Mason County OKs $22M budget

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]

Mason County Commissioners gave final approval Tuesday to a $22 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The budget, which gained preliminary approval in May, was given the green light by the Department of Local Government with a few minor changes recommended, according to Mason County Treasurer Kim Muse.

“It did not change the bottom line,” she told commissioners and Judge-Executive Joe Pfeffer.

The budget includes $6.2 million in the General Fund, $2.4 million in the Road Fund; $3.1 million in the Jail Fund and $8.4 million in the Landfill Fund. It shows a slight increase from the current fiscal year of about $1.4 million, Muse said.

The budget also allows for average employee raises of 2.5 percent, Pfeffer said. He said he will meet with department heads after the new budget becomes effective and award raises with their input.

Commissioners also gave the go-ahead to a bid from Smith Brothers Excavating to make repairs to slides on Kansas Creek and Springdale roads. The roads were damaged almost a year ago when the area was subjected to flash flooding following torrential rain.

The bid of $304,715 includes debris removal, steel rail piling, guard rails and seeding. Road Supervisor Joe Brown said the project is awaiting completion of paperwork before a start date is set but expects the project to take two or three weeks to complete once it is underway.

A bid was also awarded to Environmental Construction for $80,921 for a geocomposite drainage net. The material will be installed in 1.75 acres at the landfill that is being opened, according to Landfill Manager Todd Leonard.

Leonard also reported that work on the sewer line project to tie the landfill into the city system is ahead of schedule with more than 55 percent completed. At the current pace, the project could be completed by the end of July, he said.

Also Tuesday, commissioners:

— Approved reports from the Road Department, Animal Shelter, Sheriff, Landfill, Recycling and Solid Waste, Treasurer and Detention Center.

— Approved an agreement with the Rowan County Detention Center as an emergency-only backup for the local jail.

— Elected officers for Mason County Public Properties with Pfeffer as president, Muse as treasurer, Mason County Clerk Stephanie Schumacher as secretary and Commissioners Annette Walters, Phil Day and Joe McKay as directors.

— Approved a resolution outlining the responsibilities of the Buffalo Trace Search and Rescue.

— Approved a contract with Morton Salt as the low reverse auction bidder with KACo for road salt.

— Appointed Michael Ravencraft to the Mason County Public Library Board of Directors to replace Kent Butcher whose term expires this month.

— Appointed Grant Felice to the Mason County Public Library Board of Directors to replace Todd White whose term expires this month.

— Learned that a service to honor late African-American Historian Jerry Gore will take place on June 19 at the Washington Cemetery.

Mary Ann Kearns

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