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COMMISSION MINUTES, December 19, 2011 The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, December 19, 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, and Lou Kern, County Clerk. . Absent: Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, due to the birth of Emma Diane Hiltgen. Chairman Otott called the meeting to order.

County offices will be closed on Friday, December 23, and Monday, December 26 for the Christmas holiday. County offices will also be closed on Monday, January 2, 2012 for the New Year’s holiday.

The next regular meeting is Tuesday, December 27, 2011at 8:30 A.M. Don Alldredge, custodian, met with the board. Gene Helms moved to adopt Resolution 12-11 transferring $500.00 from the Janitor budget to Multi-Use Equipment Reserve fund. Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried.

Don presented a plan to begin replacement of damaged sidewalks by putting $4,500.00 excess funds from his janitor budget into Multi-Use Capital Improvement fund. Alison Mueller moved and Gene Helms seconded to transfer $4,500.00 from janitor budget to Multi-Use Capital Improvement fund. Motion carried.

Alison Mueller moved and Gene Helms seconded to give notice to the Hanover Township Board for the cereal malt beverage license of Pony Express Service Center LLC and notice to the Washington Township Board for the cereal malt beverage license of Cedar Hills Golf Course, Inc. Motion carried.

Alison Mueller moved and Gene Helms seconded to sign the contract for 2012 with Pawnee Mental Health Services Inc. in the amount of $30,000.00. Motion carried. Janice Kearn, R.N., County Health Director, spoke about transferring budget money to a capital improvement fund and asked the board for consideration of pay raises for 2012. The board approved and signed change order no. 2011-21.

Christy L’Ecuyer, Business Coordinator, reported that she has spoken with the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank regarding the Federal Community Reinvestment Act. Christy reported on business contacts and grant writing assistance that she has been working on. Carl Eyman, Deputy Administrator, Kansas Workers Risk Cooperative for Counties (KWORC), presented estimate for workmans’ compensation insurance coverage for 2012.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly report. Issues regarding liquid manure being spilled on township and county roads were discussed at length. The board will be seeking answers as how to rectify the situation.

David and Duane Bruna, NW/SW Director, recommended the purchase of the Dixie Chopper mower from Miller Lawns, Hoisington at the purchase price of $15,260.00 due to the fact that the mower is heavier; has a 74 inch deck; a larger motor and a lifetime warranty on the frame. Upon discussion and review of the various bids and specifications, Gene Helms moved to purchase a Bad Boy mower with a 60 inch cut from Pat Damman, Clifton, the low bidder at $12,128.00. Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried. The mower will be paid for by Public Works; NW/SW, and the commission. David updated the board on various bridge and reinforced concrete box culvert projects. The meeting adjourned at 12:30 P.M.

After adjournment, David Willbrant received word from Marshall County Public Works that the Cragle Bridge is now open to thru traffic.

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