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Washington County Commission’s Minutes

           COMMISSION MINUTES, May 21, 2012         


The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, May 21, 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.


County offices will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2012, to observe Memorial Day.


The next regular meeting is Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 8:30 A.M. 


The board approved and signed change order no. 2011-77.


Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, presented four quotes for a furnace/air conditioner unit and a hot water heater.  Gene Helms moved all things being in order to accept the low quote of B & W Electric for $4,326.35.  Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.


David Coltrain, River Valley Extension District #4 Agent, gave each commissioner the conditions and fiscal trends for Washington County as prepared by K-State Research and Extension.  A webinar presented by K-State is scheduled for June 13 at 12:30 P.M.  David thanked the commission for the use of the ground for the community garden and for the cooperation offered by Duane Bruna and his department. 


Upon recommendation of Calvin J. Roop Jr., Farmington Township Treasurer, Gene Helms moved to appoint Todd Hughes to the unexpired term as Farmington Township Trustee.  Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.


Doug McKinney, Executive Director, North Central Regional Planning Commission, spoke with the board on various issues and programs.  Beginning January, 2013, a new program will offer money for downtown business rehabilitation on a75/25% participation.


Doyle McKimmy, CEO, and Ted Lillie, Board President, Washington County Hospital, met with the board and Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, to discuss hospital related matters.


Sheriff Bill Dickson and Undersheriff Wes Weber reported that the Live Scan grant has been approved.  The KBI must approve security measures in place before the program will become operational.  The jail currently houses 14 Sedgwick County prisoners; 3 Washington County prisoners and 1 Marshall County prisoner.


David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report.  Roger Otott moved and Gene Helms seconded to sign Notice of Road Vacation for a road described as:  Beginning on the North line of the Southeast Quarter of Section 4, Township 4S, Range 4E and 75 feet East of the Washington Branch of the CBUPRR, Thence North 35 degrees west parallel with and 75 feet from the center of said railroad track, and set the hearing for May 29, at 11:00 A.M.  Issues with B Street were discussed.  David and the board reviewed biennial bridge inspections recently done.  Income surveys are being sent to designated areas for the application for a CDBG bridge grant application.


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


Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, presented proposed Order of Fence Viewers for the property belonging to the Ed Weinke Trust and David and Sharon Kettlehut.  Gene Helms moved to sign the order and Roger Otott seconded.  Motion carried.


Undersheriff Wes Weber and Martha Smith, jail cook, spoke with the board regarding the excessive heat in the jail kitchen.  The board had given portable air conditioners to the fair board and it was agreed that one of those could be used in the jail kitchen.


The board wishes to thank Midwest Products for the usage of the lift used to paint the courthouse flag pole.


The meeting adjourned at 1:50 P.M.

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