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Keystone/TransCanada will pay Washington County $754,197.00 For Road Repairs.

COMMISSION MINUTES, March 21, 2011

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, March 21, 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, March 28, 2011 at 8:30 A.M.

The board approved and paid bills and payroll totaling $269,471.24.

The board approved and signed change order no. 2010-63 and 2010-64.

Don Alldredge, custodian, spoke with the board regarding purchase of a used mower.

Ted Lillie, Washington County Hospital Board President, presented a proposed amendment to change the number of hospital board members from 5 to 7 members. Later in the afternoon the commission spoke with Everett Lutjemeier, Hospital Administrator, regarding by-laws and the procedure for increasing the number of board members.

Debbie Swoboda, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, spoke with board about the $500.00 charge from North Central Regional Planning Commission for grant preparation. The board agreed that the county will pay the $500.00.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, spoke with the board regarding purchase of a mower for the airport. Frank Durst and Duane will attend HHW training in Wichita for three days this week.

The board met with David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator and Bob Chambers, P.E., Cook, Flatt and Strobel to discuss the Keystone Pipeline settlement and the Cragle bridge project on the Marshall/Washington County lines. They were joined by Steve Rames, Banner Enterprises, and Tommy Darnell representing Keystone Pipeline. After discussion and review of the document presented it was agreed that Keystone/TransCanada will pay Washington County $754,197.00 for gravel and asphalt road repairs. At 11:00 A.M. 5 bids were opened for the purchase of a half round, quarter frame, end dump trailer. David will make his recommendation next week. Alison Mueller moved and Gene Helms seconded to approve the purchase of unleaded fuel and #2 diesel from Kramer Oil Co. for $24,464.80. Motion carried. David is to meet with the Washington City Council on Monday, April 4, to discuss the B Street project and asked the commission if they wanted to attend with him. David gave weekly work report. The board approved the sale of cold mix asphalt to the City of Beattie. David hopes to begin Mill Creek repair, weather permitting. Alison Mueller moved and Gene Helms seconded to approve quotes from Husker Steel for $47,085 and Norfolk Contracting for $9,885.00 for construction of bridges X-16.1 and 29-E.8 at a cost of $56,970.00 each. Motion carried. At 11:50 A.M. Alison Mueller moved to go into executive session for 10 minutes with David to discuss non elected personnel. Gene Helms seconded and motion carried. At noon the board returned to regular session. No action was taken. David asked if an employee with “banked” hours could use those hours and not use accumulated earned time. The commission decided that earned time must be depleted first.

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

The board visited with Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, on various matters. At 1:27 P.M. Alison Mueller moved to go into executive session with Ms. Hiltgen for 5 minutes under the attorney client privilege. Gene Helms seconded and motion carried. At 1:32 P.M. the board returned to regular session. No action was taken.

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, was accompanied by Debbie Swoboda, Emergency Management Coordinator and Don Alldredge, Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator to discuss a pending grant application. Following that discussion Christy then gave her weekly work report.

The meeting adjourned at 3:10 P.M.

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