Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

By Claire Smith
The Observer 

County Gets Patrol Vehicle, Transit Renovation On


December 12, 2019

The Kimball County Board of Commissioners held a regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Kimball County Courthouse.

After legal notifications, commissioner reports and a review of communications, county Highway Superintendent Randy Bymer discussed potential changes to the crossing permit application process.

The board also authorized 2019 year-end certification business and will be accepting bids to purchase a new or used motor grader.

Bids were reviewed to purchase a new 2019 or current production year 4x4 crew cab, half-ton pickup for a sheriff’s patrol vehicle. Panhandle Automotive Group was selected to provide the required vehicle at a cost of $39,049. It was the only bid submitted to the county for the pickup.

Sheriff Harry Gillway reported severe weather damage from high winds and ice to the north communications tower during last week’s storm. The county’s insurance provider is reviewing the claim.

The commissioners also voted to raise the landfill fees for county residents from $18 to $20, effective Jan. 1.

Christy Warner, county transit service administrator, updated the board on transit operations for the last month and discussed building renovations that were to start this past week on the new county transit building at 3rd and Chestnut streets downtown.

Workers could be seen this week walking on the building’s roof, an important part of the renovation project.

Other items addressed by the board included insurance and benefit options for the upcoming year, performance reviews of appointed officials, and dates and agenda items for the next regular meeting.

The next regular commissioners meeting will be at 9 a.m. Dec. 17. The commissioners reorganizational meeting will be held Jan. 7.


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