Mitchell County Commissioners – 12/18/17


The Mitchell County Commissioners met on Monday morning in Beloit. Bill Unger of Mitchell County Fire Department No. 3 updated the commissioners on their activity. He said they have responded to 42 events this year. Some of these are non-fire occurrences such as vehicle accidents and others.

He also discussed their plans to acquire a standard pickup truck to serve as a quick response vehicle. A final decision has not yet been made on a purchase. However, he said they have been looking for options in Beloit and throughout the area. They found a Ford vehicle in Salina which they were to look at on Monday. Due to budget restrictions, Unger said they would consider a 4-5 year lease purchase at an overall cost of approximately $35,000 if they choose to purchase the pickup in Salina. He added that they already have the box to retrofit the truck with for fire department purposes.

Community Development Director Heather Hartman reported that she will be attending a Capital Improvement Planning session in Cawker City on Monday evening with representatives of the North Central Regional Planning Commission. The December meeting of Solomon Valley Economic Development will be held this Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the North Central Regional Planning Commission office in Beloit.

In action items, the commissioners approved a contract with Pawnee Mental Health for 2018 where the county will provide funding in the amount of $46,335 or .534 mills. This is an amount equal to 2017.

Commissioner Tom Claussen announced that on July 18, 2018 there will be a Rural Fire Chief meeting in Beloit at the fire station. There will be crisis counseling program presented during the meeting.

The Commissioners announced they will next hold their next meeting, which will be their end of year meeting, on Friday, December 29 at 8:30 a.m. at the Mitchell County Courthouse. It was also noted that there will be no meeting in first week of January.

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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