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Washington County Board Minutes



The Board of Washington County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, August 30, 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.

County offices will be closed on Monday, September 6, in observance of Labor Day.

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 8:30 AM.

Caroline Scoville, Washington City EMT, invited the commission to a meeting of city ambulance directors at Washington City Hall on September 9 at 2:00 P.M.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss new training guidelines for ambulance personnel.

At 9:00 A.M. Chairman Helms opened the floor for comments on the 2011 County budget.  No appearances were noted.  Alison Mueller moved to adopt the 2011 budget as presented.  Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.

Alison Mueller moved and Roger Otott seconded to adopt Resolution No. 10-10 regarding incentives given by Washington County through the Kansas Enterprise Zone.  Motion carried.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, asked the board about the purchase of a seeder to be used by his department and public works department.  The board asked Duane to get prices.  Recycling asphalt shingles was discussed.  Duane also reported that the Hutchinson Correctional Facility is recycling mattresses and perhaps several counties could work together to load a semi-trailer.  KDHE representatives will be here to view the new building on September 8.

Everett Lutjemeier, Washington County Hospital Administrator, and Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, were present when Joe Hurla, 360 Energy Solutions, presented grant funding for energy lighting and boiler replacement at the Washington County Hospital. Alison Mueller moved and Roger Otott seconded to accept the granting funding in the amount of $84,000.00 through the Kansas Energy Office.  Motion carried.  Chairman Helms signed the document.  Roger Otott moved and Alison Mueller seconded to accept the low bid of PCI for the purchase and installation of a boiler for $87,553.00 with 60% to be paid through the Kansas Energy Office grant.  Additional bids for energy efficient lighting were discussed.  Roger Otott moved to not exercise the option to install lighting due to the extra expense involved.  Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried. Alison Mueller moved and Roger Otott seconded to enter into a contract with 360 Energy Solutions for $45,024.00 for preparation of the grant application, overseeing and project completion.  Motion carried.

Janice Kearn, R.N., County Health Director, brought in amendment contract with KDHE.  Alison Mueller moved to sign the amendment contract between KDHE and Washington County Health Department for the additional funding.  Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.

John and Christy Metz visited with the board.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report and relayed Keystone Pipeline issues.  Airport grant has been approved for installation of an AWOS system at the airport.  The grant will pay 90% of the cost up to $90,000.00.  David will attend a meeting with FEMA on September 2 due to the damages from June storms.

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

The board met with Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, regarding several personnel issues and litigations.

Ron, Anita and Shane Ohlde, Ohlde Seed Farm, met with the commission to request a rebate for new construction under the business incentive plan and proposed a 70% tax rebate for 3 to 5 years.  The board took no action.

Sheriff Bill Dickson reported that the State Fire Marshal inspected the jail facility and that the fence on the west side of the building must be moved out to a minimum of 36 inches to meet fire code.  Other minor issues were required to be fixed.

Gloria Moore, Tourism Director, updated the board on various events.  Gloria and Duane Durst, Pony Express Museum curator, have been attending committee meetings of the Historic Trails organization.  The event will be held in Marysville on October 8, 9 and 10.  Gloria hosted Lisa Waterman Gray on August 14, 15 and 16.  The US36 Treasure Hunt is September 17, 18 and 19.  First National Bank Fall Fest is set for September 18.

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, reported that Bill Thompson, Kansas Work Force, had visited her office.  Jerry Brown’s “Rev Honey” business is growing and the Resource Council has established goals for an access point; structured board meetings and promoting communications among the various agencies.

Meeting adjourned at 3:10 P.M.

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