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Washington Commissioners’ Meeting Minutes

           COMMISSION MINUTES, July 23, 2012         


The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, July 23, 2012 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse.  Present: Alison Mueller, 1st District Commissioner, Chairman;

Roger Otott, Vice Chairman, 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, July 30, 2012 at 8:30 A.M.


The board approved bills and payroll totaling $359,184.99.


The commission attended the bid opening for engineering services at Washington City Hall at 9:00 A.M.

Also present was Allison Leiszler, Short Stop, and David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator.  The board will meet with the Washington City Council on Thursday, July 26 at 5:00 P.M. to decide on the engineering firm to be utilized.


David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report.  CDBG guidelines concerning the grant application were discussed as well as the B Street project.


Roger Otott moved to rescind the motion made last week to purchase an 8 x 10 building with PRIDE grant funding.   Gene Helms seconded and motion carried.


Sheriff Bill Dickson and Undersheriff Wes Weber spoke of the need for a burn ban.  The jail currently houses 13 Sedgwick County prisoners; 1 from Washington County and 1 from Marshall County.


At 11:10 A.M. Roger Otott moved to go into executive session with Sheila Ouellette, Communications Director, for 15 minutes to discuss non elected personnel.  Gene Helms seconded and motion carried.  At 11:25 A.M. the board returned to regular session.  No action was taken.


The commission received a letter from the Administrator of the Junction City-Geary County Health Department stating that due to lack of funding Rural Lakes Region will not be able to provide services affecting real estate, septic (new and old), wells and lagoons.  The commission decided that due to the fact that the State of Kansas denied funding for local environmental protection programs (LEPP) the county cannot afford to absorb that cost and chooses to accept  the EPA laws in existence before Rural Lakes Region.  County residents may contact K-State Research and Extension Services for water testing and the Soil Conservation Services for lagoon information.  Washington County will not require any permitting for residential systems.


The commission worked on 2013 budget requests during the lunch hour.


Ellen Anderson, Director, 12th Judicial District Community Corrections, presented FY 2013 carryover reimbursement plan budget summary and narrative.  Gene Helms moved and Roger Otott seconded to sign the plan as presented.  Motion carried. 


Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, gave the board information that after conducting additional research and visiting with the Kansas Livestock Association regarding HB 2502 regarding the establishment of swine facilities within the County.  The new law does not pertain to family farms already in existence or the expansion of existing facilities in the county.  The commission decided to not take any action under the new law.  At 1:05 P.M. Gene Helms moved and Roger Otott seconded to go into executive session with Ms. Hiltgen under the attorney/client privilege for 20 minutes.  Motion carried.  At 1:25 P.M. the board returned to regular session.  No action was taken.


Debbie Swoboda, Emergency Management Coordinator, Steve Samuelson, CFM, U.S. Department of Agriculture NFIP Specialist; Brandi Weber, Emily Allen and Dana Cecrle, FSA Loan Officers and David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator met with the board to discuss participation in the national flood plain program.  Mr. Samuelson explained that draft maps are to be discussed at a public meeting on August 14 in the commission room at the Courthouse.  The commission will review documents regarding flood plain insurance and make a decision next week.


Debbie Swoboda, Emergency Management Coordinator, has made phone calls to local fire chiefs who in turn have agreed that a burn ban is a good idea.  Roger Otott moved and Gene Helms seconded to place Washington County under a burn ban for a period of 7 days, unless terminated prior and may be extended for an additional 7 days.


The board worked on 2013 budgets and adjourned at 3:15 P.M.

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