From non-existent organization to first meeting, the Crawford County Public Building Commission enjoyed an active Friday.

From non-existent organization to first meeting, the Crawford County Public Building Commission enjoyed an active Friday.
At Friday morning’s meeting, Crawford County Commissioners made the public building commission an official organization, signing motions approving the amendment of the original ordinance to allow for six people, while at the same time appointing the six nominees.
The Crawford County Public Building Commission will include Tony Anderson, Beth Bradrick, W.W. O’Bryan, Frank Slapar, Louchrisous St. George and Karen Wenzelberger. Originally the ordinance called for a five-member public building commission, but county commissioners amended that because only six people volunteered.
Public building commissions are organizations created by cities and counties for the purposes of acquiring a site or sites for construction, reconstruction, equipping or furnishing. According to information given to county commissioners, PBCs and bonds issued thereby have become an attractive alternative for the financing of a public building or facility project, due to their flexibility and more secure and lower rates.
The group held its first organizational meeting Friday afternoon, and County Counselor Jim Emerson said he would keep county commissioners apprised of other meeting dates once they were announced.
In other news, Crawford County Commissioners:
• briefly discussed Arma’s proposal to put the Fire District No. 2 fire station in Arma’s west industrial park.
Arma City Administrator Tim Schook spoke with commissioners about the Arma site and gave them some information. Commissioner Linda Grilz then said that she wasn’t sure about sharing the site with the Arma Fire Department based on Arma’s contributions.
“I’m not complaining, I just want to take a look at it,” Grilz said.
“It sounds like you are (complaining),” Schook responded.
Grilz said that she wanted to see more information before making a decision. Schook said he provided commissioners with all the information, though Emerson said they still needed some more information before making a decision.
• heard from Carol Hammerbacher about a dispute with her neighbor over a fence on the north part of her property. Hammerbacher claimed that her neighbor went ahead and put up a fence to combat lost cattle problems, which she said he didn’t pass through her. She said now he was trying to charge her for half of the cost of the fence without ever having her informed consent.
The county already held a fence viewing on the property, which County Counselor Jim Emerson said they had to do legally. But he called it “kind of a backwards process,” because typically, the county comes out to look at fences that need work, not fences where the work had been completed ahead of time, as had been done with Hammerbacher’s property.
Commissioners said they weren’t sure of any action they could take, and Grilz suggested that Hammerbacher’s best recourse would probably be through civil action. No action was taken on the matter.
• approved ordering more Veteran Grave Markers for Crawford Countians who ask for them. Originally, the order was set for 10 World War II markers, nine all-purpose markers and six Vietnam and Korean War markers, but commissioners said to bump those numbers up based on recent interest.
• approved a letter of support for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Crawford County, which was applying for funding through another source.
• discussed the potential for a dress code for Crawford County Road and Bridge crews. Commissioner Bob Kmiec said he had been hearing complaints about the dress of the employees, and asked if the county could take a look at it. Emerson said most other counties carried a broad definition of dress codes, asking employees to dress “appropriately for their jobs.” Grilz said she didn’t want to micromanage, but added that if the county looked at a dress code for road and bridge workers, it should do so for all county employees.
“If we’re doing dress codes, we should look at the whole shebang,” Grilz said.