The Delaware County commissioners approved having an art contest to create the county seal. 

The contest is open for area high school students in grades ninth through 12, said County Commissioner Chairman Russell Martin (District 2)

Students from Grove, Jay, Colcord, Kansas and Oaks will compete in the contest.

First prize is $100, second prize is $60 and third prize is $40, he said. 

The commissioners hope to finalize the contest rules next week.

Vicki Cossairt, Human Resources Director, updated the commissioners on budgetary matters. 

“We are budgeting for a 10 percent increase in the budget next year,” Cossairt said referring to health care costs. 

Cossairt also addressed the inconsistency of several of the departments that offer days off for Christmas shopping and birthdays. 

Payroll costs and a previous presentation by Tyler Technologies and their payroll, accounting and recording software was detailed by Cossairt.

The commissioners approved to advertise for sealed bids on the purchase of two warning sirens to be installed at the Tia Juana Fire Department. The bid period ends March 16.

The commissioners also approved:

A resolution for disposing of equipment that is unrepairable, obsolete and not working at the request of the county clerk’s office.

Filing official certificate of votes from the Monkey Island Fire Protection election.

To place signage on the courthouse laws in April signifying child abuse prevention month.

Foreclosure proceeding Grand Savings Bank vs. Isaac F Beaver, CJ-2018-19.

A petition to foreclose the right of the town of Bernice to reopen a portion of a dedicated roadway.

County commissioner David Poindexter (District 1) was not in attendance. 

The next meeting is 9 a.m. Monday, March 5 at the Delaware County Courthouse in the Commissioners’ Public Meeting room.