There has been a lot going on at the county level, Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Tuesday morning. He gave his regular bi-weekly recap of activities.
Health Department Director Lily Akings
• The department has exhausted their doses of flu vaccine, as have many of its medical partners. Approximately 19 percent of the Barton County population has been vaccinated.
• Clinic contacts - 527
Immunizations - 300
TB - 34
Sexually Transmitted disease testing and treatment - 14
Healthy Start Home visits -12
Family Planning - 76
Adult Health - 67
Environmental Manager Judy Goreham
• The Barton County Commission will consider the adoption of the proposed changes to the Barton County Zoning Regulations at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse during their regular agenda meeting. The public is invited to attend this meeting. This is the culmination of a four-year project.
• The next regular meeting of the Barton County Planning Commission will be on February 12, 2013, at 3pm at the Barton County Courthouse. The meeting is open to the public.
County Appraiser Barb Konrade
• The Barton County Appraiser’s Office is in the process of establishing values for all real estate in the County. Values will be mailed between March 1 and April 1. Personal property renditions were mailed and are due back March 15 and April 1 for Oil and Gas renditions. The Appraiser’s Office personnel will help with any questions regarding renditions. The office number is 620-793-1821.
Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips
Road and Bridge
• Placed updated 911 Locator Sign in the east half of the county.
• Replaced vandalized signs as needed. One sign was cut off with a chainsaw blade resulting in replacement of both the post and sign.
• Personnel produced needed signs using county equipment.
• Hauled sand to storage lots northwest of Hoisington and north of Odin.
• Building repairs occurred as scheduled, to include basic structure maintenance of walls, plumbing and ceilings.
• In addition to taking inventory of culverts, staff the culvert storage system.
• Culvert marking posts were repaired and installed where needed on County blacktops.
• Bridge signs were repaired and new replacement signs are being made and installed as required.
• Three culvert locations were cleaned out. Two rusted culverts, estimated at be being over 50 years old, were replaced.
• Staff attended a bridge maintenance class and held two safety meetings during the reporting period.
County Engineer Clark Rusco
• Participated in a conference call with Lochner Engineers concerning Ellinwood Bridge Repairs. Subsequently received proposals from Lochner for work bridge.
• Met with a Kansas Department of Transportation consultant concerning fracture critical bridges in Barton County
• Attended various classes.
• Participated in a conference call regarding the Kansas Strategic Highway Safety Plan-Local Roads Engineering Meeting with KDOT and Federal Highway officials. KDOT is working on programs to supply summary accident reports by location to local agencies. The reports will be used to identify high accident locations and can help determine what countermeasures could be applied to improve roadway safety.
• Prepared Department of Water Resources permits for future Road and Bridge projects.
• Preparing grant application for the High Risk Rural Roads program, included therein is the required replacement of regulatory and warning signs for several corridors in Barton County.
• Received proposals for the Biennial Bridge inspections required by KDOT.
Juvenile Services Director Laurie White
From July 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012, JIAS conducted 277 intakes. Eighty-one cases were juvenile offenders, 54 status offenders and 142 non-offenders. Of the 277 intakes, 21, or a little more than 7 percent, were taken to detention and 167, or 60 percent, were returned to parent/guardian/relative/other responsible adult.