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7-18-11 Washington Co. Commissioners Minutes


The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, July 18, 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, July 25, 2011 at 8:30 A.M.

The board approved and Chairman Otott signed payroll change notice for Crystal Walker due to termination on July 14, 2011.

Lou Kern, County Clerk and Francine Regan, County Appraiser, met with the board to discuss information needed at a meeting with Hanover taxpayers to explain the valuation and taxation at the request of Steve Pierson. A call was placed to Steve and a public meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 9 at 7:00 P.M. at the Kloppenberg Center in Hanover.

The board spoke with Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, regarding a preliminary letter from BKD to be discussed at the afternoon meeting.

At 11:00 A.M. Chairman Otott opened the one bid that was received for replacement of bridge X-1.3. David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, and Chris Addleman, Husker Steel, were present. Gene Helms moved and Alison Mueller seconded to accept the only bid from Norfolk Contracting for $94,757.00. Motion carried. David
Willbrant gave weekly work report. The board reviewed a letter from Riley County Commission as to closing the Parallel Bridge. It is agreed that the bridge will be closed with each county doing the necessary paperwork to notify landowners and that the road is the responsibility of the respective townships. Drainage issues on the Strawberry/Coleman Township lines were discussed as presented by Dan Meyer and Marvin Van Winkle earlier in the morning. Equipment repair needs were discussed. B Street project was discussed as well as Paradise Hill and Trinity Road repairs. The commission will meet with Washington City representatives next week to establish a time line for the B Street repairs.

The board worked on the 2012 budget during the noon hour.

The board spoke with Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, on routine matters.

UnderSheriff Wes Weber reported that the jail census remains the same. The board approved a change to 12 hour shifts if needed and 160 hours monthly payroll with overtime to be paid at the end of the pay period.

The board met with Phil Brummell and Matt Klauer, BKD; Doyle McKimmy, Washington County Hospital Administrator; Ted Lillie, Hospital Board President; Rebecca Holsch, Ewald Ohlde, and Roger Baskerville, Hospital Board members. Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator and Tim Matlack, President and Jim Dodds, Loan Officer, First National Bank were also present. The discussion centered on items presented in the feasibility study to USDA and how best to proceed to clarify items in the USDA letter.

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, has researched funding available for the B Street project. Funding is still available through the Kansas Department of Transportation for a low interest loan. Christy will give the information to the City of Washington so that the county and the city may begin discussion.

The meeting adjourned at 3:30 P.M.

About Kevin Rippe

Kevin Rippe was born in Marysville and moved to Smith Center at the age of 1, then graduated from Smith Center High School in 1995. He graduated from Cloud County Community College in 1997, and joined the staff of KKAN/KQMA radio in Phillipsburg a year later. Since June of 2011 Kevin has been with us here at Your Country KNDY. You can hear Kevin on daily news reports, as well as calling area high school football and basketball. Kevin lives in Marysville with his wife Melissa, and 4 children Brennen, Jacob, Bailee, and Joshua.