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Other action taken by Ellis County commissioners

In other business, commissioners:

* Approved a 2.5 percent pay increase for county employees effective Jan. 1.

* Authorized signatures on right of way, environmental and utility reports to the Kansas Department of Transportation for a safety improvement project on Old U.S. Highway 40.

* Received a report from Public Works Director Mike Graf about disposing of trees at the landfill. Due to drought conditions, diseased trees cannot be burned, leading to a high number of trees that must be buried.

* Approved publication of the 2013 budget and set a budget hearing for 6:45 p.m. Aug. 20.

* Agreed an increase in mileage and meal reimbursement for county employees would take effect Sept. 1.