Commissioners receive OCCK and SVT updates

BELOIT – The Mitchell County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 7. All Commissioners were present along with County Clerk Chris Treaster. Regular attendees including Beloit City Manager Jason Rabe and Solomon Valley Economic Development Director Heather Hartman were on hand as well.

Representatives from the Occupational Center of Central Kansas (OCCK) appeared before the Commissioners to provide their yearly report. Sheila Nelson-Stout, President and CEO of the organization, Pat Wallerius, Vice President and CFO, and Barb Wise, Beloit Regional Manager told the Commissioners that the organization continues to grow in response to the desires of an increasing number of individuals to remain in their homes. Nelson-Stout said that many people can remain in their homes with assistive technology, and other services, which is much more affordable than living in an assisted living facility of some sort.

Ray’s Apple Market, and Manager Todd Adolph, was announced as the OCCK Interhab Outstanding Business earlier for the year of  2017.

– Nelson-Stout reviewed the 81 Connection, a fixed route bus service for North Central Kansas. This system is a bus route which runs from Belleville to Salina with three busses running each day. For Mitchell County people in need of a ride, the 81 Connection makes stops at the Highway 24/81 Junction three times per day.

The OCCK budget request asked for a three percent increase for the upcoming fiscal year.

– Tammy Kimminau, Executive Director of Solomon Valley Transportation (SVT), met with the commissioners to present a proclamation declaring the week of May 14-18 Mitchell County’s observance of, and participation in, National Transportation Week. The proclamation was made official by unanimous vote.

Kimminau told the commissioners their latest budget was approved along with authority to purchase two new vehicles. The commissioners had high praise for SVT, pointing out how the organization has grown from a modest upstart to a shining example of how rural community programs, or any such service, should function and evolve.

– The commissioners reviewed the Kansas County Commissioner’s Association annual meeting which they attended last week in Wichita. The the keynote speaker was motivating, and the small group workshops were beneficial based on the commissioner’s comments.

– A Neighborhood Revitalization Grant for temporary, pro-rated tax abatement was approved for Mark and Tara Bergman for a 100 feet by 80 feet steel building including a cement foundation and electrical service valued at $130,000.

The Mitchell County Commissioners are next scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 14 at the courthouse in Beloit.

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