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Commissioners Question Disposal of County Property

The Mitchell County Commissioners had questions concerning the legal way to dispose of county property since none of them had ever had this come up during their term in office.

The commissioners were surprised when Larry Heidrick, Fire Chief of Asherville Fire District No. 1, came to their Monday morning meeting saying he was to meet Mitchell County Attorney, Mark Noah, there in order to have the commissioners sign a release allowing the district to sell of the old Asherville Fire District No. 1 fire shed since they have a buyer for the building. Heidrick said they are in the process of selling the building to a local corporation.

None of the three commissioners had ever dealt with this situation and were not sure as to the process to do get this done. Commissioner Tom Claussen asked if they could this by making a motion to dispose of the property? A call to Attorney Noah confirmed that he had the necessary papers drawn up and was on his way to the courthouse at that time.

Attorney Noah said he had looked into the situation and it appears that this action could take place by a motion was made, passed and signed by the commissioners to do so. This can be done since the property is of no specific use to the district at this time. Noah said felt the purchaser was giving the district a pretty good deal. Notice of the sale will have to be published in the newspaper two times, for two consecutive weeks, in case somebody wants to object to it. He said the sale was legal as listed in the Kansas Statute 19-211. The purchase price is $15,000. The commissioner made the motion, which passed unanimously, to approve the sale of the building.

Fire Chief, Heidrick, invited the commissioners to attend a special celebration at Simpson to commemorate 50 years since 17 FFA Boys at Simpson High School along with their FFA teacher at that time, Dr. Bob Severance, took on the job of carrying a petition to the residence of the area in 1963 in order to raise their taxes in order to be able to form a fire district and purchase the equipment necessary to do so.

They are honoring the thirteen surviving members of the group involved in that group, along with Dr. Severance at the celebration. The decision was made to form the fire district after there were several fires in the area and they had no way to fight the blaze. Fred Hirsch Jr. is the only living member of the first fire district board and will be honored as well as any retired firemen who are still living. The event will be held at the Simpson Community Room on Saturday evening April 6. Heidrick said they have had a good response so far.

The 1963 FFA Chapter won the National FFA Safety Award over 8500 other FFA Chapters in the United States at that time for their work on this project. Simpson High School was closed that time and everybody went to Kansas City the day they got the award. Dennis Cady, a member of the group received the 4-H Safety Award that year for his part in the project and got to go to the National 4-H Meeting in Chicago, Heidrick said.

Commissioner Claussen announced the NCK Animal Law and Care Conference meeting will be held at the NCK Technical College on March 25, from 1 to 5 p.m.
The Post Rock Humane Society will host the meeting. Anyone wishing to attend should contract Chris Jones and RSVP by March 20.

Commissioner Jim Marshall extended condolences from the commissioners to the Remus family in the passing of Twila (Remus) Kruse. He said, she was involved in a lot of things and did a lot of good for the community. David Chase said Randy Woelk, who taught at Beloit High School in the 1980's passed away recently. He was the Science/ Physics teacher during that time. Many here might remember him.

Two Neighborhood Revitalization applications were approved including Monte and Annette Carrico of Beloit for a 56 by 40 building in the amount of $170,000 on East main and Highway 24 and Patrick and Linda Corpstein for a $375,000 home in the Tipton area.

There being no further business on the agenda the commissioners went into a work session until 9:45 at which time they adjourned.

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