The Washington County Commissioners met on Tuesday, May 4th. Pastor James Glisan of the First Presbyterian Church of Akron opened with a prayer.

Commissioner Lea Ann Laybourn announced that Free Landfill Day will be on May 15th instead of May 8th. There was also a discussion of whether there might be some dump trucks in town for residents to use. This will be discussed even more in the future as they felt that there wasn’t enough time to do it this year before Free Dump Day.

District Administrator Misty Peterson made her report. Resolution 73-2021, dealing with the hazard reduction plan, was discussed and the commissioners approved the resolution. Sick banking policy, resolution 74-2021, was also approved. There was a letter she wanted the board to sign for independent roofing specialists and it was approved. The contract with Simon Construction to overlay 44 County Road for $ 379,744 has been approved.

Maintenance Director Matt Green had three items to present to the commissioners. He asked for permission to sell an old rock wall in the horse stable, as it has been left over from the construction of the nursing home since 2015. He sold it and the commissioners agreed that he can sell them. He also asked for a capital purchase of a target mower for $ 3,821.20, and the commissioners approved. He then said he wanted to fill in the hole in the appendix of the concrete for safety reasons. Even though the hole was taped, he still thought it was a security risk. The board approved the repair of the hole.

District 2 requested the purchase of a Kenworth truck for $ 56,400. This capital purchase was approved. The board then approved a sheriff’s capital purchase of a new patrol car for $ 34,172. This was already in their budget.

Don Nadow, director of WY Communications, came to give the commissioners an update. He promoted two interim dispatchers. Employees receive training on clocking in and clocking out with a new system. Two employees are still on sick leave and he hopes they can return at least part-time the next time they visit the doctor. Everyone is currently working 12-hour shifts. The Otis and Lone Star Schools applied for a SAFER grant. When they get the scholarship, they work with the center. You will begin monthly meetings to discuss the calls and how to handle them. Your rating has increased in the past two months.

The assessor’s office is considering applying for a grant to support the GIS work and must decide whether to apply.

Emergency manager Bryant McCall said there are 12 active and five new cases of COVID. The sheriff’s office tests employees once a month, and the nursing home has reduced testing to every two weeks.

David Frisbee then spoke to the commissioners about some abseiling events and it was decided to hold an event in early October, which was scheduled for April 30, 2022. There was a team abseiling event last weekend, which was attended by 738 teams. He also gave an update on some of the roofs that are being made on circular buildings. The canopy schedules look good. Work on the roofs of the nursing home will begin shortly. You will do shingles first and metal will start on June 7th.

Vickie Sandlin, editor of Julesburg Advocate and Akron News reporter, asked if the county would work with the city of Akron to pay for an ad in Explore magazine. After some discussion, the county decided to work with the city to get a three-quarter page ad.

Alan Basler, President of the Washington County Fair Board, spoke to the commissioners about the contract to headline this year’s show. There has been some discussion and some changes need to be made before it can be signed. They will discuss the contract again in the next week. The contract for the opening act is still being discussed.

The meeting was adjourned without further business.