By Terry Bailey

The Mitchell County Commissioners conducted their weekly meeting at the Courthouse on Monday morning, July 18. All Commissioners and the County Clerk were present.
Brian Streit, Courthouse Maintenance supervisor, checked in to report a freon leak in the cab of his pickup. Streit reported that Jake Krone identified the leak right away. He said he would have to take the dashboard apart to get to the troubled spot. The Commissioners authorized Streit to get the leak fixed right away.
Eric Hamel was present to give his monthly EMS report to the Commissioners. The ambulance service conducted 65 runs in the month of June. Forty-seven were to the City of Beloit, 10 to Glen Elder, six to Cawker City and two to Glasco. The time period of 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. was the busiest with 10 runs during that time period. The time period of 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. had six runs and the 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. had five runs.
Saturday was the busiest day with 13 runs on that day, closely followed by Thursday with 12 runs and Friday with 11 runs. The average elapsed time from when a call is received until the ambulance leaves the barn is .99 minutes.
The age category of 60 to 69 years of age led the responses with 19 runs. The age group of 70 to 79 was a close second with 18 runs, followed by the 80 to 89 age category with 10 runs.
Hamel requested a 10-minute executive session for the purpose of discussing trade secrets of the organization. An additional ten minutes was added to the initial time period. When the regular session resumed it was announced that no decisions were made as a result of the closed session.
Marty Hernandez, Superintendent of Public Works, was present with papers authorizing the Causeway project. The Federal government will pay 90% of the cost and the County will pay 10%. This results in the Federal government paying $2.259 million and Mitchell paying $360,000.
John Shea, executive director of the North Central Kansas Regional Planning Commission, stopped by for an introductory visit. Pleasantries were extended to Mr. Shea and the Commissioners welcomed him to the community.

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