GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission had a public hearing for the county’s 2018 budget at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The commission began the meeting by opening a public hearing for the budget. No county residents were in attendance to speak for, or against, the budget.

The commission closed the hearing and approved the 2018 budget.

“This is never an easy subject, but we’ve worked hard to get the budget to where it’s at,” Commissioner Tom Moody said. “When you offer the services the county does, there will be some expense, but I think we’ve done a good job making sure we’re using the money the best we can.”

The mill levy for the county decreased slightly, but by essentially remain constant. The rate will decrease by less than one one-hundredth of a mill. One mill is equal to one dollar for every $1,000 of assessed value.

The commission said chip and seal work is nearing completion. The county also plans to overlay parking lots at the courthouse and Homer Cole Community Center, as well as sealing the parking lot of the judicial center in Pittsburg.

Moody asked about possible repair work needed on the Joe Saia Overpass between Pittsburg and Frontenac. The county believes the bridge may be split between Commissioners Moody and Carl Wood, as well as between the City of Pittsburg and City of Frontenac.

The commission will have Asphalt Foreman Randy Chiartano look at the bridge and report back.

Commissioner Jeff Murphy agreed to serve as the commission’s representation in the search for a replacement B.J. Harris, who moved on from the position of Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau director.

The commission approved the purchase of an track excavator for use by all three district road and bridge crews.

The county also made plans to set up CPR classes for county employees this fall.

The commission will have a work session with Crawford County EMS and the City of Pittsburg at 9 a.m. August 29.

The county will also have a public hearing on county fire district budgets at 10 a.m. August 29.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.