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Washington County Commissioner Minutes

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, July 11, 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 18, 2011 at 8:30 A.M.

The board approved bills and payroll totaling $329,737.09.

Gene Martin and Ryan Kern, Washington City Councilmembers, and the commission discussed how to proceed with work on the “B” Street project. The commission will have Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, look into grants through Kansas Department of Transportation. Tom Bennett, P.E. and Michael Leeder, P.E., BG Consultants, met with the commission later in the morning to explain what services they would bring to the “B” Street project. Later in the afternoon Alison Mueller moved to utilize the services of BG Consultants in cooperation with the City of Washington on the B Street project. Gene Helms seconded and motion carried.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, reported that the buffalo grass at the airport is starting to grow and reported on routine work matters.

Shirley Marrs, District Court Clerk, presented 2012 budget request for District Court. Ms. Marrs explained to the board the reason for turning in meal expense that included purchase of cereal malt beverage. The commission disallowed the expense as this is against policy for the spending of county tax dollars.

Gary May, Rural Lakes Region Sanitarian, reported on new and repair permits opened and other permits closed.

The board recessed at noon for lunch and reconvened at 1:00 P.M.

Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, reported that she has researched the new law regarding requirement of a county surveyor to review new plats and will prepare the necessary resolution. A resolution is also needed for the County to adopt toward the payment of indigent funeral expenses due to the fact that the State of Kansas will no longer pay the expense. Gene Helms moved to allow $500.00 toward indigent funeral expenses. Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried.

Sheriff Bill Dickson and UnderSheriff Wes Weber met with the board. The Department of Corrections will not place prisoners in the county jail without two persons per shift and currently the jail is three positions short. The jail is currently holding 14 Sedgwick County prisoners and 5 prisoners from Washington County. Wages were again discussed.

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, presented a list of counties that have signed on to the Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ) plan to offer repayment of student loans for persons moving to Kansas from out of state. The commission said that they are not interested at this time in joining the program. Christy reported on other contacts made.

Joni Spellmeier, RSVP Director, was accompanied by Washington County volunteers Jenne Barley; Joan Nider; B.J. Smart and Marcella Holbrook and Phil Osborne from Marshall County. Joni asked for a donation of $5,000.00 to RSVP to help with mileage and other expense.

Janice Kearn, R.N., County Health Director, brought in the Aid to Local contract for the commission to sign that showed the signature of the current Secretary of Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The meeting adjourned at 2:55 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.