List of eco devo director candidates pared to 10

By The Mercury

WESTMORELAND — The list of candidates for the executive director’s position of the Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation has been pared to 10.

Bob Cole, current PCEDC director, told county commissioners Monday the search process for his replacement is progressing on schedule, with a goal of having a new director on board the first week of May.

Cole has announced his retirement as executive director of the PCEDC, effective the end of May.

Seventeen candidates applied for the position, most of them from Midwestern states, Cole said.

Of those 17, seven didn’t meet the criteria established by the PCEDC board and have been eliminated.

The first round of telephone interviews with the remaining 10 candidates will begin this week, with the goal of paring the list to three or four by the first week of April.

“There are some really pretty exceptional people in the pool,” Jim Drouillard, PCEDC board member, told commissioners. “It certainly looks like we have a pretty good pool to work with.”

In other business Monday:

• John Watt, county counselor, reported the old ambulance station at Westmoreland sold at auction last Monday for $21,500 to CHM Property Solutions. There were three active bidders at the auction.

• The commission adopted a resolution for the disposal of surplus county equipment –– a 1992 Caterpillar grader.

• Learned that Pott County Emergency Medical Services was featured in the “Service Spotlight” section of the KEMSA Chronicle, the quarterly publication of the Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association.

“This is the first time our department has ever been put out on the stage like this,” EMS director David Adams told commissioners, noting the article has generated considerable attention from other departments around the state.

Adams thanked commissioners for recent improvements to EMS facilities around the county, and said his department continues to have a good relationship with hospitals in the county.

“These hospitals are very well run, very professional, and they care very much for their patients,” Adams said.

• The commission renewed a three-year contract with Hamm Quarry for disposal of waste from the Pott County Landfill. 

An amendment to the contract changes the annual cost increase form 3.5 percent to an increase based on the Midwest Consumer Price Index (CPI), according to Leu Lowrey, public works director.

“That would be to our advantage as far as bringing the cost down,” Lowrey said, noting that the Midwest CPI has been well below 3.5 percent in recent years.

The county currently pays Hamm $32.90 per ton for hauling away landfill waste.

• The commissioner approved a replat of Oakmont Farms Subdivision Unit 2, located just north of John Scott Rd. on the east side of Flush Rd.

The replat combines four lots into one.

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