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Norton County Commissioners Notes

CHANGES FOR THE COUNTY FROM THE STATE AND THE AG VALLEY PROJECT WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING MONDAY.  COUNTY APPRAISER ALAN HALE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR SCOTT SPROUL ADDRESSED A PROPOSED HOUSE BILL THAT EXPANDS THE MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT EXEMPTION TO ITEMS AFFIXED TO REAL PROPERTY.  THE BILL ALSO REACHES BACK TO 2006 AND SAYS ANYTHING THAT WAS CLASSIFIED OR RENDERED AS MACHINERY OR EQUIPMENT REMAINS EXEMPT PROPERTY.  IF THIS BILL CONTINUES AS WRITTEN, THE TAX STRUCTURE TO RURAL COMMUNITIES WOULD BE HIT VERY HARD AND VALUATION WOULD BE DROPPED DRASTICALLY.  THEY ALSO ADDRESSED THE AG VALLEY ROAD ACCESS AND POSSIBLE MODIFICATIONS OF ROAD IMPROVEMENTS.  THE COMMISSION REVIEWED MAPS AND PROPOSED PLANS THAT WERE LEFT FROM THE LAST MEETING WITH SCHWAB EATON.  THE MAP AND PLANS HAVE SEVERAL IDENTIFIED AREAS THAT WILL NEED TO BE ADDRESSED WITH THE INCREASE IN TRUCK TRAFFIC.  THEY WERE CONSIDERING SUCH ISSUES AS THE BEST METHOD IN WHICH TO ROUTE THE TRAFFIC, BEST SURFACE TO USE AND THE COST ASSOCIATED.  THE COMMISSION APPROVED MOVING FORWARD WITH A STUDY WITH A SITE SURVEY, AND A TOPOGRAPHICAL SITE STUDY.  THE COST WILL BE APPROXIMATELY 12 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE COMMISSION ALSO VOTED TO HIRE CENTRAL STATES MARKETING AS UNDERWRITERS FOR THE AG VALLEY PROJECT.  CENTRAL STATES WILL ALSO FILE THE NORTON COUNTY BOND AND AUDIT INFORMATION ANNUALLY.  SOLID WASTE SUPERVISOR CURT ARCHIBALD PRESENTED HIS MONTHLY REPORT FOR APRIL.  THE TRACT LOADER HAS BEEN REPAIRED AND NOW RUNNING PROPERLY.  THE TRACK CLEANERS WERE DELIVERED FOR THE LOADER, BUT THEY DID NOT FIT AND WILL NEED TO BE REORDERED.  BEST EQUIPMENT IS WORKING ON A SOLUTION.  GREG MANN WAS RE-APPOINTED TO THE NORTON CITY COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD.  HALE AND NATALIE LINNER FROM THE APPRAISER’S OFFICE ADDRESSED THE FUTURE OF THE GIS IN NORTON COUNTY.  THE COUNTY HAS INVESTED MONEY AND EDUCATION INTO THE PROGRAM.  AT THIS TIME, THERE IS NOT MUCH MOVEMENT ON THE COUNTY’S PART TO MOVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL.  THE COMMISSION STATED THAT AT THEIR RECENT CONFERENCE, THERE WAS A LOT OF EMPHASIS ON THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES TO TAKE THE STEPS TO MAKE SURE COUNTY GIS DEPARTMENTS ARE WORKING FOR IMPROVEMENT.  THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS, THE COMMISSIONERS ADJOURNED MONDAY.  THESE MINUTES ARE NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL SIGNED AND APPROVED BY THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR NEXT REGULAR MEETING ON MONDAY.  ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.