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More (continued from page 1) grant for which he is apply- ing, and the commissioners signed the application. --Met with CASA Executive nty Commission Director K_ristin Hines and local and throughout the 16thjudicial CASA Board Member Karen district. She requested that the Oiler who reported on activities commissioners raise their annual of the Dodge City-based orga- budget for CASA from $750 per nization in Comanche County year to $1,000 for 2016. She also Don't Forget This Sunday, May 10 Open Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Y 218 East Main Samantha Rosenberger (620) 582-5719 Coldwater New lesban Enroll in our new products: Mobile Banking m Smart phones, iPads and flip phones using our Mobile App or texting. eStatements-- View or download 18 months of your bank statements to your home com- puter. If you are currently a NetTeller user, sign up with your mobile device. If you are not a NetTeller user, come get your application at Peoples Bank today. Dedicated to Serving the Community Professional People Providing Professional Banking Services 1-I 101 East Main 582-2166 Coldwater ng rag pointed out that Mrs. Oller's term on the board expired this year and she would not be eli- gible for re-appointment. They are working on locating a re- placement for her. --Met with Comanche County Hospital Administrator Nancy Zimmerman who pre- sented the commissioners with a financial report for the first quarter of 2015, She noted that so far the hospital has showed a loss of $32,700 -- which is bet- ter than the past year, with two- out-of-three months this year showing better revenues than those months in any of the past 10 years. --Heard Mrsl Zimmerman re- port on several activities at the hospital during the month of May, including the free skin can- cer screenings. --Met Comanche County Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Hemandez to discuss a request for a new cattle guard on the county road to the Merrill Ranch headquarters, agreeing to have Hemandez look at the lo- cation before a decision is made. --Later met with Dee and Phyllis Scherich who explained the need for a cattle guard in the county road near the end of their driveway. Scherich said the cattle guard will become neces- sary as they move the existing fence out of canyons onto flat- ter ground where it can be more easily built and maintained. The commissioners and Scherichs discussed several locations the cattle guard could be placed. After considerable discussion, the commissioners again in- structed Hemandez to go view the situation before a decision is made. --Signed an agreement with the Kansas Department of Trans- portation to receive an addi- tional $40,000 for the county's bridge building fund. --Again discussed the need to resurface the blacktop roads within the county, with Heman- dez explaining that work is scheduled to begin on them within the next week or so. --Heard Hemandez report that all the necessary approvals have been secured for a new bridge northeast of Coldwater and south of Protection. --Heard Hemandez report on problems with replacing a bridge in the southwest comer of the county. --Heard a report from the road and bridge supervisor that one of'the county's trucks had e to go back into the shop for fur- ther repairs. --Heard Hemandez report that Emergency Preparedness Manager John Lehman had re- ceived a grant for emergency lighting, and his crew would have to go to Newton and pick it up later this week. Commission- ers recommended that it be stored in the airport hangar. --Heard Hemandez report that the process of replacing signs across the county was to begin shortly. --Talked about advertising again for applicants for the part- time position of an'port manager. --Heard Hernandez report on the annual bridge inspection done by Kirkham and Michael consulting engineers from Ellsworth. --Received a letter from Co- manche County Economic De- velopment Director Loretta Heft asking that commissioners meet with the economic development board at the next commission meeting. --Heard Hemandez report on problems with two of the road and bridge pickups. Commis- sioners told Hemandez to check into the purchase of a newer pickup, as well as the repair of the two ailing pickups. --Met with Wilmore Mayor Terry Litwiller and Councilmen Roger Unruh and Kenneth Timmer who asked the commis- sioners about putting an addi- tion on the north side of the Wilmore firehouse to store mow- ers and equipment for the city and the Wilmore Cemetery. Un- ruh explained that the existing firehouse building and the prop- erty that it is on belong to the city of Wilmore, not the county. The commissioners told the Wil- more group that they had no problem with such a building and would check into the insurance implications, and asked that the city council to do the same with the city's insurance carrier. --The Wilmore group also asked about the possibility of refurbishing the Wilmore water tower which is used exclusively to feed the two fire hydrants in town, with the commissioners agreeing that they should ap- proach the county fire board about that matter.