feb. 28, commissioner Gary Caspers;  North Central Regional Planning Commission meeting Feb. 28 in Beloit, commissioner Johnita Crawford; inter-governmental meeting in Glasco Feb. 27 and dedication of the Jamestown Wildlife Area Phase II and Talmo Marsh Project March 1, commissioner Gail Engle. Commissioner Caspers reported that the Resources  Council has hired Carol Alexander as the new director of Club 81.
Concordia High School government students attending Monday's meeting were Heather Letourneau, Ricky Kreiter, Angelica Mares, Erica Johnson, Joshua Pounds, Jarin Brown, Joel Timme, Emily Trigg, Kristen Stupka and Marie Brewer.
Adjournment was at 11:45 a.m.

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