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Washington County Commissioners’ Meeting Minutes

COMMISSION MINUTES, April 30, 2012         

 

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, April 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, Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney

and Lou Kern, County Clerk.   

 

Chairman Mueller called the meeting to order.

 

The next regular meeting is Monday, May 7, 2012 at 8:30 A.M. 

 

The board approved and paid bills and payroll totaling $292,210.41.

 

The board approved and Chairman Mueller signed payroll change notices for Justin Cordry, Lieutenant, due to discharge on April 17, 2012 and Dan Baker, jailer, due to completion of training period effective April 22, 2012.

 

The board approved and signed change order nos. 2011-60 through 2011-73.

 

Permission was given for Eli and Ella Thalmann to use water at the airport for a 4-H project.

 

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, reported that he is still looking to purchase a hyrdo-seeder jointly with Public Works.  The board approved and Chairman Mueller signed payroll change notices for Joshua Venable due to discharge on April 24, 2012 and Justin Cordry as a new hire effective April 30, 2012.  Some of the departmental employees are now working 10 hour work days in his department.

 

Gloria Moore, Tourism Director, gave monthly report.   Tour directors from Hesston and Wamego are requesting return tours.  Gloria will attend the Kansas Sampler Festival in Liberal this weekend.  The tent theme is “North Central Kansas Rocks”.  Bob Workman, Director of the Flint Hills Discovery Center will be guest speaker at the Rotary meeting today.  

 

Undersheriff Wes Weber reported that the jail is currently housing 13 Sedgwick County prisoners and 6 from Washington County.  The department is accepting applications for a deputy.

 

Roger Otott moved to adopt Resolution 03-12 encouraging the governor to carefully consider any change in Medicaid or health care for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Gene Helms seconded and motion carried.

 

David Willbrant, Public Works Director, gave weekly work report.   David presented a utility use permit for Chad Wurtz for a water line from a well west of King Road that the board approved and signed.

 

The board and Lou Kern, County Clerk, spoke with the Careers Class and Instructor Lisa Zabokrtsky.

 

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

 

Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, received an e-mail from Keystone Pipeline legal counsel that Keystone will tender $5,258.16 in return for the release of the construction bond.  Gene Helms moved to accept the settlement.  Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.

 

Fence viewing procedure was discussed as a letter has been received requesting the board to serve as fence viewers.  The board set Monday, May 7 at 2:00 P.M. to view the fence between the NW/4 and the NE/4 of Section 28, Township 1 South, Range 3 East and asked Lou Kern, County Clerk, to give notice to the landowners and tenant.

 

The commission received notice that the State of Kansas may eliminate funding for Rural Lakes Region, the local environment protection program, and will also eliminate funding on the county level.

 

The board met with John Denney, County Auditor, and the meeting adjourned at 2:15 P.M.

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