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Norton County Commissioners Minutes

THE VIEWING OF COUNTY ROADS AND THE CLOSE OUT OF THE GRANT FOR THE EMS BUILDING WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING MONDAY.  THE COMMISSION SPENT THE FIRST TWO HOURS OF THE AFTERNOON TOURING COUNTY ROADS WITH THE ROAD CREWS.  THEY ALSO MET WITH TOM BENNETT OF B.G. CONSULTANTS ABOUT THE BI-ANNUAL BRIDGE INSPECTIONS.  TWO BRIDGES WERE RELEASED FROM THE ANNUAL INSPECTION AND ARE ON THE BIANNUAL LIST.  THEY ALSO DISCUSSED THE FUELING STATION AT THE AIRPORT.  THE AIRPORT HAS RECEIVED A GRANT OT ASSIST WITH THE FUNDING TO INSTALL A FUELING SYSTEM.  BENNETT HAS BEEN WORKING WITH A COUPLE FO AGENCIES TO ASSIST WITH THE FUNDING.  ALSO MONDAY, THE COMMISSION INCREASED THE MILEAGE RATE TO THE I.R.S. STANDARD, WHICH IS 55.5 CENTS PER MILE, EFFECTIVE JULY FIRST.  COUNTY APPRAISER ALAN HALE REPORTED THAT THE COURT OF APPEALS IS PROPOSING AN INCREASE IN THE FEES TO OFFSET OPERATION COSTS.  THE FEES PROPOSED WILL RISE FROM 250 DOLLARS TO 4000 FOR THOSE APPEALS UNDER A MILLION DOLLARS AND INCREASE FROM 500 TO 7 THOUSAND FOR THOSE OVER A MILLION.  OIL EXEMPTIONS WILL GO FORM AT 125-DOLLAR FILING FEE TO 1000 DOLLARS.  ALSO THE COMMISSION MET WITH CORINE COX FROM THE NORTHWEST KANSAS PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE EMS FACILITY CLOSE OUT HEARING.  COX GAVE AN AUDITED ACCOUNTING OF THE PROJECT AND THE FINALIZED COST.  THE FINAL ACCEPTANCE AND CLOSEOUT WILL BE AT NEXT MONDAY’S MEETING.  GINA FRACK FROM THE NORTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTED THAT THE BIO-TERRORISM ACCOUNT IS IN THE RED AND THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT GETTING THE DRAW DOWN TO CORRECT THE FUND BALANCE.  FRACK STATED THAT A DEPOSIT WAS MADE INCORRECTLY AND A REQUEST FOR PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE TO THE AGENCY.  THIS WILL HELP CORRECT THE ACCOUNT, BUT WILL STILL BE IN THE RED DUE TO THE WAY THE FUND WAS SET UP.  FRACK ALSO ADDRESSED HER BUDGET FOR 2012.  STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDING SHOULD BE DOWN AND SHE IS ESTIMATING A 12 THOUSAND DOLLAR LOSS TO HER BUDGET.  SHERIFF TROY THOMSON REPORTED HE IS SENDING OUT BIDS FOR A NEW PATROL CAR.  THE CAR WILL BE PAID FOR THROUGH THE SHERIFF’S BUDGET ON A 3-YEAR LEASE PURCHASE.  THE CAR TO BE REPLACED IS THE 2003 CROWN VICTORIA.  HE ALSO ADDRESSED THE OFFICE SPACE AVAILABILITY IN THE FORMER KSU EXTENSION OFFICE.  THE FINAL PROPERTY STILL NEEDS TO BE MOVED OUT AND THEY THAT SPACE WILL BE AVAILABLE.  THE COMMISSIONERS THEN ADJOURNED MONDAY AFTERNOON.  THESE MINUTES ARE NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL SIGNED AND APPROVED BY THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR NEXT REGULAR MEETING MONDAY.  ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.