County to put tax roll online, negotiates gravel deal
Effective immediately, county employees can no longer use Microsoft Messenger on their computers at work. The service, which allows written messages to be sent instantly via computer network, will be taken offline with the commissioner's Nov. 18 approval to mitigate counter-productivity.
"(The county) might even look into blocking sites and only letting them (employees) go to the ones they should be in," said Commissioner Mike Milovich.
Although one service was taken offline, another is about to become available on the county Web site, which will display the county tax roll. Available online will be a parcel legal description, amount of taxes due and whether they are paid or not, for at least the 2009 and 2010 years. Some concerns were raised regarding the sharing of such information. However, the site will not provide up-to-date numbers. A visit to the courthouse will still be necessary to obtain all the available information.
In unrelated business, commissioners approved funding in the amount of $129,000 for Children's Justice Center. Although the amount is $8,000 short of previous funding, it represents the first cut since the beginning of the program.
"We'll just have to wait and see what happens in the legislature; it's looking dreadful for other programs," said Commissioner Bill Krompel, in regards to the center's and other institution's future funding.
Krompel, who has been concerned about funding and other county issues, then brought forward a deal in which the county could trade 15,000 square feet of gravel from a county pit near airport road, for the same amount from a private pit near the Scofield turnoff. Although no contract was signed by the commissioners, the discussion opened the way for further negotiations with John Huston, the Scofield pit owner.
"One of our strategies has been to promote pits all over the county, so if a project arises in an area, we can efficiently get gravel," said Krompel.
While the other two commissioners (Milovich, Johns) were in support of using the Scofield gravel pit, because of its higher quality rock composition(than the county pit), they wanted further specifications and a proposed time frame along with possible revisions on the amount that can be removed.
"As far as negotiations go, now is the time, because they're the ones who brought it to the table," said Commissioner John Jones.
Commissioners hope they can work out a deal for the trade whether it will be a set price, or a direct trade of gravel.
"I'm of the opinion that this will benefit both of us," said Krompel.
Several approvals were also made including the county's support of the Sunnyside Ambulance, a Community Impact Board (CIB) priority list which included a wild-land fire suppression fire truck and FEMA disaster requirements that make the county eligible for federal disaster aid should a natural disaster occur.