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Thursday, 06 August 2015 20:00

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze


The hot-button issue of CREP land prices overflowed from the Board of Equalization protest hearings in early July on to the July 28 Chase County Commissioners meeting.

The Board of Equalization heard landowner protests over assessments July 6 and 8.

Duane Dinnel attended the Board of Equalization’s meeting to question the decisions on CREP assessments. He was at the commissioner’s meeting to meet with Dave Hogsett, Chuck Vette and Don Weiss, Jr. to continue the discussion.

After he had evaluated five county sales, Duane felt that the county was $1300 high on its evaluations. Duane said CREP details are easy to find and the Board of Equalization should have Chase County Assessor Dotty Bartels do more research prior to making the decisions.

CREP prices were set by Bartels based on irrigated evaluations. Duane disagreed and said it should be based on present use rather than future use.

Weiss said Bartels is studying and  reassessing CREP acres and may change evaluations for next year.

The Board of Equalization heard landowner protests July 6 and 8, then made decisions July 14. Appeals must be filed with TERC by Aug. 24.


Jail’s Meal Contract

Chase County Sheriff Kevin Mueller attended the meeting to ask for approval to raise the cost of lunch and supper meals by $1 at the request of Jan Jaeger.

Mueller said the last time the price changed was in 2008 and is currently $5 per meal.

Hogsett said Jaeger has been reliable and people often forget the year round commitment the job takes.

Meals are served at 5:30 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. Jaeger also provides laundry services for the jail. The increase was approved.


Employees want bi-weekly pay schedule

A group of county employees approached the commissioners to ask for a change in the county’s pay schedule from once per month to twice per month.

Chase County Clerk Debbie Clark expressed concern over splitting some of the extra items on some employees paycheck, such as AFLAC, and also the extra day each month it will take for payroll.

Since the item was not on the agenda the commissioners will act on it at their next meeting.


New buildings

Jeff Tidyman stopped by with updates on county-wide construction.

Different windows and doors have been added to the new county shop in Lamar. Tidyman said there have been more deductions than add-ons during construction and the total cost stands at $268,950.

Tidyman also said there have been a few electrical and fire system changes to the new Expo hall on the fairgrounds.

The commissioners approved a bid of $8,785 to Brophy Electic to install electric receptacles and extension cords along the center of the ceiling, as well as installing the fire alarm system in the building.

The next meeting of the Chase County Commissioners will be Aug. 11 at 8:00 a.m. at the Chase County Courthouse.