COMMISSION MINUTES, October 31, 2011
The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, October 31, 2011 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse. Present: Roger Otott, 2nd District Commissioner, Chairman; Gene Helms, 3rd District Commissioner, Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney and Lou Kern, County Clerk. Alison Mueller, 1st District Commissioner was absent.
Chairman Otott called the meeting to order.
The next regular meeting is Monday, November 7, 2011 at 8:30 A.M. The commission and department heads will speak at County Government Day on November 7. County offices will be closed on Friday, November 11 to observe Veterans’ Day. There will be no commission meeting the week of November 14 due to the Kansas Association of Counties meeting. Chair
The board approved bills and payroll totaling $177,486.13.
The board approved and Chairman Otott signed payroll change notice for Keith Bruna and Raechell O’Donnell due to completion of training period and re-evaluation of position, effective October 23, 2011.
The board approved and signed change order nos. 2011-1; 2011-2, and 2011-3.
Ann Hawk, County Treasurer, gave yearly report of 2010 taxes collected and uncollected. Ann has collected $10,410,138.71 with a balance of $77,647.21 uncollected.
Department heads were present at the presentation by Luke Bauer, Leiszler Oil Co. for enrollment in the Phillips 66 credit card program. It was decided not to enroll in the program due to the fact that the county already has credit cards.
Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, reported on various work matters and asked if the board would consider raises at the beginning of the year. The board replied that it is being considered.
Dan Seeberger, Hanover, stopped in to ask how voting will still be available for the older generation. Lou Kern, County Clerk, explained the procedure for permanent advance voting. If a person has a disability of any kind they may apply for permanent advance voting status and a ballot will be mailed to them for every election.`
Gloria Moore, Tourism Director, has received a Certificate of Appreciation for her participation in the Flint Hills Discovery Center, Kansas Sesquicentennial Time Capsule Project-2011. Gloria has also received a designation as Kansas Destination Specialist from the Travel Industry of Kansas.
David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report. David updated the board on bridge and RCB projects as well as the upcoming asphalt project. Keystone Pipeline contractors will be back in the county to finish the punch list. The non directional beacon at the airport has been shut off. After discussion and after a telephone call to Van Keppel, Roger Otott moved to purchase a used Volvo excavator from Van Keppel for $128,000.00 to be paid from road and bridge special machinery fund. Gene Helms seconded and motion carried.
The board recessed at 12:10 P.M. and reconvened at 1:00 P.M.
The board spoke with Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, on various issues.
Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, has been assisting with the Community Assessment survey in Clifton and the activities that the Resource Council is implementing.