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Commission will assist Ellis in Big Creek cleanup


By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

Ellis County commissioners approved a motion in Monday's regular meeting to assist the city of Ellis in cleanup of the bed at Big Creek in Ellis. The city of Ellis is to reimburse the county for its labor and equipment costs, not to exceed the $3,000 estimate.

In other business:

* Commissioners approved the release to ITC Great Plains money in an escrow account established for the construction of a transmission line through the county.

* Commissioners approved renewing the annual weed control contract with KDOT for 2014 using the proposed employee and equipment costs of $30 per hour. The county had been at $25 per hour since 2005.

* Commissioners awarded the engineering contract to Kirkham Michael for a KDOT bridge contract.

* Commissioners received the monthly health report. Sund noted in his memo to commissioners Ellis County Health Administrator Butch Schlyer reported during the weekend between Christmas and New Year's, the population at the county jail reached 63 inmates. In his memo, Sund reported Schlyer said some jailers expressed concern the jail expansion plans would not meet the county's needs.

* Commissioners approved a resolution appointing Lisa Ree to the position of county appraiser for the remainder of a four-year term ending in 2017.

* Commissioners authorized the county appraiser to spend up to $27,000 on file storage cabinets for the new office at 718 Main. To move the filing system machine would require dismantling and reassembling it at the new location. Dean Denning, who retired as county appraiser in December, believed the cost to move the machine and replace parts for it could cost as much as buying the new equipment, Sund said in his memo to commissioners.

* Commissioners received an update on the renovation plans for the courthouse and LEC. Despite the bids for the new administrative center being rejected, Sund said the architect for that project believes it can move forward without any delays by starting with the LEC portion of the project.

* Commissioners were informed a modified resolution is possible concerning insurance proceeds after a natural disaster, so the regulation applies to only certain zones of rural areas of the county. No action was taken.

* Commissioners received an updated reorganization document.

* Commissioners scheduled a planning meeting for the 2015 budget at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at 718 Main.

* Commissioners voted 2-1, with Wasinger dissenting, to approve an annual resolution for the county to continue to operate without using generally accepted accounting procedures.