The Mitchell County Commissioners met on Monday morning with all members present along with Solomon Valley Community Development Director Heather Hartman and Beloit City Manager Jason Rabe in attendance.
Mitchell County Historical Society Director Kyle Peterson presented his annual report. The Historical Society reported income and expenses of $74,000 for the year. He said next year they will be holding events and presentations regarding the early settlement of Mitchell County and historic native trails.
They are currently in the process of completing upgrades to the old American Legion Building for the new museum totaling more than $129,000. They are raising grant match money for the continuing upgrades. They have currently raised $32,000 of their $50,000 goal.
The week of September 11-19 there will be a special exhibit on water ways and the challenge of historically taming and sustaining life in the Solomon Valley. There will also be other events arranged over the next year regarding the rich history of Mitchell County.
The commissioners opened the meeting by moving to approve a resolution accepting new by-laws from Kansas County Association Multiline Pool. The commissioners then approved the renewal of the appointment for County Appraiser Melinda Latham effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021.
Hartman reported that the Student Career Exploration and Leadership Program is continuing this week. They have visited AGCO-Sunflower, Ringneck Ranch in Tipton and helped shock fish at Waconda Lake alongside Wildlife and Parks officials. This week they will visit local EMS, fire department, sheriff’s department and health care facilities. Next week they will explore ag businesses.
Hartman also issued a reminder that applications for CDBG housing rehabilitation and demolition grants are due by June 30. You can obtain an application at the Beloit City Office or the Chamber Office located on the first floor of the Porter House.
Director of Public Works Dale Housh reported that the tire disposal program put in place to utilize remaining funds from the community clean-up grant were exhausted on Wednesday last week. Housh said the program was smooth and successful.
Housh also reported that bridges in Blue Hill Township will be worked on later in the year. Some small bridges in need of address may be replaced with culverts. He also said the county’s newest loader showed high iron content in a recent fluid sample, and there is a noise in the front differential that they are addressing.
Housh said they plan to slow down on road work in the county during harvest and will work on other projects instead. He said the county roads are currently in good shape following work they’ve done since a rash of heavy rains created ruts and washouts over the past several weeks.
The commissioners are next scheduled to meet on Monday, June 26 at 8:30 a.m. in the Mitchell County Courthouse.