Mitchell County Commissioners approve Waconda Lake Fireworks

The Mitchell County Commissioners met on Monday, June 4. Heather Johnson, representing the Waconda Lake Fireoworks Association, asked and received approval for the 2018 Fourth of July show to be held at Waconda Lake. The five-member Johnson family has served as the association members for several years and have announced this will be their last year of doing so. They require about $9,000 per year in funding. They seek those funds out through 200 solicitation letters are sent out annually. The commissioners determined to hold the event June 30.

The Mitchell County HEAL Committee members including Jeff Zimmer, Stephanie Simmons, and Chad Lorenz were present asking about bicycle signage that was first discussed two summers ago. Beloit City Manager Jason Rabe presented options for bicycle, pedestrian and trail improvements in the county. Lorenz said they are planning a race event in September. Therefore, they are hoping to have the routes set and marked by that time. Needs include about a dozen signs as well as “sharrows” which are marking on the roadways indicating bicycle paths. The group also wants to conduct an education event in Beloit for adults along with three kid’s bicycling safety clinics planned throughout the summer.

The commissioners approved the extended route in the county from with the exclusion of about a three-mile section of Highway 14 which will have to be taken up with the Kansas Department of Transportation. The HEAL Committee will seek out grant funding for the signage project. The commissioners gave a guarantee to provide funds for the signage if grant money was not sufficient to cover the expense.

The extended route, which will also be the September race route will run west from Beloit along Main St./Harry Trail to 250 Road. The route then travels south to the Tipton Blacktop back east to K-14 Hwy. then north back into Beloit. The route totals about 15.5 miles.

Following discussion of the new time clock system, the commissioners moved to put all courthouse employees, outside of salaried department heads, on an hour by hour basis starting June 1.

The recognized Julia Rabe as the new Director of the Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce.

They also approved a request by Director of Public Works Dale Housh for a $22,000 sand spreader and snow plow for the county from a state surplus sale.

The commissioners are next scheduled to meet on Monday, June 11. After which they will host the quarterly multi-county meeting with the commissioners and clerks of Jewell, Smith and Osborne Counties. The group will have a working lunch at Plum Creek Restaurant in Beloit.