Published in the Iola Register on Oct. 15, 2013.

County board meets with department heads

Cloud County board of commissioners had their monthly meeting with department heads when they met Monday with these county officials reporting:
IT director Jerry Collins reported that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and he discussed cyber-crimes and the problems they cause.
HEALTH administrator Diana Gering reported she is working on grants, the Health Department will be participating in the Health Fair and discussed the drive- thru flu shot clinic that was Oct. 5.
MAINTENANCE manager Troy Shepard reported the new sign is up at the Health Department and discussed the repairs that still need to be done to the roof of the Health Department building.
HIGHWAY administrator Andy Asch reported the flood damage to roads has been repaired and there are some culvert repairs that still need to be completed.
APPRAISER Barry Porter discussed the flood insurance maps.
EXTENSION agent Kim Larson reported the wheat plots have been planted and their State reporting is completed.
COUNTY CLERK Linda Bogart reported advance voting for the USD 333 Special Question Election will begin Oct. 16 and her office is starting to work on final values.
During regular session, Murdock discussed the farm lease for the Transfer Station property. Weather permitting, his employees will start the 120-day cover this week and the inspection of the closed landfill will be next week.
Gering discussed Health Department procedures when working with the Sheriff's Department concerning prisoners' medication. She also reported on the new equipment the Health Department has purchased and that walk-in flu shot clinics will be Monday-Friday from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
 The board received a call from Kim Goodnight with ITC who gave an update on the progress of the Elm Creek to Summit sub-station project. He said they are in the beginning stages of the project and construction is set to start in late 2014.
 Janet Hieger, Blue Cross Blue Shield presented information on the renewal for 2014. With an overall decrease of 5.8% the monthly rates for employee coverage would be $487.91; for employee/children coverage $1,015.23; for employee/spouse coverage, $1,048.07; and for employee/dependents, $1,575.36. The board approved renewing with BCBS for 2014 for employee health insurance coverage.
Alisha Bond, of Group Benefit Specialists, reviewed the other employee benefits. She reported there would be a small increase in the premiums for short term disability and also for the vision plan. The board approved continuing with the current vision and short term disability plans for 2014.
In other business the board
•approved department payrolls totaling $130,546.60.
•approved payment of eight invoices, on behalf of the Public Building Commission to the Bob Barker Co., Inc., totaling $18,403.97.
• approved a resolution appointing Regine L. Thompson as acting County Attorney in Cloud County Case No. 13-CR-258, because of a potential conflict of the county attorney, retroactive to April 18, 2013.
Adjournment was at 2:55 p.m.