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Ree appointed new county appraiser


By The Hays Daily News

The Ellis County Commission approved Lisa Ree as the new county appraiser at Monday's meeting at the Ellis County Courthouse.

Ree, the current deputy appraiser, replaces Dean Denning, who retires Dec. 31. Ree will take over Jan. 1, with a salary of $72,756.

In other business:

* Commissioners approved purchase of a 2014 Ford Expedition in the amount of $32,017, to be used by Ellis County Rural Fire Director Dick Klaus. Commissioner Swede Holmgren questioned Klaus if he needed such a large vehicle, and if the bidding process could be opened up.

* Commissioners tabled a request from the city of Ellis for assistance from the county in the removal of tree stumps from Big Creek in Ellis. Holmgren, who is from Ellis, reminded fellow commissioners Ellis kept its share of proceeds from the new county sales tax. With that being the case, he reasoned the city should pay a portion of the county's cost for removing the tree stumps.

* Commissioners tabled a resolution concerning a portion of insurance proceeds being kept by the county in case of a natural disaster on a person's property in unincorporated areas of the county.

* Commissioners approved a resolution that sets salaries for county elected officials in 2014.

* Commissioners approved a resolution establishing 2014 wages and salaries for county employees not covered by a union contract.

* Commissioners approved the updated county purchasing policy, the updated county budget policy and the new revenue and expenditure coding procedure.

* Commissioners approved the monthly financial report for November.

* Commissioners approved the renewal of five cereal malt beverage licenses.

Commissioners recognized three retiring employees: Denning as county appraiser; Martha Miller with the Register of Deeds office and Ronald "Skip" Schlyer with the Public Works department.

* Commissioners went into executive session with Sund and county counselor Bill Jeter for 30 minutes to discuss two issues regarding non-elected employees. No action was taken.