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Washington County Commissioners’ Meeting Minutes


The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, August 27, 2012 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse. Present: Roger Otott, Vice Chairman, 2nd District Commissioner; Gene Helms, 3rd District Commissioner, Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney and Lou Kern, County Clerk. Absent: Alison Mueller, 1st District Commissioner, Chairman due to illness.

Vice Chairman Otott called the meeting to order.

County offices will be closed on Monday, September 3 for the Labor Day holiday. Next regular meeting will be Tuesday, September 4 at 8:30 A.M.

The board decided to discontinue the burn ban due to recent rain in the county.

Justin Dragastin, Kastl Powell Insurance Agent, visited with the board regarding liability insurance for contract employees.

Gene Helms moved and Roger Otott seconded to sign a letter of support for the grant application of the Washington County Historical Society for tuck pointing on the jail museum. Motion carried.

The board approved and Vice Chairman Otott signed payroll change notice for Leroy Neal due to completion of training period effective August 26, 2012.

The board approved and signed change order nos. 2011-87 through 2011-90.

Mary Tate and Anita Bott, Pawnee Mental Health board members, spoke with the commission about declaring the month of September “Recovery Month”. Gene Helms moved to proclaim September as “Recovery Month”. Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed and Solid Waste Director, reported on maintenance issues. Concrete will be poured in the shop area at the transfer station. Cardboard bales will be stored until after the first of the year due to the price being so low.

Don Alldredge, custodian, submitted quotes from two elevator maintenance companies for the board to review, one for $149.00 per month and the other for $180.00. The county is currently paying $335.00 per month. Don presented written quotes for a broom for the Grasshopper mower. The board will decide on the items next week.

The board and Janice Kearn, R.N., County Health Director, met with Marlene Stamm to discuss sanitation services. Marlene is willing to serve in Clay, Cloud, Marshall and Washington Counties as to permitting and inspection of water wells, sewage systems and sanitation services. Alison Mueller will attend a meeting in Clay County on Friday, August 31 at 10:00 A.M. in the Clay County Commission meeting room with representatives from Rural Lakes Region and Kansas Department of Health and Environment as to the county involvement in Rural Lakes Region. Rural Lakes had previously notified the county that all sanitation services will be discontinued in the county.

Undersheriff Wes Weber reported that the jail is currently housing 5 Sedgwick County inmates; 2 Marshall County inmates and 2 Washington County inmates. Another two Washington County inmates were released this morning.

The commission called the Clay County Commission to discuss sharing sanitation inspection services.

David Willbrant, Public Works Director, gave weekly work report. The board approved transfer of 40 hours of earned time from Jimmie Finlayson to Mike Schuessler. CES Group has sent out invitation to bid on the B Street project with bid letting to be on September 27 at 2:00 P.M. at the Washington City Hall.

The board recessed at 12:25 P.M. and reconvened at 1:00 P.M.

Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, discussed items to be included in the memorandum of understanding on the B Street project. The tax sale is set for October 12 at 10:00 A.M. in the District Court Room of the Courthouse. Francine Crome, County Appraiser, joined the discussion. Her office will photograph the 39 parcels to be auctioned that day. Ms. Hiltgen submitted two quotes for auctioneering services for the tax sale. Both bids were the same. Vice Chair Otott tossed a coin and Gene Helms called it as Raymond Bott being the winner.

The meeting adjourned at 2:55 P.M.

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