The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, August 20, 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, and Lou Kern, County Clerk. Absent: Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, due to trial matters.
Chairman Mueller called the meeting to order.
The board approved bills and payroll totaling $398,316.83.
The board decided to continue the burn ban for another 7 days.
Justin Dragastin, Kastl Powell Insurance Agent, presented a safety dividend check from Employers Mutual Insurance Company for $17,505.12.
At 9:00 A.M. Chairman Mueller opened the floor for comments on the 2013 county budget. No appearances were noted. Gene Helms moved to adopt the 2013 budget as published in the Hanover News. Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.
Gene Helms moved and Roger Otott seconded to adopt Resolution No. 09-12 levying a county wide 1% retailers’ sales tax for four years. Motion carried.
The board approved and Chairman Mueller signed payroll change notice for Brad Owen as a part time dispatcher effective August 20, 2012.
Janice Kearn, R.N., County Health Director, presented the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement with Kansas Department of Health and Environment for funding in the amount of $10,188.00 that the board approved and Chairman Mueller signed. A Public Health Awareness meeting is scheduled for September 27 in Smith Center that Janice invited the commission to attend. Janice was present when the Cloud County Commission called to inquire about hiring a person as a sanitation inspector. The commission is to call Cloud County next Monday at 9:00 A.M. for further discussion.
Roger Otott moved and Gene Helms seconded to approve the fuel quote from Leiszler Oil.
Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, reported on routine maintenance matters.
Jerome Crimmins, Grasshopper Factory representative, and Don Alldredge, custodian met with the board to discuss purchase of a broom attachment for the Grasshopper mower. Mr. Crimmins priced a 48” bi-directional broom for $3964.50 and a fixed angle broom for $2241.00 under the State of Kansas contracted pricing. The board asked that quotes be prepared and sent to Don Alldredge. Bids for sidewalk replacement are to be opened on September 4.
Bob Jones, Silver Haired Legislator, shared a letter that he has written to the Speaker Pro-tem of the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature stating that some of the issues that may arise from the Keystone Pipeline could at least have been solved with the pipeline being properly taxed. Mr. Jones submitted an article from the Diller-Odell School District that boasts of a 26.8% increase in valuation from which Keystone is a part.
At 10:00 A.M. the board flipped a coin to determine winners in two tied township races. The coin toss revealed Robert Tuma as the winner for the office of Lowe Township Trustee and Richard Miller as the winner for the office of Mill Creek Township Treasurer.
Sheriff Bill Dickson and Undersheriff Wes Weber reported that the jail has a total of 9 prisoners at the current time. Five inmates are from Sedgwick County. A complaint as to improper care of horses in the Clifton area was discussed.
David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, gave weekly work report and presented the engineers report.
The board recessed at noon for lunch and reconvened at 1:00 P.M.
The board spoke with Marlene Stamm as to whether she would be interested in serving as the county sanitarian due to the fact that Rural Lakes Region has sent a letter that no services will be provided through year end. Marlene had spoken with the Marshall County commission earlier in the day for the same reason. Janice Kearn, R.N., County Health Director, was also present. Justin Dragastin, Kastl Powell Insurance Agent, joined the meeting. The board will speak with Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, as to hiring Marlene as a contractor. The commission will meet with Justin Dragastin at 8:30 A.M. next week and then with Marlene Stamm at 10:30 A.M. for further discussion.
Ryan Kern, Washington City Council President, reported that CES Engineers should have finalized plans on the B Street project by tomorrow so that the bids can be let in the near future.
The meeting adjourned at 2:55 P.M.