By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Chase County Commissioners sifted through a variety of bids and presented information at their Feb. 10 meeting.
Representatives were on hand from Murphy John Deere, NMC Cat and Titan Machinery to present bids for one or two payloaders.
Twelve different proposals were presented to the commissioners, who chose to take the two weeks between commissioner meetings to sort through the information and pick a preference before the Feb. 24 meeting.
Sheriff Kevin Mueller came to the commissioners asking approval to trade off the department’s two Impalas and get a Ford Explorer. Mueller had been looking for a used Explorer, but Weiss said he preferred Mueller getting a new vehicle and gave Mueller the option of getting whichever he chooses.
Chase County Community Hospital Administrator Steve Lewis presented the hospital’s quarterly report.
Part of the report was a recently completed assessment. The assessment included areas such as the importance of the services the hospital provides, quality and scope of services, facilities and equipment, confidence in leaders, providers and employees and the culture associated with the hospital.
Overall, the hospital has improved from last year moving from a three on a scale of one to 10 up to a seven.
Lewis said the hospital will continue to make improvements. Plans are being made to come up with a new strategic plan and do a market share analysis, plus make a specific plan for types of services needed and providers.
Lewis added the hospital is working hard on customer service, getting results back to patients in a timely matter and improving its billing, but changing the community perspective is very important, also.
Lewis was pleased to report two of the hospital’s X-ray technicians recently got their certifications in CT scans.
Jeff Tidyman, county highway superintendent, was on hand to review and update the One and Six-Year Road Plans.
Crack filling and armor coating will take place on the last two-and-a-half miles of asphalt south of Wauneta and all of Old Highway 6 in the upcoming year.
After July 1, a new lid will be placed on the bridge south of Imperial on Ave 331 and a new bridge will be put in west of Wauneta on 344 Avenue.
The commissioners passed a resolution approving stop signs be placed at various western Chase County intersections following a study by Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (NIRMA) and Tidyman.
New stop signs will soon be seen at intersections at Road 736 and Avenue 324, Road 736 and Avenue 320, Road 738 and Avenue 317, Road 740 and Avenue 319, Road 742 and Avenue 321 and Road 750 and Avenue 317.
Following a closed session to discuss personnel matters, County Assessor Dottie Bartels joined the group to discuss Chase County land in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).
Bartels said all the counties adjacent to Chase County are making adjustments and putting CRP into its own class rather than considering it dryland.
Though Bartels didn’t need the commissioners’ approval, she said she felt it was better to break the two out and wanted the commissioners’ opinion. Weiss said it’s to the farmers’ advantage to have it broken out and added that farmers would need to bring in maps to the assessor’s office to let Bartles know what land is CRP.
A bid from Troxell’s was also approved to install a heater by the west door by the elevator of the courthouse and put new thermostats in the bathrooms.
The next meeting of the Chase County Commissioners will be Feb. 24 at 8 a.m.