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7/25/11 Washington County Commissioners Minutes

COMMISSION MINUTES, July 25, 2011

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, July 25, 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, August 1, 2011 at 8:30 A.M.

The board approved bills and payroll totaling $570,799.49.

Gene Martin and Ryan Kern, Washington City Councilmen, met with the Commissioners regarding the B Street project. The commission agreed that BG Consultants will provide engineering services for the project. Timeline for the project; materials to be used and should a whole project or a partial project be done were discussed. As this is 2012 budget preparation time can the county and the city afford to do the project next year. Gene and Ryan will take information back to the City Council meeting on August 1. Joint meetings will be held at a later date. Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, discussed items needed for a revolving loan from Kansas Department of Transportation.

The board approved and signed official minutes from May 16 to July 18, 2011.

The board approved and Chairman Otott signed payroll change notices for Rebecca Finlayson due to resignation on July 8, 2011 and Monica Speakman as new hire on July 26, 2011. The board approved and signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an Alternate Site Agreement for County Health to utilize rooms in the county courthouse in the event of a disaster event.

Sharon Pierce, Public Works Secretary, brought in payroll change notice for Justin Meyer due to resignation July 25, 2011. The board approved and Chairman Otott signed. Alison Mueller moved to accept the low quote of Kramer Oil for the purchase of Tanker #2 diesel clear low sulphur at $3.571 per gallon. Gene Helms seconded and motion carried.

The board received notices from Kansas Development Finance Authority of the intent to finance Wesley Scheele as a “Beginning Farmer” for $236,000.00 for the purchase of NE/4 20-4-3 and Ethan Scheele as a “Beginning Farmer” for $182,000.00 for the purchase of SW/4 20-4-3. Washington County is under no obligation as to involvement with the lending except notice if required.

Ellen Anderson, Director, Adult Community Corrections/JJA, presented amendment to spend carry over funds in the amount of $7721.73. Alison Mueller moved to sign the amendment. Gene Helms seconded and motion carried.

The commission recessed at 12:05 P.M. and reconvened at 1:00 P.M.

The board discussed several matters with Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney.

Sheriff Bill Dickson and UnderSheriff Wes Weber spoke with the commission.

Doyle McKimmy, Washington County Hospital Administrator, presented a letter addressed to the USDA regarding previous information presented during the application process. The commission felt that the letter does not address the fact that BKD did not follow the USDA rules for the submission of that information. The commission asked that BKD be held accountable for the information that their firm provided to USDA.

Renee Lippincott, Rural Opportunity Zone Director, met with the board to answer any questions that they may have regarding opting in to the state plan. Doug McKinney, North Central Kansas Regional Planning Commission Director and Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, were also present.

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, gave weekly work report and Doug McKinney spoke with the board regarding NCK Regional Planning grants and activities.

The meeting adjourned at 3:40 P.M.

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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.