Commissioners discuss courthouse generator

by C.F. David

Monday's session of the Cimarron County Commission was dominated by changes being made as an indirect result of the 2006-07 snow storms.

The commission discussed the need to co-sign on a short-term loan for the purchase of an 80 KW generator to supply the courthouse with power in the case of loss of power. The generator will be paid for through a grant already obtained by Cimarron Memorial Hospital through the State Department of Health. The grant, (a paid invoice grant), is worked so that a quick loan is needed before the money will flow so the loan can be paid. The grant includes an 80 amp generator at the hospital's radio tower so that all emergency services radios will be operable.

The commissioners then discussed and then tabled a needed policy change so that when county employees are called out on holidays, weekends and vacations to work through an emergency a payroll policy will exist to cover such an event. The commission decided more study was needed and the item was tabled until the next meeting.

The commission accepted donations made in memory of former dispatcher Monty Chapman.

Justin Hardy, of OEDA came before the commission with a $4,800 check for the Kenton Senior Citizens Center so they can place doors on the inset of the old school house to keep out birds and better insulate the building. The grant also covered the purchase of a lawn mower for the center.