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Washington County Board Meeting Minutes


The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, May 2, 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.

The next regular meeting will be Monday, May 9, 2011 at 8:30 A.M.

The board approved bills and payroll totaling $250,921.49.

The board approved and signed change order no. 2010-66.

The board received notice that the Kansas Development Finance Authority intends to issue Agricultural Development Revenue Bonds to finance acquisition of 320 acres by Daniel J. and Jenna L. Vathauer in Sections 28 and 32, Lincoln Township.

Ed Henry, CEO, Twin Valley Developmental Services, Inc. presented 2012 budget request.

Hal and Darcy Kunze spoke with the board regarding taxation on mineral, oil and gas rights. Francine Regan, County Appraiser and Lou Kern, County Clerk will check to see how this is done.

Kathie Otney, Deputy Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, brought in pictures of the grass and leaf pile at the transfer station and a salary recommendation plan for the department.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report. Asphalt plan were discussed. At 11:00 A.M. six bids were opened for the purchase of corrugated metal pipe. Present were Emily Spencer, Metal Culverts Inc. and Bob Dameron, Kahn Culverts. David will review the bids submitted and make a recommendation next week. David and the board discussed selling a track hoe and a rubber tire excavator and finding a decent used excavator.

Dean and Scott Vathauer visited with the board concerning a building in the corner of Section 20, Lincoln Township.

The commission did not recess for lunch.

Anita Bott and Mary Tate, Pawnee Mental Health Board members, asked the commission to proclaim May as Mental Health Month. Gene Helms moved and Alison Mueller seconded to sign the proclamation declaring May as Mental Health month. Motion carried.

Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, and the commission discussed several matters.

Sheriff Bill Dickson presented payroll change notices for Joe Ochoa due to resignation effective May 7, 2011; Chris Speakman due to discharge on April 25, 2011; Kyle Applegarth for transfer from jailer to deputy effective May 15, 2011; Dustin Bonar due to resignation effective May 6, 2011, and Crystal Walker as new hire deputy effective May 15, 2011. Sheriff Dickson spoke about the need for higher wages for deputies and wages on transfer from department to department.

Dan Thalmann spoke with the board about dedication of the Veterans Memorial and the Rotary monument. Dan indicated that Rotary is willing to put a dedication ceremony in cooperation with the county, possibly on September 11.

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, reported that the feasibility study from BKD for the hospital project is done. The architectural feasibility study is expected this week. Christy asked the board to think about allowing the Resource Council to use a Facebook business page. Christy reported on other contracts she had made during the week.

Eileen Hines-Graham and Jerry Graham, World Wide Consultants, presented a plan that could be purchased for pre-paid legal fees and motor vehicle protections. County employees would be eligible to purchase these plans. No decision was made.

The meeting adjourned at 3:15 P.M.

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