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Washington County Commission Minutes

           COMMISSION MINUTES, January 30, 2012         


The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, January 30, 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, February 6, 2012 at 8:30 A.M.


The commission will attend the County-Township meeting on Thursday, February 9 at 9:30 A.M. at First National Bank meeting room.


The board examined annual inventory for District Court.


The commission did not approve change orders 2011-27 through 2011-41.  The board will discuss the change orders with the County Appraiser.


Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, reported on various maintenance matters and long range plans for his department.  Duane attended a Kansas Department of Transportation, Area 2, meeting last week.  The focus of the meeting was haying permits on state right of way.  The procedure is that the person applying for the permit must notify the Noxious Weed office two weeks prior to mowing hay.  The Weed Officer does an inspection for noxious weed and approves the permit.  Failure to follow these procedures will result in permanent denial of future haying permits.  The board signed annual noxious weed eradication progress report for 2011 as submitted by Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed Director.


The board examined annual reports for Brantford; Charleston; Clifton; Coleman; Franklin; Grant; Greenleaf; Haddam; Hanover; Independence; Lincoln; Little Blue; Linn; Logan; Lowe; Mill Creek; Sheridan; Sherman and Washington Townships. 


Sheriff Bill Dickson and Undersheriff Wes Weber met with the board.  The jail currently is housing 13 Sedgwick County prisoners; 3 Washington County prisoners and 1 exchange prisoner from Marshall County.  The Sheriff’s department has received a Homeland Security grant to implement “Live Scan” for fingerprinting that will connect directly with the KBI.  Meal costs at the jail have increased by 2.6%.


David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report.  The commission received correspondence from the Department of Commerce that the county did not receive bridge grant funding through the Department of Commerce, Community Development Block Grant.  Equipment repairs were discussed.


The meeting adjourned at 12:30 P.M.




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