GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission prepared for the end of the year by discussing the budget at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The commission approved the transfer of $122,370 from the county’s general fund to operating reserve fund. The money is budgeted to go toward a new addiction treatment center if Crawford County Mental Health meets its fundraising goal for the project.

The funds will still remain earmarked for that project, but will go into the operating reserve as a line item. This will allow the commission to have a more accurate balance in the general fund when looking at budget amendments in the coming month.

The commission also agreed to move revenue from Kansas Crossing Casino into the operating reserve.

The group also discussed transferring any excess carryover from the county’s road and bridge fund to the equipment reserve, which is used to purchase vehicles, equipment and more for the road and bridge department.

In other business, the commission began scheduling evaluations for county department heads over the next few weeks.

The commission will open bids for the county’s property, casualty and workers compensation insurance Friday.

County Clerk Don Pyle announced that IMA Consulting is working to finalize the primary care and pediatric care portions of the county’s employee benefits package with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.

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