Published in the Iola Register on Dec. 27, 2012.

County board approves resolutions regarding proposed hospital project

Cloud County board of commissioners Wednesday unanimously approved two resolutions regarding the proposed hospital project. Request for approval came from Cloud County Health Center board members Kurt Kocher, Monte Wentz and Christy Hasch and Jim Wahlmeier, hospital CEO.
The first resolution provides for the calling of a special question election in Cloud County to be held on February 26, 2013, for the purpose of submitting to the voters the question of imposing a special three-quarters percent (.75%) countywide retailers' sales tax for the purpose of financing the provision of health care services and related matters.
Commissioner Gail Engle said he thought there were issues the hospital board needed to have cleared up with the Airport and CloudCorp, but he would vote to put the issue on the ballot.
The second resolution requests the Public Building Commission to issue Revenue Bonds for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the costs to acquire an interest in a site and construct and equip thereon a health care facility to be leased to Cloud County and subsequently to be leased to Cloud County Health Center.
In other business, the board approved classification changes submitted by Andy Asch, highway administrator, and Diana Gering, Health Department administrator.
Michael Roudybush, construction laborer, will move to heavy equipment operator to fill an open position effective Dec 30, with a wage change from $11.32 per hour to $13.44. Dana Alkire will move from home health aide to immunization/WIC clerk, effective Dec. 31 with a wage of change from $9.05 per hour to $11.33 per hour and Lori Kindel will move from Home Health LPN to immunization nurse effective Dec. 31 with no change in wage.
Asch reported he has received notice the price of gravel will be increasing from $6 per ton to $6.50 per ton Jan. 1. Commissioners discussed the cost share policy and asked Asch to review it and make any recommendations for changes to the policy at the next commissioner meeting.
Commissioner Johnita Crawford reported she attended the Juvenile Detention meeting Dec. 19 in Junction City. Commissioner Gary Caspers reported he attended the Cloud County Resources Council meeting Dec. 17, the owners meeting, along with Sheriff Brian Marks Dec. 18 and the Public Building Commission and hospital meeting Dec. 21. Commissoner Gail Engle reported he participated in a conference call with the executive committee for the KCCA Dec. 20.
In other matters the board
•approved department payrolls totaling $141,990.57 and reviewed department monthly expense vouchers.
•approved the 2013 Pawnee Mental Health contract for $68,875.
•approved appointment of Marvin Henning as Summit township trustee and Diane Portenier as Summit Township treasurer.
•approved a resolution for transfer of unused funds for 2012 from the election fund to the election capital outlay fund.
•approved a request from the Convention and Tourism committee to be allowed to encumber $8,956.96 for 2012.
•approved a resolution for transfer of unused funds from the road and bridge fund to the road and bridge machinery and equipment fund with the amount to be determined after the 2012 county audit.
•received information concerning the amount of sales tax and compensating use tax received for December 2012 (November sales) from county treasurer Sheryl Williams which showed $60,293.53, compared to the amount received in December 2011, $66,331.28.
•acknowledged resignations of Elizabeth Anderson, immunization nurse, and Susan Hoard, WIC clerk, both effective Jan. 3.
Adjournment was at 11:40 a.m.
Commissioners may attend the retirement reception for Jim Bourne from 1-3 p.m., Dec. 28, at the county highway department and the dedication ceremony and reception in Clyde for the new streetlights from 4-6 p.m., Jan. 6.
Next regular commission meeting will be at 9 a.m., Jan. 7.