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County sells extra tanker for RPM Speedway




For a dollar, RPM Speedway has a tanker truck.

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For a dollar, RPM Speedway has a tanker truck.

At its meeting Tuesday at the Ellis County Courthouse, the Ellis County Commission agreed to sell a surplus tanker truck assigned to the Victoria company of the Ellis County Rural Fire Department for $1.

The new truck would replace an older tanker truck the race track got from the county.

"The reason they would like the truck from Victoria ... it has a little bit more capacity to wet the track down," Ellis County Commission Chairman Dean Haselhorst said. "Right now ... they constantly refill and refill. They use a lot of water on a given race night."

Haselhorst said the race track would be willing to give back the old tanker truck, but his fellow commissioners said they didn't want it. Haselhorst said it was his understanding the race track would strip the old truck for parts, then dispose of it.

In other business, commissioners:

* Heard a presentation from Gove County Commissioner Mahlon Tuttle, who seeks the county's support in opposing the federal government proposal to put the lesser prairie chicken on the endangered species list. Commissioners will review his material and take up the matter again at next week's meeting.

*  Approved a service amendment with Nex-Tech Wireless on the county's contract.

* Approved changes to the Rural Fire District No. 1 advisory board. Tom Tholen, Company 4, and Mike Werth, Company 7, have been appointed to the advisory board. Werth also is the new assistant chief for Company 7, while Rustin Weese and Mark Fisher exchanged positions at Company 9, with Weese now the chief and Fisher becoming assistant chief.

* Appointed Glenn Michael Cox to fill the vacant position on the Ellis County Joint Planning Commission.

* Approved a lease amendment with Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball for lease of the former United Way office on the second floor of the County Administrative Center at 718 Main.

* Approved applying for a KDOT Economic Development Grant for road benefit improvements to 230th Avenue between Interstate 70 and Feedlot Road, and Feedlot Road between 230th Avenue and U.S. Highway 183.

* Were asked to consider a resolution calling for a federal balanced budget amendment from Alan Snodgrass, Jetmore. Commissioners declined to make such a resolution, feeling they had no authority in the matter.