Published in the Iola Register on Feb. 5, 2013.

County board approves changes in sheriff's department

Cloud County board of commissioners Monday approved two classification changes in the sheriff's department and a salary increase for Sheriff Brian Marks.
Kent Lervold and Garreth Stegman were moved from part-time corrections officers to full-time corrections officers, both effective Feb. 4 and both at a rate of $13.12 per hour.
Marks' salary was increased by $3,000 to bring it in line with sheriff's wages in other counties with comparable population and valuation as Cloud County.
In other business the board approved the 2013 pharmacist contract with Steven Palmquist presented by Diana Gering, Health administrator. At Gering's request, Palmquist will be pharmacist for the Health Department for 2013 at a rate of $35 per hour.
Commissioners also approved a contract with Justin Poore, D.O. as Health officer for 2013 at a rate of $252 per month.
Justin Murdock, Solid Waste director, reported his department had sent out the Solid Waste billing statements last week. He also reported he attended the Clean Line Energy Public meeting Feb. 1 and discussed the Household Hazardous Waste program.
The board received a report on the amount of sales tax and compensating use tax received for January (December sales) 2013 in the amount of $65,047.22, compared to the amount received in January 2012 of $63,240.27.
Commissioner Gail Engle reported he attended the Kansas Legislative Policy Group (KLPG) meeting Jan. 29 and 30 in Topeka and commissioner Johnita Crawford reported she attended the North Central Regional Planning Commission meeting in Beloit, Jan. 31.
In other matters the board
—approved department payrolls totaling $129,632,69.
—received information from highway administrator Andy Asch on the NCKCHOA meeting set for April 3 in Minneapolis.
—approved signing a letter of support and to contribute $2,000 to Duck's Unlimited if their grant application is accepted for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act for a series of projects on Jamestown and Talmo Wildlife Areas.
—approved allowing the chairman to sign the surety bond for Arvine Hiner, Shirley Township treasurer.
Adjournment was at 12:03 p.m.