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Norton County Commissioners Minutes

THE UPDATE ON THE EMS DEPARTMENT AND THE CONCERNS ABOUT JUDGES WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING MONDAY.  JANE WYATT FROM THE AMBULANCE SERVICE REPORTED THAT ONE OF THE AMBULANCE UNITS WAS IN MCCOOK FOR TRANSMISSION REPAIRS.  IT SHOULD BE COVERED BY WARRANTY.  SHE ALSO REPORTED THAT THE BLOCK EMS LETTERS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED ON THE BUILDING.  THE 800-MEGAHERTZ RADIOS WILL BE GOING LIVE IN THE UPCOMING FUTURE.  ALL THE RADIOS HAVE BEEN UPGRADED.  SHE IS ALSO WORKING ON NEW PROTOCOLS.  SHE ALSO ADDRESSED THE PURCHASE OF A NEW UNIT.  THE NEWEST ONE HAS OVER 45 THOUSAND MILES ON IT AND THE OLDER UNITS HAVE OVER 100 THOUSAND.  THERE IS FUNDING IN CAPITAL OUTLAY TO ASSIST, BUT WYATT IS IN NO HURRY TO PURCHASE ONE.  THE COMMISSION MET WITH BRIAN SHICK ABOUT COUNTY ROAD T FROM E-10 TO E-12.  THE COMMISSION WILL VISIT WITH PHILLIPS COUNTY ABOUT SHALE.  JUDGE DEBRA ANDERSON UPDATED THE COMMISSION WITH CONCERNS ABOUT THE CURRENT LEGISLATIVE TALK ABOUT ELIMINATING JUDICIAL JUDGES IN SEVERAL DISTRICTS.  LEGISLATIVE TALKS WOULD LIKE TO GO TO ONE JUDGE ONE COUNTY.  JUDGE ANDERSON SAID THIS WOULD BE A HUGE BURDEN ON THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND COURTS FOR NORTON COUNTY AS WELL AS THE WESTERN PART OF THE STATE.  NOXIOUS WEED SUPERVISOR REGGIE BECKMAN DISCUSSED THE KDOT CONTRACT FOR SPRAYING NOXIOUS WEEDS ON STATE HIGHWAY RIGHT OF WAY.  HE SPOKE WITH NEIGHBORING COUNTIES ABOUT THEIR CHARGES.  HE WILL BE SUBMITTING A CONTRACT FOR 35 DOLLARS PER HOUR PER MAN AND 40 DOLLARS PER HOUR FOR THE EQUIPMENT.  SANDY SMITH FROM THE ROAD AND BRIDGE DEPARTMENT ABOUT THE MOTOR GRADER THAT WAS DAMAGED IN AN ACCIDENT.  THE CLAIM HAS BEEN FORWARDED TO THE INSURANCE COMPANY.  BIDS HAVE BEEN SENT OUT FOR CULVERTS AND TUBES FOR THE DEPARTMENT.  THEY WERE DUE LATER LAST WEEK.  THE DEPARTMENT HAS RECEIVED AN ESTIMATE ON THE SHALE FOR THE FIVE-MILE STRETCH OF ROAD.  SCOTT SPROUL FROM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REPORTED ON THE E-COMMUNITY AGREEMENT.  THE AGREEMENT IS FOR 125 THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE OFFICE FOR THE LENDING TO BUSINESSES WITHIN THE COUNTY.  THE AGREEMENT WAS APPROVED AND SIGNED BY THE COMMISSION.  HE ALSO UPDATED ON THE AG VALLEY PROJECT.  THERE IS SOME CONCERN FROM PENCO ENGINEERING ON THE TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEY, WHICH MAY TAKE SOME TIME TO COMPLETE.  THE DESIRED SCHEDULE WOULD BE BETWEEN WHEAT AND CORN HARVEST.  THE COST FOR THE SURVEY WILL BE FROM 9 TO 11 THOUSAND.  THEY ALSO ADDRESSED THE BILL DEALING WITH HOME OWNED CARNIVALS.  THE LOCAL ASSOCIATION IS AWARE OF THE BILL AND WILL BE WORKING WITH LEGISLATORS TO ASSURE CARNIVALS WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE OPERATIONS.  THE COMMISSION APPROVED THE LEASE/PURCHASE FROM FIRST STATE BANK FOR THE CHALLENGER MT 555B TRACTOR.  SOLID WASTE SUPERVISOR CURT ARCHIBALD AND ONE EMPLOYEE WENT TO COLBY LAST WEEK TO TRAIN ON THE COMPACTOR.  THERE ARE 13 HOMES ON THE SCHEDULE WITHIN NORTON COUNTY TO BE DEMOLISHED.  THE COUNTY WILL ALLOW FOR FIVE FOR FREE.  SHERIFF TROY THOMSON ADDRESSED THE REPLACEMENT OF A PATROL CAR THAT WAS RECENTLY TOTALED DUE TO HAIL DAMAGE LAST SUMMER AND HITTING A DEER.  THE INSURANCE COMPANY HAS INFORMED THOMSON THAT THEY WILL TOTAL THE CAR.  HE ASKED ABOUT REPLACEMENT OF THE CAR AND BIDDING FOR A NEW ONE.  HE WOULD LIKE TO GO BACK TO THE SAME DEALERSHIP WHERE HE RECENTLY PURCHASED A CAR.  THE COMMISSION APPROVED THE REQUEST.  THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS, THE COMMISSIONERS ADJOURNED MONDAY.  THESE MINUTES ARE NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL SIGNED AND APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING TODAY.  ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.