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Commissioners Notes

THE UPDATE ON DEPARTMENTS AND THE COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING LAST MONDAY.  KAREN GRIFFITHS FROM THE COURT TRUSTEE OFFICE UPDATED ON THE DEPARTMENT OPERATIONS AND POSSIBLE CHANGES THAT ARE BEING DISCUSSED.  THE COURT TRUSTEES DOES CHILD SUPPORT FOR THE SIX JUDICIAL DISTRICT AND RUSSELL COUNTY.  THEY ADDRESSED THE HR AND BENEFITS OFFERED TO THE EMPLOYEES.  THE COMMISSION ASKED GRIFFITHS AND COUNTY CLERK ROBERT WYATT TO MEET ABOUT DETAILS OF RE-PAYMENT OF COUNTY FUNDS.  THE COMMISSION APPROVED THE COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT FOR COUNTY EMPLOYEES EFFECTIVE JANUARY FIRST, EXCEPT THOSE ON CONTRACT AND EMPLOYEES STILL UNDER THE TRAINING PERIOD.  UPON SATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF THE TRAINING THE ADJUSTMENT WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE EMPLOYEES.  JOHN MILLER WAS ELECTED CHAIRMAN WITH CAROLYN APPLEGATE AS THE VICE CHAIRMAN.  THE MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATE WAS SET AT 55.5 CENTS PER MILE, WHICH IS THE IRS RATE.  THE FIVE DEPOSITORIES WILL STAY THE SAME AND THE NORTON TELEGRAM THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION.  THE AGREEMENT FOR SERVICE FOR DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES OF NORTHWEST KANSAS WAS APPROVED.  THE COMMISSION DISCUSSED A ROAMER IN THE ROAD DEPARTMENT, AN EMPLOYEE THAT IS AVAILABLE TO GO WHERE IS NEEDED ON THAT CERTAIN DAY.  THE COMMISSION SUGGESTED THAT A DETAILED PLAN BE PRESENTED.  THE PLAN NEEDS TO COORDINATE WITH THE PROJECTS THAT ARE SCHEDULED AS WELL AS UTILIZING PART TIME HELP.  FLOYD RICHARD IS HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME FINDING A USED TRACTOR.  ONE WAS FOUND, BUT WAS WITHIN A COUPLE OF THOUSAND DOLLARS OF A NEW MACHINE.  SANDY SMITH FROM THE ROAD AND BRIDGE SUBMITTED A LIST OF FARMERS THAT HAVE SUBMITTED A REQUEST TO DO ASSISTANCE WITH COUNTY ROADS.  MOST OF THEM WOULD BE FOR SNOW REMOVAL ONLY.  EACH WOULD NEED TO SUBMIT A CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE.  THEY ALSO ADDRESSED ROAD TRAFFIC AND THE SPEED ON COUNTY ROAD L FROM E-1 TO E-2, BY THE NEW AG VALLEY FACILITY.  THE COMMISSION FELT THAT WITH ALL THE TRAFFIC, THERE NEEDS TO BE A REDUCTION IN SPEED.  THE COMMISSION WILL ADDRESS THE ISSUE WITH THE COUNTY ATTORNEY AND SMITH WILL CONTACT RICjK MULLEN AT AG VALLEY.  EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COORDINATOR JUSTINA SMITH UPDATED ON THE NIMS TRAINING.  ALL THE NECESSARY FORMS HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED INCLUDING ALL ENTITIES IN THE COUNTY.  THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 47 INDIVIDUALS THAT NEED OR COULD USE THE TRAINING FROM THE CITIES, ELECTED OFFICIALS AND THE PUBLIC WORKS EMPLOYEES.  SHE WILL SET UP THE COURSE AND MAKE THE INSTRUCTIONAL TIME AVAILABLE IN THE EVENING SO ALL CAN ATTEND.  SHE ALSO ASKED ABOUT A SALARY INCREASE SINCE HER SIX-MONTH EMPLOYMENT IS UP.  NO DECISION WAS MADE.  SOLID WASTE SUPERVISOR CURT ARCHIBALD AND JAMES STONE WITH AL-JON MANUFACTURING DISCUSSED LANDFILL TRASH COMPACTORS.  THE COMMISSION HAS BEEN CONSIDERING THE COMPACTOR TO SAVE ON THE COST OF CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF OPENING NEW CELLS.  DUE TO COMPACTION OF THE CELLS AT THE LANDFILL, THE CELLS ARE NOT LASTING AS LONG AS EXPECTED.  NO FINAL DECISION WAS MADE ON THE DISCOUNTED RATE TO CITIES FOR THE DEMOLITION OF HOMES.  THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS, THE COMMISSIONERS ADJOURNED LAST MONDAY.  ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.