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Norton County Commissioners Notes

THE BURN BAN FOR THE COUNTY AS WELL AS THE UPDATE ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING MONDAY.  THE COMMISSION ADDRESSED THE DRY CONDITIONS IN THE COUNTY.   WITH THE FORECAST OF WARMER TEMPERATURES, THEY CAME TO THE DECISION TO PLACE NORTON COUNTY UNDER A BURN BAN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  ALSO MONDAY, JUSTINA SMITH FROM EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PRESENTED INFORMATION ON THE MEETING SHE ATTENDED THAT COVERED DISASTER RECOVERY OR THE CITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENTS.  THE FOCUS WAS TO IMPROVE THE LOCAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND SELF RECOVERY WITHOUT RELYING ON THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.  THE COMMISSION APPOINTED SMITH TO THE NORTHWEST KANSAS REGIONAL HOMELAND SECURITY COUNCIL FOR A TWO-YEAR TERM.  SMITH REPORTED THAT 42 INDIVIDUALS FROM EMERGENCY PERSONNEL TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC ATTENDED THE WEATHER SPOTTER MEETING LAST FRIDAY NIGHT.  SANDY SMITH AND FLOYD RICHARD FROM THE ROAD AND BRIDGE DISCUSSED THE PURCHASE OF A TRUCK AND TRAILER ON THE STATE SURPLUS.  RICHARD ASKED FOR PERMISSION TO GO VIEW THEM AND THE COMMISSION INSTRUCTED RICHARD TO USE HIS OWN JUDGMENT WHEN BIDDING ON THE ITEMS.  THEY ADDRESSED A PROPOSED ROAD OPENING FOR ACCESS IN THE LENORA TOWNSHIP FOR OIL TANK BATTERIES AND COMMODITY REMOVAL.  THE COMMISSION ASKED FOR A COST ESTIMATE AND SEE OF THOSE BENEFITING WOULD BE WILLING TO SHARE THE EXPENSE.   THE COMMISSION ADDRESSED A ROAD IN THE HARRISON TOWNSHIP THAT HAS NOT BEEN MAINTAINED BY THE COUNTY FOR MANY YEARS.  IT IS BASICALLY JUST A TRAIL OR NO ROAD AT ALL ON THE ONE MILE STRETCH.  THE COMMISSION AGREED TO PROCEED WITH HOLDING A HEARING TO LEGALLY CLOSING THE ROAD.  GINA FRACK FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ADDRESSED THE CONTINUATION AND FUNDING FOR THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.  NORTON COUNTY HAS BELONGED FOR MANY YEARS.  THE AGENCY ASSISTS LOCAL COUNTIES ON MANY ISSUES.   IF THE FUNDING IS DISCONTINUED, THIS WOULD PUT THE BURDEN ON LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS.  SOLID WASTE SUPERVISOR CURT ARCHIBALD REPORTED ON A REQUEST FROM SPORER EQUIPMENT TO SELL THEM DIRT FOR THE HIGHWAY PROJECT EAST OF NORTON.  THEY WOULD NEED A LARGE VOLUME.  HE ALSO UPDATED ON KDOC TRAINING.  THE EMPLOYEES WERE WORKING TO COMPLETE THEIR HOURS ALONG WITH A COUPLE FROM THE NOXIOUS WEED DEPARTMENT.  THE COMMISSION ASKED ABOUT TRASH BLOWING AT THE LANDFILL.  THE COMMISSION THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO CONTACT THE LANDOWNER ON THE SOUTH ABOUT A CONTROLLED BURN TO CLEAN THE AREA AND ALSO HELP WITH TRASH CONTROL.  THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS, THE COMMISSION ADJOURNED MONDAY.  THESE MINUTES ARE NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL SIGNED AND APPROVED BY THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR NEXT REGULAR MEETING MONDAY.  ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.