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New Washington County Hospital Still Possible

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, August 8, 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.

Doyle McKimmy, CEO, and Ted Lillie, Hospital Board President, stopped in. A call was placed to Matt Klauser, BKD, requesting that the feasibility study be done to document all portions of the “signed letter” as per USDA requirements. USDA representatives requested that that particular document be revised and that Washington County re-apply for funding.

Chairman Otott called the meeting to order.

The board will meet on Wednesday, August 10 at 10:00 A.M. with John Denney, County Auditor, to prepare the 2012 budget.

The next regular meeting will be Monday, August 15, 2011 at 8:30 A.M.

The board approved bills and payroll totaling $229,207.11.

Ron Ferris, Nabholtz Construction, introduced himself to the board and Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator.

Nabholtz Construction is currently building a hospital in Scott County and also finds financing to build hospitals and schools.

 Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator was also present. Christy then reported on projects that she is working on.

The board approved and Chairman Otott signed an agreement with J & N Elliott Construction Inc., on behalf of the Washington County Fair Board, for construction of a 40x120x14’ clear span steel frame building with no side walls for $38,000.00.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, reported on maintenance matters. Duane and Justin Hill will attend solid waste operator training on November 9 and 10 in Wichita. Duane reported that work needs to be done to windows and the door at the transfer station office. Charges for chemical sales were discussed.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report and monthly budget report. Equipment issues were discussed and bridge projects. Gene Martin, Washington City Council member, stopped in to report that Washington City is unable financially to begin a B Street project this year or in 2012.

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

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

Dan Thalmann, Rotary Club President, updated the commission on plans for the Veterans’ Memorial dedication on September 11 at 4:00 P.M. Bill Bryant and Dan are requesting a “fly over” that day and hopeful that will happen. Doc Baskerville will speak. Dan inquired about porta-potties, chairs, and man power. A meal is to be served and advance attendance is requested. The pulled pork is donated and monetary donations have been received thus far.

The meeting adjourned at 1:50 P.M.

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