Corps, county extend contract for lake patrol

Staff writer

County commissioners took minimal action Tuesday on a day Commissioner Dan Holub was not in attendance.

Sheriff Rob Craft informed commissioners that he hoped to have a contract with the Corps of Engineers finalized next month to patrol the reservoir. Dallke said the contract has been around for at least 20 years.

After reviewing jail totals from 2013, Craft and Linda Klenda discussed getting the word out to county residents about signing up for the Nixle alert system. Klenda said only about 60 have signed up for the free service.

Residents can sign up online by going to the county website and clicking the “emergency notification system” link under the sheriff heading on the elected offices tab.

Craft said the sheriff’s department is working with the information technology department on connecting an audio-video link with the courthouse for first appearances.

In other business:

  • Commissioners signed a federal grant from emergency manager Randy Frank, allowing his department to obtain railroad information from Union Pacific and to set up checkpoints on roads to scan for hazardous material moving through the county.
  • Commissioners passed a $7,540 bid for a factory-refurbished defibrillator for the EMS department. Later, commissioners met with EMS director Steve Smith in a 15-minute closed session discussing personnel.
  • Commissioners met with County Clerk Tina Spencer for a five-minute executive session discussing non-elected personnel.
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