Mitchell County Commissioners – December 28, 2018


The Mitchell County Commissioners met on Monday, January 28 to conduct their final business of the 2018 calendar year. The commissioners made two appointments to the board of directors at Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems including Dr. Kris Kimple and Brent Cunningham.

In other business, County Clerk Chris Treaster announced that she has hired a new employee in her office. Maddie Thiessen will replace Kristi Vandaveer whose last day is Friday this week.

The commissioners then considered and approved a number of varying end-of-year fund tranfers. Director of Public Works Dale Housh requested $175,000 from the Road and Bridge General Fund to the Special Machinery Fund, $275,000 from the Road and Bridge General Fund to the Special Highway Improvement Fund, and $250,000 from the Road and Bridge General Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund.

Eric Hamel, Director of the Emergency Medical Service, requested three fund transfers including $100,000 to the EMS Special Equipment Fund$20,000 to the Rescue Squad Special Equipment Fund and $50,000 to the Capital Outlay Fund.

Other transfers included $10,000 from the General Fund to the Courthouse Renovation Fund, $50,000 from the General Fund to the Courthouse Technology Fund, $8,500 from the Election Fund to the Election Technology Fund, $10,000 from the Rural Water District #1 General Fund to the RWD #1 Special Equipment Fund, $7,800 from the Solomon Rapids Fire Department General Fund to the Special Equipment Fund, and $7,500 from Tipton Rural Fire Department No. 2 to the Special Equipment Fund.

County Appraiser Melinda Latham requested a transfer of $20,000 from the Reappraisal General Fund to the Reappraisal Capital Outlay Fund.

County Health Nurse Courtney Murrow requested a transfer of $20,000 from her General Fund account to her Capital Outlay fund. All requests for funds tranfers were ultimately approved.

Murrow continued to meet with the commissioners and discussed the copy machine in the Mitchell County Health Department office. The machine is a least eight years old and is not in good working order. The commissioners approved Murrow to purchase a new copier. She had located a new Ricoh model similar to the existing unit which she plans to purchase for $4,653.

Also approved during the meeting was a write-off of $266.20 in un-collectable debts from the solid waste account.

The Mitchell County Commissioners are next scheduled to meet on Monday, January 7 at 8:30 a.m. at the courthouse in downtown Beloit.

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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