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Norton County Commissioners Minutes

THE UPDATE ON THE HOSPITAL AND THE COMPACTOR FOR THE SOLID WASTE WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING LAST MONDAY.  HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR RICH MILLER AND BOARD MEMBERS STEVE BERRY AND WARREN WHITE PRESENTED THE UPDATE FOR THE HOSPITAL FOR THE QUARTER.  THEY ADDRESSED THE COMMUNITY HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT DUE TO THE IRS REQUIREMENT.  MILLER EXPLAINED THE UPCOMING EVENTS THAT WILL BE DONE WITH THE REQUIREMENT AND WHO WILL BE INVOLVED.  A MASTER PLANNING STUDY HAS BEEN AUTHORIZED BY THE BOARD FOR THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE HOSPITAL.  WITH COLBY COMMUNITY COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAM MOVING OUT IN THE NEAR FUTURE, THE BOARD WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A REVIEW OF THIS AREA.  THE STUDY SHOULD BE DONE IN 90 DAYS.   ALSO MONDAY, SOLID WASTE SUPERVISOR CURT ARCHIBALD AND DUSTIN DANIELS FROM FOLEY EQUIPMENT ADDRESSED THE PURCHASE OF A TRASH COMPACTOR TO BE USED FOR CONSTRUCTION DEMOLITION AND HOUSEHOLD TRASH PITS.  DUE TO THE CELL LIFE LENGTH, THE COUNTY IS CONSIDERING THE PURCHASE OF A COMPACTOR.  THE COUNTY IS CURRENTLY USING A TRACK LOADER BUT THE WEIGHT AND OPERATION IT NOT WORKING EFFICIENTLY.  THE COMPACTOR WILL GIVE THE COUNTY OPERATORS MORE WEIGHT AND ABILITY TO DO THE JOB EFFICIENTLY.   THE COMMISSION REVIEWED ALL THE BIDS AND THEN APPROVED ACCEPTING THE BID FROM BEST EQUIPMENT FOR A CAT WITH THE APPROVED FINANCING AND THE WRITTEN GUARANTEE FROM BEST.  COUNTY ATTORNEY DOUG SEBELIUS PRESENTED THE RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH THE 911 FEE FUND ACCOUNT DUE TO NEW STATE LAWS AND REGULATIONS.  THE RESOLUTION IS IN EFFECT WITH THE 2011 KANSAS LEGISLATIVE ACTION THAT ENACTED THE KANSAS 911 ACT, WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE COLLECTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF FEES RELATING TO EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES.  THE COMMISSIONERS ACCEPTED THE RESOLUTION.  COUNTY TREASURER CINDY LINNER PRESENTED THE MONTHLY SALES TAX REPORT.  SHE ALSO PROVIDED THE UPCOMING MEETING SCHEDULE AND TRAINING THAT IS GOING TO BE OFFERED BY THE DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES.  THE MEETING WILL GIVE INFORMATION ON CHANGES AND ALSO PROVIDE GOOD TRAINING FOR TITLE WORK.  DISCUSSION WAS HELD ON WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE CLASS AT THIS TIME SINCE THE TREASURER’S OFFICE IS SHORT STAFFED.  REGISTER OF DEEDS WANDA VINCENT PRESENTED HER YEARLY REPORT.  GINA FRACK FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ADDRESSED THE NEW CHANGES IN THE MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT AND FILING REQUIREMENTS.  WITH THE NEW REQUIREMENTS, A NEW BILLING AGENCY WILL BE NEEDED.  FRACK HAS COMPLETED THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS AND ASKED FOR THE COMMISSION’S SIGNATURE.  THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS, THE COMMISSIONERS ADJOURNED LAST MONDAY.  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.