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Washington County Board minutes

Reprinted as received by email to KNDY Radio.


The Board of Washington County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, September 27, 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, Lou Kern, County Clerk and Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney.

Chairman Helms called the meeting to order with prayer.

The next regular meeting will be Monday, October 4, 2010 at 8:30 AM.

Alison Mueller moved to amend the September 20, 2010 minutes to read “At the request of Jared Meier Alison Mueller moved and Roger Otott seconded to grant a waiver from the Washington County Sanitary Code for a larger lagoon system to be used by St. John’s Lutheran Church and Royce Ohlde.  Motion carried.  The board approved bills and payroll totaling $301,647.25.”

The board approved and signed change order no. 2009-110.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report and shared information that he received at a supervisor workshop in Topeka last week.  TransCanada settlement figures for road and asphalt damage were discussed.  David is to file a claim with Kastl Powell Insurance for damage done by a county mower to a quick hitch at the Ash Creek corner. 

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, has spoken with a company that grinds asphalt shingles.  The company would charge a mileage fee and grind the shingles for free.  Waiver of transfer station fees for 2011 during the US 36 Highway Treasure Hunt will be re-addressed next week.  The company that does landfill cover will demonstrate their machine on October 18 and/or October 25.

Harry Jones, Jones Trash Services, discussed easement footage with the board. Sheriff Bill Dickson joined the discussion.  It was agreed that the footage needed to move the west fence to meet fire code is 16 inches.  The board spoke with Elizabeth Hiltgen regarding the changes.

Lois and Jim Fields, representing Liberty National Life Insurance, discussed benefits of the plan.  The board made no decision until they speak with department heads.

Everett Lutjemeier, Washington County Hospital Administrator; Ted Lillie, Board President and Phil Brummell, BKD, met with the board to discuss a draft feasibility study to be used in connection with the USDA grant pre-application.  Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, was also present. 

Alison Mueller moved and Roger Otott seconded to proclaim October as Down Syndrome Awareness Month.  Motion carried.

Sharon Pierce brought in the agreement to accept grant funding for installation of the AWOS system at the airport.  Alison Mueller moved and Roger Otott seconded to sign the Aviation Agreement for Equipment and Associated Facilities in an amount not to exceed $90,000.00.  Motion carried.  The county would be responsible for $10,000.00 plus any costs over $100,000.00.

The commission recessed at 12:02 for lunch and reconvened at 1:00 P.M.

The board spoke with Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney.  At 1:30 P.M. Alison Mueller moved to go into executive session with Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, and Lou Kern, County Clerk, for 1 hour and 45 minutes under the attorney/client privilege.  Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.  The board returned to regular session at 3:15 P.M. No action was taken.

 Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, reported on attendance at the USDA seminar and the PRIDE activities in Washington City.  Christy asked the board about giving business incentives to a person wanting to purchase property in the Washington City industrial park.  The commission decided that no incentives can be given at this time.

 The meeting adjourned at 3:50 P.M.

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