By Terry Bailey

The Mitchell County Commissioners conducted their weekly meeting at the Courthouse Monday morning, January 23rd. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
Emily Benedick was present to have a letter of support signed by the Commissioners to validate their support of the efforts of the Solomon Valley Economic Development group to seek grant funding for Mitchell County. They gladly and enthusiastically gave their full support an signed the letter of support.
Benedick said the group was submitting a $5,000 grant to buy a wide variety of items promoting Mitchell County. They are seeking money banners, road flags, items for swag bags to promote quality of life in Mitchell County.
Benedick also said she is waiting for notification on the status of the SEED grant for daycare assistance in Mitchell County.
A community roundtable discussion regarding Senior Citizen Housing will be held Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the First Bank Community Room. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend.
The commissioners approved a Neighborhood Revitalization grant for David and Jody Bunger for a 36' x 72' home in the amount of $170,600.
Eric Hamel, EMS director, was present with three representatives from the DeLisha group that submits billing information to insurance companies on behalf of the Ambulance service. The bottom line is that the way DeLisha submits their activity is in such a form that commissioners have great difficulty understands the numbers.
Commissioner Jim Marshall said, "Nothing jives on the monthly report. Could you please explain?"
After considerable discussion with numerous questions asked, the DeLisha folks indicated understanding of what format the Commissioners were hoping to see. Everyone agreed that the meeting was time well spent.
Hamel submitted the statistics for the ambulance service for the month of December.
The ambulance made 52 runs in the month of December. Thirty-five runs were made to the City of Beloit, nine to Glen Elder, four to Tipton, two to Downs, and one each to Cawker City and Osborne. The busiest hour of the day was 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with six runs at that time. The time periods from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., 11 a.m. to noon, and 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. had five runs each. The busiest day was Friday with 12 runs closely followed by Saturday day with 11.
The average time from when a call comes into the ambulance bar until a unit until leaves the barn is 1.35 minutes. The age category with the most responses was the 80 to 90 age group with 16 runs.
Having addressed all items on the printed agenda, the meeting was adjourned.