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Washington County Board of Commissioners Meeting

The Board of Washington County Commissioners met in the commission room of the Washington County Courthouse on Monday, March 8, 2010.  Present were Alison Mueller, 1st District Commissioner; Roger Otott, 2nd District Commissioner; Gene Helms, Chairman, 3rd District Commissioner; Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, and Lou Kern, County Clerk.

Chairman Helms opened the meeting with prayer.

The next regular meeting will be Monday, March 15, 2010 at 8:30 A.M.

Board members will attend the mitigation plan meeting tonight at the Law Enforcement Center basement and the Community Foundation meeting at the Linn Community Center.

The board approved bills and payroll totaling $147,182.60.

The board approved and signed change order no. 2009-71.

The board approved and Chairman Helms signed three Neighborhood Revitalization Plan refunds.

The weather watchers’ meeting is March 25 at 6:00 P.M. at the Emergency Services building in Washington City.

Lori Huber, RSVP updated the board on the Washington County Community Foundation progress.  Lori presented a needs assessment survey for the commission to review that she has developed with the help of various professionals and asked for assistance with copy costs.  The commission gave permission for Lori to use the county copier in the clerk’s office to copy the surveys.

Mayor Harold Jones, Washington visited with the board on several issues.

Don Alldredge, custodian, gave report on maintenance issues.  Purchasing rugs and mop heads was discussed.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, and the board discussed chemical bids received last week.  After discussion, Roger Otott moved to accept the chemical bid of Bill Bean, being the lowest bid.  Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried.  Progress on the storage building and the illegal dumpsite cleanup were discussed.  Free days at the transfer station are April 22 and 23 and one-half day on April 24. 

Roy Hamel Jr. met with the board and David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, to discuss a drainage issue on 3rd and Bismark Roads.  David then gave weekly work report.  Alison Mueller moved and Roger Otott seconded to purchase low sulphur diesel #2 from Leiszler Oil for $18,415.50.  Motion carried.  FEMA money from the November snow storm will amount to over $8,000.00.  Alison Mueller moved and Roger Otott seconded to sign a Hangar Lease with Roth Ag Air.  Motion carried.  David discussed the need to purchase a trailer to haul mowers. After discussion, Alison Mueller moved to purchase a 2008 dump truck from Boss Motors, Marysville, for $80,000.00 to be paid from the Special Machinery Fund set aside for road and bridge equipment purchases.  Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.  David reported that he could rent a trailer from Landoll Corporation for $2,000.00 per month.  The board approved the rental.  David will prepare bid specifications for the purchase of a new trailer.  Stamm Masonry will work on the shop doors in the near future.  David is still working on requirements for the block grant bridge application.  The appraiser’s office will help with residence locations in the target areas and Chris Eddelman from Husker Steel will assist with construction estimates.

The board recessed at 12:05 P.M. for lunch and reconvened at 1:00 P.M.

Roger Otott moved and Gene Helms seconded to give $100.00 to the Linn High School After Prom Party from alcohol and drug fund.  Motion carried.

The board spoke with Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney on various issues.

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, reported that she has sent the Restated and Amended Revitalization Plan to the City of Washington so that the City could write their own plan.  She reported on other business contacts that she has received and meetings that she has attended. 

The meeting adjourned at 3:00 P.M.

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