Commissioners allow vacation time donations

BELOIT – The Mitchell County Commissioners met on Tuesday, Feb. 20. 

Director of Public Works Dale Housh said one of the employees in his department is in need of more vacation time than he has available. Housh said 12 county employees have indicated interest in donating some of their vacation time to assist him. This led to a discussion regarding how many days each employee might be able to donate in a situation such as this.

Beloit City Manager Jason Rabe served as a reference and explained to the commissioners how the city’s policy has been applied in situations such as this. The Commissioners decided to allow fellow employees the right to donate as many days as they wish to donate as long as they have the days to spare. Work will be done on formalizing a permanent policy.

Housh also gave the commissioners a report about the activities in his department. His crews are working their way through a newly acquired semi. When all the necessary repairs are complete, a wet kit will be installed. The kit will cost about $2,500.

– The county’s contract with Dunstan Trucking to haul semi loads of trash from the Mitchell County Landfill to Topeka will expire at the end of April. The commissioners and Housh discussed the possibility of having these trailers pulled to Topeka with county trucks. This could cut the cost in half if it can be done successfully. They will consider whether or not this is a feasible option, and a decision will have to be made soon.

– This past Friday, decisions were made in Topeka regarding the awarding of Historical Preservation grants. Nicole McDaniel from the North Central Regional Planning Commission was on hand to help the Commissioners process the results. There were 53 applications for funds. Only 23 applications were selected for funding. Mitchell County’s application was not approved this year. One of the deciding factors was the critical nature of the grant according to McDaniel. She said they had a great application and a good project, but the committee did not feel the funding for the Mitchell County project was as critical as some others.

McDaniel said there is a good chance they would end up in the same situation next year. She suggested applying for tax credits to help raise the funds to perform work on the exterior of the courthouse.

– The Commissioners and EMS Director Eric Hamel discussed buying a new ambulance or doing major repairs on the current vehicle. The price tag on a new vehicle is around $180,000. Replacing the motor, transmission and other needed repairs could be as much as $50-$60,000. They will continue to weigh the alternatives.

– The commissioners voted to sell an old water rescue truck which is no longer in use to the City of Glen Elder for $6,000.

The Mitchell County Commissioners are next scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 26 at the courthouse in Beloit.

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