Jewell County Commissioners – March 5, 2018

The Jewell County Commissioners met March 5, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. Commissioners, Keith Roe, Steve Greene and Mark Fleming were present. Carla J. Waugh, County Clerk, was present for the meeting.


Travis Garst, Solid Waste, reviewed the monthly activity report for February.


Shannon Meier, Ambulance Director, provided the monthly billing report with 35 total calls. Shannon said the defibrillators are ordered.


Chris Petet, Custodian, discussed the Cummins Sales & Service agreement for replacing the two-4D starting batteries on the generator for $665.34. Steve Greene moved and Mark Fleming seconded to approve the agreement to replace the two starting batteries on the generator for $665.34. Motion passed unanimously.


Gail Bartley, Noxious Weed Director, discussed a spraying complaint. He also discussed the credentialing program for Emergency Preparedness.


Nancy Marihugh, Health Administrator, discussed the WIC Program payments. They have training on March 13th and the office will be closed from 8:30 to Noon and then on April 4th will be installation day with the office closed all day.


The minutes of the February 26, 2018 County Commissioners meeting were approved.


Joel Elkins, General Superintendent, discussed Mill Street in Ionia. Joel reported two stop signs down in the South East part of the County. The Commissioners discussed road concerns.


Darrell Miller, County Attorney, had for the Commissioners approval a resolution for the change of work hours for the County Highway Department. Steve Greene moved and Mark Fleming seconded to adopt Resolution 18-01 for the County Highway Department change of work hours for the period of time of March 25, 2018 through October 13, 2018, Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Motion passed unanimously.


Darrell Miller discussed with Joel Elkins and Commissioners details for the bidding process on the proposed new building. It was decided to have Darrell Miller contact Randy Hofmeier, Auditor, to verify budget and finance options.


Don Jacobs, Sheriff, discussed the air conditioning units in the Sheriff’s Department. He requested changing the unit. The Commissioners told him to get quotes.


Darrell Miller requested an executive session to discuss legal matters. Mark Fleming moved and Steve Greene seconded the motion to go into executive session to discuss legal matters for 5 minutes beginning at 11:03 a.m. with Darrell Miller and Carla Waugh present. Motion passed unanimously. Regular session resumed at 11:08 a.m. with no action taken.


The meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m.


Jewell County hosted the multi-county meeting in the Courthouse meeting room beginning at 11:30 a.m. with Mitchell, Osborne and Smith Counties present. Chairman Roe welcomed everyone to Jewell County and discussed the changes in the cereal malt beverage law for April 2019. Keith Roe encouraged everyone to take advantage of the educational Webinars hosted by KAC. He thanked Mitchell County Health Department for their assistance.

Bill Seamans, Osborne County Commissioner complimented Smith County on their roads being in great condition. Sherry Koster, Sanitarian, reviewed the Bi-Annual and Annual Detail Transaction report for 2017 along with the Bi-Annual Progress Report.

Dan Steffen, Department of Commerce, Business & Community Development Divisions, discussed the services and programs provided by the department.

The group discussed tire recycling grants and guidelines for administering them. Mitchell County said they recently purchased Attendance on Demand, time clock system and asked if any other counties use such a system.

Jewell County said they have been using it and explained the benefits to the time clock. Mitchell County’s Wellness Center program was discussed. The next Multi-County meeting will be hosted by Mitchell County with the date to be announced.

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