COLUMBUS - Officials met with the Board for their routine monthly meeting for the purpose of updating the Board on happenings within each department, with the following department heads present:

Barbara Bilke, Register of Deeds; Betha Elliott, Health Department; David Groves, Sheriff; Deana Randall, Human Resources; Jacob Conard, County Attorney; Jason Allison, Emergency Management; Logan Grant, Noxious Weeds; Mark Hixon, Appraiser; Ralph Houser, Maintenance; Raven Elmore, Treasurer; Rodney Edmondson, Clerk and Election; and Wayne Elliott, 911 Addressing and Mapping.

Betha Elliott reported that the new eWIC cards have a few glitches at grocery stores, but they are working to resolve the problem. She had a nurse give notice but since they have had grant cuts, she's going to evaluate the need to hire.

David Groves reported that the next Drug Take-Back is scheduled for April 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. They are working on a program that would place a drop box at the law enforcement center as a permanent means of disposing of unwanted prescription drugs. He's working with the Department of Corrections to provide deputies with Narcan that would be used for opioid overdose treatment.

Barbara Bilke reported that $25,000 has been collected for deeds, mortgages, and recording fees in the first quarter of 2018. They have processed 58 passports during the same period.

Deana Randall reported that the health insurance wellness screening will be held May 22 through the 25, at the courthouse and the sheriff's office. She reminded everyone that failing to complete the screening will result in an increase in the health insurance premium for the employees that don't participate.

Jacob Conard reported that they filed 40 new cases in March with 26 of them being felonies.

Jason Allison stated that two storm sirens have been hit by lightning and he has reported it to KCAMP for repair. He has found a grant to place more storm sirens in areas of need and is working on submission of that grant.

Logan Grant reported that he attended the annual conference last month and has enough credits for recertification.

Mark Hixon reported that today is the last day to schedule an informal hearing for property valuations. He currently has 134 scheduled which is down from last year.

Ralph Houser stated that he is still working on getting the fountain repaired. He is still getting things ready for the auction in May.

Raven Elmore reported that Exchange State Bank offered 1.10 percent on our investment. The new Web-Tag is now available for residents to renew tags online. May 10th is the deadline to pay second half taxes and her office will not be mailing out reminders.

Wayne Elliott reported the issuance of four new addresses, the sale of $99 in maps to customers, and the making of 18 new street signs. He stated that the public can view maps of the county owned property that is being auctioned in May if they come to his office.

Rodney Edmondson provided details on the budget timeline beginning with department budgets due to him on June 5.