County approves hiring Gering to Emergency Management position
The Cloud County board of commissioners approved the hiring of Brent Gering as the new full-time Emergency Management Coordinator, effective October 1, during its regular meeting on Monday.
Gering, who has been working for the Dickinson County Sheriff's Department since 2008, is currently the Deputy Sheriff.
A Concordia High School graduate, Gering previously worked for the Concordia Police Department and the Chapman Police Department. He became a certified Kansas Law Enforcement Officer in 1999.
Concordia Fire Chief Eric Voss has been serving as the county's part-time Emergency Preparedness Director since February, 2016.
The county commission voted 2-1 in June to change the Emergency Preparedness Director position from part-time to full-time and set aside $15,000 in Meridian Way Wind Farm funds, provided by EDP Renewables, to help in hiring a full-time director.
The job description states that the Emergency Management Coordinator will work under the direct supervision of the Cloud County commission and will be responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, organizing, carrying out emergency planning preparedness, mitigation and recovery activities for Cloud County. This includes budgeting, complying with federal, state and local regulations, policies and procedures, planning for short-term and long-term objectives and community cooperation within the county while delivering the highest level of customer services.
Andy Asch, Highway Department administrator met with the board during the meeting and reported that work on 11th Street has been postponed until September 17, the department is patching on the Ames/Miltonvale road, hauling rock and working on the soil saver project.
Asch also reported that Bridge 841 (Fawn Road east of 90th Road) has been presented to the state for a cost share project. If chosen by the state, the total cost of the county would be 10 percent.
Brandi Bray, Health Department administrator, presented the 2019 Community Flu Clinic dates to the board. The dates are: October 2, Glasco Senior Citizens Center; October 3, Miltonvale EMS building; October 10, Clyde City Hall; October 12, Cloud County Health Fair. Walk-in clinics at the Health Department are offered every Wednesday from October 9 through October 30 from 8:00-11:45 a.m. and 1:00-5:45 p.m.
The board met in two executive sessions, totaling 25 minutes, for attorney/client privilege to the discuss with Law Enforcement Center with Wyatt Hoch, Foulston Siefken, LLP (by conference call), Josh Meyer and Brad Berk with the Public Building Commission; and Eric Johnson, Campbell & Johnson Engineers.
Payroll deductions and benefits totaling $70,032.69 were approved by the board.
The board approved the following payroll expenses totaling $164,070.65:
General Fund, $90,034.30; Appraisal, $5,023.20; Noxious Weed, $1,676.46; Solid Waste, $4,628.43; Road & Bridge, $45,153.08; County Health, $16,093.26; Election, $1,461.92.