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Washington County Commissioners Minutes, 10-10-11

 COMMISSION MINUTES, October 10, 2011         

 

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, October 10, 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 Kathy Fritz, Deputy County Clerk. 

 

Chairman Otott called the meeting to order.

 

The next regular meeting is Monday, October 17, 2011 at 8:30 A.M.

 

Gene Helms reported on the meeting that he attended with five other county commissioners and Governor Brownback concerning Keystone Pipeline.

 

Ruth Ann Minge, RVD #4 K-State Research and Extension Professional informed the board about the schedule that has been set up for assistance in Medicare B enrollment.  The board gave Extension permission to use the commission room.

 

Alison Mueller moved to adopt Resolution 07-11 determining that the financial statements and reports for 2011 shall not be prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting practices.  Gene Helms seconded and motion carried. 

 

Gene Helms moved to approve the new Blue Cross Blue Shield rates for 2012.  Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried.  Chairman Otott signed the contract.

 

The board approved and signed official minutes for September 12 through October 3, 2011.

 

The board approved and signed change order no. 2010-69.

 

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director met with the board.

 

Dan Thalmann, Rotary member presented the bill for the catered meal that was provided for the Veterans monument dedication ceremony.  The board will pay the balance due after the contribution from the Rotary and the donations collected at the ceremony.

 

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, met with the board and gave his weekly work report.  Alison Mueller moved to accept the low bid of Wildcat Concrete Services in conjunction with Marshall County to repair the Cragle Bridge.  Gene Helms seconded and motion carried. 

 

At 10:30 A.M. a public hearing on the bridge grant was held.  Debra Carlson Ohlde, North Central Regional Planning Commission Economic Development Specialist, David Willbrant and the board were present.  There were no other appearances.  Alison Mueller moved to sign the administration agreement with North Central Regional Planning Commission upon the securing of a 2012 CDBG grant.  Gene Helms seconded and motion carried.  Chairman Otott signed the agreement.

 

At 11:00 A.M. bids were opened for reinforced concrete boxes.  Present were William Walters, Walter Bros. Construction; Don Hamblin, Klaver Construction; and Duane Jackson, Ebert Construction.  Gene Helms moved that all things being in order to accept the low bid of Walter Brothers Construction.  Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried.

 

Bob Jones, Washington reported on his attendance at the Silver Haired Legislature and the Keystone Pipeline Public Comment Meeting that he attended.  He thanked the board for their support.

 

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

 

Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney met with the board to discuss the hospital.  The board approved and Chairman Otott signed a payroll change notice for Susan Bruna effective October 10, 2011.

 

Debbie Swoboda, Emergency Management Coordinator asked if the board had made a decision on an alternate Emergency Management Coordinator as she has had several people approach her about the position.  No decision has been made.

 

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator gave her weekly work report.

 

Sheriff Bill Dickson called to report that the jail is currently housing seventeen out of county prisoners and five in county prisoners.

 

The meeting adjourned at 3:00 P.M.

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