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Washington County Commissioners’ Meeting Minutes


The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, March 28, 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, April 4, 2011 at 8:30 A.M.

The commission will attend the Weather Watchers’ meeting on March 29 at the EMS building in Washington.

Alison Mueller moved to adopt Resolution 02-11 proclaiming April 10 through April 16 as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week honoring the men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment and render lifesaving assistance to our citizens. Gene Helms seconded and motion carried.

The board examined and approved annual report of Barnes Township.

Alison Mueller moved and Gene Helms seconded to give $100.00 to Hanover After Prom Party from the alcohol and drug fund. Motion carried.

Don Alldredge, custodian, spoke with the board about maintenance matters. Alison Mueller moved and Gene Helms seconded to purchase a used Grasshopper mower from Clarence Long for $5,000.00 with $3770.12 paid out of the multiuse equipment reserve fund and the balance of $1229.88 from the janitor budget. Motion carried.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, reminded the commission that his department in connection with KDHE will sponsor “Ag Sweep” on April 9 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. This program will allow individuals to bring in outdated chemicals such as Furdan, DDT, Atrazine etc. Businesses and Corporations having large amounts of outdated chemicals need to schedule an appointment by calling KDHE at 1-800-282-9790. The landfill will re-open for Saturday mornings from 8:00 A.M. to noon. Free days at the landfill are set for April 14, 15 and the morning of April 16. There is a charge for disposal of tires and household trash.

Marshall County Commissioners called to schedule a meeting next Monday with the board and David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator. The commissions will meet at 2:30 P.M. on April 4 to view needed repairs to the Cragle bridge on the Marshall/Washington County lines.

Gloria Moore, Tourism Director, attended the meeting on marking the Mormon Trail through Washington County. Gloria hosted a tour group from Iowa on March 24 and will host another tour on April 14. April 16 is the date of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Exhibit Reception in Abilene from 2 to 4 P.M. MarCon Pies is part of this reception. The Kansas Sampler will be in Leavenworth on May 7 and 8. Gloria will host a booth at the Get Around 2 It! promotion in Manhattan on May 4. Gloria will be out of her office on April 4 and 11.

Debbie Swoboda, Emergency Management Coordinator; Sheila Ouellette, Communications Director; Don Alldredge, Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator and Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, met with the board to discuss a pending grant application for updated radios and equipment.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report. Deb Ohlde from North Central Regional Planning Commission joined the group to discuss a CDBG bridge grant application. David made his recommendation on the trailer bids opened last week. Upon his recommendation Alison Mueller moved to purchase a trailer from Klassic Trailers, Goddard for $35,000.00 less $950.00 if Public Works goes to get the trailer for a total of $34,050.00. Gene Helms seconded and motion carried. The commission approved the purchase of a 2005 Freightliner Columbia from purplewave auction for $39,000.00 plus $3,900.00 buyer commission for a total at $42,900.00.

The board recessed at 12:30 P.M. and reconvened at 1:00 P.M.

UnderSheriff Wes Weber spoke with the board about proposed changes to the personnel policy that would allow management better control of overtime hours. UnderSheriff reported on jail census regarding housing Sedgwick County prisoners.

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, gave weekly work report on various projects. Christy will be out of the office from Tuesday through Sunday next week.

At 3:00 P.M. the Solid Waste Advisory Committee met with the commission for their annual meeting. Present were Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director; Kathy Ouellette; Washington City Mayor Harry Jones, and Jim Jones, Jones Trash Service. Duane presented figures for showing the fuel surcharge from Hamm Quarries to haul to Perry and the income derived from recycling. After discussion Gene Helms moved to raise the gate fee to $32.00 per ton for construction and demolition materials and $39.00 per ton for household trash. Kathy Ouellette seconded. Call for vote: Mueller, Otott, Helms, and Ouellette, yes. Jones and Jones, no. Motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 4:20 P.M.

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