The Ellis County Commissioners approved the purchase of new election equipment from ES&S for $85,391, plus additional poll pads from ElectionSource for $24,896.

The commissioners met Monday evening for their regular meeting in the Ellis County Administrative Center, 718 Main St.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Approved spending $27,924 to build a fitness room in the basement of the Emergency Services Building, 1105 E. 22nd St. Low bid went to Commercial Builders, with the remainder of the cost reduced by donations from: Planet Fitness, fitness equipment; Jacob Proffitt and Munsch Fitness, fitness equipment; Midwest Energy Community Fund, $1,000; Matt Lyon State Farm Good Neighbor Program, $500; Hays Recreation Commission, old gym flooring; Adam Napell, labor to complete licensed HVAC work; and firefighters, painting the room.

• Approved a reorganization of the Environmental Office with new job descriptions and grade changes that will reduce salary costs by $6,800. Beginning April 21, the position held by Mason Ruder is reclassified to Environmental Planning Supervisor and eliminate the title of Environmental Sanitarian/Zoning Administrator, held previously by an employee who retired.

• Accepted Commercial Builders low bid of $180,900 to replace the existing old elevator in the Law Enforcement Center.

• Decided to pass on awarding a contract for removal of the stairs in the Ellis County Administrative Center, 718 Main St. The stairs are blocked off by a half-wall and remain unused, but the commissioners decided the cost was too steep to warrant removing the stairs.

• Approved Fire Department mutual aid agreements.