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County prepares to make appointments to close out 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 December 2017 11:08

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By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times



The Seward County Commission’s last meeting of 2017 has nearly a dozen action items, including appointments for four local boards.

The county’s rural fire and planning and zoning boards, along with the Seward County Council on Aging and the Joint Economic Development Committee, all are seeking board members.

The Rural Fire board alone has six positions available, but only five applications were received. The terms for the board are for one year from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018.

Among the applicants are Rodney Lewis, Rustin Wettstein, Bill Hatcher, Kevin Alexander and John Lee.

The Council on Aging has two open three-year terms, which run from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2020. Current board members Jack Carlile and Barbara Fitzgerald are the only applicants for those positions.

The Seward County Planning and Zoning board has two openings, and only one person, current member Thurman Brown, has applied, leaving the other position open until filled. The term will be three years to run from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2020.

The JEDC has one term expiring for current member James Powell. One application was received from Don Witzke for a three-year term running from Jan. 1, 2018, and Dec. 31, 2020.

The commission likewise is scheduled to hear from officials with the Wichita law firm Gilmore & Bell regarding the issuance of taxable industrial revenue bonds for Groendyke Transport for the purpose of the acquisition, renovation and expansion of its commercial truck repair and maintenance facility.

Seward County Emergency Management Director Greg Standard is also scheduled to make a presentation for the purchase of radios for his department.

Information in the agenda packet said the department utilizes portable radios in order to communicate with weather spotters, and the purchase of three new radios in 2018 has been approved through emergency management’s capital outlay plan.

“Because Motorola currently is offering a $750 rebate until the end of the year, I request that we purchase the three radios this December to better obtain pricing,” the information said.

The information also said Great Bend’s Mobile Radio Service is the only authorized Motorola dealer for the area, and Motorola has the state bid on this equipment.

For the purchase, $7,000 has been budgeted. Current cost for the three units would be just short of $8,900, but with a Motorola promotion offering $750 off for each unit for every old radio returned, $2,250 would be deducted, making the cost less than $6,700.

The information said emergency management has funding available in the 2017 budget for this purpose.

“These radios work on the state system now and will work in the future as we upgrade our local system,” the information said.

The three radios needing to be replaced are from the 1970s era and are not functional, and they will be sent in to receive the rebate.

Standard is recommending the purchase be made.

The Seward County Sheriff’s office is likewise looking to replace aging patrol vehicles. Two bids were opened Dec. 12 from local dealerships Chrysler Corner and Foss Motor.

Chrysler Corner’s bid was nearly $29,000 each for three patrol vehicles, while Foss submitted a bid of just more than $32,000. Using the Chrysler Corner bid, the price of the three units would be just less than $87,000. That bid is recommended by county staff.

The commission’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the commission chambers in the Seward County Administration Building.

 

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