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 COMMISSION MINUTES, October 24, 2011         

 

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, October 24, 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 31, 2011 at 8:30 A.M.

 

Gene Helms moved and Alison Mueller seconded to sign a renewal agreement with Advance Insurance for life insurance, basic A D & D, and short term disability.  Motion carried.

 

Ted Lillie, Washington County Hospital Board Chairman, met with the board.  Ted presented a letter for the commission to approve, sign and send to USDA along with the feasibility study from BKD.  USDA representatives may issue an opinion with the next 30 days.

 

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, was accompanied by Loren Mueller who thanked the board for his years of employment with the county as October 31 is his last day.  The board thanked Loren for his years of service.  Duane reported that the visit to Omaha was productive in that the company recycles different types of plastic that the county has no market for.  A company in Columbus, Nebraska, has material for sale that may be used as landfill cover.  Duane will inspect a sample before making a decision. 

 

Alison Mueller moved and Roger Otott seconded to appoint Gene Helms as the voting delegate to the Kansas Association of Counties meeting November 13-15.  Motion carried.  Gene Helms moved and Alison Mueller seconded to appoint Roger Otott as 1st Alternate to the voting delegate.  Motion carried.

 

Norma Hennerberg reported that the road sign and post at 25th Road and Thunder Road needs to be replaced again.  A sign is also missing at the river bridge in Hollenberg as well.  Matter referred to Public Works Department.

 

David Coltrain, RVD#4 agent, presented the quarterly impact statement.  David reported on PRIDE activities and encouraged participation in the “Love gift boxes” of food and the “Angel Tree” gifts.  The PRIDE committee is planning a “Community Christmas” dinner for participants and volunteers on December 17.  Volunteers and food and/or money donations are needed to be able to provide the meal.  The PRIDE committee has also tagged Mill Creek as a priority project.  Grant funding opportunities are available to assist with the planned projects.

 

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report.  Gene Helms moved and Alison Mueller seconded to sign an agreement with Walter Brothers Construction for RCB projects 165-C, 166-Cand 167-C.  Motion carried.  Ditch work and roadside mowing south and west of Washington were again discussed.  Alison Mueller moved to sign a contract with Husker Steel for $65,651.00 and a contract with Norfolk Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $9950.00 for a bridge located at K-13.2.  Gene Helms seconded and motion carried.   The board approved and Chairman Otott signed payroll change notice for Jacob Beikman due to completion of training period effective  October 17, 2011.

 

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

 

The board received notice from the Kansas Development Finance Authority that a “Beginning Farmer” project is being financed for Brigham B. Stewart not to exceed $477,000.00.

 

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

 

Sheriff Bill Dickson reported that he has purchased uniforms for jailers and all weather coats for deputies.  The board approved and Chairman Otott signed payroll change notice for Justin J. Cordry from part time to full time effective October 25, 2011.  At 1:40 P.M. Gene Helms moved to go into executive session with Sheriff Dickson for 5 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel.  Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried.  At 1:45 P.M. the board returned to regular session.  At 1:46 P.M. Gene Helms moved to go into executive session with Sheriff Dickson and Lou Kern, County Clerk, for 14 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel.  Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried.  At 2:00 P.M. the board returned to regular session.  No action was taken.

 

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, presented a list of information that she had presented at the Washington County Hospital board meeting last week.  Christy spoke of a Blue Valley Telecommunications grant that may be available for various projects. 

 

Meeting adjourned at 2:30 P.M.

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