The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, January 24, 2011 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse. Present: Alison Mueller, 1st District Commissioner; Roger Otott, 2nd District Commissioner, Chairman; Gene Helms, 3rd District Commissioner, Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney and Lou Kern, County Clerk.
Chairman Otott called the meeting to order.
Next regular meeting is Monday, January 31, 2011 at 8:30 A.M.
The commission approved bills and payroll totaling $299,690.82.
The board approved and Chairman Otott signed Bond and Affidavit of Sureties for Tony Van Campen, Brantford Township Clerk.
Homer Naumann and Chuck Turk, American Legion Council members, discussed dedication of the veterans’ memorial at the airport that is tentatively scheduled for June 14. Homer is going to send letters to the American Legion Posts to see if there is enough interest to hold a dedication ceremony.
Darrell Schlabach and Larry Mueller, Hanover Township Board Members, discussed issues with utility permitting and asked why the county has control of the utility permits rather than the townships.
Don Alldredge, custodian, reported on problems with the fan in the attic of the courtroom. Don is to contact Pure Energy for their opinion on repair or purchase of a new one.
Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, will be sending out requests for chemical bids. Duane and the commission thank Bruna Implement Inc. for the donation of a BBQ grill to be used as a fundraiser for the State Noxious Weed Scholarship fund. Duane and Larry Leck will attend the annual weed conference in March. Each will receive 8 hours of re-certification. The commission toured the noxious weed and solid waste facilities in the afternoon.
Ann Hawk, County Treasurer, reported that Heather Gepner will be leaving to accept her former job with Riley County Treasurer’s office and asked to advertise for help. Heather’s last day is February 8. Ann asked when raises would be considered by employees. Ann spoke of the new program for vehicle renewal that requires two day training and a test. The new program is to go into operation on July 5 of this year.
David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report. KDOT is accepting funding requests for 2013. Placement of the AWOS at the airport was discussed. Personnel and equipment issues were also discussed. The board inquired about a culvert/drainage issue in Hanover Township and a request about Paradise Hill.
The commission recessed at 12:05 P.M. for lunch and reconvened at 1:00 P.M.
Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, updated the board on the hospital USDA grant paperwork and other pending issues.
The board left the commission room at 1:45 P.M. to tour the noxious weed and solid waste facilities.