Sales tax received down from 2013

 Amount of sales tax and compensating use tax received in July (June sales) this year was down considerably from the amount received in July 2013. JoDee LeDuc, Cloud County treasurer, reported to Cloud County commissioners at their meeting Monday that the amount received this year was $61,302.39, compared to $69,374.81 received in 2013.
 In other business, Andy Asch, highway administrator, presented a hiring authorization for Clint Jensen as a part-time mower operator, effective Aug. 11 at a rate of $8 per hour. Commissioners approved the hire.
 Commissioner Gary Caspers asked about the spraying of weeds at the former ALCO building. Asch said his department has had some equipment problems and would try to complete the spraying this week.
 Asch reported employees are continuing to patch the Ames/Miltonvale road, completing ditch work and should finish spraying Johnson grass this week.
 Sheriff Brian Marks presented classification changes for Charles Lindberg from full-time deputy to part-time deputy effective Aug. 18, with a wage change to $10 per hour; a change for James L. Belden from part-time deputy to full-time deputy, effective Aug. 13 at a wage of $16.05 per hour; and a change for Kyle Marks from part-time corrections officer to full-time corrections officer effective Aug. 11, at a wage of $13.12 per hour.
 The board appointed commissioner Johnita Crawford as voting delegate, commissioner Caspers, first alternate voting delegate, and commissioner Gail Engle second alternate voting delegate to the KAC 39th Annual Conference to be held in Wichita Nov. 12-14.
 John Gisselbeck, Steve Graham, Darla Bebber, Linda Foster and Tammy Marrs, representing Merit, Inc., discussed the use of the Wind Farm funds that were granted to Miltonvale for its various projects. They said to date, the projects have created 13 new jobs in Miltonvale.
In other matters, the board
•heard a report from Caspers that he participated in the Statewide Vigilant Guard Tornado Functional Exercise held Aug. 6 at the Health Department.
•heard a report from Engle that he attended the Chemical Dependency Committee meeting on Aug. 8.
•discussed the safety inspection at the Transfer Station and the hauling contract with Mike Hake, Solid Waste director.
•discussed the Statewide Vigilant Guard Tornado Exercise held Wednesday at the Health Department with Diana Gering, Health administrator.
 Adjournment was at 4:30 p.m. Next meeting will be at 9 a.m., Aug. 18.

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