County receives Wind Farm check for $300,000

John Taylor and Adam Renz, representing EDP Renewables met with Cloud County board of commissioners Monday to present Renewables' annual check of $300,000 for the Meridian Way Wind Farm Community Development Fund.
The Meridian Way Wind Farm Community Development Fund was established in 2010  with the purpose of supporting innovative projects that enhance quality of life and prosperity of the citizens of Cloud County by creating additional educational, recreational, social, community development and economic opportunities. Proposed projects are presented to the Cloud County commissioners for approval.
"We are pleased with the work the Cloud County commissioners have done to utilize the Meridian Way Wind Farm Community Development Fund," Taylor said. "Our initial goal was to see every community in the county benefit from the funds, and we believe the projects have accomplished just that. We look forward to the continued partnership with the commission."
Joining Taylor and Renz on their visit to the commissioners were Meridian Way Site administrator Michelle Graham and lead technician Lucas Chavey.
Cloud County Commission chairman Gail Engle expressed the county's gratitude for the opportunity to administer the Development Fund. "On behalf of Cloud County, I want to thank EDP for their continued support of this project," Engle said.
Making early applications for three projects to be considered for the Wind Farm Funding were Tom Gennette, Ron Copple and Larry Uri, City of Concordia. The projects included new restrooms for the Peewee fields at the Concordia Sports Complex, new playground equipment for the Second Street Park and Concordia City Park. The board will consider all requests for funding after March 31.
In other county business, highway administrator Andy Asch and Donald Dean of Campbell & Johnson Engineers presented a supplement agreement for the construction engineering services for Bridge #15C-4233-01 (located south and east of Jamestown), Total increase in the cost of the project is $3,708.79, with the County paying 20 percent of the cost. The board approved the agreement.
Asch also presented a utility permit from Mid Kansas Underground for a buried fiber optic cable approximately 1.3 miles west of U.S. Highway 81 on Wagon Road which the board approved.
Asch reported he will be attending the Annual Weed Conference March 4-6 in Topeka.
Sheryl Williams, County treasurer presented information on the amount of compensating use and sales tax received in February (January sales) in the amount of $64,986.60, compared to the amount received in February 2012 of $56,994.86.
In other matters the board
•received an invitation from Sheriff Brian Marks to attend the dedication of the Jamestown Wildlife Area, Phase II and Talmo Marsh Area Projects to be held at 11 a.m., March 1, in Jamestown.
•approved appointment of Bobbie Eichenberger to the Cloud County Commission on Aging, effective March 2 to replace Doug Hanson.
•reviewed monthly expense vouchers.
Commissioner Johnita Crawford reported she attended the Juvenile Detention meeting Feb. 20 in Junction City. Commissioner Gary Caspers reported he participated in the KWORCC Board of trustees teleconference Feb. 21.
Commissioners may be attending the inter-governmental meeting Feb. 27 in Glasco.
Adjournment was at 4:55 p.m.

Wind farm check
Representatives of EDP Renewables met Monday with Cloud County Commissioners and presented them a check for the Meridian Way Wind Farm Community Development Fund. Pictured are (l-r): John Taylor EDP, Adam Renz EDP, Lucas Chavey Meridian Wind Farm, Michelle Graham, Meridian Way Wind Farm, commissioners Gail Engle, Johnita Crawford, Gary Caspers.

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