The first regular meeting held by county commissioners in the newly renovated courthouse followed a full week of moving by county employees. Amidst offices containing half emptied boxed, commissioners got down to business.


   The first regular meeting held by county commissioners in the newly renovated courthouse followed a full week of moving by county employees. Amidst offices containing half emptied boxed, commissioners got down to business.
    First on the agenda concerned what could have been a dangerous situation arising from  electrical lines belonging to Southern Pioneer left in a road north of town. Local farmer, Ki Gamble, found the lines when he unwittingly drove over them and entangled them in the undercarriage of his pick up.
   “I’ve talked to them,” said Road and Bridge Superintendent Gunnar Stauth. “We’ve got it taken care of.” Gamble reported no significant damage to his vehicle.
   Other R & B business included a request from the Kiowa County Fair Board for crushed concrete to be spread on the fair grounds for the Kiowa County Fair. Commissioners rejected the request saying that the cost of spreading the surface on grounds that have not been graded and leveled would be prohibitive because it would only have to be torn out again later.
   Discussion will open this week between commissioners and representatives of the John Deere wind farm planned southwest of Greensburg to talk over infrastructure needs for the project. Stauth and Assistant County Attorney, Dawn Hayse, will be on hand as well to answer questions.
   Plans to purchase a used road grader with 1,000 hours to replace one with 16,000 hours was put on hold until the next meeting to allow commissioner time to study the budget for available funds. The deal would allow a $30,000 trade in leaving $60,000 that could be made in one or more payments.
   The same strong winds that blew down the wall of the school gymnasium under construction also blew over the recycling trailer at Road and Bridge resulting in some damage. Stauth said the trailer would need a new roof and that “it is not square now.” Insurance adjusters will look at the trailer to determine damage.
   Ron Freeman reported hearing concerns from several patrons about county cemetery boards and their use of county funds. Even though cemetery boards appear to be appointed for life rather than elected and may set their own budgets within the limits of statutes, their use of county funds and their actions are beyond the review of county commissioners. Commissioners agreed that each board seemed to be doing a good job and that patrons should contact their local cemetery board members with questions and concerns.
   Sheriff Kendal Lothman reported that damage caused when the server in his office went down last week resulted in damage to department computers. Insurance will cover most of the $8,200 charged for a private company to retrieve stored data and fix the server. “We will do redundant back up off site in the future,” said Lothman who had been backing up with hard files prior to the incident.
   Plans are to sign contracts with The Law Company to complete the interior of the community building at the fair grounds, and the City of Greensburg is ready to run electrical and sewer lines to the building.
   Other business in the Sheriff’s Office included bids being let for a transport van and for repairs to the Belvedere schoolhouse as well as for lot cleanup following removal of the temporary offices in county trailers.
   Rebecca Krumpler has been hired as Communications Officer, and acquiring a new deputy for the department is still in process.
   Fire Chief, Jay Koehn, was on hand to inform commissioners that the primary response vehicle for Greensburg will be down while its pump is rebuilt after being damaged by debris in the water supply. Commissioners gave Koehn the go ahead to make the necessary repairs.
   Commissioners approved the following items:
-  A confidentiality statement to be required for all county employees
-  Increased mileage and per day expenses for county employees to 55 cents per mile and
   $38 per day for meals
-  Continuation of a $25 per day maintenance fee for persons wishing to photograph
   information in county books
-  Payroll changes for William Renfrow and Zane Huffman who have completed the
   probation period required for new hires, for John Little as a rehire, and for Jarrod
   Blecha for termination.