At the August 30, 2017 meeting of the Clark County Commissioners, County Administrator Jennifer Hutchinson updated the commissioners on the progress being made on the Strategic Plan the Commissioners put in place this year.

The Clark County Commissioners adopted a Strategic Plan to be developed over the next three years. The goal of the plan is to improve the function of the county government to serve residents efficiently and cost effectively though cooperation among all county employees. The priorities for the plan are to develop a facilities master plan to ensure effective use of the county facilities, combine the city/county 911 dispatch center, eliminate opiate addiction and substance abuse, modernize the fairgrounds, and develop a strategy for Clark County, the City and the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) for economic development. Committees have been formed to address each of these priorities and much work has already been accomplished.

Hutchinson reported that the Request for Proposal (RFP) for a consolidated 911 dispatch center will be released on September 5, 2017. In addition, she reported that a strategic plan for economic development has been tentatively agreed on by the County, City, and CIC. The goals and deliverables have been established and are under review. The group is looking at several options to determine what best meets the needs of the entire community.

Renovation of the county buildings continues. For the Building and Grounds, the commissioners approved two changes to contracts with Brian Brothers Painting & Restoration, LLC for concrete work on the Department of Job & Family Services Building (DJFS). The first change increased the contract by $40,000 to remove and replace deteriorated concrete areas not covered in the original estimated for the work.

The second change increased the contract by $4,700 for DJFS Concrete Repairs to include front lamppost prep and painting.

In addition, two changes to contracts with S&L Specialty Contracting, Inc. were approved. The first change for the window replacement project on the A.B. Graham and Courthouse Building extended the completion date from September 15, 2017 to October 15, 2017. The delay resulted from window production delays by the window manufacturer and to wait for the roofing contractor to demobilize and free the staging area for window installation at the Courthouse.

The second change increased the contract with S&L Specialty Contracting, Inc by $2,772.33 to change the glass type to frosted lowE from clear lowE on several windows at the Courthouse The frosted glass windows will be installed in existing restroom locations.

The commissioners also instructed the clerk to advertise for bids for the DJFS Building roof improvements. The bids are due in the Commissioners’ Offices by 10:00 a.m. on September 21, 2017.

For the County Administrator, the commissioners authorized a contract with Point and Pay, LLC for merchant services from August 30, 2017 through August 29, 2020. The merchant processing services will enable county residents to pay for county services with a credit or debit card.

For the Chief Dog Warden, the commissioners accepted a lease agreement with Dr. John B. Bruce at the rate of $1,500 per month for the Dog Warden’s Office and Impound Facility from September 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018.Hutchinson said, “The Dog Warden’s Office looks great. The office will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Warden has hired a part time employee to clean the cages and feed the animals. Currently, the county has a six-month contract with Bruce with the option to extend the contract.”

The next meeting of the Clark County Commissioners is scheduled for September 6, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Conference Room at 50 E Columbia Street.