The Mitchell County Commissioners met on Monday, February 5. Commissioner Mike Cooper was absent. EMS Director Eric Hamel was on hand to discuss ongoing issues with EMS ambulance units and discussed possibly obtaining bids for a new unit.
The commissioners gave their blessing to pursue bids, but they did so with some hesitation. He also announced they have hired Ryan Scarrow of Beloit who recently became EMT certified. He also received approval from the commissioners to hire as many as two part-time employees to help cover shifts and save on overtime payouts.
Jesse Benedick appeared before the commissioners to further discuss the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) program for potential brownfield landscaping work along the Solomon riverfront as it travels through Beloit. Benedick and Beloit City Manager Jason Rabe discussed conversations they had with K-State representatives.
They shared some concerns about the environmental assessment process in terms of what corrective measures may need to be taken if there is a problem with pollution or contamination detected during soil testing.
Rabe was to present the information on the program to the Beloit City Council on Tuesday evening, seeking their approval to move forward with the program. They believe there is likely petroleum products in the ground, but at levels which should not be a major concern. If there are areas that are discovered to be unsafe, those areas would have to be cordoned off until corrected. This could potentially impact landowners along the riverfront, but no large-scale issues are anticipated. The soil testing costs would be covered by the state.
It was also announced that there will be a Little Red Schoolhouse update meeting for interested parties next Wednesday, February 14.
Commissioners Tom Claussen and Jim Marshall announced their plans to attend a hearing for the courthouse exterior renovation grant at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka on Friday this week. All counties who have applied for the grant program the state historical society will have their applications considered at the event.
The Mitchell County Commissioners are next scheduled to meet on Monday, February 12 at 8:30 a.m. at the courthouse in Beloit.