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Washington County Board Minutes

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, October 17, 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 24, 2011 at 8:30 A.M.

The board approved bills and payroll totaling $297,187.64.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, will travel to First Star Fiber, Omaha, NE, on Wednesday to view their recycling operation. Duane reported on various work projects.

At 9:35 A.M. Alison Mueller moved to go into executive session with Lou Kern, County Clerk, for 15 minutes to discuss non elected personnel. Gene Helms seconded and motion carried. At 9:50 A.M. the board returned to regular session. No action was taken.

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, gave weekly update. Christy has visited with 3 property owners on Hwy 36 and west of Hwy 15 regarding a suitable location for a new motel. Community surveys are being distributed in Clifton. The commission requested that Christy turn over copies of documents in regard to the USDA grant application for a new hospital to Doyle McKimmy, Hospital CEO . The commission sent a letter to Kevin McCann, USDA loan officer, appointing Doyle McKimmy as the point of contact in regard to any USDA applications.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report and said that a “Bad Boy” mower had been demonstrated. Gene Helms moved to approve a fuel quote from Kramer Oil in the amount of $25,360.00 for the purchase of unleaded gasoline and #2 diesel. Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried. Alison Mueller moved to sign Notice of Award to Walter Brothers Construction Co. Inc. to construct RCB projects 165-C, 166-C and 167-C. Gene Helms seconded and motion carried. Gene Helms moved and Alison Mueller seconded to enter into a contract with CFS Engineers for engineering services for the 2011 CDBG Bridge Replacement grant. Motion carried. Alison Mueller moved to sign the grant application for the 2012 CDBG grant application for construction of bridges. Gene Helms seconded and motion carried. Gene Helms moved to adopt Resolution 07-11 certifying legal authority to apply for the 2012 Kansas Small Cities CDBG program and authorizing Roger Otott as Chairman to sign such grant and Resolution 08-11 assuring the Kansas Department of Commerce that funds will be continually provided for the operation and maintenance of improvement to the bridge system to be financed with CDBG funds. Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried. Gene Helms moved to adopt the residential anti-displacement and relocation assistance plan under Section 104(d). Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried. The board left the commission room at 11:40 A.M. with David Willbrant to tour roads and ditches in the south and west part of the county.

The board and Lou Kern, County Clerk, did not attend the noon meeting of Rotary as was printed on the agenda due to a change of date.

The board recessed at 12:30 P.M. and reconvened at 1:00 P.M.

The board spoke with Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, regarding the tax sale and the hospital project.

Sheriff Bill Dickson spoke with the board on various issues. At 1:55 P.M. Gene Helms moved to go into executive session with Sheriff Dickson for 10 minutes to discuss nonelected personnel. Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried. At 2:05 P.M. the board returned to regular session. No action was taken.

The meeting adjourned at 2:15 P.M.

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