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Washington County Board Minutes


The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, October 3, 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 is Monday, October 10, 2011 at 8:30 A.M.

The board approved and paid bills totaling $318,912.63.

Ann Hawk, County Treasurer, told the board that the statewide conversion to a new system will begin on November 30 at midnight. County Treasurer offices statewide will be closed December 1 through December 7 for the conversion process. No vehicle transactions, drivers’ license renewals or vehicle title work can be done during this week. Ann asked for wage consideration for her employees due to all the extra training and testing that they will need to do.

Don Alldredge, custodian, reported that his knee surgery date is October 6 and he will be off for two to three weeks. Gary Dusin will be helping in the interim. Don told the board that he will step down as alternate Emergency Management Coordinator effective immediately. Don has also resigned as a CERT volunteer; LEPC board member and Fire District #1 board member.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, KDHE has asked for more information on utilities etc. at the transfer station. Duane showed the board a draft newsletter that he will be sending to county residents. A public records request has been received from Deffenbaugh Industries. Public Works and Solid Waste departments continue to test mowers before making a recommendation to the board.

Gene Helms left the meeting at 10:00 A.M. to attend a meeting of the six counties involved with the Keystone Pipeline and to later meet with Governor Brownback.

Gloria Moore, Tourism Director, updated the board on September events. The US Highway 36 Treasure Hunt and Fall Fest was a success with Washington County being the “hot” spot. The Flint Hills Tourism Committee has received a $99,000.00 grant for a feasibility study on a horse trail system through the Flint Hills. Modern Pioneers Study Club GFWC continues to work toward obtaining the Wizard of Oz house.

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, told the board that the Crossroads R C & D annual meeting is scheduled for November 17 at 6:30 P.M. at Our Daily Bread in Barnes.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report. Narrow band radio compliance as mandated by the federal government was discussed. Ditch and waterway work in Clifton Township was also discussed as well as other work projects. Equipment issues were discussed. David submitted prices for a used excavator. No decision was made. David is to look into pricing for a used oil distributor and report next week.

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

The board spoke with Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, about the upcoming tax sale.

Debbie Swoboda, Emergency Management Coordinator, was given permission to purchase a television for training purposes not to exceed $400.00.

U.S. Representative Tim Huelskamp will be in the Washington County Courthouse Commission Room on Friday, October 28 from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M.

The meeting adjourned at 2:10 P.M.




Roger Otott, Chairman



_____________________________ Alison Mueller, Member

Louella Kern, County Clerk


Gene Helms, Member

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