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Washington County Commissioners’ Minutes

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, May 14, 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 21, 2012 at 8:30 A.M. 

 

The board approved and paid bills and payroll totaling $449,048.46.

 

The board approved and signed change order nos. 2011-74 through 2011-76.

 

Ann Hawk, County Treasurer, reported on issues with implementation of the new system for vehicle tags and driver’s licenses.

 

Don Alldredge, custodian, reported that he had spoken with Jay Holle, Midwest Products, LLC, and the concrete sidewalk will not withstand the weight of a boom truck.  Jay Holle generously offered to provide a boom truck with an extension that will reach 135 feet from the street to the flag pole for $100.00.

 

The board reviewed monthly report from Donnie Wolfe, Rural Lakes Region Sanitarian.

 

The board approved payroll change notice for Martha Smith, from ½ time to ¾ time as a jailer effective May 6, 2012.

 

Roger Otott moved and Gene Helms seconded to sign right of way agreement between the County and JBN Telephone Inc. for a location in Section 20, Township 2 South, Range 2 East.  Motion carried.

 

Debbie Swoboda, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, presented application for renewal of the Emergency Performance Grant.  Gene Helms moved and Roger Otott seconded to sign the grant application.  Motion carried.

 

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, reported that the air conditioning unit is not working and the hot water heater is leaking in the office.  Duane is to get pricing.  Duane reported on maintenance matters.

 

Jennifer Wakentin, Big Brothers, Big Sister Coordinator, asked the board for approval of a grant application.  The board signed a letter of support for the grant application.

 

 The commission decision on the fence viewing from last week is opposite of the right hand rule as appears to be amiable among the parties involved.  Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, is to draft an Order of Fence Viewers.

 

The board placed a call to the Clay County Commission.  Present were all of the Commissioners, Kayla Wang, Clay County Clerk; Lou Kern, Washington County Clerk and Brian from the Clay Center Dispatch.  The commission asked Clay County Commissioners about the franchise fee of $6.49 per lineal foot of Keystone pipeline right of way through the county.  Commissioner Mayo said that the statute used for the franchise fee is K.S.A. 19-101(a) and that the 1.2 million dollar figure was divided by the 35 miles across Clay County.  The board will consider the matter and speak with Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney.

 

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report.  The board approved and Chairman Mueller signed payroll change notice for Mitchell Savage and Nathan Schuessler, summer help, effective May 14, 2012.  David reported on items from the Kansas County Highway Assn. meeting.  A hydro seeder demonstration is scheduled for May 16 at 10:00 A.M.  Short Stop traffic coming onto B Street was discussed. 

 

The board recessed at 12:05 P.M. and reconvened at 1:00 P.M.

 

Robbin Cole, CEO; Anita Bott, board member, and Mary Tate, board member, Pawnee Mental Health Services, Inc. met with the board.  Robbin reported that 175 persons from Washington County were served in 2011.  Robbin asked that Washington County continue to maintain the customary budget amount of $30,000.00 for 2013.

 

Rebecca Holsch, President, and Justin Dragastin, Treasurer, Chamber of Commerce, and Bill Keesecker, Washington County Fair Board President, asked permission for the Chamber to set up a beer stand at the fairgrounds on the small ball diamond area.  The board has no issue with the beer garden.

 

At 2:00 P.M. Gene Helms moved and Roger Otott seconded to go into executive session with Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, for 30 minutes to discuss non elected personnel.  At 2:30 P.M. the board returned to regular session.  No action was taken.

 

Chase Brown, Liberty Mutual Insurance Agent, stopped by.

 

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