The Ford County Commission filled five positions Monday on the Ford County Council on Aging but left the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging's spot unfilled for the moment.

    Dodge City residents Tony Remigio, Dennis Doris, Doris Archer and Yadira DeAnda will serve as at-large members of the board until May 2009. Another Dodge City resident, Blaine Venters, will represent Wilroads Gardens.


    The Ford County Commission filled five positions Monday on the Ford County Council on Aging but left the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging's spot unfilled for the moment.
    Dodge City residents Tony Remigio, Dennis Doris, Doris Archer and Yadira DeAnda will serve as at-large members of the board until May 2009. Another Dodge City resident, Blaine Venters, will represent Wilroads Gardens.
    The Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging had nominated its executive director, Dave Geist, to represent the agency on the board. But county administrator Ed Elam said the commissioners had previously suggested that staffers of member organizations should not represent their organizations on the board.
    "I know that two organizations took that to heed and recommended that the board be appointed rather than staff," he said.
    Elam recommended asking SWKAAA to nominate someone else for the spot.
    Earlier this year, the Council on Aging's bylaws were amended to add representatives from Friendship Meals, Meals on Wheels and other senior service organizations to the board. The number of senior center representatives on the board were reduced to one per center.
    Representatives from Meals on Wheels and other organizations were appointed to the board in early November, but the county commission delayed appointments to the at-large slots until Monday to give people more time to apply.
    In other business, the commission:
    • Approved a conditional use permit and development plan for a proposed telecommunications tower and related buildings on 104 Road, one and one-half miles north of U.S. 50.
    The Ford County Zoning Board had previously recommended granting property owner Chris Enlow's and RCC Atlantic's request for a permit.
    • Signed off on Trego County's plan to reduce per-day rates for juveniles housed in the Greater Western Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Center, located in WaKeeney.
    Starting Jan. 1, Trego County will charge counties $170 per day for the first 20 juveniles placed at the center, according to a  Nov. 10 letter from the Trego County Commission. The rate will drop to $165 per day for 21 to 40 placements and will continue to drop in $5 increments until it reaches minimum of $150 for 81 or more juveniles.
    The new rates are designed to help counties that use the center most frequently.
    Commission Chairman Kim Goodnight said that Ford County generally places juveniles at the Southwest Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Finney County, not in the WaKeeney facility.
    • Approved an early retirement request for Mike Rich, who will retire from the road and bridge department as of Dec. 31.