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Gering presents report to county board

Emergency Management Coordinator Brent Gering presented a report to the Cloud County board of commissioners during its regular meeting Monday at the Courthouse.
Gering, who was hired to the position of full-time Emergency Management Coordinator last September, gave updates on meetings he has attended. He reported that he is working on or has completed emergency plans for bomb threat, fire and tornado for the county buildings and that he is working on possible savings for flood insurance.
It was reported by Gering to the board that Cloud County will host the annual regional meeting for emergency managers in January. He reported that a bid had been received to move the generator from the old jail to the Courthouse and invited the commissioners to the Incident Command System Overview for executive and senior officials on March 12, 2020.
The board approved the Cloud County emergency tornado instructions that were presented.
Also during the meeting, the board reviewed a proposal from GSI Engineering for Environmental Services to conduct asbestos abatement for the Cloud County Jail at 811 Washington at an estimated cost of $47,812.
The board discussed the possible refinancing of Public Building Bonds at a lower rate. County Treasurer Shella Thoman will contact Piper Jaffray & Co. for additional information.
Andy Asch, Highway Department administrator, met with the board and discussed the request and petition from Twin Valley Telephone to bury fiber eight-tenths of a mile south of Eagle Road on 50th Road and changing the gravel share prices from $5.30 to $5.55 for 2020.
The board approved the utility permit for Twin Valley, Miltonvale, for the fiber line.
Mike Hake, Solid Waste director, discussed a lighting problem with the board.
In personnel matters, the board approved the hiring of Benjamin Runnels as a part-time corrections officer, effective November 19, at a rate of $12.50 per hour and approved a classification change for Alan Garcia from full-time to part-time corrections officer, effective November 29, at a rate of $12.50 per hour.
The commissioners agreed that refund dollars from Blue Cross Blue Shield will be used to pay the entire premium for county employees' health care and dental for the month of January.
It was reported to the board that sales tax received on November 22 totaled $74,467.37 compared to the prior year of $67,389.33.
The board met in executive session for 15 minutes for attorney-client privilege with County Attorney Robert Walsh and Wyatt Hoch, Foulston Siekfen by conference call.
Walsh, Sheriff Brian Marks, jail administrator Amber Lindberg, corrections officer Nick Clanin and Tom Richard discussed with the board what should happen next at the Law Enforcement Center, where the money to make repairs should come from and the security protocols for non-employee workers.
The board approved the following expenses totaling $204,578.94:
General Fund, $40,880.02; Road & Bridge, $67,688.84; Special Bridge, $6,039.02; Juvenile Reinvestment, $81.35; Juvenile Justice, $3,230.25; Community Corrections, $461.55; Appraisal, $236.65; County Health, $29,350.77; Noxious Weed, $1,140.70; Election, $11,559.91; Solid Waste, $15,584.72; Court Services, $8,325.90; Register of Deeds Tech Fund, $218.97; County Tourism & Convention, $19,474.99; Employee Benefits, $214.17; Vending Machines, $26; Special Alcohol & Drug, $65.10.


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