Commissioners still working with Fair Board on ECR entertainment contract – Akron News-Reporter

The Washington County Commissioners met on Tuesday, May 4. Pastor James Glisan of the First Presbyterian Church of Akron opened with a prayer.

Commissioner Lea Ann Laybourn announced that the free dump day at the landfill will be on May 15 instead of May 8. There was also a discussion about having some dump trucks in town for residents to use. This will be discussed more in the future as they felt there wasn’t enough time to do it before the free dump day this year.

County Administrator Misty Peterson gave her report. Resolution 73-2021 dealing with the Hazard Mitigation Plan was discussed and the commissioners approved the resolution. The sick bank policy, Resolution 74-2021, was also approved. There was a letter she wanted the board to sign with Independent Roofing Specialists and it was approved. The contract with Simon Construction to place an overlay on 44 County Road for $ 379,744 was approved.

Maintenance director Matt Green had three items to present to the commissioners. He asked permission to sell an old rock wall in the horse stable, as it has stood there since 2015 remnants of the construction of the nursing home. He sold it and the commissioners approved that he could sell them. He also requested a capital purchase of a finishing mower for $ 3,821.20 and the commissioners approved. He then said that for security reasons he wants to fill the hole near the attachment in the concrete. Although there was tape around the hole, he still felt it was a safety hazard. The board approved repairing the hole.

District 2 asked to purchase a Kenworth truck for $ 56,400. This capital purchase was approved. The board then approved a capital purchase for the Sheriff’s Department of a new patrol vehicle for $ 34,172. This was already in their budget.

Don Nadow, director of WY Communications, came to give an update to the commissioners. He was promoted two interim dispatchers. Employees are trained in clocking in and out with a new system. Two employees are still on sick leave and he hopes they can come back on their next doctor’s visit, at least part-time. Everyone currently works 12-hour shifts. Otis and Lone Star Schools have applied for a SAFER grant, and when they get that grant, they will partner with the center. They are going to start monthly meetings about the calls and how they are handled. Their rating has increased in the past two months.

The assessor’s office is considering applying for a grant for assistance with the GIS work and they should decide whether to apply for it.

Emergency Manager Bryant McCall said there are 12 active and five new cases of COVID. The sheriff’s office tests employees once a month and the nursing home drops testing to every two weeks.

David Frisbee then spoke to the commissioners about some roping events and it was decided to hold an event in early October, as well as the one scheduled for April 30, 2022. There was a team roping event last weekend involving 738 teams. . He also provided an update on some of the roof coverings being applied to provincial buildings. Roofing schedules look good. Work on the roofs of nursing homes will start soon. They’ll do shingles first and metal starts June 7th.

Vickie Sandlin, publisher of the Julesburg Advocate and the Akron News-Reporter, asked if the county wanted to go with the city of Akron to pay for an advertisement in the Explore magazine. After some discussion, the county decided to go in with the city to get a three-quarter page ad.

Alan Basler, chairman of the Washington County Fair Board, spoke to the commissioners about the contract for the show headliner this year. There was some discussion and some changes need to be made before it can be signed. They will re-discuss the contract next week. The contract for the opening act is still under discussion.

Because there were no more cases, the meeting was suspended.

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