County board approves lease
The Cloud County board of commissioners approved a two-year lease with the North Central Regional Planning Commission during its regular meeting on Monday.
The lease is for the placement of equipment on the tower at the Transfer Station to provide better rural internet service at a rate of $70 per month.
Dave Tangeman, File Safe, met with the board to see if he could answer any questions about the quote he had submitted for Courthouse security.
The board is waiting on the report from the March 15 security meeting from Homeland Security before proceeding.
A 2020 budget request for sanitation expenses totaling $11,540.84 was presented to the board. That is an increase of $382 from 2019.
The board made a call to Wyatt Hoch, Foulston Siefken, LLP to discuss the Law Enforcement Center.
Commission Bill Czapanskiy will set a time this week when he and Eric Johnson, Campbell & Johnson Engineers, PA can call again.
Highway Department administrator Andy Asch met with the board and reported that the department was getting cost on courser gravel, working on road damage from recent rains, will do patching on the “Norway Road” and will work on the first seven to eight miles south of Highway No. 9 on the Ames/Miltonvale black top in July.
The board met with department heads during the meeting. Reports presented include:
Kristi Benyshek, District Court Clerk – Routine business, position open in Washington County.
Asch – Patching and working on roads from winter and rain damage.
Barry Porter, County Appraiser – Certified real estate in April, will certify personal property next week and field representatives coming from the state for final compliance.
Brandi Bray, Health Department administrator – Attending a meeting in Republic County reviewing the 2019 county health rankings in a changing Kansas. Cloud County ranks 54th out of 102 counties participating; met with the North Central Kansas Regional Planning Commission about grant procedures. The deadline is November 1, and the announcement of recipients is January 2020, contracts are due March 2020 and funds are released May 2020; a representative will come and talk to the board next Monday about the immunization conference in June.
Henry Eilert, Maintenance manager – Piped in chemical feeding pump, behind on mowing, will be getting the ball operational and will be switching trash service to Hale's Refuse on June 1 at the Courthouse and Health Department.
Shella Thoman, County Clerk – Attending the County Clerk's Conference and the Sanborn Academy in April, deadline to file for city, school and college positions is June 3 at noon and any departments that have job openings can now list them on the CloudCorp website.
Jerry Collins, IT director – Routine business.
Czapanskiy – Attended the Kansas County Commissioners Association Conference and discussed the visit from Scott Gales, Architect One.
The board approved the following expenses totaling $239,644.54:
General Fund, $38,286.46; Field Services, $5.94; Juvenile Justice, $508.40; Appraisal, $188.54; County Health, $17.010.19; Election, $548.52; Court Services, $18; Road & Bridge, $123,519.50; Juvenile Reinvestment, $46.99; Community Corrections, $1,440.49; County Tourism & Convention, $186.75; Noxious Weed, $23,015.26: Solid Waste, $33,649.68; VIN Inspection $185.87; vending machines, $33.95; employee benefits, $1,000.