Monday April 8th Mitchell County Commissioners Meeting


Mitchell County Commissioners


Monday, April 8, 2019


By Terry Bailey



The Mitchell County Commissioners met at the Courthouse Monday morning to conduct the business of the County. All Commissioners and the County Clerk were present. Also in attendance was Jason Rabe, Beloit City Manager, and Heather Hartman, Solomon Valley Economic Director.


Commission Chairperson Mike Cooper shared a letter he had received from the local Desire Tobey Sears Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Their Chapter would like to bestow a Community Service Award to Mitchell County for their efforts to restore and renovate the Little Red Schoolhouse and to recognize the educational, cultural, and historical benefits offered by the Little Red Schoolhouse. The Award will be presented at their meeting to be held at the Mitchell County Historical Society on April 15th at 6:30 p.m.


Ryan Duskie of Glen Elder was selected as a replacement for Bob Severance on the Mitchell County Tourism Board.


The Commissioners voted unanimously to sign a proclamation declaring the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.


Eric Hamel, EMS Director, presented his monthly ambulance activity report to the Commissioners. The ambulance service conducted 57 runs for the month of March. Forty-eight of the runs were in Beloit, five to Glen Elder, three to Cawker City, and one to Tipton. The busiest time of day for the ambulance was from noon until one pm with six runs conducted during that time period followed closely with five runs during the three to four pm time period. Wednesday and Friday tied for the busiest day with 11 runs performed each day. 31 of the 57 calls saw the ambulance enroute within two minutes of receiving the call. The age category of 70-79 years of age saw13 calls with the 60-69 age group having 11 runs.


Hamel reported he had followed up on a discussion at last week’s meeting regarding a backup electrical generator for the ambulance barn. Hamel said he had located a 22 KW Generex generator that would meet the needs in case of loss of electrical power at the price of $9,517. The Commissioners authorized the purchase as well as the cost of having Heineken’s doing the installation.


Hamel also reported on the cost of rock for the parking lot at the ambulance barn. Crushed concrete has a cost of $21 per ton and 1” rock has a price tag of $25 per ton. There was some uncertainty regarding exactly how much material would be needed for a one inch topping on the lot. The Commissioners asked Hamel to do the math and come back with exact figures at the next meeting.


Cortney Murrow, Mitchell County Health Nurse, reported that she had attended the Governor’s Public Health Conference. She was pleased that her department is doing the things that they say should be done. “It affirmed our efforts,” said Murrow.


Murrow requested a ten minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. No actions were taken as a result of that closed session.


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

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