Jensen is new county admin

    Pamela Jensen will be starting as Phillips County’s new administrator June 10, according to Phillips County Board of Commissioners, who announced Jensen’s selection at its May 31 meeting.
    Jensen attended high school in Imperial, Nebraska, and will move to Holyoke from Denver. She has experience in budgeting, finance and grant writing, among other skills.
    The position became vacant in March following the sudden death of former administrator Randy Schafer. Commissioner Terry Hofmeister said several outstanding candidates were considered for the job.
    The board also agreed to a contract with TJ D-Signs to build and install a sign memorializing Schafer at the fairgrounds complex. The majority of the $14,880 project cost will be covered by contributions received by the Schafer family.
Pavilion work continues ahead of July 23-28 fair
    Commissioners also reported on the continuing efforts to spruce up the Bank of Colorado Pavilion ahead of the Phillips County Fair, which will run July 23-28.
    The board worked with Points West Community Bank to secure a lease-purchase agreement and $200,000 in interim construction funds in May.
    A framed leather brand wall is set to go up in the pavilion by July 1, following the May approval of a contract with Denise Smith. Interested sponsors will be able to pay to have their cattle brand stamped on the leather wall.
    Maverick Steel was also hired to remove a section of sidelights in the pavilion and replace it with insulated wall sheets for an estimated $9,250, and the board agreed to match up to $8,000 in contributions to the Livestock Committee for buying panels and gates.
Other business
    In other May business, commissioners:
    — Voted to renew the annual intergovernmental agreement between Phillips County and Sterling regarding use of the AIS Logger and Recorder, which is used in radio communications by public safety agencies.
    — Accepted the recommendation of the Planning Commission to approve a subdivision exemption from the Catherine L. Goddard Estate and Merrill M. Goddard Trust to a buyer yet to be determined.
    — Heard a report from Dennis Kaan, who told the board that Tracy Trumper will be leaving her job at Colorado State University Extension office by July 29.
    — Talked with landfill manager Bill Andrews, who reported that the compactor is disabled and requires major repairs.

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