Voters can now begin casting their ballots for the fall 2014 election, Harvey County Clerk Joyce Truskett announced at Monday's Harvey County Commission meeting. Advanced voting begins today, Oct. 21, in the Courthouse Community Room.

Voters may come to the courthouse from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Early voting ends at noon Nov. 3.

Harvey County had 21,397 registered voters as of Oct. 2: Democratic: 4,261; Libertarian: 120; Republican: 10,919; and Unaffiliated: 6,097.

Commissioners also met with the new director of KCAMP, David Luke.

KCAMP – Kansas County Association Multiline Pool – is a member-owned, member-funded self-insured property and liability pool. According to the organization's website, KCAMP is not an insurance company; instead, members pay contributions (premiums) to the pool, and these contributions are used to pay claims, provide risk management services and education to the members, and pay costs associated with the administration of the pool.

Luke said the program also shields counties from fluctuations in commericial insurance markets.

"It's providing a great resource to the counties," he said. "... We really work hard at keeping rates as stable as possible."

Counties are encouraged to keep their loss ratio at about 60 percent. Harvey County's claims rate is at 65 percent, but when claims for "unpreventables" – such as hail damage – are excluded, Harvey County's rate drops below 60 percent.

Other business

• Commissioners approved a bid for a snow plow and flat plate truck mount for the road and bridge department. The bid came from Midwest Truck and totaled $16,148, including installation.

• A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Nov. 20, time to be determined, to celebrate the opening of the combined Pine Street offices for Prairie View, Health Ministries and the county's Health Department.

• Commissioners also heard an update from Lynnette Redington, health department director, on county ebola preparations. The health department has been working with Newton Medical Center to evaluate supplies and the best way to mobilize resources should an outbreak occur. Counties also have agreed to provide mutual aid in a crisis.

• Harvey County Administrator John Waltner reported a bridge project six miles north of Newton will be included as part of KDOT's $10.6 million Kansas Local Bridge Improvement Program.

"This enables counties to add some of these bridges that couldn't be funded otherwise," he said.