Mitchell County Commissioners – 12/18/17

The Mitchell County Commissioners met on Monday morning in Beloit. Bill Unger of Mitchell County Fire Department No. 3 updated the commissioners on their activity. He said they have responded to 42 events this year. Some of these are non-fire occurrences such as vehicle accidents and others.

He also discussed their plans to acquire a standard pickup truck to serve as a quick response vehicle. A final decision has not yet been made on a purchase. However, he said they have been looking for options in Beloit and throughout the area. They found a Ford vehicle in Salina which they were to look at on Monday. Due to budget restrictions, Unger said they would consider a 4-5 year lease purchase at an overall cost of approximately $35,000 if they choose to purchase the pickup in Salina. He added that they already have the box to retrofit the truck with for fire department purposes.

Community Development Director Heather Hartman reported that she will be attending a Capital Improvement Planning session in Cawker City on Monday evening with representatives of the North Central Regional Planning Commission. The December meeting of Solomon Valley Economic Development will be held this Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the North Central Regional Planning Commission office in Beloit.

In action items, the commissioners approved a contract with Pawnee Mental Health for 2018 where the county will provide funding in the amount of $46,335 or .534 mills. This is an amount equal to 2017.

Commissioner Tom Claussen announced that on July 18, 2018 there will be a Rural Fire Chief meeting in Beloit at the fire station. There will be crisis counseling program presented during the meeting.

The Commissioners announced they will next hold their next meeting, which will be their end of year meeting, on Friday, December 29 at 8:30 a.m. at the Mitchell County Courthouse. It was also noted that there will be no meeting in first week of January.

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Now in his fourth year as News Director at KD-Country 94 and Z-96.3 The Lake, Chad is a jack of not all, but many trades. He spent previous years of his working life in hotel management, event planning, security, the aviation industry, and as a small business owner. He began doing play-by-play of high school sports for KDNS and KZDY in 2009 and came to work full time for the stations in July of 2015. He is a single-father of an eight year old daughter and enjoys spending his free time with her. His favorite activities include attending live music and sporting events as well as being a singer/songwriter. A natural conversationalist, he also enjoys a good discussion/debate on a myriad of topics from current events and politics to sports and philosophy. He resides in Glen Elder with his daughter and continues to write sports and meeting stories for the local newspaper.