Mitchell County Commissioners – December 11, 2017


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The Mitchell County Commissioners met on Monday morning. EMS Director Eric Hamel presented the activity report for the month of November. The service responded to a total of 55 calls for the month. There were 42 in and near Beloit, eight for Cawker City, and one each in Asherville, Hunter, Simpson and Tipton.

They also conducted seven patient transfers including five to Salina and two to Wichita. The busiest days were Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with 12 calls on each of those days throughout the month. The average time from units being dispatched to their arrival on scene was just over five minutes.

The EMS billed a total of $18,725 for the month of November. The current balance due in accounts receivable currently stands at $78,195. Of that total, $25,616 is over 120 days due since the time of service.

A correction from a previous meeting was made about an incoming hog farming operation to the county. The facility will be located near Solomon Rapids, not southeast of Beloit as originally announced. The report was initially made at the November 27 commissioners meeting when a Neighborhood Revitalization Grant was approved for Jason Golly dba Gold Standard Farms of Decora, Iowa.

Director of Public Works Dale Housh appeared before the commissioners to discuss prepayment of fuel and road chips. He also requested to purchase shoulder rock to place along the southern section of the dam road at Glen Elder. He said there was some damage done to AT&T phone lines while cleaning ditches. He said part of the problem is that AT&T does not provide them with a depth of their buried lines. It was noted that other phone companies that service the area are very good about providing that information.

Commissioner Tom Claussen asked Housh to inspect a location on J Road between 370 Road and Honey Lane. There is a bridge which has a section that is caving off and needs to be inspected to determine the severity of the deterioration and develop a plan of action as necessary. Housh also provided employee evaluations from his department to the commissioners for review.

Claussen also said there is a township which is expressing interest in relinquishing its township responsibilities to the county. He declined to say which township has expressed said interest during the meeting.

Community Development Director Heather Hartman said she is continuing work on a signage project to promote the use of available commercial real estate. She said there are 686 commercial properties available in Mitchell County which includes empty lots.

It was also announced that there will be another meeting on December 27 to continue working toward the restoration of the Little Red School House. The meeting will take place at the Municipal Building in the council meeting room at noon. They will be reviewing the contract for the project. Beloit City Manager Jason Rabe said they hope to be ready to start on the refurbishment by February.

It was also mentioned that a feature on the Chautauqua Isle of Lights was recently recorded by KSN TV of Wichita. It is scheduled to air on their Mainstreet Kansas program later this month.

Hartman also announced that the goal was met for the matching fund drive held in the month of November for the Community Impact Fund of the Solomon Valley Community Foundation. A press release on the official totals will be released soon.

She went on to discuss a recent regional planning meeting. They are starting a nuisance abatement program in three area communities. They also discussed capital improvement planning. Beloit has a current capital improvement plan, but the NCRPC is assisting other area communities with their own. Plans have been made for a meeting in Cawker City next week to begin the process of creating one.

The commissioners are next scheduled to meet on Monday, December 18 at 8:30 a.m. at the Mitchell County Courthouse.

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Derek Nester
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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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