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Washington County Commissioner’s minutes

COMMISSION MINUTES, JULY 12, 2010          

The Board of Washington County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, July 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.

Bills and payroll were paid totaling $234,902.67

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

The board approved and Chairman Helms signed payroll change notice for Martha Smith from Corrections Officer I to Corrections Officer II and for Steven Woermanbjork from trainee to Jailer I, both effective July 4, 2010.

Alison Mueller moved and Roger Otott seconded to adopt Resolution 05-10 establishing the 911 tax rate of 75 cents for 2011.  Motion carried.

The board approved and Chairman Helms signed cereal malt beverage license for Kenneth Johnson as the applicant for the Washington County Fair as the licensed premise. 

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, discussed items for inclusion and/or deletion in the KDOT, Aviation Division, grant application for installation of an AWOS System.  The board approved and Chairman Helms signed the grant application in the amount of $99,000.00 for installation of an AWOS system at the airport.  Grants recipients will be announced in September.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, reported on routine maintenance matters.  Certification of weed-free wheat straw used for right of way seeding was discussed.  Duane placed a call to the Kansas Department of Agriculture for guidance and the board decided to follow the recommendation given.  The board spoke with Duane later in the afternoon as to the placement of the recycling trailer in Hanover City.

The commission met with Todd Vandemeter, Piper Jaffray; Everett Lutjemeier, Washington County Hospital Administrator; Linda Rettig, Assistant Hospital Administrator; Ted Lillie, Board President; Jennifer Dague; Ewald Ohlde; Jim Kier, Board members, to discuss progress on the new hospital project.  Kevin McCann, USDA representative, was also present.  Two options for funding the hospital were discussed.  One would be to issue revenue bonds through the Washington County Public Building Commission and reduce the size of the hospital project.  The other option would be to issue general obligation bonds and would still require reduction of the size of the project.  The commission requested more information from Piper Jaffray as to funding options and cost to county taxpayers.  The board also spoke with Kevin McCann, USDA representative, to see if any further options are available for funding projects within the county.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report.  The board approved and Chairman Helms signed official bond for David as Public Works Administrator.  The five year approved construction program as approved by KDOT was reviewed.  The board visited with Joe Peschel the pipeline inspector for the county. 

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

The board and Janice Kearn, R.N., County Health Director, met with Rick Freeman and Quentin Ellis, HMN Architects and Hutton Construction Corporation to review an updated draft of a proposed health facility.  After discussion it was decided to meet again on August 9 at 1:00 P.M.  for further review.

Janice Kearn., R.N., County Health Director, was given permission to hire an “as needed” homemaker.  The minutes from last week are corrected to read that a “homemaker” position is needed not a “home health aide”.  The board approved and Chairman Helms signed payroll change notice for Rebecca Bruna effective July 12 due to completion of training period.

The meeting adjourned at 2:45 P.M.

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