GIRARD — Crawford County Commissioners had a visit from Joe Grisolano, county treasurer, during their Tuesday meeting.

GIRARD — Crawford County Commissioners had a visit from Joe Grisolano, county treasurer, during their Tuesday meeting.

“I wanted to let you know that Crawford County Motor Vehicle Offices will not open until 9:15 a.m. on April 5,” he said. “The reason for the delay is that we’ll be involved in a state-wide performance test of the new title and registration software that the State of Kansas will be converting to on May 1.”

Grisolano said that the delay will affect both the main office, located on the first floor of the Crawford County Courthouse in Girard, and the satellite office in the Crawford County Judicial Center, 602 N. Locust, Pittsburg.

“All of the equipment involved is state equipment,” he said. “The state purchased new computers and software. A fee collected statewide for every registration will pay for it.”

Grisolano said that he’s had to train his employees in the use of the computers and software.

“This is a whole new way of doing vehicle registration, a Windows-based system,” he said. “When we switch over on May 1, the system we’ve been using for the last 25 years is gone.”

He said that the offices will be closed for a week when the change is made on May 1.

“We’ll probably stay open late on April 30 to give people a chance to come in,” Grisolano said.

He added that the new system will put work previously done at the state level onto county offices.

“We will be approving all the titles,” Grisolano said.

“Reducing the size of government in Topeka doesn’t always lead to a benefit to citizens,” noted commissioner Linda Grilz.

County clerk Don Pyle noted something else that the state is passing on to the counties.

“Now the state says that it’s up to the counties to take care of indigent burials,” he said. “This used to be done through SRS. Right now we’re looking at ways to raise some money to pay for this, and looking at what other counties do this. I think we’re going to need a  work session with Dr. Adam Paoni, the coroner, and bring in the funeral homes.”

“You can’t put that burden on the funeral homes or the citizens,” Grilz said. “We have to do something, and have respect for the deceased person.”

Pyle said there were about three indigent burials in the county last year.

“There’s two things you have to do, pay taxes and die,” noted commissioner Carl Wood. “A lot of people can’t afford to pay taxes, then they die and can’t afford to be buried. It’s rough.”

Grilz recently attended a first aid class and said she believed every county truck and piece of equipment needed to have a first aid kit.

“What’s the point of giving people a first aid class, then not giving them the tools they need to perform first aid?” she asked. “Maybe we could get with Joey Adams (county EMS director) to look at what kind of kit would be best.”

Wood wondered if the courthouse, which does have a defibrillator, also has a first aid kit.

“Just look at how many people work in the courthouse and how many people come in here every day,” Wood said.