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Washington County Commissioners Meeting minutes

COMMISSION MINUTES, JULY 26, 2010

The Board of Washington County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, July 26, 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, August 2, 2010 at 8:30 AM.

The commission will meet as the Board of County Canvassers on Friday, August 6, 2010 at 8:30 A.M.

The board approved bills and payroll totaling $327,152.79.

The board approved and signed change order nos. 2009-104 and 2009-106.

The board approved and Chairman Helms signed payroll change notice for Corey Riggs from Deputy to Sergeant effective August 1, 2010.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report.  Gene Helms reported a bridge issue in Coleman Township and Alison Mueller spoke about an issue with pipeline construction at 6th and Upland Roads.  Roger Otott moved and Alison Mueller seconded to approve the low quote for diesel from Kramer Oil at $2.46 per gallon.  Motion carried.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, reported on maintenance issues.  Garry Finlayson has been hired to help with the building construction.  Duane and Frank Durst will travel to Hutchinson to look at a trailer that is for sale through the Kansas Weed Directors Association.  Duane asked to attend the North American Weed Management Association Meeting in Pueblo, Colorado in September.  The board decided to not honor his request.

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, asked the board to attend the PRIDE meeting on Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. at First National Bank, Washington.  Christy reported that the ICC Resource Council is updating the resource list.

Christy reported on business contacts made and received.

The board recessed at 12:10 P.M. for lunch and reconvened at 1:00 P.M.

Janice Kearn, R.N., County Health Director, presented two bids for the purchase of a generator for the County Health building.  Roger Otott moved and Alison Mueller seconded to purchase a generator from B & W Electric, Hanover,

for $11,380.00, being the low bidder.  Motion carried.  The board decided that no purchase will be made for extra insurance coverage to cover vaccine loss.

Shirley Marrs, District Court Clerk, told the board that the Supreme Court has granted permission for the District Court office to change open office hours to 8:00 A.M. to noon and 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. beginning Monday, August 9, 2010.  The office will close at 4:00 P.M. and no telephone calls will be accepted.

At 1:50 P.M. Alison Mueller moved to go into executive session with Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, and Lou Kern, County Clerk, for 15 minutes under the attorney/client privilege.  Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.  At 2:05 P.M. the board returned to regular session.  No action taken.

The commission, Lou Kern, County Clerk, Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, and Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney  met with Everett Lutjemeier, Administrator; Linda Rettig; Assistant Administrator; Ewald Ohlde, Jim Kier, Jody Ouellette, Board Members and Ted Lillie, President, Washington County Hospital, to discuss USDA funding for the construction of a new hospital.  It was agreed that the original hospital drawing will be used as a basis and that the county and hospital board will move forward with a pre application to USDA for funding.  Christy L’Ecuyer will coordinate the actual documentation needed.

The board adjourned at 3:15 P.M.

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