By TIM HORAN
Property owned by Dickinson County was visited by the three people who manage it Thursday afternoon last week.
County commissioners LaVerne Myers, Lynn Peterson and Craig Chamberlin made 14 stops as they toured the county after the regularly scheduled work study and meeting Thursday.
Before the tour the county heard a report from County Administrator Brad Homman.
Homman said that the north portion of the South Annex building located on South Buckeye Avenue has been leased to CTI for $500 a month. The contract is for three years.
Homman said that damage to the parking lot north of that building will need to be repaired.
Homman said the compactor at the Transfer Station is in need of replacement. He said the compactor which forces trash into trucks to be hauled away was purchased in 1996.
“It has served us well,” Homman said.
While bids have not been sent out, Homman expects the expenses to be in the neighborhood of $80,000.
“It’s not a cheap item but when you space it out over 20 years, it’s not a bad price,” he said.
Homman said Hank Royer will attend the next meeting of the Smoky Hill Basin Advisory Committee and will apply for application to represent Dickinson County on the committee.
Homman also said that the Detroit Sewer District project is 85 to 90 percent complete
“I was really amazed that they (Kaw Valley Engineering) have got as much done as they have,” he said. “Things are really progressing. It will go fast from now on.”
The county commission also:
• approved the consent agenda which included the minutes of the March 7 work study and regular meeting, payroll of $325,993.56, fund expenditures of $327,839.60 and abatements of $551.10;
• approved a grant renewal with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment;
• approved the purchase of a new computer server for GIS and other county offices for $20,104.87;
• approved the advertising of an emergency communications officer position;
• set April 10 as a meeting of the Dickinson County Commission with that of commissioners from neighboring counties and Randall Allen, executive director of the Kansas Department of Counties.
Following the meeting the commissioners toured these facilities:
• county courthouse including the sheriff’s office, jail, 911 and various offices;
• county attorney’s office and DTF offices;
• west storage warehouse, west of the courthouse west parking lot;
• road and bridge yard, shop and offices;
• communications tower and county radio building north of Abilene;
• sheriff’s shooting range and training facility ;
• environmental services offices, household hazardous waste facility;
• transfer station;
• emergency management mobile command trailer and response equipment located at the transfer station warehouse;
• EMS Station 2 and Healthy Department Annex in Herington;
• bridge construction north of Herington;
• Hope Landfill;
• South Annex to include K-State Research and Extension office.
The commissioners also toured the Herington Hospital.