Guthrie Co. Courthouse

The Guthrie County Board of Supervisors convened for a budget session Thursday.

The first budget request for fiscal year 2020 was approved for the County Treasurer’s office. The budget included a raise to 67% of the Treasurer’s salary for Deputy Treasurer Erica Cleveland and a raise to 80% for Deputy Treasurer Michelle Rumelhart. The Board took no action on budget requests from the Region XII Council of Governments, and County Custodian Ron Allen. Executive Director of Region XII Richard Hunsaker also requested a resolution of support for job training program constructing houses at the Newton Correctional Facility, to which the Board took no action.

The Board requested County Zoning Administrator Chris Whitaker attend the meeting to discuss difficulties he is facing arranging meeting times and filling appointments for the County Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment. Next, Hungry Canyons Alliance Project Director John Thomas updated the Board on the work that has been done implementing solutions to stream channel erosion. For the 80% cost share that Alliance has provided for grade control structures, County Engineer Josh Sebern says Alliance has been a very good asset for the county. The Board approved designating Secondary Roads Department Office Manager Glenda Edwards as entity administrator for the County’s System for Awards Management (SAM) account. Finally, the Board approved rescinding their appointment of Marcia Lewis to the Board of Health and approved appointing Peg Snyder for the seat, and the Board reviewed the 2018 taxable valuations for the 2020 fiscal year tax levies.