Progress being made on new landfill pit
Steve Greene, Mark Fleming and Dwight Frost, the Jewell County
Board of Commissioners met last Monday.
Office head meetings were conducted with Jim Vaughan, solid waste director; Gail Bartley, noxious weed director; Chris Petet, custodian; Brenda Eakins, treasurer; Chuck Latham, county appraiser; and Joel Elkins, general superintendent.
Latham said he had completed the analysis and is working on final review of 2014 values.
Vaughan said the NCK Vo-Tech students are making progress preparing the new pit at the landfill. KWORCC inspected the transfer station.
Elkins said they are hauling rock and tubes. He said they also had the KWORCC inspection at the shop.
Bartley is working on year end reports and the court date was completed.
Petet said KWORCC inspected the courthouse.
Eakins said the tax statements had been mailed and the treasurer's office had started taking in tax payments.
Waugh said the Esbon Fire Grant project is completed. She is taking applications for position in her office. She reminded the department heads to complete performance evaluations and inventory listing before Dec. 31 and to provide the county clerk's office with a copy of each employee's current driver's license. Each employee will receive a new copy of the handbook.
Fleming said he attended the open house for the Esbon Fire Station and LEPC meeting.
Frost also attended the open house for the Esbon Fire Station, NCRPC meeting and the LEPC meeting.
Greene attended the LEPC meeting and the detention center meeting and reported at the Jan. 27 meeting with the department heads members of the Rock Hills Junior Class plan to attend.
Don Snyder said there will be a LEPC meeting Dec. 11 and reported on plans to attend the regional council meeting.
Jonas McEntire, sheriff, discussed the operation of his office. He said the courthouse metal detector has been assembled and the other equipment has arrived. He has a contractor to work on the door as well as someone to work on the security for the door.
Elkins, general superintendent, reported on maintenance projects. He said that Darrell Miller had contacted him about the possibility of closing Cedar Road between 250 and 260 roads. Bill Logan also inquired about closing a portion of S Avenue in Section 33 of Richland Township. The commissioners asked Elkins to gather more information on the proposed closings. Matt Ehlers had asked about putting a sign on the county road right-of-way directing people to his location. The commissioners said it was county policy not to allow signs on county right-of-way.
Clark Howland asked about easements for buried cables in roads. The commissioners suggested he contact the county attorney.
Reed Taylor, Midwest Mailing, introduced himself and his company. He reviewed the services and products they offer. He had a proposal for a Neopost mailing machine. The commissioners said they would wait until June when current machine lease is completed.
Motion passed unanimously to close the courthouse to public at noon on Dec. 31 to allow the courthouse offices to close their books for 2013.
Jewell County Commissioners met again Monday.
Jim Vaughan, solid waste director, reviewed the activity report for November.
Shannon Meier, ambulance director, reviewed the monthly billing report.
Don Snyder, emergency preparedness director, said vo-tech quoted about $1,700 to paint the county car. The board approved the plan and the vehicle will be painted for the cost of materials.
Gail Bartley, noxious weed director, discussed the compliance checklist from KWORCC inspection for his department.
Joel Elkins, general superintendent, reported on maintenance projects and discussed road closings.
Larry Sharp, KCAMP, presented a check to Jewell County for $600 for the loss ratio 2012.
Darrell Miller, county attorney, and Jonas McEntire, sheriff, discussed medical expenses for prisoners.
Commissioners held two exectuive session with Darrell Miller and Carla Waugh to discuss non-elected personnel. No action was taken.
The commissioners discussed the official county newspaper with Darrell Miller, county attorney.
Anna Standley, register of deeds, discussed submitted a letter to the editor of the Jewell County Record concerning mortgage registration fees.
The commissioners worked on employee performance evaluations.
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for inclusion on Angel Tree
As the Christmas season is upon us it is time to remind everyone in Jewell County and the surrounding areas about the Angel Trees located in Jewell County. The name of any child 18 (and still in high school) and under is eligible to be placed on the Angel Tree.
What is the purpose of the Angel Tree? To ensure that every child is the recipient of a gift at Christmas time.
To be placed on the Angel Tree. Parents or guardians must first fill out a work sheet which can be picked up and returned to the Jewell County United Methodist Parish office, Guaranty State Bank in Jewell, and by contacting Brenda Eakins for the Angels in the Burr Oak area. On the work sheet is listed age, gender, hobbies and interest, wish list, clothing size, favorite color, parents' names, addresses and telephone numbers.
