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Norton County Commissioners Minutes

THE UPDATE ON THE ROAD DEPARTMENT AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING LAST MONDAY. THE COMMISSION AND FLOYD RICHARD FROM THE ROAD DEPARTMENT DISCUSSED THE SHALE PROJECT. THE COUNTY IS HAVING SOME DIFFICULTIES WITH THE RENTED MACHINE THAT IS DOING THE MILLING, SO RICHARD IS WORKING WITH THE FIRM TO EXTEND THE COUNTY’S LEASE TIME. THE MILLING PROJECT WILL CONTINUE WITH A CREW TO PRODUCE ENOUGH SHALE FOR THE ROADS SELECTED. ALSO LAST MONDAY, JUSTINA SMITH FROM EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS REPORTED THAT THE MEETING THAT WAS SET FOR THE 21ST WAS POSTPONED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT. SINCE THAT TIME, THERE HAS BEEN SOME MORE INTEREST AND SHE WILL RESCHEDULE THE MEETING. ALSO, SHE IS CONTINUING TO WORK ON THE FIRE/TORNADO SIRENS THAT ARE SOUNDED BY THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE. SHE IS SURVEYING SEVERAL SURROUNDING CITIES TO SEE THE NUMBER OF TIMES THE SIRENS ARE BLOWN IN AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE SURE THE CITIZENS ARE UNDERSTANDING OF THE WARNING SYSTEM. SHE ALSO RECEIVED A BILLING FROM THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE ON THE CROWN VICTORIA THAT WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO HER UPON COMPLETION OF THE NEW PATROL CAR RADIOS, DECALS AND LIGHTS. THE COMMISSION STATED THAT UNTIL THE CAR IS TRANSFERRED TO SMITH, THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BILLING. COUNTY TREASURER CINDY LINNER REPORTED ON THE TRAINING THAT WILL BE TAKING PLACE IN JUNE. HER OFFICE IS SHORT STAFFED AND HER ATTENDANCE WOULD BE QUESTIONABLE. THE COMMISSION FELT THE NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SOFTWARE TRAINING THAT WOULD BE PROVIDED AT THE MEETING WAS VERY IMPORTANT AND THEY SHOULD ATTEND. THE COMMISSION ASKED LINNER TO HIRE SOMEONE TO ANSWER THE PHONE ON THOSE DAYS AND ATTEND THE MEETING BECAUSE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TRAINING FOR STAFF. GINA FRACK FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS WORKING ON A WORK SITE WELLNESS. SHE IS MAKING AN APPLICATION FOR A GRANT ON WELLNESS AND IS ASKING THE COMMISSION TO DO A BASELINE DATA COLLECTION OF COUNTY EMPLOYEES. FRACK HAS PREPARED A BASIC QUESTIONNAIRE TO BE INCLUDED IN THE EMPLOYEE’S PAYROLL TO BE USED IN THE GRANT APPLICATION. THE EMPLOYEE WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS. THE COMMISSION APPROVED THE REQUEST. A MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT FOR THE ELEVATOR AT THE NORTON COUNTY EMS WAS PRESENTED. THE ELEVATOR WILL SOON BE OUT OF WARRANTY AND THE MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT IS SUGGESTED BY B.G. CONSULTANTS. THE MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT WILL BE FOR 62.70 PER MONTH OR 188.10 QUARTERLY, WHICH WILL PROVIDE FOUR VISITS PER YEAR TO EXAMINE AND LUBRICATE THE EQUIPMENT IN A TWELVE-MONTH PERIOD. KONE OF WICHITA WILL PROVIDE ALL THE LUBRICANTS, GREASE AND WIPING CLOTHES. THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED. VICKIE HUBIN FROM THE WESTERN KANSAS CHILD ADVOCACY GAVE AN OVERVIEW OF THE SERVICES THEY PROVIDE NORTHWEST KANSAS. THE ADVOCACY STAFF DOES INTERVIEWS WITH CHILDREN WHEN CALLED BY THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OR KBI WHEN VIOLENT CRIMES ARE WITNESSED AND/OR PHYSICAL OR SEXUAL ABUSE IS SUSPECTED. LAST YEAR THEY HAD 245 CASES IN WESTERN KANSAS, 8 IN NORTON COUNTY. THE AVERAGE COST IS 38 DOLLARS PER INTERVIEW. THEIR FUNDING WAS UNDER PRESSURE FROM THE STATE AND THE COMMISSION APPROVED A DONATION OF 12 HUNDRED DOLLARS TO THE NORTHWEST KANSAS ADVOCACY. COUNTY ATTORNEY DOUG SEBELIUS PRESENTED A REQUEST FROM THE HOCKMAN TRUST FOR A ROAD PETITION. THE HOCKMANS HAVE HIRED AN ATTORNEY TO REPRESENT THEM IN A CASE TO PETITION THE COUNTY COMMISSION FOR ROAD ACCESS TO THEIR PROPERTY. THE COMMISSION SIGNED THE ORDER OF HEARING AFTER SEBELIUS EXPLAINED THE HEARING AND THE LEGAL PROCEEDINGS. THE COMMISSION AND COUNTY APPRAISER ALAN HALE ADDRESSED THE CURRENT TAX BASE FOR NORTON COUNTY. THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS THE COMMISSIONERS ADJOURNED ON LAST MONDAY. THESE MINUTES ARE NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL SIGNED AND APPROVED BY THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR NEXT REGULAR MEETING TOMORROW. ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.