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Norton County Commissioners Minutes

THE JOB OF THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND THE BOBCAT FOR the COUNTY WERE ITEMS FOR the NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING ON DECEMBER 17TH.  JUSTINA SMITH, EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COORDINATOR PRESENTED A QUOTE SHE RECEIVED FOR EQUIPMENT ON THE OLD SHERIFF’S CAR FOR HER DEPARTMENT.  THE COMMISSION RAISED questions WITH SOME OF THE EQUIPMENT THAT WAS PROPOSED ON the CAR AND STATED THEY NEEDED TO VISIT WITH THE SHERIFF TO SEE THE SPECIFIC STATUTES THAT REGULATES EMERGENCY VEHICLES.  THE COMMISSIONERS QUESTIONED THE NEED FOR LIGHTS AND SIREN FOR THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS VEHICLE.  SMITH STATED THAT WAS TO ARRIVE AT THE SCENE QUICKLY WHEN REQUESTED. THE COMMISSION FELT A LOT more CONSIDERATION AND DISCUSSION WAS NEEDED PRIOR TO THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE PROPOSAL.  THE DECISION WAS TABLED UNTIL TOMORROW’S MEETING.  THEY ALSO DISCUSSED THE NEED TO ESTABLISH A LOCAL POLICY ON THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS POSITION.  THE KANSAS STATUTES ARE SPECIFIC ABOUT THE JOB, BUT THE COMMISSION FELT A LOCAL POLICY WOULD BE A GOOD GUIDE.  SMITH ALSO ASKED ABOUT A SALARY ADJUSTMENT AND CONSIDERATION OF MAKING HER POSITION A FULL TIME ONE.  THE COMMISSION STATED THE BUDGETS HAVE BEEN SET AND THERE IS NOT A LOT OF ROOM FOR CHANGE.  THE CURRENT COMMISSION SUGGESTED DISCUSSING THE ISSUE WITH THE NEW COMMISSION.  ALSO NEIL COLEMAN FROM BOBCAT REPORTED THE NEW BOBCAT WAS IN NORTON AND READY FOR DELIVERY.  NOT ALL OF THE EQUIPMENT ORDERED WAS received, BUT SHOULD BE WITHIN THE MONTH.  HE ALSO EXPLAINED TO THE INCOMING COMMISSION ABOUT THE EXCHANGE PROGRAM THAT IS WITH THE COUNTY.  EACH YEAR THE COUNTY EXCHANGES WITH BOBCAT FOR A NEW MODEL BY PAYING THE HOURLY EXCHANGE RATE AT 18 DOLLARS PER HOUR.  THE COMMISSION APPROVED THE RESOLUTION THAT WAYNE DIETZ, BRIAN BERLIER AND ELMER ZERR ARE APPOINTED AS THE DEPUTY COUNTY SURVEYORS FOR NORTON COUNTY FOR A TERM ENDING DECEMBER 31ST OF 2013.  THE COMMISSION REVIEWED THE APPLICATIONS FOR THE SOLID WASTE POSITION.  THE APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED AND INTERVIEW DATES WILL BE SET UP BY THE COMMISSION.  THE REPORT ON THE KYLE RAILROAD MEETING WAS PRESENTED.  THAT MEETING WAS TO DISCUSS THE RENOVATION OF THE TRACK AND THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS WITH THE AG VALLEY EXPANSION PROJECTS.  THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS, THE COMMISSION ADJOURNED ON THE 17TH.  THESE MINUTES ARE NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL SIGNED AND APPROVED BY THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR NEXT MEETING TOMORROW.  ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.