"When the parents or guardians fill out the information on the sheets, if they are more specific it helps our Angel Tree shoppers. For example if they like movies what kind, into monsters which ones, and so forth," said Lisa Goodheart.
Upon the return of the above information to the designated area organizers, a number is assigned to the angel and then the angel is placed on the Angel Tree for that area. All personal names and the names of the angels are not revealed.
Who can be an Angel Tree provider? Anyone who wishes to ensure that a child has a present at Christmas time.
Once the angels are placed on the trees, individuals are encouraged to visit the sites and select a number with age, gender and other information for which they wish to purchase gifts for. There is not a minimum or maximum dollar amount set. Once the Angel Tree shoppers have selected their angel number they must sign up the number on a signout sheet. The purpose of this is so the organizers can contact the shoppers in case the gifts have not been returned by designated time. When the gifts are returned to the organizers, they need not be wrapped as gifts will go into gift bags. Once the gifts are received back to the organizers, Lisa, Brenda and Susan will call the parents or guardians and then they can come pick them up and take them home for their angels.
"In the past Solomon Valley Eagles motorcycle club collected toys and distributed them in Mitchell and Jewell counties. If there is a toy from this organization that will fit our angels then perhaps a toy will be added to the gift," said Lisa.
How does the organization support itself? By cash donations from the Eagle Riders, Jewell County Ministerial Alliances and generous private donations.
Angel Trees can be found in the following locations. In Mankato at Mankato Library serving Mankato, Formoso, Webber and Lovewell. The Guaranty State Bank in Burr Oak which serves the communities of Burr Oak and Esbon. Jewell at the Guaranty State Bank which serves the communities of Jewell, Randall and Ionia. Jewell will accept donations if someone wishes to not take an angel.
The deadline for parents and guardians to submit the names for this year's Angel Tree recipient is Dec. 9. Organizers are requesting that all Angel Tree gifts be turned in by Dec. 16. All angels with information submitted by parents or guardians will receive a gift.
Heavy equipment students at work on new landfill pit
Representatives of the North Central Kansas Technical College's
heavy equipment department are coming from Beloit to dig a new
construction and demolition pit and back filling the old pit at
the Jewell County sanitary landfill.
Each year the instructors, Mark Jones, Brian Murray and W.H. Cox, find jobs for the students to gain real-life, hands-on training. Jones and Murray have stated how important it is to be able to take the students out on actual job sites and appreciate Jewell County providing this opportunity for the NCKTC students.
At the landfill, Jones is supervising the job while the students are operating the scrapers, dozers and motor graders. With winter weather approaching, the students are working hard to get as much done as possible before it arrives.
At this time Murray is supervising a group of students working on maintaining roads in southwest Mitchell County with motor graders, while Cox is supervising the remainder of the students at the heavy equipment site northwest of Beloit.
Tuesday Murray said, "Today will probably be our last day at job sites for this semester. The remainder of the semester will be in the classroom."
Hospital board rescinds approval of pharmacy system
Trustees of the Jewell County Hospital met Oct. 24 with the
following present: Larry Welch, president, Cynthia Clark, Shannon
Meier, Lila Frost and Trevor Elkins. Hospital staff present were
Doyle McKimmy, CEO; Krista Ruthstrom, CFO; D'Ann Gardner, HIM;
Susan Newell and Rose Alvord.
McKimmy presented two reports about the affordable care act. He received an e-mail from KHA regarding reimbursement for Kansas hospitals. Also addressed were CAH and different classification along with reduction of benefits.
Leon Hughes is retiring. McKimmy and the trustees extended sympathy to Marilyn Dunstan on the death of her mother.
Ruthstrom presented the September balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and the treasurer's report. Some Medicare payments were received in October. Medicare has implemented a mandatory hold on swing bed payments for at least a month so it is a much longer wait for payment. Trustees approved the financials.
Gardner gave the September stats. There were two credentials submitted for approval, Donald Boss, Kearney Radiology, and Carl Fugate, MD. Both were reappointments and approved by trustees.
Newell presented the Medselect pharmacy system information. Trustees approved rescinding the previous approval of the Omicell pharmacy system because of the wrong information about the total cost. The board defer the final approval of any system pending new information.
There was discussion with Carole Simon and Newell regarding the ISB conversion. Trustees approved to convert to ISB on March 1 pending state approval.
The smoke free campus policy update was given.
Results of the LTC survey were reported. Simon is writing up the plan of correction.
McKimmy and Newell discussed the provider situation concerning vacation and other coverage. More information was needed.
An executive session was held to discuss risk management report with no action taken following the session.
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