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The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, December 6, 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 next regular meeting will be Monday, December 13, 2010 at 8:30 AM.

The commission approved and Chairman Helms signed Official Bond and Affidavit of Sureties for Carol Alexander, Clifton Township Clerk; Armin Blanken, Greenleaf Township Clerk; Daniel Meyer, Independence Township Clerk; Joseph F. Wiechman, Lincoln Township Clerk; David Voelker, Linn Township Clerk and Ronald Ohlde, Sherman Township Clerk.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, updated the board on routine matters.  KDHE inspector had given Duane incorrect information in that the most used oil that can be accepted is the average of 25 gallons per day over a month period.

Arlin Richter spoke with the board regarding the Paradise Hill road

The commission placed a call to John Denney, county auditor, to discuss 2010 and 2011 budget issues.

Sheriff Bill Dickson brought in contracts with the City of Washington and Sedgwick County for board action.  Alison Mueller moved to sign the contract with the City of Washington for law enforcement for 2011 in the amount of $15,000.00 for 780 hours of patrol time.  Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.  The board referred the contract with Sedgwick County to house inmates to Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, for her approval.  Sheriff  Dickson asked the board to consider wage adjustments for deputies.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report.  Roger Otott moved and Alison Mueller seconded to approve the low fuel quote of $22,851.75 from Leiszler Oil.  Motion carried.  David was given permission to purchase a used tire machine that services 15 to 44 inch tires at a cost of $5210.00 to replace the broken one.

The board recessed at noon to attend the annual Public Works Christmas dinner that David Willbrant hosts each year.

The board returned to regular session at 1:00 P.M.

The board spoke with Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, on several pending issues and asked the status of the tax sale.  The certificates of title that have been ordered have not been delivered by Washington County Abstract.

Christy L’Ecuyer gave weekly work report.  The board called Phil Wolfe, Attorney, Topeka, to procure his services as bond counsel on the new hospital project.

Janice Kearn, R.N., County Health Director, presented inventory for her department.  Budget issues were discussed.

Alison Mueller moved to adopt Resolution No. 11-10 causing the financial statement and reported to be prepared on the cash basis and budget laws of the State of Kansas.  Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 3:05 P.M.

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