Mitchell County Commissioners – November 27, 2017


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The Mitchell County Commissioners met on Monday morning, November 27. A memorandum for renewal was approved for the Kansas County Association Multi-line Pool casualty insurance program utilized by Mitchell County effective Jan 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020.

A loss ratio of 60 percent, or more, for the county will mean a five percent rate increase. If the loss ratio is under 60 percent there will be a two-percent credit to the county. The loss ratio is the total value of claims versus the cost of premiums.

Commission Chair Jim Marshall also explained that the county will receive a $5,406 contribution credit which will be subtracted from the county’s 2018 annual property and liability coverage contribution. There will be a maximum rate cap of 2.25 percent for the 2018 premium year. It will vary from two to five percent for 2019 and 2020 depending on the impacting factors during those years.

It was announced that there are two pending positions coming available on the Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems Board of Trustees. Current members Brigit Gasper and Brad Eilert have expressed interest in retaining their seats on the board for terms beginning in 2018 and running through 2022. County Clerk Chris Treaster said that these positions could be contested by other interested individuals, and the county should publicize those available positions before any decisions on filling them are made.

The commissioners then approved a Neighborhood Revitalization Grant for temporary tax abatement to Jason Golly dba Gold Standard Farms of Decora, Iowa for construction of a hog farming operation in USD 273. The details of the application call for a farrowing house and compost area totaling an estimated $3.4 million. The operation will exist southeast of Beloit at the site of an old hog farm which will be leveled and replaced with the newly constructed one. No timetable was known for when that construction may begin.

Also approved was another Neighborhood Revitalization Grant for Eddie and Charlie Green, in USD 273, for a residential owner-occupied 28×32 addition, basement and other improvements estimated at $80,000 in total.

Solomon Valley Community Development Director Heather Hartman was on hand and reminded the group that the next Strategic Doing meeting is set for Wednesday this week. The first event was very well attended, and they are hoping for a similar turnout to select from and move forward with ideas introduced at the initial meeting held several weeks ago.

The commissioners will attend their quarterly Four-County Meeting next Monday. It will be hosted in Smith Center, as the Commissioners and Clerks from Mitchell, Smith, Jewell and Osborne Counties will attend. A reminder was also give that the County’s Christmas Party is this Saturday evening at Down Under in Beloit.

The Mitchell County Commissioners are next scheduled to meet on Monday, December 4 at 8:30 a.m. at the courthouse in Beloit.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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