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Washington County Commissioner’s Meeting Minutes

COMMISSION MINUTES, September 12, 2011

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, September 12, 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, and Lou Kern, County Clerk. Absent: Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, due to medical appointment.

Chairman Otott called the meeting to order.

The next regular meeting will be Monday, September 19, 2011 at 8:30 A.M.

The board approved and signed official minutes for July 26 through September 6, 2011.

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, spoke with the board on various matters.

The commission extended a special thank you to Dan Thalmann and Rotary members for all their hard work on the Veterans’ Memorial and Rotary Centennial project dedication. Thanks to Kuhlman Implement for transporting bleachers; Terry Montague for use of the school tables and chairs and Dieck’s Catering for the meal. It was an extreme success and a wonderful tribute to all of the Washington County veterans.

Janice Kearn, R.N., County Health Director, presented a grant agreement with KDHE. Alison Mueller moved and Gene Helms seconded to sign the agreement with Kansas Department of Health and Environment for $9,728.00 grant funding through Public Health Emergency Preparedness. Motion carried.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, presented payroll change notice for Larry Leck due to resignation effective September 6, 2011, that Chairman Otott signed. Duane will attend the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson for 2 days. Alison Mueller moved to sign Resolution 07-2011 increasing the gate fee at the Washington County Transfer Station to $39.00 per ton (0.0195 cents per pound) with a minimum charge of $5.00 for up to 230 pounds. Gene Helms seconded and motion carried.

Ruthann Minge, RVD #4 K-State Research and Extension Secretary, spoke with the board regarding mileage payments for volunteers to help with Plan D Medicare filing. It was decided that Northeast Area on Aging Agency was responsible for the assistance on filling out the Medicare D form and the board will contact the Agency regarding payment for mileage.

Gary May, Rural Lakes Region Sanitarian, reported that he has issued three new construction permits; 1 permit for repair, and closed several permits within the county during August and the first week of September.

Sheriff Bill Dickson visited with the board on several matters.

The Marshall County Commissioners called to discuss bid letting for the repair of the Cragle Bridge. Forty calendar days have been assigned to complete the project. It was agreed to advertise locally with an early October bid date. David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, joined the conversation. David then gave weekly work report and monthly budget report. Gene Helms moved and Alison Mueller seconded to award the low quote for purchase of #2 diesel clear low sulphur from Kramer Oil at $3.3959 per gallon for a total of $25,469.25. Motion carried. David asked about attending a Ritchie Bros. auction in Kansas City on Thursday to purchase a used excavator. The board asked for more information.

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