Monday April 8th Mitchell County Commissioners Meeting


Mitchell County Commissioners


Monday, April 8, 2018


By Terry Bailey



The Mitchell County Commissioners met at the Courthouse on Monday, April 9, 2018. All Commissioners and the County Clerk were present.


The Commissioners approved a Neighborhood Revitalization Grant for Eric and Lisa Dunstan in USD 273 for a new commercial, owner occupied building at a cost of $50,000.

Mitchell County EMS Director Eric Hamel was on hand to provide the monthly EMS report for the month of March. The EMS conducted 50 runs for the month. There were 38 in and around Beloit, eight in the Glen Elder area and one run each in Cawker City, Tipton, Hunter, and Downs.

The busiest day for the service was Fridays with 14 runs made on those days. The average patient age was between 60 and 69 years of age. The EMS also conducted patient transfers to Salina Regional Health Center and Via Christi in Wichita. The department billed a total of $46,856 for the month.

The commissioners approved a lease/purchase agreement on a new ambulance for Mitchell County EMS with Guaranty State Bank at an interest rate of 3.405 percent. Hamel said the new unit is on order and should be delivered in about six months.

Mitchell County Information Technology Specialist Jeff Roberg presented a potential GPS program for the county to track and trace county vehicles such as law enforcement, EMS and others. This could potentially assist with helping find locations of calls. It could also be used to track law enforcement patrol areas and the frequency that regular patrols are being conducted. The cost of the program is about $20 per vehicle. The commissioners reviewed the information and Roberg is to provide them to EMS Director Hamel and Sheriff Tony Perez.

North Central Regional Planning Commission representative Nicole McDaniel appeared to discuss work to acquire funds to perform an external refurbishment of the courthouse. Grants recently applied for were not awarded. The county is now considering applying for tax credits to help fund the project. The consensus seemed to be to apply for tax credits and reapply for grants during the next cycle. Commissioner Tom Claussen said the Commissioners need to work on acquiring funds to address pertinent issues such as water leaks which are impacting the courthouse basement.

Having addressed all of the items on the printed agenda, the meeting was adjourned.


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