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County receives request for grant funds

The Cloud County board of commissioners received an application for Wind Farm grant funds from the Concordia Senior Citizens Center during its regular meeting on Tuesday.
The Senior Citizens Center is requesting $1,125 to help cover the cost of renovations that will include painting walls, replacing carpet and replacing tile in the front door areas. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $25,000.
Cloud County is expected to receive a gift of $300,000 from the Meridian Way Wind Farm and EDP Renewables to help support projects in the county.
The application deadline for grant funds is March 30.
Also during the commission meeting, Brandi Bray, Health Department administrator, presented the Medical Director contract and an employee resignation.
The board approved renewing the contract with Dr. Dorothy Breault as the Health Department Medical Director beginning January 1, 2019, and ending December 31, 2019, at a rate of $252 per month.
The resignation of Angela Cyphers, effective February 15, was acknowledged by the board.
Bray also discussed a gas leak at the Health Department and wages for nurses as compared to the Law Enforcement Center nurse.
Solid Waste director Mike Hake met with the board and reported that he has visited with Waste Management about transferring solid waste to its facility.
Hake said that Waste Management believes it can save the county money but currently does not have a tipper to accommodate the county's trailer. He also discussed repairs that have been done, and are needed, on Solid Waste Department pickups and requested that the Transfer Station decrease the number of days in the year that is open on Wednesday nights. No decisions were made.
The board approved the First Amendment Lease, changing the monthly reimbursement by the Kansas Department of Revenue for the Driver's License Office from $200 to $300.
A wording change to the county's policy of severe weather was approved by the board. It now reads: in the event of severe weather conditions or other emergencies, the Board of County Commissioners may decide to close County offices. Such announcements will be made prior to the beginning of the workday, if possible. Hourly employees will not be paid for such days unless they use available paid leave time.
The board approved the plaque for the Orphan Train Rider statue to be placed on the Courthouse square, and unveiled on Fall Fest to read:
Paul Young Clithero, March 10, 1908-July 5, 1963. Rider to Clyde, Kansas 1911. Paul Young arrived in Clyde, Kansas at the age of two. The tiny lad with auburn hair and a freckled nose found a home with Boyd and Louis Clithero. In Concordia, the Clitheros owned a grocery store and the Keystone Apartments directly west of the Cloud County Courthouse. The two boys made the news with their antics; they threw parties in the Barons House ballroom and attempted to canoe the Republican River. Paul attended Concordia High School and performed vocal solos for the area clubs. The Clithero Famly made automobile trips all over the United States. Paul served in the United State Navy aboard the U.S.S. Indiana during World War II. After leaving the Navy, Paul was an insurance salesman. He married late in life and the couple had no children. Paul Clithero died in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1964 and is buried there at the National Cemetery. Sponsored by: Cloud County Board of Commissioners made possible by the Meridian Way Wind Farm gift.
The board approved the following expenses totaling $124,314.66:
General Fund, $38,791.31; Juvenile Justice, $161.24; Appraisal, $855.53; Road & Bridge, $31,734.58; Community Corrections, $451.22; County Tourism & Convention, $16,351.18; County Health, $13,227.85; Election, $44.60; Court Services, $36; Noxious Weed, $447.28; Solid Waste, $20,924.87; Auto Special, $289; Employee Benefits, $1,000.

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