1. Public Health Officer Dr. Tim Stebbins said the COVID-19 situation was “a little better” this week, although the number of new cases identified by the end of the week was likely to be similar to last week.

2. Pittsburg City Commissioner Dawn McNay spoke during the meeting’s public input period to invite the commissioners to visit Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas to discuss recent developments at CHCSEK and opportunities for collaboration with the county government.

3. County Clerk Don Pyle recommended re-appointing Jeana Kotzman as Lincoln Township treasurer, and the commission approved the appointment. Kotzman was previously township treasurer but did not run for re-election. Alicia Morris, however, who ran for the position and won in last year’s election, has since died unexpectedly.

4. Commissioner Bruce Blair requested that the commission have a work session with Shop Foreman Josh Peak following the regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

5. Besides the work session, Commission Chairman Jeremy Johnson also announced that there will be employee evaluations beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 2 and the County Courthouse will be closed in observance of President’s Day on Feb. 15.