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Commissioners Notes

THE UPDATE ON SOLID WASTE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING LAST MONDAY.  SOLID WASTE SUPERVISOR CURT ARCHIBALD AND HIS STAFF MET WITH THE COMMISSION TO SET GOALS AND TO DISCUSS EQUIPMENT NEEDS.  ARCHIBALD AND STEVE WITH FOLEY TRACTOR UPDATED THE COMMISSION ON THE EQUIPMENT THAT IS IN NEED OF REPAIR.  THE TRACK LOADER WOULD BE DOWN AT LEAST TWO WEEKS.  THE SEAL ON THE HYDROSTAT AND THE TRANSMISSION WERE LEAKING.  THE WHEEL LOADER IS NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE REBUILD PROGRAM DUE TO AGE AND CONDITION.  THE COMMISSION ASKED FOR A QUOTE TO MAKE THE LOADER USABLE FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS OR AT LEAST THROUGH THE SUMMER.  ALSO MONDAY THE COMMISSION MET WITH WARDEN JAY SHELTON FROM THE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY ON THE AGREEMENTS THAT THE COUNTY AND DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS HAVE.  THE DEPARTMENT COOPERATES WITH THE COUNTY TO HAVE INMATE LABOR AT THE SOLID WASTE AND THE COUNTY AND CITY OF NORTON SHARE A WORK CREW.  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR SCOTT SPROUL UPDATED ON HIS DEPARTMENT.  HE DISCUSSED CHANGING THE PART TIME OFFICE PROFESSIONAL TO FULL TIME.  PRIOR DISCUSSION WITH THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD, THE COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL HAS GIVEN AUTHORIZATION TO PROCEED WITH THE CHANGE.  THE COMMISSION LEARNED THAT THE INCUBATOR SPACE WOULD BE VOTED ON AT THE LAST MEETING LAST WEEK.  FIVE APPLICATIONS FOR THE ROZ PROGRAM HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR NORTON COUNTY.  THERE ARE THREE PENDING AND TWO DENIED.  SHERIFF TROY THOMSON REPORTED THAT ONE OF THE PATROL CARS WAS OUT OF SERVICE DUE TO A DEER HIT.  HE RECEIVED ONE ESTIMATE AND IS QUESTIONING THE REPAIRS DUE TO THE COST AND THE VALUE OF THE CAR.  THOMSON WILL VISIT WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY AND COLLECT A COUPLE MORE ESTIMATES FOR THE DAMAGE, THEN A DECISION CAN BE MADE IF THE CAR IS REPAIRABLE.  BIDS WERE PRESENTED FOR THE FURNACE REPLACEMENT AT THE COUNTY SHOP.  THE FURNACES CAN NO LONGER BE REPAIRED DUE TO THE VENTILATION.  AFTER DISCUSSION, THE COMMISSION ACCEPTED THE BID FROM NORTON SHEET METAL FOR 7,460 DOLLARS.  THE COMMISSION ALSO ADDRESSED USING THE LOCAL WORK FORCE FOR PROJECTS WITHIN THE COUNTY AFTER A FEW COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC.  THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS THE COUNTY GOES WITH FIRMS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE DESIRED WORK SUCH AS ENGINEERING.  FIRMS DOING WORK OR PROJECTS FOR THE COUNTY WOULD NEED TO BE LICENSED, BONDED AND INSURED.  THIS IS FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE COUNTY AS WELL AS THE FIRM OR INDIVIDUAL DOING THE WORK.  THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS THE COMMISSION ADJOURNED LAST MONDAY.  THESE MINUTES ARE NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL SIGNED AND APPROVED BY THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR NEXT REGULAR MEETING TODAY.  ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.