MITCHELL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – Tuesday, September 6, 2022

By Terry Bailey

The Mitchell County Commissioners conducted their weekly business meeting at the Courthouse Tuesday morning, September 6, 2022. Commissioners Jim Marshall and Mike Cooper and County Clerk Chris Treaster were present. Tom Claussen is recovering from major knee surgery and was unable to attend.
Superintendent of Public Works, Marty Hernandez, was present to discuss the progress of the work on the bridge replacement project on the Hazeltine corner on the Tipton Blacktop and to discuss the purchase of a replacement oil distributor truck for the chip/seal crew.
The bridge replacement project is making normal progress for such an endeavor. It would appear that, according to Commissioner Jim Marshall, the constituents from his district are unhappy with the speed of which the work is proceeding. Part of the situation is a consideration detour necessary because of the location of the bridge replacement undertaking. Hernandez assured Marshall and all the others that he has a full crew working on the project in almost every instance. The laying of blacktop takes virtually all the members of the road and bridge crew which causes the work to shut down when the crews are laying asphalt. Otherwise, the work is proceeding full speed ahead. The situation could be summed up best by saying, "Things take time."
Hernandez told the Commissioners he has been looking for a replacement distributor component to replace the 1982 unit currently in use. The State of Kansas surplus inventory listing indicates a 2000 Sterling unit is available in Salina. The asking price for the unit was $32,500 but Hernandez negotiated them down to $29,500. The newer model has a 1,000-gallon tank with the current unit having a 600-gallon tank. Hernandez reported he has money in his capital equipment budget to cover the cost of the purchase. The Commissioners gave their approval for the acquisition of the replacement distributor unit.
One Neighborhood Revitalization Grant application was approved for the Blue Hills Hatchery for a new pheasant breeding facility structure in the amount of $500,000.
Another Neighborhood Revitalization Grant application was approved for Troy and Valerie Tonne for a shop/home combination unit in the amount of $168,000
Having addressed all the items on the printed agenda, the meeting was adjourned.


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