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Washington County Commissioners’ minutes

COMMISSION MINUTES, NOVEMBER 29, 2010         

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, November 29, 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, and Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, and Lou Kern, County Clerk.

Chairman Helms called the meeting to order with prayer.

The board will attend the public meeting regarding the hospital project tonight at First National Bank meeting room at 7:00 P.M.

The next regular meeting will be Monday, December 6, 2010 at 8:30 AM.

The board approved bills and payroll totaling $275,179.95.

The board approved and signed change order no. 2010-22.

The commission approved and Chairman Helms signed Official Bond and Affidavit of Sureties for David Wiechman, Barnes Township Clerk; Rick Samland, Franklin Township Clerk, and Larry Mueller, Hanover Township Clerk.

Janice Kearn, R.N., County Health Director, spoke with the board regarding the possibility of a new county health facility.  The board authorized Janice to ask for estimates as to the cost of a new facility.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, reported on a recent KDHE inspection and reviewed recycling collections for 2010.  Alison Mueller moved beginning January 1, 2011 to close the transfer station on Saturday mornings for a four month trial period.  Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.

Doug McKinney, Director, North Central Kansas Regional Planning Commission, spoke with the board and Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, regarding wind energy development.

Gloria Moore, Tourism Director, reported that three tour groups have been booked for April and May next year.  The Symphony in the Flint Hills is set for June 11, 2011.  A pilot project to establish a private horse trail system in the Flint Hills is being developed.

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, spoke with the board to remind them of the meeting this evening at First National Bank meeting room at 7:00 P.M. to hear public comments on the proposed new hospital.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report.  Alison Mueller moved to sign Authority to Award Contract Commitment of County funds for bridge project 101-C-4377-01, 3 ½ miles North and 2.2 miles East of Greenleaf with Klaver Construction for $137,630.36.  Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.  The county share of the project is $30,500.00.   Keystone Pipeline issues were discussed.  David reported that the airport inspection was satisfactory.  The fuel pump at the airport will be sold. 

The board recessed at 11: 50 P.M. for lunch and reconvened at 1:00 P.M.   

Sharon Pierce brought in a contract with HW Lochner to prepare necessary paperwork for AWOS system at the airport.  Alison Mueller moved to enter into the contract for $715.00. Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 2:35 P.M.

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