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Washington County Commissioners’ minutes


The Board of Washington County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, October 11, 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, 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, October 18, 2010 at 8:30 AM.

Don Alldredge, custodian, asked permission to purchase 3 x 5 rugs to be placed in front of the Treasurer’s and Clerk’s offices at a cost of $463.20 that was approved.  Pralle Enterprises is trimming trees on the courthouse lawn.  The board viewed the work with Don and gave the order for a tree to be cut down on the northeast corner of the lawn due to disease.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, will schedule a demonstration of the landfill cover next Monday at 1:00 P.M.  KDHE representatives will be present.  The board approved and Chairman Helms signed payroll change notice for Brandon Benkendorf from laborer to Operator I effective September 27, 2010.

Ann Hawk, County Treasurer, presented annual statement of county funds to the commission.  The commission asked her to look into investing more money in certificates of deposit rather than holding a large balance in the checking account.

David Willbrant, Public Works Director, gave weekly work report.  Sharon Pierce, Public Works Secretary, joined to discuss the fuel system at the airport.  The cost for computer repair may be $8,000.00 to $12,000.00.  New regulations in regard to fuel systems will go into effect January 1, 2011.  The board will meet with the Airport Advisory Board on November 8 at 10:30 A.M. to discuss various issues at the airport.  Keystone Pipeline issues and bridge projects were discussed.  David will be attending various meetings on October 15, 19 and 25.

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

Meyler Gibbs, Washington City councilmember, spoke with the board regarding the city ambulance service.   Washington City may potentially lose ambulance personnel due to the new state regulations passed by the Kansas Legislature.  The commission will meet with ambulance services on October 25 at 7:00 P.M. in the commission room at the Courthouse.  Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, was present. 

Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, met with the board and David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, to discuss interlocal agreements and cooperation with townships.

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, gave work report.

The meeting adjourned at 2:40 P.M.

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