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  • County makes minor budget amendment

  • Crawford County Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday morning to hear public comments on a proposed amendment to the 2012 budget.



    The only thing missing was anybody from the public to comment. Commissioners then voted to approve the amendment, which was made necessary when there was an extra $15,000 or $20,000 in the employee benefit fund.

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  • Crawford County Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday morning to hear public comments on a proposed amendment to the 2012 budget.
    The only thing missing was anybody from the public to comment. Commissioners then voted to approve the amendment, which was made necessary when there was an extra $15,000 or $20,000 in the employee benefit fund.
    “We thought it best to move it to risk management,” said county clerk Don Pyle. “We also had to go to a new fund for the consolidated 911 fund, which just started. There are $125,000 proposed expenditures for that fund, but it won’t be anywhere near that, probably only $5,000 or $10,000 per month.”
    Ron Albertini, county surveyor, presented two forms requesting easements on property owned by the county.
    One is for the south side of the Freeto property.
    “It’s for the purpose of utilities, primarily for the electric,” Albertini said. “The proposed easement will not encroach on the next piece of property.”
    Commissioners approved the easement, and the surveyor said he would inform Westar so they could install electric poles.
    “The second proposed easement is something we’ve talked about  off and on for a couple of years,” said Jim Emerson, county counselor.  “This is for an easement near the historical building on county property.”
    Involved is a section of land north and west of the Crawford County Historical Museum.
    “A lady left the property to the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department and they have some plans that could bring in some tourism, but they need an easy way in and out of the property,” Emerson said.
    Commissioner Carl Wood said that  Denzel Davidson, museum director, needed to be brought into the discussion to see if  the proposed easement would impose on the museum.
    “There’s no intention of interfering with the museum,” Emerson said. “They just want to get this open to the public as it was intended.”
    No decision was made on this easement, pending further discussion.
    The next commission meeting will be Friday, with Blake Benson, Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce president, and B.J. Harris, Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau director, scheduled to appear.
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