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Washington County Board Minutes (4/12)

The Board of Washington County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 12, 2010 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse. Present: Alison Mueller, 1st District Commissioner, Roger Otott, 2nd District Commissioner; Gene Helms, 3rd District Commissioner, Chairman, Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, and Lou Kern, County Clerk.

Chairman Helms called the meeting to order with prayer.

The next regular meeting will be Monday, April 19, 2010 at 8:30 AM.

Alison Mueller moved and Roger Otott seconded to proclaim April as Fair Housing Month. Motion carried.

At 8:35 A.M. Alison Mueller moved to go into executive session with Sheila Ouellette, Communications Director, for 5 minutes to discuss nonelected personnel. Roger Otott seconded and motion carried. At 8:40 A.M. the board returned to regular session. No action was taken.

Roger Otott moved to authorize Gene Helms to sign all paperwork necessary for Farm Service Agency participation for land owned by the county. Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried.

Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, was present when Meyler Gibbs, Washington City Councilmember, asked what the results of the ambulance survey were. Alison Mueller reported that 511 surveys had been returned and that results were in favor of increased funding for ambulance services. Meyler and the board discussed various ways to foster cooperation.

The board approved and Chairman Helms signed payroll change notice for UnderSheriff Traci R. Hattesohl due to resignation effective April 6, 2010.

The commission approved and signed change order nos. 2009-93 through 2009-95.

The board received notice of a proposed swine facility in the W/2 NW/4 of Section 8, Township 5Soiuth, Range 1 East for Condray Farms, Inc.

Ed Henry, Twin Valley Development Services Inc. CEO, presented 2011 budget request.

Alison Mueller moved to sign a settlement agreement with Marketing Partners LLC and Farmers Cooperative in regard to Case No. 08-CV-16. Roger Otott seconded and motion carried. The terms of the agreement state that Washington County shall pay $150,000.00 without interest in four installments. The first payment will be $30,000.00 for tax year 2008; $40,000.00 for the tax year 2009; $40,000.00 for tax year 2010 and $40,000.00 for tax year 2011.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, reported on routine maintenance matters. Duane will be gone to state meeting on April 26th. He requested to attend a meeting in September in Pueblo, Colorado.

Sheriff Bill Dickson visited with the board. Jail census is down at this time and Sheriff Dickson will ask if Sedgwick County will place more prisoners here.

Derek Bruna, Rotary Club President, asked the board for a plan of the proposed July 4 dedication of the veterans’ memorial at the airport. Suggestions have been made as to whether Veterans’ Day would be a better time for the dedication. Alison Mueller is to check with the American Legion for their input.

Francine Regan, County Appraiser, presented contract with Kimble Mapping. Alison Mueller moved to sign the contract with Kimble Mapping to perform 2010 map maintenance; agricultural use changes; final coverage and Arc/reader maps and urban map maintenance for $9600.00. Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.

Gary Montre, Welborn Sales, was present at the 10:30 A.M. bid opening for the purchase of motor grader blades. Four bids were received. David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, reviewed the bids and came in later in the afternoon to recommend Welborn Sales for the purchase of motor grader blades. Alison Mueller moved to accept the bid of $27,887.00 from Welborn Sales due to the fact that the company met bid specifications. Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report. David made recommendations as to the bids opened last week for corrugated metal pipe; signs; flexible markers and sign posts. Alison Mueller moved to accept the low bid of Welborn Sales for the purchase of 3×1 corrugated metal pipe in the amount of $25,985.00. Roger Otott seconded and motion carried. Roger Otott moved and Alison Mueller seconded to accept the low bid of Barco for the purchase of signs at $2759.00. Motion carried. Roger Otott moved and Alison Mueller seconded to accept the low bid of Midwest Sales and Services in the amount of $4,262.00 for the purchase of sign posts. Motion carried. Alison Mueller moved and Roger Otott seconded to accept the bid of Welborn Sales for flexible markers in the amount for $1875.00. Motion carried. David gave weekly work report. Hi Plains Sand will be in Washington County later this week. Consolidated and Bayer Construction are low on road rock and gravel surplus is also limited. David reported on topics discussed at the North Central Kansas Highway Officials meeting that he and Roger Otott attended last week. Bids for the purchase of a new belly dump will be opened on April 26 at 11:00 A.M.

Gary May, Rural Lakes Region Sanitarian, reported that he closed one permit in March and opened two others due to new construction. Gary asked the commission for guidance from the board should he find systems that are not in compliance. The board asked that he leave a flyer regarding what should be complied with as to proper disposal of sewage.

The board recessed at noon to attend a Rotary meeting at First National Bank and reconvened at 1:00 P.M.

The board spoke with Ted Lillie, Washington County Hospital Board President, as to progress on the USDA grant application for construction of a new hospital..

Greg Koppes, Greenleaf, asked what would justify a 10 to 15 percent increase on the appraised value of his home and stated that poor access roads should be taken into consideration.

The meeting adjourned at 2:00 P.M.

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