Commissioners approve deed purchases

The Mitchell County Commissioners conducted their weekly business meeting at the Courthouse Monday morning, June 11 with all of the commissioners and the county clerk present.

Tammi Eck, Register of Deeds presented her yearly book purchases, an essential piece of equipment for her office, as all exchanges of property are recorded in official books. This is the way all property transfers are recorded so that land titles can be maintained over time. Two books, each over 100 years old, require specialized care to maintain their integrity.  One needs minor repair at a $350 cost and the other, a deed book, requires a total make over, at a cost of  $1500. The repairs to these two books along with the purchase of other brand new books will total $3,700. Eck said she has money in her budget to cover such expenses. Commissioners approved the necessary purchases.

Eck then requested a ten minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. No decisions were made as a result of that closed session.

Eck requested permission to hire seasonal help in order to update software files. Changes at the state level require that counties make numerous housekeeping changes in their records. She anticipated this work will require about three months of work by part time help. She was granted to proceed and to keep the commissioners updated with the progress.

Director of the Emergency Medical Service, Eric Hamel, reported a review of the ambulance work performed in the month of May. The ambulance service made 49 runs in May, 37 in the City of Beloit.  Five runs were made to Tipton, two each to Cawker City, Glen Elder, and Sedgwick and one run to Jewell. The busiest time period was from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Tuesday was the busiest day of the week with 12 runs followed closely by Thursday with 11 runs. The average time from receiving the call to leaving the ambulance garage was 1.3 minutes. The age group of 80-89 years of age was the most prevalent group.

Mitchell County Health Nurse Cortney Murrow,  and Director of Maintenance and Brian Streit, were present to discuss the purchase of an emergency electrical generator for the Health Department building. They have been looking for a generator that is affordable and adequate to do the job for quite some time and have located a generator for $7,100, installed. The generator is especially important because a loss of power at the Health Department would cause the refrigerators holding the vaccines to stop working. If the temperature rises above a specific temperature the vaccines would become unusableand tens of thousands of dollars of vaccine would have to be disposed of. The commissioners directed that the generator be purchased and installed as quickly as possible.

The 911 Communications Director, Becky Snook, was on hand along with Terrance and Heidi Silvia to discuss a promotion for Terrance.  He has worked with the communications department for 14 years and Snook would like to promote him to Assistant 911 Director. A one dollar an hour raise would take effect immediately with an additional one dollar raise after successfully completing a six month probationary period.

The meeting was adjourned before the commissioners and the county clerk participated in the Four County Meeting at Plum Creek.

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