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Washington County Commissioners’ Meeting Minutes

           COMMISSION MINUTES, January 23, 2012         

 

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, January 23, 2012 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse.  Present: Alison Mueller, 1st District Commissioner, Chairman; Roger Otott, 2nd District Commissioner; Gene Helms, 3rd District Commissioner; and Lou Kern, County Clerk.   Absent: Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, who is on maternity leave.

 

Chairman Mueller called the meeting to order.

 

The next regular meeting is Monday, January 30, 2012 at 8:30 A.M.

 

The board approved bills and payroll totaling $523,094.53.

 

Gene Helms reported on his attendance at KAC County Government Day in Topeka and his visit at the Kansas Department of Transportation regarding the Linn intersection.

 

Clean Line Energy Partners have tentatively scheduled an informational meeting for February 23, 2012 at Mayberry’s from 3:00 to 4:30 P.M.

 

Lou Kern, County Clerk, spoke with the commission regarding the provision under the new voter that requires a county office to transmit applications for birth certificate free of charge.  Gene Helms moved and Roger Otott seconded to adopt Resolution No. 02-12 appointing the office of County Clerk to assist with the request for transmission of birth certificate applications.  Motion carried.

 

The board examined the annual report of Highland Township. 

 

The board approved payroll change notice for Andrew Lucas as a jailer effective January 19, 2012.

 

The board examined inventory for the Communications Department and the Jail.

 

Ann Hawk, County Treasurer, presented payroll change notice for Heather Gepner due to resignation effective January 20, 2012.  Ann was given permission to advertise to fill the position.  Ann needs to purchase a new copier and printer for her office and will use county auto funds.

 

Nola Dusin, Register of Deeds, spoke with the board regarding the need to film old records in her office.  She was given permission to purchase a scanner from Dague Computers using money from the Register of Deeds Technology Fund.

 

Roger Otott moved and Gene seconded to approve the low quote from Kramer Oil for $24,075.50 for the purchase of unleaded gas and blended diesel.  Motion carried.

 

Janice Kearn, R.N., County Health Director, and Alison Mueller, Chairman, accepted a $5,000.00 donation toward the construction of a new county health facility from Keystone Pipeline/TransCanada.  Jerry Boston, son of the late James and Helen Boston, presented the check.  Jerry has worked for TransCanada in the Omaha office since 2007 as a field work planner.  Rob Latimer, Omaha, Community Relations Specialist, and Bob Jones, Washington, were also in attendance. 

 

Bob Jones told the commission that the people of Kansas have been greatly abused by the actions of Keystone/TransCanada and the Kansas Legislature.

 

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, was present for the 11:00 A.M. bid opening for haying at the county airport.  Two bids were received.  Gene Helms moved and Roger Otott seconded to award the bid to Lehman Brothers Angus Ranch LLC.  Motion carried.  Roger Otott moved and Gene Helms seconded to award the purchase of chains and plow blades to DC Wholesale, the low bidder.  Motion carried.  Gene Helms moved and Roger Otott seconded to sign airport hangar leases with Jem Flying and Heinen Brothers Agra Services, Inc. for 2012.  Motion carried.  Casey Frasier, Foley Equipment sales representative, spoke with David and the board as to requirements for an upcoming motor grader bid.  The bids for the purchase of motor graders are tentatively set for February 20.

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:10 P.M.

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