Board hears report on KDOC visit to jail

Sheriff Brian Marks and Amber Lindberg, jail administrator, reported to Cloud County commissioners at their meeting Monday that two representatives of the Kansas Department of Corrections  visited the Law Enforcement Center last Friday and were pleased with the facility.
 The county law enforcement officers told the board that KDOC is rewriting the contract with a change to the per diem rate for each KDOC inmate to $40 for a period commencing April 1 through June 30.
 Fifty-six total inmates are being housed at Cloud County Law Enforcement Center with 22 of them from out of county. The board called Rick Morton of Goldberg Group Architects to set up a meeting to tour the Law Enforcement Center.
 In other law enforcement business, the board approved the transfer of Douglas Colby from corrections officer to deputy sheriff beginning March 16 at a rate of $14.56 to fill an open position. The board also approved the new hires of Matthew Nevins and Sarah Hanline as corrections officers beginning March 16 at a rate of $13.37 per hour to fill open positions.
 In other matters, the board rescinded the motion from Feb. 23 to sign a quit claim deed transferring the old Miltonvale rural Fire District #3 building to the Fire District as it is unknown who at the Fire District has authority to deed the building to a new owner.
The board then issued a quit claim deed from Cloud County to Chris McNeil for the old Miltonvale Rural Fire District #3 building to be used for a welding shop.
 Following a meeting with Dave Tangeman of File Safe about Courthouse and Health Department security, commissioners approved the security project for the Courthouse, Health Department and the southeast door at the Courthouse using existing equipment from the old jail.
 The project is not to exceed $12,000 and is to be paid by the County Attorney's Diversion funds. It should be completed within five weeks.
 Commissioners signed two road vacation notices: One is beginning 1/4 mile south of the northwest corner of 26-7-5 then a 1/4 mile west (also known as Green Road).
The other is beginning at the southeast corner of Section 3-7-3 then a 1/2 mile north (also known as 160th Road).
Hearings for both vacations was set for 9:30 a.m., March 16.
 Highway administrator Andy Asch reported there are a total of 10 bridges on KDOT's critical list. The commissioners will do a road tour on March 23 at 1:30 p.m. with Asch.
 Mike Hake, Solid Waste director, reported he was shipping out 49,763 pounds of bailed cardboard and that a load of clothes also is ready to be shipped. He also said that the Transfer Station will be getting a new billing system.
In other matters the board
•acknowledged sales tax for January 2015 in the amount of $64,819.49 compared to $65,975.67 for 2014
•approved payroll in the amount of $133,850.75, payroll benefits and withholding payments in the amount of $60,313.93 and expenses in the amount of $100,889.12
•discussed the dumping of animal carcasses at the Fairgrounds with Sue Sutton and said they would let law enforcement and Wildlife and Parks know
Meetings attended by commissioners the past week were: Intergovernmental meeting, Feb. 25 in Clyde, Gail Engle and Bill Czapanskiy; North Central Regional Planning Commission meeting in Beloit Feb. 26 and meeting with Juvenile Detention and KDHE, Feb. 27 in Topeka, Engle; Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting, Feb. 25 and meeting with KDOC at the Law Enforcement Center, Feb. 27, Gary Caspers.
 Adjournment was at 1:07 p.m. Next meeting will be March 9. There were 19 Concordia High School government students attending the commission meeting.


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