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Washington County Commissioner’s Meeting Minutes

COMMISSION MINUTES, September 6, 2011

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Tuesday, September 6, 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, September 12, 2011 at 8:30 A.M.

The board approved bills and payroll totaling $202,373.05.

Alison Mueller moved and Gene Helms seconded to adopt Resolution No. 06-2011 joining the National Moment of Remembrance of the 10th Anniversary of September 11. The Commission encourages the observance of the moment of remembrance to last for 1 minute beginning at 12:00 noon CDT. Motion carried.

Lou Kern, County Clerk, presented an inquiry by a resident as to why an inspection by Rural Lakes Region does not produce a certified laboratory report when a permit for a lagoon is required. Rural Lakes inspection letter states that a it is not a certified report and that KSU Extension Service and Research should be contacted for a certified report.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, reported on routine matters. Caroline Scoville reported that the City of Washington will establish a limb and brush only disposal pile at 1010 D Street (south of the substation) that will be ready to accept limbs and brush only in the near future and will also establish a leaves and grass only compost pile at 908 D Street. In order for the compost site to be established the Board of County Commissioners must declare the site to be consistent with the county solid waste management plan. Alison Mueller moved to sign the compost facility permit certification. Gene Helms seconded and motion carried.

Debbie Swoboda, Emergency Management Coordinator, was given permission to spend $1,800.00 for supplies for Fire Safety week in October. Debbie reported that the television that was her mother’s has quit and asked about purchasing a one with a VCR for training purposes. The board asked that she get pricing. Debbie also reported that the CERT program has received $5,450 in grant funding. The hail damages to the truck and topper amounted to $1548.00. The board had decided not to repair the hail damage. Debbie submitted pricing from Film at Eleven that included a topper, cover, seal for the back and a spray-in liner for the truck bid. The board approved the purchase using the insurance money and multi use equipment reserve money.

Dick Powell, Kastl Powell Insurance Agency, presented a check for $19,095.44 for the safety group dividends. This represents 2.29% of the 2010-2011 dividends.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report. Gene Helms moved and Alison Mueller seconded to award bid for three bridges to Norfolk Contracting/Husker Steel in the amount of $305,000.00. Motion carried. David reported that he has received information from Mike Craig in Marshall County as to the repairs on the Cragle bridge on the Marshall/Washington County lines. At 11:00 A.M. Chairman Otott opened the floor for asphalt bid letting. Julio Franco, Hall Bros. Construction was present. One bid was received from Hall Brothers for $435,286.00 for approximately 5 miles of asphalt resurfacing. Gene Helms moved that all things being in order to accept the bid of Hall Bros. Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried. David presented a permit for right of way use from Rural Water District #1 for various sites within the county. Alison Mueller moved to sign the permit for right of way use. Gene Helms seconded and motion carried.

Harry Jones, Jones Trash Service, asked if the gate fees at the landfill will increase next year. A letter will be sent as to charges for 2012.

The board recessed at 12:05 P.M. for lunch and reconvened at 1:00 P.M.

Mary Tate, Pawnee Mental Health board member, presented a proclamation. Gene Helms moved to proclaim the month of September as Recovery Month to raise awareness and understanding of recovery from substance use and mental disorders. Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried.

The board spoke with Dan Thalmann, Editor, Washington County News, regarding plans for the September 11 dedication of the Rotary monument and the Veterans’ Memorial.

Sheriff Bill Dickson reported on departmental matters.

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, updated the board on the pending Rural Fire Districts grant application and other matters.

The board adjourned at 2:15 P.M.

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