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McKinney announces NCRPC retirement

Doug McKinney, Director of the North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC), announced Monday morning at the Mitchell County Commissioners meeting, that he will be retiring.

McKinney began employment with the NCRPC as the assistant director in 1986. When John Cry retired in 2007 McKinney was promoted to the directorship. McKinney has served as the fourth director of the program over its 48 year existence.

Emily Benedict, current Assistant Director, has been named as McKinney’s successor to lead the work at NCKRPC. Benedict has several years experience through the commission.

– Cortney Murrow, Mitchell County Health Nurse, provided bids to the commissioners for new floor covering in her facility. The current carpet and vinyl is well past replacing. Murrow plans to re-carpet the lobby area, the hallway, two clinic rooms, and two staff work rooms. She also intends to install new vinyl floor covering in the bathroom and the break room.

Murrow presented bids from Ellenz of Tipton and Solomon Valley Building Center. The bid from Ellenz for carpeting was $$7,132 and vinyl flooring was $967, less than the bid from Solomon Valley. Jim Marshall abstained from the vote. By a 2-0 vote the commissioners approved the bid from Ellenz.

– Eric Hamel, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Director, gave his monthly ambulance activity report to the commissioners. There were 47 ambulance runs in January. Thirty-nine of the runs were in Beloit, four to Glen Elder, and two each to Cawker City and Tipton. The time period of 8-9 p.m. was the busiest with seven runs. The time periods of 7-8 a.m., 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., and 11 a.m. – 12 noon, and 2 -3 p.m. had four runs each. Saturday was the most active day with 12 runs. The average time from when a call is received until the ambulance leaves the barn is 1.12 minutes. The age group of 80-89 years old held the most runs with a total of 14.

Hamel told the commissioners that the ambulance service is scheduled for its annual inspection in the near future.

– Becky Snook, Director of Communications, announced she had hired a new dispatch employee. Jennifer Sterling, Mankato, will begin work on Monday, Feb. 10. Snook then asked for 15 minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. No decisions were made as a result of this closed session.

– Melinda Latham, Mitchell County Assessor, was on hand to tell the commissioners the she would be mailing out valuation notices next week. This often stimulates discussion.

– Jim Marshall read a proclamation declaring the month of February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. The commissioners voted 3-0 to support this proclamation.

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