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Seward County Approves Insurance Renewal

Joe Denoyer - March 7, 2022 9:57 pm

The Seward County Board of County Commissioners met Monday evening and approved to renew the County’s insurance with Blue Cross Blue Shield through IMA keeping the grandfathered clause in place.

Commissioners gave the KNRC input regarding the impacts on Seward County and authorize the payment of the membership dues of $5000 and approved the Noxious Weed plans and the 2021 Noxious Weed Progress Report for 2021 & the Certification of Mr. Garinger as Seward County Weed Director.

The Commissioners approved and authorized up to $90,000 to purchase a used tractor by the Road & Bridge Department and to authorize Stacia Long, County Clerk, to issue a special check once the tractor has been identified for purchase. Also approved was the 140M, B9D02032 Caterpillar Certified Powertrain Rebuild/Plus and non-powertrain related repairs for the Road and Bridge in the amount of $199,210.00.

For the Health Department, the Commission tabled the purchase of software to enhance the capabilities for Seward County Health Department charting, data sharing, decrease storage needs and enhance patient health information security.

For the Landfill, the County Commission approved the purchase of 2 trash bodies from SEC $116,750.00 per body for a total of $233,500.00. Also for SCWM the Commission approved the purchase of a Western Star cab and chasis from Liberal Truck Center and a CTE roll off bed for a total in the amount of $188,522.00.

Commissioners issued a Proclamation to Proclaim March 6 – 12 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Seward County and approved 2021 Encumbrances as presented.

Commissioners discussed a Cost Share with KDOT for an Intersection Improvement on US-83, adding a dedicated turn lane and acceleration lane to the existing northbound lane of US-83 at the intersection of Salley Road, adding a free flow right turn lane from westbound Salley Road to northbound US-83, and reconstructing 500 feet of Salley Road. Commissioners asked County Attorney to go back to KDOT and firm up the County’s costs of the project.


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