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Norton County Commissioners Minutes

GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR ROAD WORK AND A COMPACTOR FOR THE SOLID WASTE WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING LAST MONDAY.  MARK DETTER FROM DEWAAY FINANCIAL PRESENTED THE FINANCING OF THE ROAD IMPROVEMENTS TO THE AG VALLEY PROJECT.  THE COMMISSION PASSED THE RESOLUTION TO ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN THE AMOUNT OF THREE MILLION DOLLARS TO PROVIDE FOR THE FINANCING OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS IN NORTON COUNTY.  THE FUNDING IS NECESSARY TO PROVIDE FOR THE PAVING AND IMPROVEMENT OF COUNTY ROAD E-1 AND L, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE ACQUISITION OF NECESSARY RIGHT OF WAY, EASEMENTS AND ALL OTHER THINGS NECESSARY.  THE COMMISSION ALSO PASSED THE RESOLUTION PRESENTED BY THE COUNTY ATTORNEY TO REGULATE THE SPEED ON COUNTY ROAD L BETWEEN E-1 AND E-2.  ALSO MONDAY, SANDY SMITH PRESENTED BIDS FOR A TRASH COMPACTOR AT THE SOLID WASTE.  THE BIDS RANGED FROM 143 THOUSAND TO 530 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  DUSTIN DANIELS FROM CAT MET WITH THE COMMISSION FOR THE COMPACTOR.  HE WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON THE REQUEST FOR BIDS.  DANIELS EXPLAINED THAT THE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR ON THE COMPACTORS IS EXPENSIVE.  DANIELS PREPARED THREE BIDS FOR THE COMMISSION.  THE BIDS FROM THE SIX RANGED FROM 65 THOUSAND TO 530 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THERE WILL ALSO BE TRANSPORTATION COSTS.  SMITH AND FLOYD RICHARD UPDATED ON ROAD OPERATIONS.  SIX DEALERSHIPS PRESENTED BIDS FOR A TRACTOR FOR MOWING.  THE COMMISSION ACCEPTED THE BID FROM LANG DIESEL IN HAYS PENDING APPROVAL OF THE LOCAL BANKS.  THEY ALSO ADDRESSED THE REQUEST FROM A LOCAL FARMER WOULD LIKE THE COUNTY TO REPLACE HIS FENCE AFTER CONSTRUCTION WAS DONE IN 2005.  THE FENCE HAS BEEN UNDERCUT DUE TO TIME AND EROSION.  RICHARD FELT THE COUNTY WAS RESPONSIBLE.  THE COMMISSION AGREED THAT THE COUNTY SHOULD RELOCATE THE FENCE, BUT THE LANDOWNER WOULD HAVE TO PROVIDE THE MATERIALS.  NOXIOUS WEED SUPERVISOR REGGIE BECKMAN PRESENTED HIS YEARLY REPORT.  HE ALSO PRESENTED THE CONTACT WITH THE STATE OF KANSAS TO SPRAY THE STATE HIGHWAY RIGHT OF WAY.  THE COMMISSION ASKED THAT THE CONTRACT INCLUDE BREAK EVEN FIGURES ON LABOR AND EQUIPMENT AND THEN BE BROUGHT BACK.  HE ALSO ASKED ABOUT HE PURCHASE OF A FIVE-FOOT BOOM TO DO ROADWAY SPRAYING.  DECATUR COUNTY HAS ONE AND IS WILLING TO LET BECKMAN BORROW IT.  EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COORDINATOR JUSTINA SMITH PRESENTED HER REPORT.  DISCUSSION WAS HELD ON THE HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE FOR IDENTIFICATION CARDS FOR ALL EMERGENCY PERSONNEL.  THE PRINTER WILL BE SENT TO THE COUNTY AT NO COST.  THE PRINTER AT THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE NEW SOFTWARE.  THE COMMISSION ASKED SMITH TO WRITE A LETTER TO THE STATE WITH ACCEPTANCE OF THE PRINTER AND EXPRESS THEIR DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE WAY THE AGENCY IS SPENDING STATE DOLLARS.  COUNTY CLERK ROBERT WYATT WAS ASKED TO DRAFT A LETTER FOR COMMISSIONER MILLER ON THE FINAL PAY AND BENEFITS FOR SMITH.  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR SCOTT SPROUL UPDATED ON COMMISSION ON THE INCUBATOR SPACE.  THE COMMISSION ACCEPTED A BID FROM SLOAN’S PLUMBING FOR THE WATER HEATER IN THAT BUILDING FOR 600 DOLLARS.  IT SHOULD BE OPEN FEBRUARY FIRST.  THE COMMISSION APPOINTED MARGARET SEMANS TO THE NORTON COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS BOARD.  THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS, THE COMMISSIONERS ADJOURNED MONDAY AFTERNOON.  THESE MINUTES ARE NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL SIGNED AND APPROVED BY THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING TODAY.  ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.