Busy Meeting For Mitchell County Commissioners

The Mitchell County commissioners entertained several guests during their meeting on Monday.

County Appraiser Melinda Latham, County Treasurer Yvonne Melton, and Community Development Director Heather Hartman presented on behalf of the county’s Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. A letter is going to be sent out from the county stating that under the new plan, you must pay taxes on time or you won’t be eligible to participate in the program. The commissioners plan to sign off on it during a future meeting after and open hearing.

On related note, applications were approved during the meeting within the plan. Gregory Snyder of Glen Elder had a planned approved for a commercial building for $29,910. Chris and Kendra Wagner plan was approved for a re-model and addition for $47,500. Brandon and Amanda Pounds’ application was approved for a 30’x 40’ garage for $32,187.

It was noted during the meeting that Randy Gengler will be replacing Tom Denecke on the Rescue Squad.

Lifestar will be in Asherville next Monday for the fire department to practice emergency exercises across the street from the old grade school.

On behalf of Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems, Eldon Koepke and Curt Frasier met in an executive session with the commissioners. County Attorney Mark Noah was also present. When the regular meeting resumed it was noted that MCHHS is pursuing a possible purchase of real estate.

Harvey Knoll of Knoll Building Maintenance was present during the meeting. Knoll said that his crew is going to start work on the courthouse bell tower on May 6 and they will have to bring in a crane for a few days. The commissioners approved $30,000 of partial pay for work done so far to be paid on May 4.

After meeting in an executive session, Communications Director Becky Schaefer said that the server for CAD has a hard drive out and wanted permission to change it out or replace it. It would cost a few thousand dollars.

Chad Lorenz was back to present a map and a letter he is submitting to the state department of Transportation. Lorenz said he would ask KDOT to make the sign, which is slightly different than its current bicycle signage. The commissioners encouraged him to contact Jim Bell at Bell Memorials in Beloit and Stan Denecke the county’s 9-1-1 sign coordinator to look at pricing for county road bicycle signs. A proposed 40 county road signs and 49 state highway signs are marked on the proposal. The commissioners approved the letter to KDOT with the proposal.

A final note from the meeting was that Heather Hartman was elected to the Kansas Agriculture Rural Leadership (KARL) Board of Directors over the weekend.

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