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Updates, budget reviews hold co. commissioners’ attention PDF Print E-mail

By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze

Visitors kept Chase County Commissioners Dave Hogsett, Chuck Vette and Don Weiss, Jr. busy at the May 26  commissioner’s meeting.
With the completion of crack filling on Old Highway 6 and the highway south of Wauneta, a bid from B and H Paving of Scott City, Kan., was accepted to finish the project by armor coating the roadways.
Bids were based on asphalt emulsion and aggregate prices. County Highway Superintendent Jeff Tidyman helped sort through the two bids with estimates of how much of the products would be needed.
Based on the estimates, commissioners accepted B and H Paving’s bid of $2.61 per gallon of asphalt emulsion and $2,394 per ton of aggregate over that of Tri-State Paving of Wood River. Commissioners expect the project to cost around $236,250.
Chase County Community Hospital Administrator Steve Lewis took the time to stop by the meeting  for a quarterly hospital report.
Besides detailing the hospital budget, Lewis said the hospital is working through strategic planning with administrators, department directors, medical staff and board members.
Lewis said market share is a big concern and he hopes that setting goals and areas of focus will improve the hospital’s performance.
Lewis was also pleased to tell the commissioners that a new dermatologist and a new orthopedic surgeon will be holding specialty clinics at the hospital. Lewis said he is continuing to look for an ophthalmologist to hold a clinic in Imperial.
Also joining the meeting for a budget review were Deb Kuenning and Strahinja Stepanovic from the County Extension Service.
With the Southwest 4 Extension Unit gone, Kuenning and Stepanovic spend time in Imperial and Grant with the Perkins-Chase Extension Unit. Each county has its own budget, but Kuenning said she would like to see a joint board set up with members from both counties. Upcoming expenses for the Perkins-Chase Unit include leasing a pickup and computer from UNL.
Sally Vaughn with Region II Services presented an annual update for the board.
Region II currently serves 184 individuals from the counties of Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Gosper, Grant, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow and Thomas with agencies in North Platte, McCook, Ogallala and Cozad.
Six people from Chase County use the services. Two live in a supported residence and four in assisted residence. The total cost for these six residents is $415,068, the majority of which comes from state funds.
In other business, the county’s contract with USDA Wildlife Specialist Mike Sherman was updated at a cost of $12,447 per year.
The commissioners continue to move ahead with their plan of purchasing land in Lamar.
The property is owned by Larry Carpenter rather than Larry Peterson, as was printed in the May 21 commissioners’ story.
It was also clarified at the May 26 meeting that the land makes up two parcels, a total of five lots.
The next meeting of the commissioners will be Tuesday, June 9, at 8 a.m.