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  • County progresses on early retirement

  • Crawford County Commissioners moved closer Tuesday to having its early retirement plan in place.



    County counsel Jim Emerson presented a draft of the early retirement option to commissioners.

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  • Crawford County Commissioners moved closer Tuesday to having its early retirement plan in place.
    County counsel Jim Emerson presented a draft of the early retirement option to commissioners.
    “It’s pretty basic,” he said. “I tried not to tie up the department heads.”
    County employees aged 62 with 10 years of service or those with 85 points are eligible for the option, with the county continuing to pay the employees’ health insurance until they reach the age of 65.
    “Those who want to take the option must notify the commission by March 15,” Emerson said. “They can retire at any time in the year they want, but they must retire by Dec. 31, 2013. Who knows, there might be some who’ll want out on Jan. 2.”
    There was also discussion on the proposed Computer Information Concepts (CIC) package for the Road and Bridge Department.
    “Just looking at what other countries do, it’s hard to tell what all we can do with CIC,” said Marla Beckcom of the department.
    “I think it will be used more than what you think,” said commissioner Carl Wood.
    There will be further discussion on CIC during the Friday commission meeting.
    Emerson also alerted commissioners that they were closing in on the date when they would need to have a five-year plan worked out for the county’s solid waste program.
    “Every county does its  own five-year plan, which goes to the regional office in Chanute,” Emerson said. “The plan goes over what you’ve accomplished in the past five years, any changes and what you want to do in the future. We’ve definitely had some changes in recycling and clean-up. The plans go to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for approval.”
    Having an approved plan is required to apply for grants, but the county might not be doing that.
    “The money has pretty well dried up,” Emerson said.
    County clerk Donald Pyle presented commissioners with another cereal malt beverage license application, this one for Chicken Mary’s.
    “When we’re getting close to the end of the year we send out form letters to all those who had licenses the previous year and let them know they need to fill out the forms and send them back,” he said. “We’re pretty much getting to the end of these.”
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